Looking to save $44 on a Zojirushi five-cup rice cooker? How about paying $19 less for a Star Wars R2-D2 toy? Those were just a couple of the deals available for Amazon Prime Day, the retail goliath’s 36-hour annual sales bonanza, which took place last week. However, some shoppers missed out, when Amazon’s site crashed during the first hour of the sale, and at times throughout the evening, causing the retailer to potentially lose $72.4 million.
On July 11, 2017, with much hoopla and fanfare, Amazon held its third annual Amazon Prime Day sale. During the yearly sale, which originally was held in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s 20th anniversary, Amazon Prime members are offered discounts on a broad range of goods, from everyday household products to fashion merchandise to high-tech devices. The promotion comes during a traditionally slow period in the retail calendar, right in the middle of the dog days of summer before the back-to-school shopping season begins.