Amazon's Prime Day Launch Experienced Some Technical Problems

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It’s Prime Day — Here Are The Deals That Are Actually Worth It

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And for the first time, there are Prime Day deals at Amazon's subsidiary, Whole Foods.

Amazon's stock closed up 1.2 percent at $1,843.93 Tuesday.

The technical issues weren't limited to shopping.

The e-commerce giant's website experienced outages in the USA, with thousands of reports of problems flooding into Downdetector, a site that tracks service interruptions and outages.

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"The message is clear - while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers", Verdi spokeswoman Stefanie Nutzenberger said in a statement.

Last year's top-seller, Echo Dot, has already had its price cut to £29.99 making it cheaper to add Alexa to (more) rooms in your house. Not long after the e-commerce site kicked off its day of deals at 3:00 p.m. ET, the site began crashing.

Amazon itself hasn't disclosed specifics, but Feedvisor's estimates are based on results from its clients.

Amazon's Prime Day runs into snags swiftly
The Ver.di services union said workers at six German sites went on strike Tuesday to protest a lack of health benefits. This week's strikes have also inspired widespread calls on social media platforms for shopper boycotts.

Analyst Sucharita Mulpuru-Kodali at Forrester Research called the glitch a "huge deal". "Unless this is way beyond their wildest expectations, it's just odd".

Thousands of Amazon employees in Europe are striking over salaries and benefits in a move that coincides with Prime Day, the USA online retail giant's biggest annual shopping event. For some, clicking on various promotions just brought the person back to the home page.

The problem is most likely a bug in a software update that should be fixed within hours, said Antony Edwards, chief technology officer at Eggplant, which monitors website performance.

An Amazon spokesperson was asked for a comment but 12 hours later we have not got any comment from Amazon Australia.

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Shoppers took to social media to complain that they couldn't order any items.

"Way to go, Amazon.com". Thank you Prime Day.

Still, the hiccups could mute sales and send shoppers elsewhere during one of Amazon's busiest sales periods that's also a key time for it to sign up new Prime members. This Prime Day sale gives subscribers access to over 200 exclusive new Prime Day launches.

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