Amazon Prime Day (well, actually two days this year) is July 12 and 13. What follows is everything I know about the event and I thought you would like to know, too. And guess what? We have a pop-up “store” that’s not really a store but a place to keep all our lists and links in one place. I think you’ll like it.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day (let’s shorten that to APD) is a fairly new thing as annual things go—a sales event founded 8 years ago by (guess) Amazon. It is huge and has surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday when it comes to authentic bargains on just about everything. No getting around it— APD is a mega-site extravaganza. The stellar sale includes markdowns on thousands upon thousands of products: tech, kitchen essentials, vacuums, apparel, beauty must-haves and so much more.
The tricky thing now is that it’s all pretty much a secret what’s going to be on sale on APD, and at what price right up until the last moment. In the past, it’s been like one big fat scavenger hunt. (We did think about naming a son Scavenger or Treasure if we’d had a girl. OK, not really but made you laugh.)
Anyway, last year I attempted to alert you throughout APD 2021 when I discovered authentic, outstanding APD bargains. Like the $59 Instant Pot. The $72 Shark Pro LiftAway. My attempts were marginal at best. Hopefully, we’ll do better this year.
How Do You Find the Best Deals?
There are a few things you can do to score big on your favorite items. The first is to get familiar with the popular pages across the site that typically host the best sales:
- Deals of the Day: These sales last for a full 24 hours.
- Lightning Deals: These deals last for only a few hours, while supplies last. Prime members get access to these sales 30 minutes before they go live to the public.
- Savings and Sales: Ongoing deals throughout the event on select brands and products.
- Amazon Coupons: You’ll find instant savings in this section.
Another idea is to set up a Wish List on Amazon. That way, you’ve identified your must-have items before Prime Day, and once the sales go live, you can add them to your cart stress-free.
If you haven’t already done so, downloading the Amazon app is quite necessary, as it allows you to watch the deals you’re interested in and get notified when they start.
Prime Day Hub
Amazon released a slew of sales when it announced the dates for Prime Day this year, and the deals are still going strong. The Prime Day hub is packed with offers while its main Gold Box sales page also boasts thousands of markdowns. And while it may be tempting to wait until Prime Day, popular items, especially electronics and tech, (we’re looking at you, Apple AirPods) are at risk of selling out before then.
This year, Amazon is ramping up early offers, adding more than ever before. In fact, there are sales running alongside the advanced Prime Day deals, including a new back to school event covering dorm essentials, school supplies, and a slew of tech listed in the Prime Day hub.
Also new this year is a special offer for Prime members. Subscribers can get a $10 voucher for any Prime Day purchase just by using perks included in their plan. Members who utilize Prime Video, Prime Music, and Prime Reading and make a Prime-eligible purchase before July 13 will get a $10 credit.
With more early deals than ever before, you can beat the rush and save on everything you’re eyeing now. You can browse the full assortment through Amazon’s main sale section, or you can start your shopping with these curated lists covering home, kitchen, electronics, beauty, and fashion below.
Is Prime Day for Prime members only?
Sure is. But if you’re not a Prime member, there’s still time to sign up and take advantage of the savings. Prime plans are $14.99 per month (or $139 per year), and you get a free 30-day trial at signup.
Is it Wrong to Use Free Trial Then Cancel?
Not at all. It’s not illegal, sneaky, or immoral. In fact, Amazon encourages you to do that. So, do that! Sign up now, use it without reservation, then cancel right after Prime Day. You’ll get all the benefits of a Prime membership. And during your trial period, you’ll also get exclusive access to all the Amazon Prime 2022 perks, too.
Early APD Deals
Here we are nearly two weeks out, and rumor has it that things have started already—call them early APD deals. I do not have anything to recommend to you yet, but I’m confident that things could change quickly. You might want to hold up on buying that new [fill in the blank] until we see what APD might have to offer.
Check back often
I’m not sure how we’ll manage APD Day this year, but I promise it will be better. Check back here regularly as I will post early deals and red hot deals, flash deals on items I believe may be of interest… any and all of that.
Amazon has offered us a little corner on its site to set up an EC Amazon “Store,” which isn’t really a store at all, but a series of lists and links. This is where I will be giving you links to items of interest. I’ve gone ahead and added items from past EC Gift Guides, etc., so not all that you will see there are APD deals, which I will clearly mark as such. Here is our EC Amazon Store.
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