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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Amazon technical glitch snags Prime Day

Amazon technical glitch snags Prime Day

More background here from the Washington Post (which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as you know).

Amazon is also offering non-customers a chance to try the service for free, for 30 days. Given that a lot of deals take place in the afternoon, the United Kingdom number could be an indication of where the day will end up, according to ChannelAdvisor co-chairman Scot Wingo. Slice Intelligence says that while Wal-Mart did boost its sales for the day a year ago, they only accounted for 3% of Amazon's Prime Day sales volume. Ahead, the best sneaker deals Prime Day has to offer. This year's event is expected to be even bigger, with Citi Research estimating single-day sales will reach $1 billion.

Buzz about Amazon's second annual Prime Day - the site's summer version of Black Friday - has been building for the past few weeks.

But by 8 a.m. today, some shoppers were already reporting issues "add to cart" and checkout functions.

I just think about the sheer number of people going on Amazon, whether they're going on to access their Prime membership, to watch videos, to stream videos; that's drawing a lot of people at Amazon.

On the first Amazon Prime Day, which was in July 2015, deals included flat-screen televisions, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Echo, FitBits, kitchen items and more.

US customers can find steep discounts on TVs, including a Samsung Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV ($649.99 U.S.), a 32-inch Roku Smart TV ($119.99 U.S.) and a 32-inch LED TV ($99.99 U.S.). Numerous deals that are available include the latest electronics, as well as the accessories that users may need, like TV stands. Amazon said that it was better prepared this year than last year for this shopping event.

Shoppers have every right to be skeptical after last year's 10-cent savings on premium 4K HDTVs and 20-percent deals on 2'shoehorns, so what can you expect and how can you maximize savings? Download the Amazon app so you can shop while commuting to/from work or during your lunch break.

Macy's is also offering "Black Friday in July" sales.

As we noted yesterday, today is Amazon Prime Day 2016.

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