Amazon Had Another RecordBreaking Prime Day

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Another year, another Prime Day record.This week’s two-day “parade of deals” marked the largest shopping event in Amazon history, according to the company.From July 15 to 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, counting more than 175 million items purchased throughout the event.Prime Day, which promises exclusive deals for subscribers, was also a hit with Amazon devices; top-selling deals globally include Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote.“We want to thank Prime members all around the world,” CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.“Members purchased millions of Alexa-enabled devices, received tens of millions of dollars in savings by shopping from Whole Foods Market, and bought more than $2 billion of products from independent small and medium-sized businesses,” he boasted. “Huge thank you to Amazonians everywhere who made this day possible for customers.”I mean, maybe not the warehouse workers in Minnesota, who planned to strike during the shopping extravaganza.Employees at a Shakopee fulfillment center arranged a six-hour work stoppage on July 15—day one of the retail giant’s 48-hour summer sale.Ultimately, Prime members in 18 countries saved more than $1 billion on millions of items shipped in one day or less (making this the fastest-ever Prime Day).Amazon also welcomed more new Prime members on July 15 than any previous day (ever), and almost as many on July 16.In the US alone, folks purchased more than 100,000 lunchboxes, 100,000 laptops, 200,000 TVs, 300,000 headphones, 350,000 luxury beauty products, 400,000 pet products, 650,000 household cleaning supplies, and more than 1 million toys.As part of the company’s 20th anniversary, Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, hoping to entice buyers with discount prices on a scale you’d expect to see only around the holidays.The inaugural event—a mix of “Deals of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”—lasted 24 hours. Prime Day 2017 boasted 30 hours of deals, and last year, Prime members had a record 36 hours to shop.At this rate, the 2024 affair will last all week.More on Celebrates Prime Day With Live Shopping Show ‘Twitch Sells Out’Target, eBay, Walmart Sales to Challenge Amazon Prime DayThe Weirdest Deals of Amazon Prime Day 2018last_img read more