Amazon's website crashes right as its Prime Day began

Angelo Anderson
July 17, 2018

In many cases the unions have called on buyers to boycott Amazon on Prime Day to show their support.

Ebay is offering deals up to 60 percent off electronics.

For those still looking to score some deals as Prime Day continues, "GMA" has a roundup of everything you need to know to score the biggest bargains. "That's the Amazon Kindle, the Ecospeakers, the Fire Stick". Maybe too many people were inspired by the free concerts by middle-aged British boy band Take That, or the parallel event in NY by Ariana Grande, to promote Prime day.

Prime Day, created by Amazon in 2015 for its 20th anniversary, has inspired other companies like Wayfair to invent their own shopping holidays. In the first hour of the 36-hour sale, customers in the USA have ordered more items compared to the first hour of Prime Day a year ago, according to Amazon.

Despite the litany of issues, Amazon said Tuesday that sales in the first 10 hours grew at a faster pace than during the same period of 2017's event.

MORE COUNTRIES: Amazon has been expanding its Prime membership around the world, and four new countries will be part of Prime Day this year: Australia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore.

It also said Amazon fulfilment center jobs offered competitive pay and comprehensive benefits from the first day of employment. But now, some question its legitimacy. While it does drum up sales during a traditionally slow month for retail, many question whether it's more about marketing than money.

"Some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we're working to resolve this issue quickly", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline, adding that plenty of people have been able to make purchases.

"Fifty percent of what we sell worldwide is actually sold by small- and medium-sized enterprises, and that is a big deal", Lindsay said. Prime Day also lasts six hours longer than past year.

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