In addition to web glitches, about 1,800 Amazon workers in Spain went on strike Monday over complaints that included longer hours, slashed bonuses and insufficient safeguards from diseases.
The Amazon Prime Day sale lasts until tomorrow, and more deals will be coming over the next few hours.
AMAZONAmazon fire stick: How to get the best deal on Amazon Fire Stick on Prime Day 2018? However, the retailer countered criticisms of its downtime by insisting that, for some users, there are no problems.
Amazon added that in the first hour of Prime Day in the USA, "customers have ordered more items compared to the first hour past year". "People get engaged just to make a purchase, to take advantage of the deal". Many complained about being unable to checkout or search for products, instead getting an error page with images of dogs.
It has become the firing gun for the start of back-to-school shopping, the second busiest shopping time of the year.
While Amazon doesn't disclose sales figures for Prime Day, Deborah Weinswig, CEO of Coresight Research, had estimated that it will generate $3.4 billion in sales worldwide, up from an estimated $2.4 billion past year. Just keep in mind to cancel your free trial membership before it auto-subscribes you for the real thing, if you don't want to pay the full membership price.
"From Amazon's perspective, Amazon Prime members improve with age", said the firm's co-founder Mike Levin.
Prime Day also usually helps boost the number of Prime memberships.
That's up from $2.4 billion just a year ago, thanks to an extra 6 hours of discounts and heavy promotion from Amazon. They're still finding the great Prime Day deals, even though Amazon can't show them to you on its homepage.
We already use Amazon Prime Pantry to stock up on everything from toilet paper to vitamins at rock bottom prices, and today Amazon is offering an additional 30% off Amazon-brand coffee, household essentials, snacks, vitamins, and baby essentials.