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<< Back Announces New Deadlines for Overnight Holiday Delivery; Teams with USPS to Deliver over Christmas Weekend and on Christmas Day

SEATTLE--Dec. 6, 2000--Leading online retailer (Nasdaq:AMZN), together with the United States Postal Service, today announced special plans to deliver gifts over the Christmas weekend and even on Christmas Day.

Now customers can place orders at through Dec. 23, and still have them delivered in time for Christmas.

The special holiday weekend delivery options mean customers will be able to order merchandise that shows 24-hour availability until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 23 at and still receive their packages on Christmas Day, by choosing a special holiday delivery shipping method at check-out.

Order deadlines and eligibility for the overnight holiday delivery are as follows:

Order By          Delivery      Delivery              Provided To
                  Date          Method(s)
Dec. 21 (Thurs)   Dec. 23 - UPS Next Day Saturday  All serviceable ZIP
11:59 p.m. EST    (Sat)       Delivery; &          codes in the 48 
                          - USPS Express Mail      contiguous states; 
                                                   excludes Alaska and
Dec. 22 (Fri)     Dec. 24 - USPS Express Mail      Approximately 
11:59 p.m. EST    (Sun)                            32,000 major 
                                                   metropolitan ZIP 
Dec. 23 (Sat)     Dec. 25 - USPS Express Mail      Approximately 
11:59 p.m. EST    (Mon)                            32,000 major 
                                                   metropolitan ZIP 

"Year after year, I find myself waiting until the last minute to do my holiday shopping," said David Risher,'s senior vice president and general manager of U.S. stores. "This year, is making it possible for me and all the procrastinators out there to get their last-minute shopping done with just a click of the mouse."

These overnight holiday delivery options will allow shoppers to easily and conveniently purchase merchandise from as last-minute gifts through Dec. 23, and still have delivery in time for Christmas.

To help communicate the overnight holiday delivery options to customers, a co-branded television advertising campaign featuring and the Postal Service began airing nationwide on Dec. 4 and will continue through Dec. 22. The campaign will include two, 30-second television spots that will air on network television during prime time.

Holiday shoppers who procrastinate beyond the Dec. 23 order deadline for Christmas Day delivery can still take advantage of's e-mail gift certificates, which can be scheduled for a specific delivery or sent immediately.

Last holiday season, shipped more than 20 million items--well more than 99 percent of which were delivered on time for the holidays. Looking to build on its success, began working with major carriers such as the Postal Service and UPS in January to prepare for the 2000 holiday season.

According to's Delight-O-Meter, customers have already ordered over 18.8 million units worldwide since Nov. 2.

(Note: The Delight-O-Meter tracks the number of items ordered from Amazon sites worldwide, including items ordered from its co-branded site with, but excludes gift certificates purchased, items ordered from other members of the Amazon Commerce Network, and orders from's zShops, Auctions and Marketplace. The Delight-O-Meter should not be viewed or used as a predictor of revenue or other financial information relating to

About (, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 retailer. (Nasdaq:AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. lists more than 28 million unique items in categories such as electronics, kitchen products, books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, software, computer and video games, tools and hardware, lawn and patio, and wireless products. Through zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to's more than 25 million customers, and with Payments, sellers can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments. operates four international Web sites:,, and It also operates the Internet Movie Database, the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 250,000 movies and entertainment titles and 1 million cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1891 to 2003.

Amazon Anywhere is the leader in mobile e-commerce, providing access from anywhere in the world to, and on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and through handheld wireless Internet devices that use HDML or the Wireless Application Protocol.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others,'s limited operating history, anticipated losses, significant amount of indebtedness, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risk of distribution center expansion, risks related to fourth quarter performance, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, inventory risks, risks related to auction and zShops services, risks related to fraud and Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, strategic alliances and the Amazon Commerce Network. More information about factors that potentially could affect's financial results is included in's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 1999, and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2000, June 30, 2000, and September 30, 2000.

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