If you purchased Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) on Jan. 1, you'd be up a sizzling 78% today. That's a $7,800 profit on a $10,000 investment -- not too shabby for nine months' worth of investing in the stock market. 

But if you'd invested in Amazon while the stock market was crashing in March, you'd have even more.

Amazon's stock held up relatively well during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. Investors realized that e-commerce companies would benefit as many traditional retail stores were forced to close due to stay-at-home directives. Still, by March 16, Amazon's stock price had fallen about 9% from where it started the year as the market sold off. 

If you had used this opportunity to buy Amazon's shares at a discount, you'd be up a staggering 95% today. Said differently, you would have nearly doubled your money, and your $10,000 investment would now be worth $19,500. 

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