Amazon Creates Own Shopping Holiday That Can Rival Black Friday
Leave it to online commerce giant Amazon to create its very own shopping holiday. That’s right, Amazon has just announced that in celebration of its upcoming 20th birthday next week, they will be treating its most loyal customers to a Prime Day. It is one-day only “global shopping event” that will take place on July 15. And Amazon promises that on this special day, they will be “offering more deals than Black Friday.”
For you to be able to take advantage of Prime Day, however, you have to be an Amazon Prime member. The exclusive shopping event will actually be open to Prime members from the U.S., UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Canada. Moreover, both new and existing Prime members residing in the U.S. can expect to find deals starting midnight on July 15, with new deals starting as frequent as every ten minutes. In addition, there will also be a series of Lightning Deals along with as much as seven Deals of the Day.
As Amazon Prime Vice President Greg Greeley explains, “Prime Day is a one-day only event filled with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members around the globe. Members tell us every day how much they love Prime and we will keep making it better.” Moreover, he adds, “If you’re not already a Prime member, you’ll want to join so you don’t miss out on one of the biggest deals extravaganzas in the world.”
If you are not sure whether you should join Amazon Prime or not, there is no need to worry as you can register for a free Amazon Prime trial for 30 days. This means you get to shop exclusively during Prime Day and you also get to take advantage of various privileges for Amazon Prime members.
Amazon Prime is actually a membership program where members pay $99 a year. What the membership offers is actually a lot of unlimited deals every time you are log in to your Amazon account.
For starters, you get unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes. Moreover, you also get unlimited access to over one million songs on Prime Music. In addition, the Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos will also guarantee you unlimited photo storage as well as access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library that boasts of a collection of as much as 800,000 books.
An Amazon Prime membership also gives Amazon customers unlimited free two-day shipping along with unlimited free same-day delivery. Moreover, Amazon Prime members located in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami and London can also receive quick deliveries of everyday essentials using Amazon’s Prime Now mobile app.
Meanwhile, it seems Amazon.com’s first quarter sales for 2015 has worked out quite nicely for the company. It actually increased by 15%, bringing in a total of $22.72 billion. Meanwhile, the company’s operating cash flow has also increased by 47% to $7.84 billion. Among the highlights of the first quarter is the launching of the Dash Button for Amazon Prime members. With the help of the said button, Prime members can simply reorder household items that they frequently use from 18 popular brands including Bounty, Huggies and Clorox.