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Amazon lightning deal countdown change

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[OP]
Deal Addict
Nov 12, 2006
2173 posts
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London

Amazon lightning deal countdown change

I used to be able to browse upcoming lightning deals and the time there were available would be presented as a real time, such as 12:34:56.

A few days ago, things changed and I now see them as a countdown timer, such as starts in 12:34:56.
This is mildly annoying, as now a small calculation has to be made to determine when the item I am interested in goes on sale.
I much prefer an absolute time.

I did a net search to see if there is any commentary on it, and see nothing.
That makes me wonder if it is just on my end, such as a configuration setting.

Are others experiencing this change recently?
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Aug 26, 2019
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The6ix
Nothing changed for me. Clear your cookies.
[OP]
Deal Addict
Nov 12, 2006
2173 posts
1179 upvotes
London
OAlton wrote: Nothing changed for me. Clear your cookies.
I just did so. No change.
I also cleared the cache.
My everyday browser is Firefox.

I tried Edge, which I rarely use.
I'm confident I've never accessed Amazon via it.
It stills shows as a countdown.

I tried Firefox on another pc. Same countdown.

I tried a very old Firefox (with no add-ons, etc) from an old VM snapshot.
Still the same countdown.

All the above makes me believe it is either a universal change with Amazon, or a user specific setting.
Your experience suggests the latter, but I didn't knowingly change anything.

To be clear, to test, select Lightning deals on the left.
Then, choose "upcoming".
Then jump ahead a few hours because short timespans (<1hr?) have always been a countdown and this gets beyond that.
[OP]
Deal Addict
Nov 12, 2006
2173 posts
1179 upvotes
London
This is how I see it presented.
The "starts for you in..." used to be a specific time.
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