Amazon Prime Day: Echo speaker prices slashed by up to 50%

James Marshall
July 21, 2018

It isn't clear how many workers are joining the strikes, but starting in May, Amazon workers in Spain published a letter calling on all company employees across Europe to protest its labor policies on Amazon Prime Day.

Online shoppers purchased more than 100 million products worldwide during Inc's (AMZN.O) annual Prime Day sale this week, despite glitches on its mobile app and websites that prevented several customers from placing orders.

Best-sellers so far include Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Instant Pot 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi Use and Echo Dot.

The most successful categories, with more than 5 million items sold included Toys, Beauty Products, PCs and Computer Accessories, Apparel and Kitchen Products.

Shoppers also revealed what ultimately drives them to buy elsewhere for the purchases made off the site: 46 percent said they could find cheaper pricing off Amazon, 25 percent cited more convenient shipping options, 25 percent said other retailers had more attractive loyalty programs, and 24 percent credited a desire for in-store experiences. GBH Insights estimated Amazon Prime Day sales at $3.6 billion, while RBC Capital's Mark Mahaney estimated a haul of about $2 billion.

Prime Day also lasts six hours longer than previous year and is four new countries. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.

Sales in USA have exceeded sales from past year for same timeframe despite a glitch on the website that periodically kept shoppers from making purchases. The short answer is by signing up for Amazon Prime. Target said July 17 was the highest single day of traffic and sales of 2018. Amazon doesn't provide a geographical breakdown of its Prime members, but Prime Members are believed to spend more on average than customers who don't have the service, analysts have said.

Still, Prime member spending has gradually increased, CIRP also said.

At Amazon-owned Whole Foods, organic strawberries were best-sellers. Others reported some Prime Day deals were not immediately available.

Amazon Prime Day is finally here with wow-worthy deals. This year Prime Day starts at midday PT (3pm ET) on July 16.

A few months ago, I wrote about the six best-selling anti-aging products on Amazon, and one brand definitely stood apart from the competition. The company doesn't release specific revenue figures for the day but did say that this year's sales surpassed not only last year's Prime Day sales, but its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales as well.

Browse the entire Prime Day sale on Amazon's Prime Day 2018 page.

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