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Why websites still break at the worst possible times

Even the mighty Amazon isn't immune from system failures.
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Not one of the dogs of Amazon, but still cute.

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Earlier this week, Amazon held its annual celebration of consumerism known as Prime Day, a 36-hour orgy of buying that spanned over a dozen countries. By Amazon’s own reporting, it was a success. Consumers bought over 100 million products, according to a statement from the company. They gobbled up deals, purchasing more than a quarter-million Instant Pots, more than a million smart-home gadgets, and stuff like water filters, DNA tests, and school supplies.

But it wasn’t smooth sailing. There were widespread reports of problems, and shoppers were faced with issues that included seeing an error page shows a spike in issues on Monday, July 16, when Prime Day kicked off.

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