|Amazon.com Adds New Items and Incentives for Final Days of American Red Cross Kosovo Charity Auction|
Signed Books from Stephen King and George Stephanopoulos Added to Charity Auction List--UPS Donates Charity-Item Shipping Costs
SEATTLE, May 11--/PRNewswire/--Nearing the finale of its online charity auction to raise funds for the American Red Cross's efforts for Kosovo, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today the addition of celebrity items and a donation from United Parcel Service of up to $10,000 in shipping costs.
The Kosovo auction will conclude May 13, but not before auction fans and participants eager to contribute to the relief effort can bid on specially signed books and other affordable merchandise. The UPS shipping donation applies to these and all Kosovo-charity items with auctions closed since April 30.
Amazon.com has donated hundreds of items to this auction and will contribute 100 percent of the proceeds to the Kosovo-relief effort. Since April 12, more than $25,000 has been raised by Amazon.com Auctions to support the cause that brought together five leading auction companies. The charity auctions are designed to assist the Red Cross in its effort to provide humanitarian needs to the estimated 300,000 Kosovar refugees.
"We've been amazed and pleased by the generosity we've seen from our customers," said Joel Spiegel, general manager of Amazon.com Auctions. "Many of our charity items have been selling well beyond their retail prices as a result of our customers' desire to contribute to this worthwhile cause."
Starting today, new items that will be listed for auction include a signed copy of Stephen King's Bag of Bones and George Stephanopoulos's All Too Human, as well as an inscribed copy of Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, currently No. 3 on the Amazon.com 100 Hot Bookslist.
Visitors can obtain information about ongoing auctions and the items currently up for bid, such as toys, games, watches, cameras, and Palm Pilots, at www.amazon.com/auctions. Visitors are encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, whether they choose to bid on items. Instructions for doing so can be found at www.amazon.com/auctions.
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