seems to be back up. A bit slow, but functional. All in all, the site was down for 3 hours, which is very very long for a gigantic online retailer to be down these days. [Amazon]


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  1. GenXCub says:

    Now I know we were trying to quantify how much it costs to be down per minute, but wouldn’t you say that most people who would have bought something during that time would just wait and do it when it came back?

  2. Munsoned says:

    I hope Amazon’s CEO doesn’t join the ones from Starbucks, Motorola and Jet Blue (discussed below) because of this…

  3. ChChChacos says:

    I thought it was down but I thought my computer was just crazy. I’ve been having issues with the latest firefox 3 beta on my MBP.

  4. ShadowFalls says:


    Hehe true, but one of their “lightning” deals started and expired within the period.

  5. Bladefist says:

    Based on what I read on my stock broker website, a rep from Amazon made it sound like it was planned down time. Can’t possibly be true. Why would you down your whole business?

  6. sourrob says:

    1) Down your whole business
    3) Profit!

  7. hellinmyeyes says:

    It’s up here in Florida. Err, wait, wrong thread. *rolls eyes*

  8. spartan789 says:

    From what I saw, it went down right around the time they released the Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 which a bunch of people were waiting for. I have a feeling that’s what brought it down.

  9. IMDB is still down, so amazon isn’t entirely up yet… They fixed their most important part first… I’m sure there might be intermittent interruptions for the next couple of days though

  10. Ben Popken says:

    @GenXCub: Partially true, but you may be overestimating people’s patience and underestimating how much the instant gratification aspect adds to Amazon’s sales. A good portion of those turned away customers may have immediately looked to the new available online retailer.

  11. Raziya says:

    Your website asplode!

  12. @spartan789: I was thinking the exact same thing. Around 1:00pm EST I kept hitting refresh on the MGSIV PS3 bundle until the option to preorder appeared. After I placed my order at 1:01pm I went back into my account settings to make sure everything looked good and the site was r-e-a-l-l-y slow brining up the page. I decided to try later and when I did after ten minutes, the site was completely down. I think it’s too much of a coincidence that the site went down mere minutes after they were offering preorders on the bundle. A lot of people, myself included, were waiting for this to finally make a “next gen” console purchase this generation.

  13. FLConsumer says:

    @ChChChacos:’s worked fine from here when I was trying to access it. Using a PC ‘though… maybe it’s a Mac-only problem.

  14. koath says:

    I think my friend tried to access and buy amazon when it was down. He was saying at work today that when he tried to load their homepage he got banned because he was a robot.

    Clearing his cache and trying a different browser didn’t allow him to get to the site. He did email them about the problem.

  15. MSUHitman says:

    @PhiCancri: Many video game sites are reporting this is a possible cause of the Amazon outage.


  16. thecodingeye says:

    @GenXCub: That’s what I’d do. I’m patient.

    @spartan789: Makes a lot of sense. Although, with Amazon being as big as they are, one would think that they would have enough servers set up so they could handle an increase in traffic.