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A Lot Of People Became Amazon Prime Members During The Holidays

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A Lot Of People Became Amazon Prime Members During The Holidays
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In late November, Amazon finally allowed its customers to gift Amazon Prime subscriptions to their friends and family members. Free two-day shipping for a year is the perfect gift for the frequent Amazon shopper, but it was hard to say if this new gifting option would actually lead to more subscribers.

Oh, who am I kidding? Of course it did.

Amazon announced today that it set a new record for new Amazon Prime subscriptions in the third week of December by signing up more than 1 million new members. This new wave of Prime members also led to Amazon shipping out more packages than ever before on its peak shipping day. All of this and more led to Amazon having the best holiday shopping season on record.

“Amazon Prime membership continues to grow, and we now have tens of millions of members worldwide. They benefit from all-you-can-eat free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items and our members have a voracious appetite,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We are extremely grateful to our customers around the world and wish everyone the very best for the coming year.”

Speaking of Amazon Prime, here are some fun facts regarding Amazon’s holiday shipping this year:

  • Amazon shipped to 185 countries this holiday.
  • The last Prime One-Day Shipping order that was delivered in time for Christmas was placed on Dec. 23 at 10:22 p.m. PST and shipped to Carlsbad, California. The item was a Beautyrest Cotton Top Mattress Pad.
  • The last Local Express Delivery order that was delivered in time for Christmas went to Everett, Washington. It was a Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset in Frustration Free Packaging ordered at 12:26 p.m. PST on Christmas Eve and delivered at 3:56 p.m. PST that same day.
  • Amazon.com shipped enough items with Prime this holiday to deliver at least one gift to every household in America.
  • Prime was so popular this holiday, that Amazon limited new Prime membership signups during peak periods to ensure service to current members was not impacted by the surge in new membership.
  • In the same announcement, Amazon revealed some of its best selling items over the holidays. As you might expect, the Kindle Fire HDX family were the best selling tablets. In laptops, the Chromebook and the ASUS Transformer were the top performers. As for video games, Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 took the top spot followed by Just Dance 2014 for Wii.

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    • Alec

      ” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “We are extremely grateful to our customers around the world and wish everyone the very best for the coming year.” …………and would like to assure customers we will continue with, and improve upon, lowering the wages of our staff in UK by more zero hour contracts and increasing the throughput of packages per packer who, we are delighted to say, are now working faster than ever leading to more to more absenteeism but we don’t give a ff as we don’t give any benefits to our staff at all.

      So from me, ‘laughing all the way to the bank Jeff Bezos’ thanks suckers.

    • Kevin Morley

      I actually shut my amazon account after 10years? because of the way amazon checked the prime trial box every time I ordered. My wife completed an order for me while I was at work and she didn’t notice the check and the first I new amazon had started my trial. It said I could cancel any time I wished, my wish was instant but every tine I selected to end I was put in a loop.
      I then tried to close the account and someone rang me to ask why, when I explained that I didn’t want the trial he said let it lapse but I said no I want it stopped now and the website says I can but won’t let me. He said that it’s because you can’t and will have to let it lapse. I then asked to close the account and was told all my kindle stuff would disappear. I asked to transfer to another format but was told that it was impossible and I would have to stay.
      I told him to go ahead and close the account I can always buy it all again from bricks & mortar store like Waterstones & wh smiths and many other bookstores.
      Amazon are like all supermarkets, they tell the supplier what they’ll pay for their products but also undercut their own sellers.

      So in a nutshell Amazon can melt for me

    • http://www.80g.co neha choudary

      A NGO can benefit salary impose exception by getting itself signed up and granting certain different conventions, yet such registration does not provide any profit to the individuals making gifts. The Earnings Tax Act 1961 has certain procurements which provide tax cuts to the “benefactors”.

    • http://www.gauryamunacity.org Angelina

      We are extremely grateful to our customers around the world and wish everyone the very best for the coming year.” …………and would like to assure customers we will continue with, and improve upon, lowering the wages of our staff in UK by more zero hour contracts and increasing the throughput of packages per packer who, we are delighted to say, are now working faster than ever leading to more to more absenteeism but we don’t give a ff as we don’t give any benefits to our staff at all.