Someone Bought A CD-ROM For $3B And 5 Other Things You Might Not Know About Amazon

We’re sure you’re aware of Amazon.com, as it sells everything from gigantic gummy bears to a Wi-Fi enabled egg tray. But there are things about that sprawling, massive and enormous company that you might never have known. Except that someone has looked into it and so of course, now we’ll all have a few more trivia facts to fill that next awkward silence at all the upcoming holiday parties.

BuzzFeed, that site with more Lists Of Things That Someone Or Something Is Totally Going To Relate To than you’ll ever need, has a tidy little video with some little known Amazon facts we found to be interesting.

A few of our favorites are below, as well as the video with the full list:

1. Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square gardens… That’s also equivalent to 17 Rhode Islands. Maybe you can buy 17 Rhode Islands on Amazon?

2. The people who collect items from those warehouses are called “Pick Ambassadors.” Probably because Choosing Emperors just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

3. Although Amazon had a full 49 minutes where the site was down in 2012, which cost them $5.7 million in sales, they still serve 19.5 million customers daily (more than the entire population of Florida).

4. Someone once bought a CD-Rom for nearly $3 billion… and he still had to pay $3.99 for shipping and handling. Amazon canceled the order. Now we just need to know how that price was ever allowed in the first place.

5. All employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk. Yes, even CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. You’ve gotta know your audience, and what better way than hearing what they’re complaining about?

6. Speaking of Jeff Bezos  — he’s spent $42 million to fund a clock designed to keep time for 10,000 years. No, not because he is also working on a way to cryogenically freeze himself and be immortal, although that would be cool (pun totally intended!). It’s to symbolize long-term thinking.

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  1. CharlesWinthrop says:

    Sorry, but I call shenanigans on #5. I was hired to do that job. And you know what I did? Picking and packing. Customer service is handled by an outsource company. Always has been. They advertise job listings for it, but then you find out that there actually isn’t a job for it.