Amazon's website crashes as soon as Prime Day sale begins, users report

Brenda Watkins
July 17, 2018

Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods.

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Amazon workers in Germany, Poland and Spain announced that they would strike in the middle of Prime Day, as a protest to point out they are underpaid, overworked and that Amazon has repeatedly fought efforts for collective bargaining by its staff. Welcome to our guide to Amazon Prime Day 2018 - where we've gathered the very best deals on offer for gaming and TV watching.

At one stage there were 4,670 social media posts about the Prime Day crash. "The goal of #PrimeDayofAction is to raise awareness about the harmful practices of the nation's largest online retailer and to ask: is there anything Amazon won't do for a dollar?"

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon's website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created. Prime Members will get an additional 10 percent off those sale items.

That number should increase this year. This mega sale event on Amazon is set to start at 12 PM on July 16. Or Macy's, where prices on men's suits and sport coats are up to 75 per cent lower through Sunday. Track the price to see if it's been offered for less previously at different times of the year like Cyber Monday or Black Friday. Even Google has hopped on the bandwagon, slashing the price of its voice-activated home assistant by US$30.

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Those digital wallets are expected to be fatter thanks to the new USA tax code and fuel prices that have cooled from a three-year high in May.

A year ago retailers who actively competed on Prime Day saw online traffic increase more than 30 percent. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.

Please note, this is not the search function on the Prime Day landing page.

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.

Instead of deeply discounted consumer electronics and appliances and other sale items, shoppers were treated to photos of dogs tipped to belong to Amazon employees. For Walmart and Target, the challenge is holding onto them.

For Prime Day, Amazon has launched their biggest SanDisk sale to date, featuring unprecedented prices on microSD cards. Further, Amazon Fire TV Stick will be available at 30 percent discount.

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