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Friday June 6, 2008 5:10 pm

Amazon is down. What?


Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Internet


Amazon.com down

Don’t look now (well, you can if you want,) but the biggest online retailer in the universe, , is currently down. Apparently, they’ve been gone for about an hour and a half at this point. Visiting the site results in the cryptic “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” message. That’s never good. We actually had something we wanted to purchase with overnight shipping, and if they don’t make it back online, it looks like we will be out of luck. Oh well, I guess we can use competing sites. Don’t forget, in your time of need, you can always use a Newegg promo code to save some cash. Especially while Amazon is having trouble.

Did you know that for every minute of downtime suffered, Amazon is losing out on roughly $31,000.00 USD in sales?

EDIT: Okay, looks like they’re back.


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no i came here a few seconds after he posted it, but by that time it was already up
idk, i just wanted to see such a big site go down for a little while :\

no i came here a few seconds after he posted it, but by that time it was already up
idk, i just wanted to see such a big site go down for a little while :\

Ok i understood you sharky,
i also wanted to see a great website in the world go down , atleast once, i experienced it with tinypic when it was hacked once, and now i think andru was only person in our forum who watched it.

lol i think he jinxed it
i wanted to see amazon down! XD
oh well, yeah it looks like it went online right as soon as soon as you posted the topic

I think you missed it by a few fractions of time, u must have checked it when andru posted this thread,
But i have a question for you, do you want to see it permanently closed or for a little time. question

lol i think he jinxed it
i wanted to see amazon down! XD
oh well, yeah it looks like it went online right as soon as soon as you posted the topic

Andru , amazon is opening now, i think its active, and thank your for the promo code you have given.

Wow, I have never heard of Amazon.com having “downtime” but hey, it’s a website too. Does anyone know why it was down? I saw this on the Gear Live website and was curious to know that and I hope not too many people around the world were going crazy that Amazon.com was “offline.”

No’ asked a few people but no one seems to know why Yet’- ‘don’t think it was the data center fire from about a week ago

How do they calculate how much money they lose per minute?  Wouldn’t they have to take into account that some people are going to just wait until later to make their purchases?  Unless people were really impatient when they went to buy something, or like in your case they needed something the next day, I don’t see how they would lose that much in sales.  If I were a website like that, I would have multiple backup servers so that I could immediately switch over should something go haywire.  I am sure they have backup systems I just don’t know how extensive they are.

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