Amazon Does Away with Thursday Morning Crashes

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 17 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

For the last couple of weeks, Thursday mornings around 11am Pacific meant one thing at nothing. As in nothing was working.

The Thursday of Thanksgiving, I attempted to log on to five minutes before 11 to see what I needed to do to get the deal. No dice. I couldn’t get to load for nearly 10 minutes.

Fortunately, Amazon has fixed the issue. Instead of a free for all, they’re instituting a random drawing for the weekly deal. To be eligible, all you have to do is login and vote!


Amazon responded by changing the rules. It extended the voting period for the second round, and also warned that Amazon would block computers attempting to repeatedly reload the page.

For this week’s voting, the company announced a detailed voucher system aimed at stemming “the incredible volume of traffic” for its promotion.

Shoppers will only be able to purchase the products if they vote in the poll and are later selected randomly to receive a “claim code,” good for 24 hours. Customers also must have a credit card linked to their account.

[tags], amazon[/tags]