Amazon is hit with a ferocious storm that hurts its shipping, but it’s a good opportunity for customers

A tornado roared through the northeastern states on Wednesday, and like many other storms, it interfered with Amazon’s rush to keep up with unprecedented demand from Prime members and other shoppers. As the storm…

Amazon is hit with a ferocious storm that hurts its shipping, but it’s a good opportunity for customers

A tornado roared through the northeastern states on Wednesday, and like many other storms, it interfered with Amazon’s rush to keep up with unprecedented demand from Prime members and other shoppers.

As the storm got more intense, Amazon customers began reporting on Twitter that packages had been damaged by the rough weather.

At Amazon’s Seattle-area headquarters, one Twitter user reported that her Amazon Echo Dot – a device that asks for songs or to play them – had been moved from the room into a bathroom. She called the police, and they arrived to bring it back to the customer service desk, she tweeted.

Ms. Edwards’s loss, however, was widely viewed as an opportunity for customers to get a good deal.

An Ebay search on Wednesday showed that the device in question had changed hands for $99.99, considerably less than its $149.99 price at Amazon. Ebay did not respond to requests for comment on that finding.

But the storm did also have knock-on effects. In Indiana, many drivers ran out of gas while they sought shelter from the storm, because their gas stations lacked power. Many were forced to get taxis or just walk to their places of business, with many motorists reporting fuel shortages at the pump on Thursday. In DeKalb County, Illinois, the sheriff’s office urged residents to take their vehicles to an area near some highways so they could charge them.

In Kansas, where nearly 50 people were killed in tornadoes in May 2011, storms are sometimes just too intense to withstand. Local authorities were put on alert for potential emergency situations with homes and vehicles, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Last year, Amazon grew like no other retailer – by 30 percent. As the e-commerce firm expanded and became more sophisticated, efforts to get some of its products to homes and offices around the world were made more complicated. On Wednesday, the turbulence that gripped Amazon demonstrated that in no small way, it works with snakes.

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