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<< Back Wraps Up Holiday Season With More Than 99% of Shipments in Time for the Holidays and More Than 31 Million Units Ordered

SEATTLE--December 27, 2000--Leading online retailer ( today announced that its Delight-O-Meter, which tracked units ordered on its site, surpassed 31 million units as of midnight PST December 23, 2000. shipped well in excess of 99 percent of items to arrive in time for the holidays, even better than last year.

The last of thousands of orders on December 23, for the board game Chutes and Ladders, was placed at 11:59 p.m. PST, just under the wire, to arrive in Missouri on Christmas Day. The final orders requesting delivery by December 25 were placed between 11:22 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. PST on the 23rd and were shipped to all parts of the United States, from California to South Carolina to Ohio, in time to meet the holiday deadline. Those orders included the book Bellow: A Biography, the video game Frogger, a 21-inch stuffed Christmas dog, DVDs including the movie Left Behind, the No Angel CD by Dido, and a 19-inch color TV.

"Our job is to be there for our customers, even at midnight on December 23, and to make sure that children and adults across the United States and around the world have the joy of opening their presents in time for the holidays," said David Risher,'s senior vice president and general manager of U.S. stores. "We want to thank the millions of customers who trusted us with their gifts this holiday season."

Deliveries on Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day were made possible through a special agreement between and the United States Postal Service.

Some of the hottest products across's Web site included the Polaroid i-zone camera and i-zone film, the Gladiator DVD, the Chicken Run video, the Beatles 1 CD, the Beatles Anthology book, the Tekno Robotic Puppy, DVD players, digital cameras, the George Foreman Champ Grill, and the Nokia 8260 mobile phone.'s Wish List, an online gift registry introduced last holiday season, has become one of's most quickly adopted site features, with more than 2.4 million Wish Lists today. This holiday season more than 7 million items were added to customers' Wish Lists between November 2 and December 23.

About the Delight-O-Meter

The Delight-O-Meter tracked the number of items ordered from's sites worldwide (,,, and from November 2 through December 23, 2000, at midnight PST, including items ordered from its co-branded site with This feature excluded gift certificates purchased; items ordered from other members of the Amazon Commerce Network; and orders from's zShops, Auctions or Marketplace. Note: The Delight-O-Meter should not be viewed or used as a predictor or indicator 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 items, 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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