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Ebay to hold 'Crash Sale' on July 15 in case Amazon's site goes down

Tonya Garcia

Ebay Inc. is taking shots at Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Day event with its own "Crash Sale" on July 15. "If history repeats itself and Amazon crashes that day, eBay's wave of can't-miss deals on some of the season's top items will excite customers around the world," eBay said in its announcement. Amazon's site had a temporary outage in 2018. This year, Amazon Prime Day will span two days from July 15 through July 16. Ebay will offer discounts over three weeks starting on July 1. On July 15, the official "Crash Day," eBay will have promotions on consumer electronics brands like Apple Inc. , Samsung and KitchenAid, with other deals planned "if Amazon crashes." From July 1 through July 7, there will be deals on items like camping gear and robotic vacuums. And from July 8 through July 22, there will be daily deals on items like appliances and smart home devices. Ebay stock inched up 0.4% in Wednesday premarket trading, and has rallied 39% for the year to date. The S&P 500 index is up 16.4% for 2019 so far.