You knew it was going to be a huge Christmas shopping season. The economy is pretty strong, unemployment's low and people have been shopping online and in stores since Halloween!
It was such a big season, in fact, that online shopping went through the roof. Final tallies aren't in yet, but one major retailer has posted a record-breaking Christmas season.
Amazon delivered more than 1 billion packages for free this season, according to Amazon Worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke. "This season was our best yet, and we look forward to continuing to bring our customers what they want, in ways most convenient for them in 2019," he said.
Amazon also added tens of millions of new subscribes to Prime. Its annual membership offers free shipping and loads of other perks.
This year, Amazon also offered free shipping on some items to everyone, not just Prime members. Plus, Amazon kept making deliveries until 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve!
Can you guess which products were hot this Christmas? At Amazon, hot gifts this year included its own Alexa-voice-activated smart speaker, Echo Dot.
Other big sellers included Carhartt clothes and toys like L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter dolls. Tech was hot, too, including Bose QuietComfort Wireless headphones.
Surprising winners at Amazon
Amazon rakes in billions of dollars in revenue for itself. But it also generates loads of money for people and retailers who sell their items on Amazon.
Amazon, perhaps aware that some customers worry that Amazon is taking business away from independent retailers, said small- and medium-sized companies had their best year ever on Amazon. "More than 50 percent of items sold in our stores this holiday season came from small- and medium-sized businesses," the company said, in a statement.
Huge post-Christmas discounts at Amazon
You've been shopping for months, right? But you're ready for more big discounts.
After all, the shopping season never really stops. Check out incredible post-Christmas deals on Amazon, like these.
These TaoTronics noise-canceling headphones are going at a screaming price of $18, down from $39.99. Besides giving you quiet so you can concentrate, these headphones also can give you your favorite music. With a battery life of up to 25 hours, you can enjoy cordless tunes longer or plug in the included audio cable when the battery is low.
This remote for your Amazon Echo is half price right now, a great deal anytime! It includes an integrated microphone in case you are too far away from your Echo or you're in a noisy room.
9 great Amazon Prime perks you didn't know about until now
You know about Amazon's free shipping. You can get a free delviery in as little as two hours when you sign up for Prime membership. But the perks keep piling up from there. You can get loads of free stuff, from movies to product samples and so much more.