July 16, 2018
At 3 p.m. eastern time on Monday, Amazon Prime members had their devices at the ready to snag the best deals the online retailer had to offer. Instead of deals, they got dogs.
That's because Amazon's website crashed shortly after 3 p.m, when reports of issues with the site skyrocketed on DownDetector.com. Users on the desktop and mobile sites received error messages displaying various dog breeds.
Bad news: Amazon seems to be crashing from demand for Prime Day sales. Good news: Amazon's error page is amazing. pic.twitter.com/lhUcipHTZX— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) July 16, 2018
amazon is crashing on prime day but at least there are dogs pic.twitter.com/jEwVlwPyLG— Polly Mosendz (@polly) July 16, 2018
Some discount shoppers decided to make light of the situation by building on the whole dog theme.
Have you met the "pissed off that Amazon isn't working" dog? pic.twitter.com/wVfeHrRihW— Rex the TV terrier (@rexthetvterrier) July 16, 2018
Others weren't so willing to let Amazon off the hook with the distraction of dogs pictures, taking the opportunity to point out that some of the company's European employees are in the midst of a labor struggle.
#amazonprimeday has official started. Remember to boycott in #solidarity of the #AmazonStrike— Saje 👾🌈🤷♀️🌹 (@FundamentallyPi) July 16, 2018
Don't buy anything from @amazon
Don't even go to the website
Don't stream from prime
Don't listen to audible books
Solidarity means don't cross the picket lines✊✊🏾✊🏽✊🏻✊🏿🌹
Amazon sells software to ICE, advertises on Breitbart, carries NRATV, has 18% women among senior managers, directly stocks & sells 846 Trump brand products, and is owned by the world's richest man who refuses to give WaPo reporters raises. #AmazonPrimeDay— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) July 16, 2018
Amazon decided to structure this year's Prime Day with a series of "lightning deals," or limited time offers that alternate throughout the course of the day. Given the way things started on Monday afternoon, shoppers may be in better position to strike when the issues are fully resolved. Until then, paying Prime members probably have Amazon in their dog house.
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