Press release Kicks Off the Holiday Season, Makes It Easy for Canadians to Shop for Everyone on Their List While Saving Time and Money

November 12, 2002 at 12:00 AM EST

SEATTLE—(CNW)—November 12, 2002—Leading online retailer ( today announced it has officially kicked off the holiday season, launching its holiday Gift Store and inviting customers to shop early and ship free. Customers shopping at this holiday season not only will enjoy big savings, they'll find a host of features designed to make holiday shopping simple, convenient and hassle-free.

"Our virtual shelves are stocked with the products customers want most this holiday season," said Marven Krug, general manger of "From Spider-Man on DVD to the Lemony Snicket children's books to Diana Krall's album Live in Paris, customers can find all the hot titles, take advantage of the convenience of shopping online, and receive free shipping on orders of $39 or more." makes the Canadian holiday shopping experience easy and convenient. Visitors to will find several special features to simplify their holiday shopping this season, including:

Gift Store: The Gift Store offers customers books, music, video, and DVD gift suggestions. The Gift Store can be accessed at, as well as through's Welcome page and each store's home page. Within the Gift Store, customers will also find a unique gift recommendation tool that leverages's popular recommendation technology. The gift recommendation tool helps customers discover custom gift ideas tailored to their gift recipients. Customers can enter information about the person they would like to purchase a gift for and receive personalized recommendations. They can also sort gift idea lists by recipient as well as by price. They'll find fantastic recommendations for everything from stocking stuffers to gifts for those impossible-to-buy-for folks. Additionally, offers gift suggestions and recommendations in French. 

Wish Lists: One of's most requested features, Wish Lists allow customers to create lists of products they'd most like to receive. With Wish Lists, customers can eliminate the guesswork from gift buying, feel good about choosing a gift the recipient will love and send it with the click of a mouse—no hunting for addresses and no trips to the post office. Any of's more than 2 million books, CDs, videos and DVDs can be added to a Wish List simply by clicking the Add to Wish List button on any product's detail page. 

Gift Certificates:'s gift certificates make it easy to cover everyone on your gift list, right up to December 25. gift certificates can be ordered in any amount between $5 and $5,000, and can be sent to the recipient electronically so they arrive within hours. 

Gift-Wrap and Gift Messaging: offers custom gift-wrap, exclusively designed for Amazon customers, complete with a high-quality grosgrain ribbon and complimentary embossed gift card in which customers can send a personalized message. 

In addition to saving its customers time this holiday season, offers low prices and encourages customers to shop early and ship free. 

Free Shipping: As a special holiday promotion, recently lowered its $75 free shipping threshold to $39. Customers who place orders of $39 or more can take advantage of this special holiday offer, which extends the savings already available to customers.

Everyday Low Prices: In addition to free shipping, customers save at with 40% off 40 national books bestsellers, up to 30% off DVD pre-orders, 30% off books over $30 and everyday prices on books, CDs, videos and DVDs.

About ( is part of the global family of Amazon Web sites that have become known for great prices, selection and convenience. customers can find and discover over 2 million English and French books, CDs, videos and DVDs--all at everyday low prices. sources products directly from Canadian publishers and distributors, ensuring a rich offering of Canadian titles and content. Features such as original editorial reviews in English and French and product recommendations help customers find the right products for them within the site's broad selection. 

To ensure all orders are delivered to customers quickly and efficiently, works with Canada Post, one of the world's most progressive postal companies. Orders placed at are fulfilled and shipped from within Canada by Assured Logistics, a part of the Canada Post Group of Companies. 

Through Associates (, third-party Web sites can link to and earn referral fees on sales generated by those links. is the trading name of, Inc., an affiliate of, Inc.