Amazon.com's product lines available at its website include several media (books, DVDs, music CDs, videotapes and software), apparel, baby products, consumer electronics, beauty products, gourmet food, groceries, health and personal-care items, industrial & scientific supplies, kitchen items, jewelry, watches, lawn and garden items, musical instruments, sporting goods, tools, automotive items and toys & games.
In 2013, Amazon secured a US$600 million contract with the CIA, which poses a potential conflict of interest involving the Bezos-owned The Washington Post and his newspaper's coverage of the CIA. Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said, "It's a serious potential conflict of interest for a major newspaper like The Washington Post to have a contractual relationship with the government and the most secret part of the government." This was later followed by a US$10 billion contract with the Department of Defence.
Amazon.com, Inc., doing business as Amazon (/ˈæməˌzɒn/), is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company based in Seattle, Washington, that was founded by Jeff Bezos on July 5, 1994. The tech giant is the largest Internet retailer in the world as measured by revenue and market capitalization, and second largest after Alibaba Group in terms of total sales. The Amazon.com website started as an online bookstore and later diversified to sell video downloads/streaming, MP3 downloads/streaming, audiobook downloads/streaming, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. The company also owns a publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, a film and television studio, Amazon Studios, produces consumer electronics lines including Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo devices, and is the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS and PaaS) through its AWS subsidiary. Amazon also sells certain low-end products under its in-house brand AmazonBasics.
Amazon lobbies the United States federal government and state governments on issues such as the enforcement of sales taxes on online sales, transportation safety, privacy and data protection and intellectual property. According to regulatory filings, Amazon.com focuses its lobbying on the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Reserve. Amazon.com spent roughly $3.5 million, $5 million and $9.5 million on lobbying, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Amazon has separate retail websites for the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, and Turkey. In 2016, Dutch, Polish, and Turkish language versions of the German Amazon website were also launched. Amazon also offers international shipping of some of its products to certain other countries.
Clear your cookies and browsing history: Look for the Privacy tab under your Settings to find the link to clear your history and cookies. (You can choose to clear cookies only from the websites you’re shopping on if you prefer.)Extra tip: Since history and cookies can make your everyday life easier, you might not want to clear it all out and lose your preference in the browser you always use. So to avoid that, you can shop around using your usual browser, and then when you know you want to buy a certain item, use Firefox or Chrome — in incognito mode — to make the final purchase!
Free Expedited Shipping - Best Buy offered free shipping on all orders for the duration of the holiday shopping season last year, but it was slow standard shipping. Non-Prime members at Amazon had to spend at least $25 to qualify for free standard shipping, which is not ideal if you are looking to purchase something cheap. While Best Buy offered better free shipping terms for the average shopper, Amazon Prime members enjoyed free two-day shipping on all orders. A Prime membership is not free, but Amazon offers a free 30-day trial, which you can use for all items in the Amazon Black Friday Ad. Since everyone is eligible for a Prime trial membership, Amazon gets the win here when it comes to expedited shipping.
Shopping robots like camelcamelcamel, the tracktor and Online Price Alert can help you track prices on Amazon, but you have to be patient. Set up an account, then simply copy the URL for the exact product you want from Amazon’s website into your account. The Camelizer and Tracktor chart out the recent price history so you know if it is going up or down. All three sites alert you when the price matches what you designed as the price you will pay.
With the release of the new iPhones, Apple fans are rushing to preorder the latest smartphone. They're high end, flashy, and have wireless charging capabilities, which is pretty nifty. But if you already have the iPhone 8 or X or certain Android phones, you can already take advantage of this function—and you should. Right now, Anker is offering 10% off select wireless chargers with the code "10WIRELESS" and some have additional coupon codes that make it easy to start wireless charging immediately.
Yiues via Amazon offers its Yiues Nylon Sport Loop Replacement Band for Apple Watch in several colors (Black/White pictured) for $10.99. Coupon code "I2QA8GDL" cuts it to $5.49. With free shipping for Prime members, that's $6 off and the lowest price we could find. It comes with an Apple Watch case and is available in sizes 38mm and 42mm. Deal ends November 20.
Amazon Device Deals - Last year, Amazon offered the Echo Dot for $29.99, (review deal) the Echo Plus for $119.99, (review deal) the Fire 7 Kids Edition for $69.99, (review deal) the Fire HD 10 for $99.99, (review deal) and the Kindle for $49.99. (review deal). While Best Buy had an impressive selection of Amazon device deals last year (review deals), it is still better to make the purchase from the source. Amazon not only had the largest quantity of its own devices, but it also had special deals that you do not generally see at Best Buy and other retailers. For example, it offered the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89.99 but you saved an additional $10 if you purchased two (review deal).
On May 5, 2014, Amazon unveiled a partnership with Twitter. Twitter users can link their accounts to an Amazon account and automatically add items to their shopping carts by responding to any tweet with an Amazon product link bearing the hashtag #AmazonCart. This allows customers to never leave their Twitter feed and the product is waiting for them when they go to the Amazon website.
In September 2017, Amazon announced plans to locate a second headquarters in a metropolitan area with at least a million people. Cities needed to submit their presentations by October 19, 2017 for the project called HQ2. The $5 billion second headquarters, starting with 500,000 square feet and eventually expanding to as much as 8 million square feet, may have as many as 50,000 employees. In 2017, Amazon announced it would build a new downtown Seattle building with space for Mary's Place, a local charity in 2020.
PricePirates shows customers the best prices for products on Amazon, Shopping.com, and eBay. This app comes in handy if you’re looking to compare Amazon prices. All you have to do is enter your product name in the search bar, and you’ll be given a list of products that match your search query. You’ll be able to compare prices with products available on Amazon, Shopping.com, and eBay. AliExpress dropshippers are likely to find the products they sell on one of these apps. Notably, suppliers are likely to be the ones offering the best product prices on these platforms. Thus, as a store owner, you likely wouldn’t try to compete with the prices on these platforms.
Pronto can be a useful price comparison website for store owners. When you search for products on Pronto, you’ll find a variety of websites selling similar products like Walmart, Overstock, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and more. You can use popular retailer’s pricing as a guide for your own online store. This comparison shopping engine lets you compare prices online by pulling product data from thousands of stores across the web. You can use a bunch of filters to alter your search results and compare prices online to get the best deals online.
However, you can get instant price comparisons with browser add-ons from FreePriceAlerts.com. When you download the browser add-on and shop online as you normally would, the tool searches other retail sites and displays an alert if a product you’re viewing is cheaper at another site. The FreePriceAlerts tool works on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers. You don’t have to register on the site to download the tool, but if you do, you can set target prices for items you want and receive e-mail alerts when prices fall to the levels you want.
If you live in the continental United States, you can earn gift cards for new or gently used items through Amazon’s Trade-In Program. They don’t want your old prom dress. They want things like electronics, video games and books. The offer is only for items that are currently listed in the Trade-In search results, and it must meet the product description exactly; product title, model number, CPU, etc.