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Unusual facts about amazon


  1. Amazon began in the garage of founder Jeff Bezos’ home in Bellevue, Wash.
  2. Bezos originally wanted to name the company “Cadabra” as in “Abracadabra.”
  3. When the website first went live it only sold books.
  4. There was also a huge programming error in the early days that would let customers trick Amazon into sending them money.
  5. As the company grew exponentially, early employees were expected to work no fewer than 60 hours per week.
  6. Amazon’s practice of hiring so many seasonal workers originated after the insane holiday season of 1998.
  7. Today Amazon has more than 117,000 employees worldwide and shows no signs of stopping its rapid expansion.
  8. Amazon’s fulfillment center in Phoenix, Ariz., is made up of 1.2 million square feet.
  9. To help ease the burden on its warehouse workers, Amazon now uses robots to assist in retrieving items.
  10. Amazon once listed a book about flies for $23,698,655.93.

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