It seems that every year is's "best year ever." That's no surprise given that the number of people shopping online is growing every year and a huge number of them shop at the 'zon. Every year, Amazon releases a list of holiday shopping minutiae, including popular items and details of a few interesting shipments. Here are the highlights:

  • When they were in stock, Amazon sold 17 Nintendo Wiis per second.
  • It shipped more than 99 percent of orders in time to meet holiday deadlines. Translation: Not quite one out of every hundred shoppers were screwed!
  • On "Green Monday," the peak of the season for e-commerce, the company sold 5.4 million items, an average of 62.5 items per second. Wait, so would that be 27 percent Nintendo Wiis?
  • On its peak shipping day, Amazon shipped over 3.9 million units.

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