November 19, 2002
Amazon.com to sell first Segway human transporters
Manchester, New Hampshire and Seattle, Washington – Segway LLC and Amazon.com announced that consumers can now purchase a Segway Human Transporter (HT) exclusively at Amazon.com.
The pricey scooters retail for U.S.$4,950, and buyers must put down a U.S.$495 deposit for delivery between March, 2003 and August, 2003.
Early Segway purchasers have the opportunity to win early delivery of their Segway HT before December 25th by entering the Segway HT “Early Delivery Contest.” People who order now will also receive a collector’s item, hand-numbered print from Segway within days of placing their order.
“Amazon.com has a large group of early-adopter customers who constantly search out cool new products,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO. “The Segway Human Transporter is one of the most famous and anticipated product introductions of all time, and we’re very fortunate to have been chosen as the exclusive place for consumers to buy the first Segway HTs.”
The Segway HT is a self-balancing, personal transportation device. The Segway HT uses the same space as a pedestrian and was designed to operate safely on the sidewalk or virtually anywhere a person can walk. It has a variety of uses such as commuting to work, running errands, crossing large campuses, or navigating places where a car is unwieldy and impractical.