|Amazon.com and Leading Collectibles Companies Team Up for the Holidays|
Leading online retailer provides excellent selection and services from five collectibles companies for Auctions and zShops customers
SEATTLE, November 5, 1999--In time for the holiday shopping season, Amazon.com and five leading collectibles companies are teaming up to bring customers an exciting offering of collectibles and memorabilia. The arrangements include some of the largest, most respected companies in the fields of comics, sci-fi collectibles, trading cards, toy collectibles, coins, and music memorabilia.
Amazon.com's more than 13 million customers now have access to thousands of products and services from industry leaders TNCUniverse, Mile High Comics, Intergalactic Trading Company, VROOM (Official Catalog of Rock & Roll), and Certified Collectibles Group. Most of these companies' merchandise can be purchased on Amazon.com Auctions and zShops through Amazon.com Payments with 1-Click.
"Amazon.com is thrilled to be working with these collectible leaders to provide a wonderful customer shopping experience," said Joel Spiegel, vice president and general manager, Amazon.com. "These companies have earned impeccable reputations in the collecting community based on their unique and vast product selection and their commitment to excellent customer service."
"The e-commerce marketplace is the most efficient way for VROOM and music memorabilia customers to interact," said Jacques Vroom, founder of VROOM, the country's premier marketer of music memorabilia and merchandise. "We're excited about working with such a respected online retailer to spread the word about our unique products. Not only does Amazon.com have more customers than any other online retailer, it shares our passion for customers."
"This new arrangement is a fundamental shift in our ability to provide service and selection to collectors of comics, " stated Chuck Rozanski, founder and owner of Mile High Comics, the largest comics retailer in North America. "By utilizing both zShops and Amazon.com Auctions, we can now market comics and other collectibles not only to the 100,000 comics fans who already rely upon us, but also to Amazon.com's more than 13 million customers."
About Intergalactic Trading Company
Intergalactic Trading Company Inc., located in Longwood, Florida, was founded in 1976 by Mike Kott and Suzanne Cornwell. Intergalactic has been the leading retailer in TV and movie science fiction collectibles over the past two decades. Kott and Cornwell are the authors of The Official Price Guides to Star Trek & Star Wars Collectibles, published by Random House, with more than 100,000 copies printed in four editions during the past 10 years. The price guide is available through Amazon.com.
Intergalactic Trading Company Inc. can be found on the Web at: http://zshops.amazon.com/seller/intergalactic
TNCUniverse.com (The National Collector, Inc.), located in Sarasota, Florida, was founded in 1988 by Douglas Sharpe. TNCUniverse.com takes pride in its leadership position in establishing markets in such popular collectibles as Pokémon, Beanie Babies, Barbie, Star Wars, Star Trek, Magic the Gathering CCG, McFarlane Toys, and much more. TNCUniverse.com can be found on the Web at: http://zshops.amazon.com/seller/tncuniverse
VROOM.com (The Rock & Roll Group, LLC) located in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Jacques Vroom in 1996. VROOM, Official Catalog of Rock & Roll, is the premier marketer of music memorabilia and merchandise in the country. Amazon.com's relationship with VROOM gives Amazon customers access to millions of interesting and valuable pieces of rock-related merchandise and historical artifacts. VROOM can be found on the Web at: http://zshops.amazon.com/seller/vroomcatalog
About Mile High Comics
Mile High Comics is based in Denver, Colorado, and was founded by Chuck Rozanski in 1969. Mile High has six retail stores, and a very dynamic e-commerce operation based on its online inventory of seven million back-issue comics and its online new comics subscription division. Mile High Comics can be found on the Web at: http://zshops.amazon.com/seller/milehighcomics
About Certified Collectibles Group
Certified Collectibles Group and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation is a group of companies focused on the impartial, independent, and expert certification and grading of collectibles. CCG companies include: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America (NGC), the leading grading company in rare coins, currently certifying more than 50,000 coins per month; Sportscard Guaranty LLC (SGC), which has seen remarkable growth and popularity in its first year of operation, growing to its current certification of more than 30,000 cards per month; and Comics Guaranty LLC (CGC), the first and only certification and grading service for comic books. Certified Collectibles Group can be found on the Web at: http://www.SGCcard.com
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation can be found on the Web at: http://www.ngccoin.com
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc. and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 video, and No. 1 book retailer. Amazon.com opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection with online auctions, toys, electronics, and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, and computer games. Through Amazon.com zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's more than 13 million customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, any seller can accept credit-card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments.
Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. Amazon.com's All Product Search scours the Web to help customers find merchandise that is not available at Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, or Amazon.com zShops, making Amazon.com the shopping destination to find anything.
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com), a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the present. Amazon.com also operates Amazon.com LiveBid Auctions (http://livebid.amazon.com), the leading provider of live-event auctions on the Internet.
Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient: drugstore.com, an online retail and information source for health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the online leader for pet products, expert information, and services, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service, with operations in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Southern California, at www.homegrocer.com; and Gear.com, which offers brand-name sporting goods at prices from 20 to 90 percent off retail, at www.gear.com. Amazon.com also has a minority interest in Della & James, the leading online wedding-gift registry, at www.dellajames.com.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, risks related to auction services, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1998 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1999 and June 30, 1999.