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Introducing Amazon's Very First Customer

John Wainwright was the first person, not affiliated with Amazon, to purchase a book from Amazon. The book Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies by Douglas Hofstadter. Wainwright paid $27.95 for the book back on April 3, 1995. "It was not the easiest of orders for Amazon, especially for the company's very first book sale. 'That purchase is still part of my Amazon history,' Wainwright says." Now in honor of being the first person to buy a book Amazon is naming a building after Wainwright.

Possible Preaching Angle:

Even Amazon began with one purchase over 25 years ago. Amazon had to start small to build itself up. It is amazing how one little act can make a big difference 25 years later.


Quentin Fottrell, “Meet Amazon’s first customer — this is the book he bought,” MarketWatch (Updated 5-15-17, Accessed 10/26/20)

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