Amazon is Bragging About How Much Frivolous Crap it Sold on Prime Day

By Mario Aguilar on at

Amazon Prime Day was a huge let down for many consumers who were actually hoping to get a good deal on something they wanted. But for Amazon, the day was a resounding success, it brags in a press release.

“Amazon sold more units than Black Friday 2014,” Amazon says. Impressive. Yet, if you excitedly navigated to the online retailer on Wednesday in the hopes of finding something you wanted, odds are good that you were greeted instead by reams of tat – a 24-inch shoehorn?!?!? – surrounded by maybe a few things you might consider buying.

Amazon recaps the highlights:

  • 56,000 Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy sets
  • 47,000 Televisions sold, which was 1300% year-over-year growth
  • 51,000 Bose Headphones, compared to 8 the previous Wednesday
  • 28,000 Rubbermaid 42-Piece Easy Find Lid Food Storage Sets, compared to 428 the previous Wednesday
  • 24,000 Instant Pot 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cookers, compared to 182 the previous Wednesday
  • 14,000 iRobot Roomba 595 Pet Vacuum Cleaning Robots, compared to 1 the previous Wednesday
  • 12,000 Fifty Shades of Grey Unrated Edition on Blu-ray, compared to 121 the previous Wednesday
  • 10,000 Meguiar’s X2020 Supreme Shine Microfiber Towels, compared to 244 the previous Wednesday

In other words, Amazon manufactured a way to move a crapload of stuff people weren’t otherwise buying. It disappeared surplus inventory on us. That said, the TVs I understand. I was hoping to get a deal on a TV myself. But who are the 12,000 idiots who bought 50 Shades of Grey?

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