Amazon.com Offers Customers Guaranteed Release-Date Delivery of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
Just as it has done for previous Harry Potter books, Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today confirmed that it has teamed with UPS and the U.S. Postal Service to deliver “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” to the doorsteps of excited fans across the country on Saturday, July 21, for the same price as Amazon.com’s standard shipping. This is the very first day this seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling’s epic Harry Potter series is available to the public. For Amazon Prime members, release-date delivery will be free of charge.
For customers who select standard or Prime shipping, Amazon.com will guarantee delivery of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” on Saturday, July 21, to all addresses within the lower 48 states, or the cost of the book will be refunded.
“We are excited to once again delight Amazon.com customers by offering guaranteed Saturday delivery for ’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ so the book can arrive at their doors the first day it’s available,” said Greg Greeley, vice president of books at Amazon.com. “Our agreement with UPS and the U.S. Postal Service means that hundreds of thousands of Harry Potter fans across the country can start reading this final Harry Potter book the day it’s released without having to stand in long lines or stay up all night to do it.”
Offered at $18.89, a 46 percent discount, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” became Amazon.com’s No. 1 bestselling book the same day it became available for pre-order on February 1, 2007. First-day pre-orders for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” were 547 percent higher than first-day pre-orders for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth book in the series. In fact, the seventh and final book in the epic series has been so popular with Amazon.com customers that the online retailer sold more copies of it on the first day than the company did of book six in the first two weeks of its pre-order period.
“UPS is working its own magic to ensure Harry Potter fans and Amazon.com customers have ’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ in their hands the first day it’s available,” said Kurt Kuehn, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at UPS. “Our secret potion is the hard work and dedication UPSers have always provided Amazon.com throughout our longstanding relationship.”
“Our employees are proud to be a part of such a special delivery to hundreds of thousands of Harry Potter fans and Amazon.com customers,” said Tony Pajunas, vice president, network operations, for the Postal Service. “At the Postal Service, we deliver magic daily.”
To place an order for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and to explore Amazon.com’s entire selection of Harry Potter products -- including books, DVDs, computer and video games, journals and stationery, and more -- visit www.amazon.com/harrypotter.
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