9 Astonishing Facts About Amazon [Infographic]

Last week, FrugalDad published an amazing graphic about Amazon. Since 1994, Jeff Bezos, the CEO, has steadily grown the company. I knew it was big, but I had no idea how big.

This infographic is worth studying in detail. No author, retailer, or publisher can afford to ignore this behemoth. (Don’t miss the question at the end. Please leave a comment! I’d like to know what you think.)

Amazon Infographic

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010080047 Edwina Cowgill

    I am totally blown away. Almost speechless.  Are they trying to take over the world through retail??

  • http://blogan.net Brent Logan

    I’m impressed by Amazon’s efficiency and success. I also believe that competition is healthy. For me, that means my Christmas list has a Nook Simple Touch on it. Putting my (well, Santa’s) money where my mouth is… *<:-)

  • W. Patrick Jones

    When Microsoft came out with the Zune, I expected them to do with it what Amazon is doing with the Kindle.  Give it away and make all your money off the content.  It’s an interesting model for hardware sales, but in a content driven world, it certainly makes a lot of sense. 

    What really stood out to me however, was the stats about American voters.  A rather sad commentary on America I think.  We’re upset because the economy is messed up, but we’re more interested in buying stuff online than voting for a president.  But then I suppose spending money online is a good way to boost the economy too.  It also made me wonder how long it will be until we can securely vote online.  I know part of the shortage of voters is the difficulty in registration and getting to the polling locations.  I expect when online voting finally surfaces, we will see a significant increase in voting.  Perhaps Bezos can put some of his profits into helping the gov’t come up with a secure online voting app.

    • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

      Just don’t try it in Florida…

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, it seems like the graphic is no longer in the spot it was originally.  Either that, or my browser isn’t locating it/downloading it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It seems to be working here. Are you viewing it on a mobile browser? I couldn’t get it to work on my iPhone but haven’t had time to trouble-shoot it.

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        No, I was using Internet Explorer.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Hmm. Not sure what to tell you. You might try clearing your local cache.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            OK. Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it was my problem, and not a problem with the picture itself.

  • Kroosa1952

    Amazing stats.  But there is no Tongass National Park.  Tongass is a National Forest.  There is a huge distinction.

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  • Brian Stewart

    I don’t understand the last piece of data in slide three. Who in America can live off less than $6k per year? That would be extreme poverty. I just don’t understand that stat at all and what is supposed to communicate within the context of this presentation.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I think they probably mean those that have an individual income of less than $6K. This would be high school students that live with their parents, some college kids, and part-time earners. I highly doubt that this is household income.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    My wife looks for everything at Amazon first. As a Kindle owner and reader, I recognize the potential Amazon offers to authors. These stats simply reiterate that potential in a concrete and powerful way.

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  • Brad

    I wish my last name was Bezos. Really though, it’s a tribute to ingenuity and hard work. Inspiring.

  • Elaine Chism

    I appreciate an entreprenurial mind that can turn a vision into a success!

  • Doug Smith

    Incredible to see the reach, the scope, and magnitude of a “store” that has such an impact on our new “electronic/digital” society. I purchase probably 3-4 times a year, so I am way behind the curve of the average user. Amazon is incredibly resourceful when it comes time to find exactly what you are looking for; very thankful for the vision of Mr. Bezos years ago, and his great success. Doug Smith

  • Lorraine

    “Astonishing” is the perfect word for this giant! My first thought? These statistics make it even more morally wrong and financially foolish that none of the Kindle machines are accessible to those who cannot read print or find it difficult. This is a good-sized population segment now and it becomes a continually bigger crowd as seniors become a larger percentage of the population.  Sure the digital books themselves can “talk” (most book publishers permit this and profit by it), but blind readers and others who use screen access software CANNOT access the controls on the machine. The know-how to make computer devices and digital devices work when you can’t see the controls is already out there–as witness, the iPad, iPhone, and other i-products work for blind persons.

    May I say, Humph!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmcolwill Jonathan Michael Colwill

    Absolutely brilliant!!

    Thank you for that.

  • Pop Joe

    Fill a niche and become a wall.

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  • Erica

    we get kindle’s in for repairs in the Freestate, south africa, and i need to get a source where we can get spares and batteries as we’re battling to find? can anyone assist?

  • Rob Sorbo

    I’ve been using Amazon more and more. I never realized how big it was, but now I always check it before I buy something somewhere else.

    I recently needed a new computer part and something was recommended to me from a discount computer supplies store–I checked Amazon and saved about $10.

  • Enrique Fiallo

    My comment is that they are truly Amazonian! And now, this: Amazon Will Pay Shoppers $5 to Walk Out of Stores Empty-Handed. So now if Google and Amazon merged, would hey be called Googlezon and would they rule the world?

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  • AndreaJ

    As a purchaser outside of the USA I have found Amazon to have excellent customer service.  I have bought books and received them very quickly.  Unfortunately Barnes and Noble hasn’t learned anyhting from them.  I received a Nook as a gift only to find out that you cannot purchase Nookbooks outside of the USA whereas you can purchase kindle books anywhere!

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  • http://www.tonyfunderburk.com/ Tony Funderburk

    Now that’s the combination of American ingenuity and tenacity. And it’s also an example of how real jobs are really created…not by government spending but by serving more people where they are.
     Keep up the great work Amazon. 

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