Prime Day was the biggest shopping event in Amazon's history

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals so far including TVs, Fitbit and Echo Show

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals so far including TVs, Fitbit and Echo Show

As well as bagging $1bn worldwide, Prime Day served as a golden opportunity for Amazon's deliveries.

Amazon said that the prime Day sales in the US continue to be bigger than ever - in fact, in the first 10 hours, Prime Day grew even faster, year-over-year, than the first 10 hours last year. Its Prime service now boasts more than 100 million members. The company has become the world's largest retailer, mostly by offering rock-bottom prices, but it has also received widespread criticism for the treatment of its workers, some of whom say they have had to rely on government programs to make ends meet.

Despite the bust out of the gate, the company said it sold more items in the first hour of Prime Day this year than in the first four hours of last year's event.

Prime Day launched at noon Seattle time on Monday, and immediately there were problems that kept users from using three Amazon channels - the Amazon.com website, the mobile shopping app and the digital voice assistant. Prime Day also lasts six hours longer than a year ago.

Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. It also said Amazon fulfillment center jobs offered competitive pay and comprehensive benefits from the first day of employment.

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Highlights for shoppers past year included a 30% discount on the Amazon Echo Dot, an Alexa-enabled device capable of playing music, making calls and controlling smart home gadgets. Whether it's a paper shredder, a dog crate, or a medicine ball, Amazon Prime members get 20 percent off the items in the basics section. For this prime day alone, these businesses made over $1 Billion in sales. Amazon previously said Prime has a global membership base of 100 million.

Still, Prime member spending has gradually increased, CIRP also said.

In the United States, advocacy groups are planning several consumer rallies outside Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market locations to protest the sale of Nazi, Confederate and white nationalist merchandise through Amazon's marketplace of third-party sellers.

But there's a catch - the sale is available only to Amazon Prime members.

When online, the links on the main page advertising the Prime Day deals instead went nowhere - except to the main page itself. This year Prime Day starts at midday PT (3pm ET) on July 16. In addition to impressive deals on Amazon devices like the Echo smart speaker and Kindle e-reader, Prime Day brings thousands of Lightning deals on the latest TV's, laptops, gaming consoles, cameras, home and kitchen products.

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