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Technology Giants #4 - Amazon

Can you guess these facts about Amazon.com?
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The only thing that Amazon sold when it first started
Books
City home to Amazon's main headquarters
Seattle
The only American company with more revenue than Amazon (for now)
Wal-Mart
Amazon's subscription service that comes with free "two day" shipping
Amazon Prime
Grocery store chain acquired in 2017
Whole Foods
Brand of smart doorbell acquired in 2018
Ring
Founder of Amazon
Jeff Bezos
Amazon's e-reader device
Kindle
Amazon's tablet device
Fire Tablet
Newspaper purchased by Amazon's founder in 2013
(hint: Watergate)
Washington Post
Smart speaker made by Amazon
Smart speaker made by Amazon
Echo
Product sold by Amazon subsidiary Zappos
Shoes
Amazon's "personal assistant" that can, in theory, give answers to simple questions
Alexa
Toy store chain which filed for bankruptcy in 2017 due to their inability to
compete with Amazon
Toys "R" Us
Activity most commonly streamed on Amazon's Twitch platform
Video games
Amazon service which JetPunk relies on
Web hosting
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Level 66
May 21, 2018
"What "smart speaker" is made by Amazon?

What "smart speaker" is made by Amazon?" I thought this was a mistake... until I saw the answer. Clever!

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Level 81
May 24, 2018
I echo this comment
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Level 59
Sep 20, 2018
I echo this comment
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Level 56
Dec 15, 2021
I echo this comment
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Level 68
Jan 22, 2024
this comment
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Level 68
Jan 22, 2024
comment
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Level 49
Apr 17, 2024
ment
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Level 73
Apr 17, 2024
ent
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Level 84
Jan 24, 2024
You can say that again!
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Level 42
Apr 18, 2024
that
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Level 63
Apr 20, 2024
That again
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Level 91
May 21, 2018
Doesn't Zappos sell all kinds of clothing?
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Level 73
May 23, 2018
Yes, but the selection isn't that deep. They also run 6pm which is a lot of the same stuff but cheaper/closeouts.
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Level 80
May 21, 2018
Prime gets you 2-day delivery in the States, then? It's next-day here in the UK. Not so far to travel.
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Level 75
Sep 6, 2018
I live so far out in the boonies it takes Prime orders four days to reach us. I love it when checking out and the options are "free two-day delivery - will arrive in four days." Occasionally it runs to five days if it's over a weekend, and they used to arrive within three days, but now they usually get here in four. I was astounded when our daughter who lives in a city placed an order and it was there two hours later.
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Level 75
Sep 6, 2018
BTW, I'm not grumbling. Amazon has made items available to us that we would never have been able to purchase otherwise. I know there are trade offs for living where the stars can be seen at night - if one could only see them through the mosquitoes. :)
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2024
Prime is 2-day shipping, not 2-day delivery. They don't guarantee the time it takes to get from their location to yours, just that it gets shipped out within 2 days.
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Level 88
May 22, 2018
You have the same question posted twi...ahhhh...ISWYDT
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Level 73
Sep 5, 2018
Ugh I tried Starcraft, DOTA, etc. in the Twitch question... Never thought of video games as a whole! *facepalm*
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Level 75
Sep 5, 2018
please accept book for books. the first question. tnx
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Level 79
Jan 21, 2024
Just a guess here but I think they might've sold more than one book
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Level 62
Sep 5, 2018
Question 1 should be "were the only things" not the singular as the answer is plural. I was confused because I was trying to think of a specific book...
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Level 81
Sep 5, 2018
Realistically, Toys R Us went bankrupt because of a horrid debt burden brought on by a leveraged buyout led by Bain Capital. Before the buyout, in the mid 2000s, They were actually relatively profitable. Immediately after, they had a swing to losses of enormous magnitude.

Amazon didn't help them recover, but without the debt burden, they would have had plenty of cash flow to reestablish themselves and compete. But when all your cash is going to pay off debt at ludicrous interest rates, you can't reinvest to compete.

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Level 65
Sep 10, 2018
Came here to say this
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Level 84
Sep 25, 2020
TRU brick & mortar stores basically became Amazon showrooms. A lot of people would go to a Toys Я Us location, assess the item in person, and if they liked it, get on their phones as they were leaving the store, and by the time they got back to their car, they'd ordered it from Amazon for less.
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2024
Weren't Toys R Us products sold on Amazon for a time in the early days of Amazon? I seem to remember that when you searched for Toys R Us online, it brought you to their Amazon store.
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Level 70
Sep 5, 2018
Just to nitpick, Toys R Us only went under in the States, Canadian Toys R Us is still operating.
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Level 78
Sep 30, 2019
They closed down in the UK as well
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Level 41
Sep 6, 2018
Got all but Zappos (yes I know, I am stupid) and Jetpunk.com question (didn't know about the website hosting).

Edit: Didn't close parenthesis

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Level 77
Jan 17, 2020
Creepily, I was doing this quiz on an Amazon Fire Tab, listening to Alexa on my Echo, after ordering something with Amazon Prime...
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2024
Why?
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Level 67
Feb 12, 2024
They're in a commercial - quick, we're rolling in 5!
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Level 56
Sep 3, 2020
For the smart speaker question, you wrote it twice in the same hint :) great quiz otherwise!
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Level 84
Sep 25, 2020
Actually, I thought that was the most clever part of the quiz. I don't have "Echo", so I didn't get that one. But I knew the question as written was not a mistake, but rather a clue. In retrospect, I should've figured it out. But I thought it was indicative of a name like "Tom-Tom" or something like that.
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Level 66
Mar 7, 2023
I don't know anything about web hosting- but isn't there a lot of talk about how significant Amazon's share is of the market?

Or maybe it was that the web hosting portion of their company, makes up a much larger share of their business than most people are aware of.

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Level ∞
Jan 20, 2024
Azure and Google Cloud also have decent market share. The problem is that none of these companies really compete on price.

Amazon Web Services used to be cheap, but they are a ripoff now because they haven't lowered their prices in a long time. Bandwidth costs are particularly egregious. But switching is a pain so we're sort of locked in.

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Level 51
Sep 18, 2023
Fix the smart speaker question, it repeats itself
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Level 79
Oct 10, 2023
whooooosh
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Level 63
Apr 20, 2024
Correction: r/whoooosh
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Level 48
Apr 17, 2024
So Amazon's the reason Toys 'R' Us went under. Hmm!
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Level 71
Apr 17, 2024
Totally off topic but virtually every time I come on jetpunk I see the same ad that says to take a “gay quiz”. I’m not gay and I haven’t searched for gay things yet it’s so frequent that it’s become harassment despite telling them not to show it to me anymore. The reason I’m telling you this is because it only happens here on jetpunk.com so does your site have some kind of special algorith when it comes to ads that’s unique/different from other sites? If so can you help me fix this issue please? I already contacted Google about it but they did nothing.
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Level ∞
Apr 17, 2024
We have zero control over the ads which appear. Sorry! I'd highly recommend subscribing to JetPunk Premium for an ad free experience and more.

https://www.jetpunk.com/premium

It costs $40 for 3 years which is about $1 a month.