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It’s not just you, Amazon search is down

TechCrunch TechCrunch 2/06/2016 Romain Dillet

If you’ve been trying to search for something on for the past few hours, you’ve been receiving a “service unavailable” Error 500. That’s because Amazon is currently suffering an outage.

While the homepage and the product pages are still working, you also get an error if you try to open a category. Clicking on “Books” for example gives you an error. The issue also affects the Amazon mobile apps.

Today’s downtime seems to be affecting only as search is working just fine on,, etc. Similarly, there isn’t any outage on Amazon Web Services’ status page. AWS customers don’t seem to be affected.

Still, think about how much money Amazon is losing right now. Amazon processes so many orders per minute that even a few minutes of downtime is a big deal.

Given that reportsofAmazonbeingdown started more than three hours ago, this is more serious than a brief outage.

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