Ten Things You Didn't Know About Amazon by Jesse Bluma

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Amazon

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1.  Amazon:  late 14c., from Gk. Amazon (mostly in plural Amazones) "one of a race of female warriors in Scythia," probably from an unknown non-I.E. word, possibly from an Iranian compound *ha-maz-an- "(one) fighting together" [Watkins], but in folk etymology long derived from a- "without" + mazos "breasts," hence the story that the Amazons cut or burned off one breast so they could draw bowstrings more efficiently. The river in South America (originally called by the Sp. Rio Santa Maria de la Mar Dulce) rechristened by Francisco de Orellana, 1541, after an encounter with female warriors of the Tapuyas (or, as some say, beardless, long-haired male tribesmen; still others hold that the name is a corruption of a native word in Tupi or Guarani meaning "wave").

2.  Founded by Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com website started in 1995 as a place to buy books because of the unique customer experience the Web could offer book lovers.  Bezos names his company "Amazon" because it was a place that was "exotic and different" and it was the river he considered the biggest in the world, as he hoped his company would be.  During the first 30 days of business, Amazon.com fulfilled orders for customers in 50 states and 45 countries - all shipped from his Seattle-area garage.   

3.  Amazon Wish Lists can expand a nonprofit's potential donor pool to Amazon’s millions of customers and offer a great way to ensure that they receive the right number of the exact items needed. 

4.  Amazon customers have contributed more than $35 million to global relief programs.

5.  Amazon.com, Inc. is located in Washington, USA.  

6.  The Amazon logo represents the very same message that they sell everything from A to Z and the arrow below the logo represents the smile that customers would experience by shopping on the Amazon.com website.

7.  Amazon makes money not only through sales on its website--they also earn profit by selling advertising space on their site. 

8.  Amazon is in the production of original entertainment via Amazon Studios. 

9.  Amazon banned the sale of whale, dolphin, and shark meat on their site.  

10.  Amazon has been criticized for its refusal to collect sales taxes from customers in states in which it does not have a physical presence.  

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