Amazon.com, Inc. is an Internet-based company that offers books, music, videos, DVDs, electronics, software, toys, video games, electronic greeting cards, home improvements, online auctions, and a virtual mall called z-shops. Amazon has sites in France, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. Domestically, Amazon has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. However, that growth has not come without a cost. As the world economy worsens, Amazon faces pressure from stockholders as well as the entire financial community to realize a profit. Amazon has created a platform and customer base that many companies envy, but can they stay in business long enough to reach profitability.