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How much it would cost to buy one of everything on Amazon

Zach Epstein
February 2nd, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Here’s a fun little tidbit for you: If you took Amazon’s total cumulative profit since the company went public and added it all up, it wouldn’t even come close to being enough cash to afford to purchase one of everything Amazon sells on its website.

Question and answer site Quora is a goldmine of interesting content if you know where to look, and we recently came across a very interesting topic on the site. A question was posed that seems almost impossible to answer from outside the company — how much would it cost to buy one of everything on Amazon? — but one user did a tremendous job of providing a well-researched and well-thought out answer.

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According to his profile, Kynan Eng has made a career of providing “brain-related research & commercialization at universities and startups.” Diving into his answer on Quora, we can certainly see that he has a knack for it.

Eng did some serious number crunching and while some necessary liberties were obviously taken, he came up with a figure that’s as close as anyone is going to get. So how much would it cost to purchase one of each of the approximately 488 million products Amazon sells on its website? According to Eng, about $13.37 billion.

Check out his full answer on Quora to see how he arrived at that monstrous figure.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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