The global company that sells everything (except decaf Nescafe Azera - sort it out, lads) started giving intermittent 404 messages at the start of the U.S. sale saying "something went wrong at our end".
Germany's Verdi services union said the company was getting rich by "saving money on the health of its workers". Tensions have been running high amid horror stories from Amazon workers in the wake of news that Jeff Bezos is now worth $150 billion (around £113 billion); employees have reported skipping bathroom breaks and falling asleep standing up in attempts to meet targets and keep their jobs.
"It wasn't all a walk in the (dog) park, we had a ruff start - we know some customers were temporarily unable to make purchases", Amazon said in a statement.
For what remains of Prime Day, Amazon is giving 20% off anything in its Warehouse to its Prime members. The e-commerce giant will also be offering up to 80% of discount on accessories such as cases and covers, power banks, screen protectors, data cables and more. Many took to social media to complain that they couldn't order items.
In the United States, advocacy groups are planning a series of consumer rallies outside of Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market locations to protest the sale of Nazi, confederate, and white nationalist merchandise sold through Amazon's marketplace of third-party sellers.
The next-largest online retailer, eBay (EBAY), has just 6.6 percent of online sales. It said deliveries would be unaffected. Unions in Spain said most of the company's 2,000 permanent staff there were on a three-day strike on Tuesday. "But at the same time, these strikes create a moment for consumers to pause and say, 'What's happening here?" We've tested both Siri and Alexa devices to find out which is the best for you.
He and others pointed to Walmart, Amazon's largest competitor, as a cautionary tale. "The discounted prices on those make them nearly casual pickups on the way to the checkout counter".
Thanks to Prime Day, the Bose QuietComfort 25 Wired headphones for Apple devices are available for $125, down from its original $299 price tag.