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Amazon to Delay Prime Day 2021 in Canada

Amazon to Delay Prime Day 2021 in Canada

By Simon Hung

Amazon is postponing their annual Prime Day shopping event in Canada, due to concerns of rising COVID-19 cases and slow vaccination rollout throughout the country. The company is also taking the same precaution in India, as their COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen with over 400,000 new cases this past Thursday alone.

No re-scheduled date was provided and the delay will not impact other markets including China, France, Germany, Spain, the United States and United Kingdom, where Prime Day 2021 is expected to continue as scheduled on an unannounced date in June.

Originally launched in 2015, Amazon Prime Day is an annual sales event held worldwide exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The event usually occurred in July, but Amazon was forced to delay last year's Prime Day until mid-October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the two-day event taking place on October 13 and 14.

Delaying the popular event is a prudent move for Amazon to mitigate the risk of exposure to warehouse employees, as the company has come under scrutiny for the treatment of their warehouse staff and delivery drivers throughout the pandemic. In March, Amazon's Brampton, Ontario warehouse was shut down by the provincial government due to an outbreak of COVID-19, prompting the Ministry of Labour to launch an investigation into potential labour violations.

Prime Day has become one of the most-anticipated shopping events on RedFlagDeals, generating over 7000 posts and 1.7 million views on our forum last year. We'll have more Prime Day 2021 updates as the situation develops and have complete coverage of the shopping event when it occurs in Canada later this year.

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Source: CNBC, with reports from Bloomberg

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    • I'll say this, Amazon is still my favorite online retailer.

      Who does it better?

      I spend tens of thousands just through one account every year.

      Christmas will bring good tidings for deals, as crypto calms down. Assuming inflation doesn't runaway.
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    • Guys, you are kind of off topic...
      I would like to point out I asked an innocuous question, then you proceeded to light the fire and stand back looking innocent... 😂

      Unwinnable arguments by all sides but the fact remains, no Prime Day. Hope they make up for it some other way.
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    • Guys, you are kind of off topic...
      Just a little. Classic RFD.
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    • Guys, you are kind of off topic...
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    • This is where your argument falls apart, nevermind completely ignoring population differences that have existed since Europeans began colonizing North America. It's getting worse there unless you're a denial type, in which case there is truly nothing more to say. If you end up moving please do the rest of us fools who decide to stay a favour, don't come back to abuse our health care.
      This is an unwinnable argument for me as it stems from social preferences, the preferences of the home population are in line with your views. Thousands of businesses ravaged, millions in the labor force displaced, all for something I can't even fully articulate without getting an infraction for pointing out on this forum.

      In short, take your W. There's no hate here, just an unabashed urge to live a free and prosperous life (in matters of family, finances, and faith).

      ================

      Back to the topic at hand, Amazon Prime Day is dead, look forward to Black Friday / Christmas / Boxing Day 2021. My best successes from Amazon.ca have been price errors, and a quick finger on RFD, but the holiday seasons do bring special opportunities.
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    • Thread about Prime Days ----> Socioeconomic Problems in Canada? ----> Emigration??

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    • This is the standard response for someone who hasn't done serious business in the US, or emigrated to the US.

      I encourage you to speak to Canadian expats in the US and ask them how they're doing. Don't take my word for it.

      For the time being, my investments and my associations tie me to Southern Ontario... for now. The ignorance veil was lifted from my eyes before age 25, revealing the stark difference in opportunity between our two countries.

      This Prime fiasco is just another example, and a mild example at that.



      True, this is old news, and yet it's more true now than it was even 10 years ago.

      These last 18 months have been a massive eye-opener for me, seeing how Canada deals with COVID, over the saner Midwestern and Southern US states.

      You deserve credit for at least acknowledging this reality.

      Anyways, carry on folks.
      This is where your argument falls apart, nevermind completely ignoring population differences that have existed since Europeans began colonizing North America. It's getting worse there unless you're a denial type, in which case there is truly nothing more to say. If you end up moving please do the rest of us fools who decide to stay a favour, don't come back to abuse our health care.
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    • But honestly, as terrible as our oppressive regime is, by all means go south where everything is better. All I know is there is no such thing as a free lunch, the grass is always greener, and everything comes at a price.
      This is the standard response for someone who hasn't done serious business in the US, or emigrated to the US.

      I encourage you to speak to Canadian expats in the US and ask them how they're doing. Don't take my word for it.

      For the time being, my investments and my associations tie me to Southern Ontario... for now. The ignorance veil was lifted from my eyes before age 25, revealing the stark difference in opportunity between our two countries.

      This Prime fiasco is just another example, and a mild example at that.
      Our government is good at screwing up business and world talents move to US.

      I don't think there is anything new here, old news
      True, this is old news, and yet it's more true now than it was even 10 years ago.

      These last 18 months have been a massive eye-opener for me, seeing how Canada deals with COVID, over the saner Midwestern and Southern US states.

      You deserve credit for at least acknowledging this reality.

      Anyways, carry on folks.
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    • According to BAPC and other sources, Prime Day is indeed cancelled.

      I've grown up in a world where the best of all things was bestowed upon America the Great, and wondered why we played second banana. In the last 10 years, it's become clear, we do it to ourselves.

      By sabotaging Amazon's shipping and logistics network during COVID and introducing heavy uncertainty into the Fall of 2021, we nixed any plans they had for a full scale Prime Day. We're 10% of the US market, and we're not worth the heavy effort involved to solve this logistical puzzle in the face of rolling COVID-related impingements.

      Emergency powers and related limitations will be with us until December 31, 2021, and possibly into Q1 2022.

      Meanwhile, in Florida, there are virtually zero limitations on commerce at pre-COVID levels of engagement.

      As an aside, I'm active in a real estate group, and many of our successful compatriots are actively talking about fleeing Canada for the US because their earning potential is higher, and real estate is far cheaper (particularly in proportion to rental income) ... and retail spending power is higher dollar per dollar.

      We have a real problem in this country, and this Prime Day cancellation is just one symptom.
      Our government is good at screwing up business and world talents move to US.

      I don't think there is anything new here, old news
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    • According to BAPC and other sources, Prime Day is indeed cancelled.

      I've grown up in a world where the best of all things was bestowed upon America the Great, and wondered why we played second banana. In the last 10 years, it's become clear, we do it to ourselves.

      By sabotaging Amazon's shipping and logistics network during COVID and introducing heavy uncertainty into the Fall of 2021, we nixed any plans they had for a full scale Prime Day. We're 10% of the US market, and we're not worth the heavy effort involved to solve this logistical puzzle in the face of rolling COVID-related impingements.

      Emergency powers and related limitations will be with us until December 31, 2021, and possibly into Q1 2022.

      Meanwhile, in Florida, there are virtually zero limitations on commerce at pre-COVID levels of engagement.

      As an aside, I'm active in a real estate group, and many of our successful compatriots are actively talking about fleeing Canada for the US because their earning potential is higher, and real estate is far cheaper (particularly in proportion to rental income) ... and retail spending power is higher dollar per dollar.

      We have a real problem in this country, and this Prime Day cancellation is just one symptom.
      We are also 10% of the population. I'd say our population is a bigger, and more consistent reason, than anything that's been happening in the last 10 years.
      Meanwhile in Florida (and many other parts of the US) covid cases are on the rise again as variants are affecting the young and stupid or the unvaccinated and stupid.

      But honestly, as terrible as our oppressive regime is, by all means go south where everything is better. All I know is there is no such thing as a free lunch, the grass is always greener, and everything comes at a price.
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    • According to BAPC and other sources, Prime Day is indeed cancelled.

      I've grown up in a world where the best of all things was bestowed upon America the Great, and wondered why we played second banana. In the last 10 years, it's become clear, we do it to ourselves.

      By sabotaging Amazon's shipping and logistics network during COVID and introducing heavy uncertainty into the Fall of 2021, we nixed any plans they had for a full scale Prime Day. We're 10% of the US market, and we're not worth the heavy effort involved to solve this logistical puzzle in the face of rolling COVID-related impingements.

      Emergency powers and related limitations will be with us until December 31, 2021, and possibly into Q1 2022.

      Meanwhile, in Florida, there are virtually zero limitations on commerce at pre-COVID levels of engagement.

      As an aside, I'm active in a real estate group, and many of our successful compatriots are actively talking about fleeing Canada for the US because their earning potential is higher, and real estate is far cheaper (particularly in proportion to rental income) ... and retail spending power is higher dollar per dollar.

      We have a real problem in this country, and this Prime Day cancellation is just one symptom.
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    • How come employers still have a hard time finding people willing to work?
      Probably because the shutdowns were long and many of these workers ended moving on to different fields of work or moved geographically (aka back home etc.)
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    • Can I book you to start attending my friends' parties where they blame everything on CERB, Trudeau, immigrants, antifa, unions, socialists... Will pay for gas. Thanks.
      Lol, ain’t it the truth.
      We all KNOW these folks.
      The middle BLAMING BOTH the top & the bottom

      Blaming the immigrants tho is rich
      We all came from hard working immigrant roots (unless you are First Nations / Inuit heritage)

      And the unions …
      And Canada’s social programs
      That’s actually what built our middle class
      And brought them out of poverty

      People really need to READ more
      And learn Cdn history
      That their own families fought for !
      And worked hard to establish
      So we all do better
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    • CERB (when it was in effect) isn't the reason business's can't find people, people not wanting to be paid slave wages is the reason business's can't hire.

      Its such an easy cop out to blame CERB for the current labour shortage when the real reasons are obvious. Employers have cut back permanent Full Time positions that offer stable hours and benefits to protect profits for stake holders. Add to that inflation and the increase in housing and no one can afford to 'work' in minimum wage part time positions. Take one of the largest employers in the country, walmart. they now almost exclusively hire 'flex' positions. This means part time and you need to be available at a moments notice to work. Minimum wage and no benefits... They they cry about not finding people to work these mcjobs.

      $2000 a month from the government was and is NOT enough money for people to live off of and is such a red herring.
      Can I book you to start attending my friends' parties where they blame everything on CERB, Trudeau, immigrants, antifa, unions, socialists... Will pay for gas. Thanks.
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    • They can't keep up since the pandemic started; people order like crazy from Amazon. Couriers have a hard time keeping up also. They both can't hire enough people because of the CERB (free money to stay home) and they won't raise salaries much to keep profits the way they are..
      CERB (when it was in effect) isn't the reason business's can't find people, people not wanting to be paid slave wages is the reason business's can't hire.

      Its such an easy cop out to blame CERB for the current labour shortage when the real reasons are obvious. Employers have cut back permanent Full Time positions that offer stable hours and benefits to protect profits for stake holders. Add to that inflation and the increase in housing and no one can afford to 'work' in minimum wage part time positions. Take one of the largest employers in the country, walmart. they now almost exclusively hire 'flex' positions. This means part time and you need to be available at a moments notice to work. Minimum wage and no benefits... They they cry about not finding people to work these mcjobs.

      $2000 a month from the government was and is NOT enough money for people to live off of and is such a red herring.
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    • Yes but the hand wringing and group blaming over CERB Isn't out of style yet.

      Not until the next "crisis" anyway, something different to blame all the lazy people and immigrants our country is full of, and who destroy our sacred way of life
      /sarcasm
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    • Really? Oups! Thanks for pointing that out. No more Free money? EI for 6 months starting in October 2020 @ $500 per week for 6 months? Not bad! Has it been replaced by another program? How come employers still have a hard time finding people willing to work?
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    • They can't keep up since the pandemic started; people order like crazy from Amazon. Couriers have a hard time keeping up also. They both can't hire enough people because of the CERB (free money to stay home) and they won't raise salaries much to keep profits the way they are..
      CERB had wound down end of last year

      The CERB benefit is over — here's what you need to know now
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    • I don't remember if I bought anything off Prime Day last year, but funny enough I was looking forward to it this year. I'm curious as to why it's been cancelled specifically, safety reasons is pretty vague. Delivery perhaps? The warehouse outbreaks that kept occuring?
      They can't keep up since the pandemic started; people order like crazy from Amazon. Couriers have a hard time keeping up also. They both can't hire enough people because of the CERB (free money to stay home) and they won't raise salaries much to keep profits the way they are..
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    • I don't remember if I bought anything off Prime Day last year, but funny enough I was looking forward to it this year. I'm curious as to why it's been cancelled specifically, safety reasons is pretty vague. Delivery perhaps? The warehouse outbreaks that kept occuring?
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    • Well, hoping for a rousing "Q4 holiday season" then.
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    • https://seller-union.com/prime-day-2021 ... in-canada/

      Looks like the current rumour du jour is that Prime Day is cancelled entirely
      Amazon Canada recently e-mailed their third party sellers with an update concerning the Prime Day, which was described by them as “confidential”.

      According to the update, Amazon Prime Day 2021 will be cancelled due to safety reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The update is only relevant to the Canadian marketplace, therefore it is not clear whether any other international sites will be affected as well.

      Here you can view a screenshot of the full e-mail announcement, which was accompanied with a French and Chinese translation:

      https://i2.wp.com/seller-union.com/wp-c ... F1396.jpeg

      Here you can read the full text in English:

      Confidential Prime Day update: Canada

      Lire ci-dessous en français
      请在下方阅读此邮件的中文版本

      Hello,

      As we kick off planning for the Q4 holiday season, we would like to provide an update about the status of Prime Day 2021. Based on the impact of COVID-19 in Canada and the importance that we place on protecting the health and safety of our employees, we will not hold Prime Day in Canada this year.

      While we know that Prime members in Canada love Prime Day, we will continue to provide them with value through Prime benefits that include free delivery on millions of items, as well as streaming TV series, movies, and music.

      We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. We will work closely with you to help minimize any potential disruption to your business, and we look forward to working with you in the Q4 holiday season.

      For more information, go to “Confidential Prime Day update: Canada (FAQ)”:
      https://sellercentral.amazon.ca/gp/help ... S3T8ULADEE

      The Fulfilment by Amazon team
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    • Hi All,

      We've restored the deleted content / posts.

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
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    • And … back to the discussion …
      "July is a big travel month." Seriously? Where?
      Well clearly a lot has changed since you posted this comment on May 3rd

      July is gonna be a HUGE travel month not only in North America … as it is historically cuz it’s Summertime vacation

      But this year … it’s now projected to be really big in Canada as more and more of the country will be opening up … and Cdns are actually itching to travel

      Be it to explore Canada … or enjoy the great weather … after such a long period of Covid Restrictions (15+ months)

      Or … for many … the very first opportunity to travel to see loved ones / friends & family that are a good distance from home … know folks who’ve not seen each other since Christmas 2019

      I know that’s our plan … already got family coming in July … and we have bought airline tickets for future trips this Fall to see others.

      Lots of pent up angst (and money) from lack of travel … everyone I know seemingly has something on the books be it a flight, train or bus trip, car rentals, hotels, or camping

      And Weddings … I have already heard of 3 Weddings coming soon … that were rescheduled from 2020

      So gonna be a lot of family reunions & celebrations in Summer & Fall 2021

      The floodgates to get back out there are gonna be wide open come July & August
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    • Amazon Prime Day may be postponed, but you can still shop these amazing deals today
      https://ca.style.yahoo.com/amazon-prime ... 31277.html
      Prime Day 2021 is in full swing, with the second day of the two-day event on now in markets like the U.S. and U.K., however, on May 7, Amazon Canada announced that due to concern for the well-being and safety of employees in light of the current global pandemic, they would be pausing Prime Day in Canada.

      Details about when and if a new date will be announced later this year are still scarce, but we've gathered all the details you need to know, plus all the deals that Canadian shoppers can still take advantage of — with or without Prime Day.
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    • Amazon just confirmed Prime Day will happen earlier in the summer this year
      https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon- ... 021-2021-4

      Amazon said during the company's first-quarter earnings call that it planned to test holding Prime Day in the early summer this year, as it believed moving up the deals event could benefit customers for a variety of reasons, including the fact that July is a big travel month.
      Thank you @TomRFD & @WorldIRC

      Much appreciated
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    • Hi,

      So glad to hear that the Mods are looking into a way of solving this issue.
      (To be fair … it’s not just this OP & this post … it’s something seen far too often on RFD )

      I and I am sure others … would welcome an open discussion on the issue
      Over on the RFD SITE COMMENTS & SUGGESTIONS FORUM

      site-comments-suggestions-f13/

      😎
      Yes, this is not the first time this issue has happened. Other times a user will have their problem solved, and then erase their OP, no longer helping anyone else that may have benefitted from the advice.
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    • WHY do people do this ?

      Erase / Delete / Modify so much of the Original Post that the entire thread goes to waste ?

      This time we have here neither a title, or any sense of what the 2-1/2 months worth of convo was about by looking at either the Forum Directory listing (topic line blank) nor the first post in the thread (entirely erased)

      This action should be disallowed by RFD

      As it is a selfish move that provides nothing to the RFD Community as a whole, and is DISRESPECTFUL to those who contribute to the discussions
      +1

      Just downvote it into oblivion since it's still open
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    • We are reviewing this internally. @TomRFD
      Hi,

      So glad to hear that the Mods are looking into a way of solving this issue.
      (To be fair … it’s not just this OP & this post … it’s something seen far too often on RFD )

      I and I am sure others … would welcome an open discussion on the issue
      Over on the RFD SITE COMMENTS & SUGGESTIONS FORUM

      site-comments-suggestions-f13/

      😎
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    • WHY do people do this ?

      Erase / Delete / Modify so much of the Original Post that the entire thread goes to waste ?

      This time we have here neither a title, or any sense of what the 2-1/2 months worth of convo was about by looking at either the Forum Directory listing (topic line blank) nor the first post in the thread (entirely erased)

      This action should be disallowed by RFD

      As it is a selfish move that provides nothing to the RFD Community as a whole, and is DISRESPECTFUL to those who contribute to the discussions
      We are reviewing this internally. @TomRFD
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    • What a hot load of --
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    • --
      WHY do people do this ?

      Erase / Delete / Modify so much of the Original Post that the entire thread goes to waste ?

      This time we have here neither a title, or any sense of what the 2-1/2 months worth of convo was about by looking at either the Forum Directory listing (topic line blank) nor the first post in the thread (entirely erased)

      This action should be disallowed by RFD

      As it is a selfish move that provides nothing to the RFD Community as a whole, and is DISRESPECTFUL to those who contribute to the discussions
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    • I love Amazon Prime days but I also want to spend money on a company takes care of their employees. Majority of distribution warehouse is in ON but the other distribution warehouses in AB is open, there's 10 distribution ctr in Ontario, are they all closed?

      I recently ordered from Amazon Japan April 11, (it says estimated arrival April 20) and the package cleared @ customs Edm April 12 - delivered by DHL on the 13th. DHL is Amazon Japan designated carrier. I usually order from Rakuten Ichiban (despite products 50% cheaper than Amazon) since COVID they switched to Fedex shipping cost 3x more
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    • totally agree, prime day a waste of time, just that chinese s hit they could not sell, so sell it for a bit of a discount on prime day,,lets see if we can get a sucker to bite
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    • Aw that sucks, I really wanted to get a 4k fire stick but I understand, pandemic and all.
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    • ahhhhhh Don't Manitoba and Alberta both have higher case counts per capa than Ontario at this point?
      Those two provinces only have 1 fulfillment center combined. Ontario is the issue.
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    • Ugh, so no prime day late June :(
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    • The anti-maskers are a mobile crew that travel across the country (except the part of the East Coast that has been closed to them).
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