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AMAZON COM INC filed this Form 10-K on 01/30/2013
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The following summarizes our principal contractual commitments, excluding open orders for purchases that support normal operations, as of December 31, 2012 (in millions):


     Year Ended December 31,                
     2013      2014      2015      2016      2017      Thereafter      Total  

Operating and capital commitments:


Debt principal and interest

   $ 656       $ 105       $ 866       $ 43       $ 1,069       $ 1,380       $ 4,119   

Capital leases, including interest

     562         403         214         51         17         95         1,342   

Financing lease obligations, including interest

     1         1         1         1         1         9         14   

Operating leases

     595         634         570         514         453         2,688         5,454   

Unconditional purchase obligations (1)

     302         239         143         38         1         —           723   

Other commitments (2) (3)

     380         276         253         110         78         436         1,533   






















Total commitments

   $ 2,496       $ 1,658       $ 2,047       $ 757       $ 1,619       $ 4,608       $ 13,185   























(1) Includes unconditional purchase obligations related to agreements to acquire and license digital video content that represent long-term liabilities or that are not reflected on the consolidated balance sheets.
(2) Includes the estimated timing and amounts of payments for rent and tenant improvements associated with build-to-suit lease arrangements that have not been placed in service.
(3) Excludes $294 million of tax contingencies for which we cannot make a reasonably reliable estimate of the amount and period of payment, if any.

Pledged Securities

We have pledged or otherwise restricted $99 million and $156 million in 2012 and 2011 of our cash and marketable securities as collateral for standby and trade letters of credit, guarantees, debt related to our international operations, as well as real estate leases.

Inventory Suppliers

During 2012, no vendor accounted for 10% or more of our inventory purchases. We generally do not have long-term contracts or arrangements with our vendors to guarantee the availability of merchandise, particular payment terms, or the extension of credit limits.

Legal Proceedings

The Company is involved from time to time in claims, proceedings, and litigation, including the following:

Beginning in March 2003, we were served with complaints filed in several different states, including Illinois, by a private litigant, Beeler, Schad & Diamond, P.C., purportedly on behalf of the state governments under various state False Claims Acts. The complaints allege that we (along with other companies with which we have commercial agreements) wrongfully failed to collect and remit sales and use taxes for sales of personal property to customers in those states and knowingly created records and statements falsely stating we were not required to collect or remit such taxes. In December 2006, we learned that one additional complaint was filed in the state of Illinois by a different private litigant, Matthew T. Hurst, alleging similar violations of the Illinois state law. The Hurst case was dismissed with prejudice in June 2012. All of the complaints seek injunctive relief, unpaid taxes, interest, attorneys’ fees, civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, and treble or punitive damages under the various state False Claims Acts. It is possible that we have been or will be named in similar cases in other states as well. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing in these complaints and intend to vigorously defend ourselves in these matters.