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Posted: July 10, 2017

5 things you didn’t know about Amazon

By Bryan Erdy, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Both old and new Amazon Prime users are gearing up for the much-anticipated Amazon Prime Day deals launching Monday night.

» RELATED: Amazon Prime Day 2017: When is it; what's on sale? 

As you take advantage of the biggest bargains from the multi-million dollar company’s sale of the year, take a look back at its humble beginnings.

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Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Amazon:

1. It began in a garage.

Like many big companies and hit bands that once started in a college dorm room or basement, Amazon’s humble beginnings originated in the garage of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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2. It was originally called “Cadabra.”

Yes, as in “Abracadabra.” But as soon as people began confusing “Cadabra” with “cadaver,” that name went out the window.

Bezos instead chose “,” to suggest something of a large scale.

3. When it went live, it only sold books. wasn’t always “Amazonian.” When it went live, it actually only sold books. But now, sells everything from electronics to apparel to groceries.

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4. Every time a purchase was made, a bell would ring in the company office.

This humble tradition of the most popular online store in the U.S. is no longer.

5. In 2012, a web services crash cost the company millions of dollars.

Amazon’s web services went down for an hour in October 2012, mainly affecting eastern states. This cost the company millions of dollars.

Read more about the crash here.

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The Amazon logo is projected onto a screen at a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)



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