Amazon has busiest holiday selling season

By Derek Sooman on December 28, 2004, 2:14 PM
Amazon, who say that this has been the online retailer's busiest holiday selling season in 10 years, have claimed that for the first time sales of consumer electronics surpassed book sales this Thanksgiving weekend. The company also said that they have set a single-day sales record during the period with more than 2.8 million units, or 32 items per second, ordered across the globe.

Visitor traffic peaked at an estimated 700,000 users during a 60-minute period, according to's Holiday Shoppers tracking program.

Its top-selling electronics products include Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL)'s iPod media player, DVD players and digital cameras, said.

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Mikael said:
This actually doesn't surprise me too much. Usually, Amazon doesn't have the cheapest priced computer parts, but this holiday season it appeared that they did their best to offer customers good prices.Of course, seeing that computer sales surpassed book sales, that is what really shocked me. [Edited by Mikael on 2004-12-28 16:30:58]
Phantasm66 said:
I saw something on the TV that in the UK this was one of the worse store sales years on record for Christmas because so many people were buying presents on the net. You have to believe that a large bulk of that was on Amazon.
Astro said:
Yeah - I mean why not? The prices are reasonable, and if you order more than US$25 worth of goods, the shipping is free. If I need something immediately I'll go to a store. If it's something I want but can go a week without, and the price is better at Amazon, then I go to Amazon. After all, it's tax free too!
Phantasm66 said:
They've got this amazing 17" LCD monitor for quite cheap price [url]
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