Problems plagued Amazon Tuesday on one of its biggest days of year. Some users reported having issues checking out on the retailer's second-ever Prime Day, an event that give members of Amazon's Prime service access to special deals. "Some customers are reporting difficulty with checkout. We're working to resolve this issue quickly," Amazon tweeted Tuesday morning. Users on Twitter posted that when they went to check out, they received a "cart failed" error message.
The promotions started more than a week ahead of time: Amazon, the world's biggest e-commerce site, was launching its annual Prime Day on July 16, with 30 hours of deals online and in Whole Foods markets. The company issued five press releases promoting Prime Day, during which shoppers who pay $119 for a yearly Prime membership are offered flash sales and discounts on various products. Consumers gleefully prepared for the deals, and competitors planned their own sales to lure in buyers, with Target, eBay, and Macy's launching their own events. And then, at noon eastern time on Monday, as Prime members sat down at their computers and tried to shop, the site failed. Shoppers were redirected to pictures of dogs, with captions like "Sorry.
Amazon's "Prime Day" has returned for a second year with the online retail giant promising twice as many deals as last year. The company launched the event last July in an effort to promote its 99 annual Prime loyalty program, which offers free two-day shipping and other perks. Some of the big discounts are on large screen TVs and Amazon devices like its Echo, Kindle and Fire TV products. Consumers may be hoping for better deals than last year, when #PrimeDayFail became a trending topic amid complaints that the products offered were unimpressive and the best items were quickly out of stock. Retailers are countering Amazon with deals of their own.
Shoppers looking for a bargain have flocked to Amazon today for discounts available as part of the online retailer's Prime Day. But since the sale began this morning, users are already experiencing issues. The problems seem to be with the sites checkout, after customers have added their desired purchases to their basket and try to pay for their deals. Amazon's one-day sale, which is looking to compete with the infamous'Black Friday' bargains, is for members of the online store's Prime subscription service. The one-day sale, which is looking to compete with the infamous'Black Friday' bargains, is for members of Amazon's Prime subscription service.
This December 11, 2014 file photo shows the logo of the online retailer Amazon displayed on computer screens in London. On Thursday, Amazon confirmed its massive Prime Day sale will kick off on July 12. The company is promising sales on thousands of items that day, so long as you subscribe to Amazon Prime, which offers free shipping as well as access to its streaming music and video services. Along with deals on July 12, Amazon is offering countdown deals starting July 5 through July 11. Among the big items: a 32-inch TV bundled with Fire TV streaming stick for 119.99.