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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 11:04:31 AM PST
Kristi says:
As soon as it turned 11:00 and I refreshed my page the Lego Duplo train set lightning deal was 100% claimed. Anyone know how this is possible? So bummed......#372 on the wait list.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:08:39 AM PST
A. Redz says:
Me too, for the same item. Like they only had 1 available. It's not the first time I've seen that with lightning deals, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:10:41 AM PST
There are alot of Amazon shoppers out there, ya gotta pull the trigger pretty quick sometimes.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:12:35 AM PST
You think that's bad? come back this time next Friday and see how many threads are started on the same subject.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:16:31 AM PST
ratmotor says:
Thanks for the reminder. Time to dust off the ol' time machine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:17:32 AM PST
BenB says:
Why do you think they call it a "lightning" deal?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:18:12 AM PST
SLAYER says:
Black Friday Freakers
strike again

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:26:08 AM PST
Jawwaad says:
This is the thing with Amazon. Other retailers can offer their Black Friday deals on their websites all day Thursday and Friday, but Amazon can only offer them during Lightning deals that are sold out in 1-2 seconds.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:31:46 AM PST
Firefly says:
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Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:39:38 AM PST
Just had this happen with a sony ipod dock... staring at the clock for hours... count down comes... hits 0 and it says 100% sold out before I could even finish saying 0.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:44:27 AM PST
T. Wilson says:
I just bought the 7th gen iPod Nano on the lightning deal. I hit the button as soon as it came up and it was immediately claimed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 11:48:30 AM PST
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This is the thing with Amazon. Other retailers can offer their Black Friday deals on their websites all day Thursday and Friday, but Amazon can only offer them during Lightning deals that are sold out in 1-2 seconds.
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That's the difference between having customer counts in the thousands, and customer counts in the hundred thousands.

Also, while *some* deals sell out quickly, there will be other deals that take time to sell out. It's all based on how good the deal is, and how many people want it.

Entire concert halls can sell out in seconds, or never sell out depending on who's playing, and the cost of the tickets. Same thing here.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:04:44 PM PST
Kristi says:
No, I do not. Responses such as yours will be making this my first and last inquiry on the message boards. Good luck with your one ounce. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:07:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 12:12:45 PM PST
We're not all like that, and she was responding to someone else there, actually (see "In reply to an earlier post" at the top of each message).

It really is too bad that when we are watching the countdown, we have to refresh the page in order to see a button, else we'll just keep staring at a counter that says "0" with no option to add the item to our cart. By the time we realize a page refresh is needed, a lot can happen. Technology isn't perfect.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:18:17 PM PST
Tried for the HP P6 computer - Clicked on it within 30 seconds of deal start and same thing SOLD OUT. and I was asked to be #92 on the waiting list. I said NO.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:29:36 PM PST
As others have written, it's certainly possible that the limited stock Amazon had was ordered by other customers within a few seconds. If you were honestly watching the clock tick down until deal time, though, I'm skeptical that that's the explanation.

Is it possible that Amazon has something listed as an upcoming lightning deal but ends up not having any stock of said item when the deal time starts, causing the 100% claimed message to appear immediately when the deal is scheduled to begin? I ask because I noticed that a music deal I'm interested in that's scheduled for Friday morning currently indicates on the product page that Amazon does not have any copies and that the item is only available from Marketplace sellers. If Amazon is counting on getting more copies of this title before Friday, one would think they'd still list it for sale and indicate that it will take X number of days to ship. They obviously aren't going to force Marketplace sellers to sell their copies at the lightning deal price. I wouldn't be surprised if this item doesn't appear at the beginning of its deal time as 100% claimed, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:34:34 PM PST
Kristi says:
Thank you. Jeff! This was what I was looking for. I will remember this information in the future. And yes, I was counting down until deal time.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:34:39 PM PST
SLAYER says:
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Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:38:17 PM PST
J. Stokes says:
I'm so bummed. I waited for two hours for the iPod Touch - I never even got a chance to buy - even the waitlist was full. Should I have placed the item in my cart before the deal started and then checked out? How did other people get to buy? Obviously, someone saw the "buy" button and clicked on it?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:41:42 PM PST
mom23 says:
Had the same problem with the iPod. It seriously went that fast!?! That was nuts!

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:42:15 PM PST
Phred TE says:
I got in at 68% but the stupid thing just sat there and spun for 9 minutes. I don't think the system works.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 12:44:07 PM PST
FlamingoNut says:
It's the luck of the draw. I believe it was 2 years ago, when the Kindle showed up on a lightning deal. Probably thousands of people clicked on BUY at the same time. Some got it, many did not, and the whining went on for what seemed to be forever. I got one ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 12:44:55 PM PST
M. Wise says:
You should have stuck with it. I was #83 on the waiting list for the HP and I got one offered to me pretty quickly. Equal parts patience and vigilance, people.
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