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Amazon Website Crashes As Issues Continue On Prime Day 2018

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If you're on the hunt for some good discounts today is going to be one of the best of the year, thanks to Amazon Prime Day. Unfortunately, the actual launch of the sale in the US has seemingly brought Amazon's website to its knees; it appears to have crashed, leaving users to face an endless loop of pages with few deals on them. This includes being complete unable to perform searches in some cases, which obviously is less than ideal if you know what you want to buy.

On the bright side, you are sometimes treated to pictures of some cute dogs, like the ones below, so it's not all bad news. And if you have a direct link to a deal--we've got a roundup of the best gaming deals--you can reach the page and make a purchase. But actually accessing your cart, which you'll need to do to checkout, might not be possible without trying repeatedly. It's proving to be a frustrating experience, and one that doesn't appear to be fully resolved several hours after the sale began in the US.

Amazon did acknowledge the problems on Twitter, saying in a statement, "Some customers are having difficulty shopping, and we're working to resolve this issue quickly. Many are shopping successfully--in the first hour of Prime Day in the US, customers have ordered more items compared to the first hour last year. There are hundreds of thousands of deals to come and more than 34 hours to shop Prime Day." That's, of course, little consolation to those who are still battling website problems.

The online retailer's annual sale promises to slash prices on a range of products, from video games and TVs to USB drives, phones, and many other gadgets. Of course, to make the most of the day you'll need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, but if you haven't already signed up for a membership, there are some workarounds to save you money on doing that too. Make sure to read our article on Everything You Need To Know About Amazon Prime Day 2018.

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While the deeper Prime Day discounts will surface today, we've had some decent ones in the lead-up to the sale. Twitch, the streaming platform owned by Amazon, has been giving away free games in July. If you haven't already been getting them, it may not be too late, you can read all about the pre-Amazon Prime Day deals here.

Prime Day can also provide it's fair share of comedy, alongside hot discounts. Watch the video above to see Joey Yee talk about some of the weirdest products you may be able to get on the cheap. Honestly, you'll probably be surprised and a little bit horrified by some of the things he's been able to find.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 Coverage

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