We are less than one week away from Amazon’s annual Prime Day event and the Prime Day deals are already flowing through. This is the first time we’ve seen Amazon delay the Prime Day deals, and we are expecting that things are going to be different across the board this year. It’s a 48-hour event that’s sure to be full of loads of Prime Day sales and discounts, and it comes just six weeks ahead of Black Friday this year.
Prime Day 2020 is the unofficial kickoff for the whole holiday shopping season with millions of the best deals. It’s likely we will see Amazon go hard with the deals in an effort to gobble up some of the early shopping shares, and will carry the momentum through the month and into November ahead of Black Friday.
Now that we have an official date, let’s take a look at some of the best early Prime Day deals and some more info about the big shopping event.
Prime Day deals 2020: Roundups of the best sales
We will be showcasing all of the early Prime Day deals and the best Prime Day 2020 deals right here, but we will also be updating roundups of specific products. If you are looking for something in particular and don’t want to browse a long list, be sure to check out all of the guides listed below.
Best Prime Day deals & sales in 2020
As it stands, Amazon has not announced any official early Prime Day deals, but that hasn’t stopped other companies from offering up early discounts and sales. We can pretty much guarantee that all of Amazon’s devices, including the Echo, Echo Dot, Ring Video Doorbell, Blink cameras, Kindles, and more will all be on sale.
Based on the past few years, you can also anticipate items like DNA testing kits, Instant Pots, unlocked phones, and more to all be available at all-time low prices. We’ve already taken a look at five Prime Day deals we look forward to seeing.
There are already some nice early Prime Day deals taking place, and we’ve taken some time to round up all of the best Prime Day deals you can take advantage of today.
Best Prime Day Audio deals
The AirPods Pro are noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds that come with a charging case to keep them powered for more than 24 hours. Today’s sale at Amazon saves you $50 and brings these headphones to their best price yet.
$199 at Amazon
There’s already a way you can save on the all-new Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker! Add two of these devices to your cart and enter promo code DOT2PACK during checkout to save $20 on the purchase. The deal is valid on the Echo Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids Edition models as well.
$79.99 at Amazon
Clip this portable waterproof speaker to your backpack or belt loop and connect via Bluetooth to your phone to bring your music anywhere you go. It offers 10 hours of playtime on a single charge and is currently discounted by $30.
$39.95 at Amazon
The Galaxy Buds+ may look similar to the previous Galaxy Buds but they offer a much better 11-hour playtime with a further 11 hours of battery life in the case, plus integration with Spotify and improved call quality. Today’s deal saves you $20 off its regular cost.
$129.99 at Amazon
The new Solo Pro feature active noise cancellation and up to 40 hours of battery life. They also have Apple’s H1 chip for easy pairing, reliable connectivity, and hands-free access to Siri. This is a match for the lowest these headphones have gone and the discount applies to various colorways.
$199.95 at Amazon
Upgrade your TV’s audio with the Bose Solo 5 TV soundbar sound system at $50 off its regular price. This soundbar features Bluetooth so you can connect other devices wirelessly, along with an optical audio input, coaxial audio input, and 3.5mm aux input.
$199 at Amazon
Best Prime Day Amazon services deals
All of Amazon’s Prime Day deals are exclusively available to Amazon Prime members only! If you’re not a member yet, you can start a free 30-day trial to gain access to all the deals and the two-day sale, as well as free two-day shipping, the Prime Video streaming service, and more.
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Kids+ gives your child access to kid-friendly shows and movies, eBooks, educational games and apps, and even Audible books! It’s one of the most affordable services out there, and right now you can score a three-month family plan for just $1 through Prime Day!
$0.99 at Amazon
Fall in love with books in a new way; Subscribe to Audible and score a year’s worth of credits up-front so you can fill out your library immediately. Today’s deal saves Prime members $50 on a year-long membership and is only active through Prime Day on October 13 and 14.
$99.50 at Amazon
For new and returning users. Redeem it as a gift card and give the gift of books. Gives you unlimited access to over one million titles, current magazines, and thousands of audiobooks from Audible. Works on any device with a Kindle app. 6-month, 1-year, and 2-year subscriptions are now on sale.
from $29.97 at Amazon
Amazon Music Unlimited is a streaming service that’s accessible on tons of devices and features millions of songs that you can play on-demand or download to your device. It’s entirely ad-free, too, and right now you can score four months of service for only $1. The deal is for new users of the service only.
$0.99 at Amazon
Subscribe to select Prime Video Channels and score two months of access for only $1 right now! This deal is valid on services like Showtime, Epix, PBS Masterpiece, Lifetime Movie Club, Urban Movie Channel, A&E Crime Central, UP Faith & Family, Sundance Now, PBS Documentaries, and more. Your subscription will renew at its regular price after two months have passed unless you cancel your subscription.
$0.99 at Amazon
Best Prime Day smart home deals
The set comes with the base station, keypad, motion detector, contact sensor, and range extender and can be added onto over time. You’ll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag this $60 discount on the certified refurbished version. It even comes with a 1-year warranty and looks like new.
$99.99 at Amazon
Amazon is offering 50% off the Echo Show 5 smart display for a limited time! This offer is exclusively available for Prime members and saves you $45 instantly. This device features Alexa and allows you to control compatible smart home devices with your voice. It’s also able to stream movies and shows, music, YouTube videos, and more.
$44.99 at Amazon
Buying refurbished is always a great way to save some cash, but it’s still rare to find a deal this good on the Ring VIdeo Doorbell Pro. This refurbished model is like new and even comes with a one-year warranty. Only Prime members can snag this $60 discount right now.
$99.99 at Amazon
Improve the Wi-Fi connection around your home with the Meshforce Whole Home Mesh System. This 3-pack covers up to 6,000 square feet and can connect up to 60 devices. Clip the coupon on its product page and use coupon code MQFVT7QX at checkout to save over 20%.
$141.10 at Amazon
The S5 Max uses smart navigation to map your house and plan its own routes to clean, though you can also control it with an app on your phone or with your voice. This model can run for up to 200 minutes of non-stop cleaning and also features a mop. Today’s deal saves you more than $100 off its lowest price previously.
$439 at Amazon
Best smart TV Prime Day deals
Save $150 on Toshiba’s 55-inch 4K UHD Fire TV Edition Smart TV for a limited time at Amazon with a Prime membership. With built-in access to apps like Disney+, Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more, you’ll have no trouble finding something to watch.
$299.99 at Amazon
This early Prime Day deal saves you $60 off the regular price of Toshiba’s 32-inch 720p HD Smart TV. This Fire TV Edition comes with the Alexa Voice Remote and is only available at this price for Prime members.
$119.99 at Amazon
Pick up this 43-inch 4K Smart TV Fire TV Edition by Insignia at a $100 discount via Amazon! With the Fire TV experience built in, you can access apps like Netflix, Disney+, and more. It’s even Alexa voice-enabled. This deal is available only for Prime members.
$199.99 at Amazon
Make your TV smart and start streaming your favorite shows and movies from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in 4K with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Select accounts can save 50% right now by entering code 4KFIRETV during checkout. Alternatively, you can score a free year of Food Network Kitchen with the purchase at $10 off for a limited time with no code required.
As low as $25 at Amazon
Best Prime Day camera deals
This digital action camera by DJI is built for capturing footage in extreme conditions, from ski trips to surfing and more. Today it’s at its lowest price in Amazon history and heavily discounted from its original price of $369.
$245 at Amazon
This 16MP camera from Kodak is currently on sale at $18 off its full cost, making it one of the most affordable models available currently. It’s capable of recording HD video in 720p and features 4X optical zoom along with a 27mm wide angle lens.
$62 at Amazon
Best Prime Day furniture & kitchen deals
The Instant Pot Duo combines 7 helpful kitchen appliances all into one! Use it as a pressure cooker, sterilizer, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and more. This 6-quart model features 14 smart programs and is currently discounted by $26.
$73.95 at Amazon
This Keurig coffee maker uses K-cup pods and can brew multiple pod sizes: 6, 8, and 10-ounce. It’s a single-serve coffee brewer that comes with a large 48-ounce water reservoir so you can brew over 6 cups before it needs to be removed and refilled. Today’s deal saves you $11 off the regular cost.
$79 at Amazon
The Zinus Shalini mattress platforms are now discounted by up to 37%. These platforms are sturdy enough to hold your mattress all by themselves — no box spring needed!
from $189 at Amazon
Prime Day isn’t just a great day to save on tech, food, toys, and clothes but on furniture and home decor as well! Amazon has exclusive deals that can save you 20% or more on select furniture right now, and many of them don’t require a Prime membership either.
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Best Prime Day gaming deals
The Nintendo Switch has been extra difficult to find this year, but right now you can pick up a limited edition console inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons at Amazon! This console does not come with a game, so you may want to add Animal Crossing: New Horizons to your cart separately. The regular Nintendo Switch is available today as well.
$299 at Amazon
Pick up the Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons at a $10 discount today! This has truly been a 2020 favorite for gamers, but there’s still plenty of time for you to get in on the fun too.
$49.99 at Amazon
This is one deal that everyone can grab. Simply use promo code FUTRPSN during checkout to grab the PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription at nearly 50% off its regular price!
$33.49 at Daily Steals
Logitech’s wireless gaming mouse features the Hero 16K sensor with 1:1 tracking, 400+ IPS, and 100-16,000 max DPI sensitivity, along with a pro-grade 1ms report rate. Today’s deal saves you $50 off its full cost.
$99.99 at Amazon
Best Prime Day laptop deals
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook is now $300 off at Amazon! Specifications include a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 TI Max-Q graphics card, a 13.3-inch 1080p screen, and Wi-Fi 6. Connectivity includes Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB-A ports.
$1,499.99 at Amazon
Pick up Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro at a $300 discount via Amazon. This model features 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, and a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, along with Apple’s Touch Bar and Touch ID.
$2,099.99 at Amazon
Featuring a GTX 1650 graphics card and a 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 processor paired with a 144Hz display, this is an exceptional budget gaming laptop and the price is too good to pass on. Note the shipping delay means this laptop won’t be shipping until closer to November.
$749.99 at Amazon
Best Prime Day tablet deals
Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini is now $50 off at Amazon. It features a retina display, A12 bionic chip, two cameras, a built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge.
$349.99 at Amazon
The Dragon Touch K10 tablet is equipped with a 10-inch IPS HD display and a quad-core processor, along with 16GB storage and a microSD card slot to expand its storage by up to 128GB. It’s currently $100 off and you’ll save an additional $5 by clipping the coupon on its product page.
$94.99 at Amazon
If you want an affordable tablet for a couple of little ones, this is the deal for you with two fully-featured Fire 7 tablets in kid-proof cases at a 25% discount. Each also includes a 2-year warranty and a complimentary year of Amazon Kids+. You can also score 25% off the Kids Editions of the Fire 8 and Fire 10 tablets right now.
$149.98 at Amazon
One way to save on the Kindle is by picking up a refurbished model at $40 off the price! This refurbished eReader has been tested and inspected to ensure it’s in proper working condition and it even comes with the same warranty that a new model includes. You’ll score a three-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited with the purchase, too.
$49.99 at Amazon
Score a 10th generation Kindle along wiith a stylish Kindle Fabric Cover to keep it protected and a power adapter. Today’s deal saves you $45 off the bundle’s usual cost, though you’ll need an Amazon Prime to grab this discount.
$94.97 at Amazon
Perfect for the little one who loves to read, and the little ones who need to do more of it, the Kindle Kids Edition includes a 10th generation Kindle e-Reader along with a kid-friendly cover and a year of Kids+ access. The best part is that it comes with a 2-year, no-questions-asked, replacement guarantee no matter what happens to it. This Essentials bundle also includes a screen protector and a power adapter. Today’s deal saves you $50 off the bundle’s usual cost.
$92.97 at Amazon
Best Prime Day phone deals
The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G line has only been on the market for a few weeks, but it’s already seeing a huge discount at Amazon. Every configuration and color is discounted there by $200 while supplies last.
from $799 at Amazon
The flagship OnePlus 8 Pro is now $99 off at Amazon. This device is equipped with 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, four cameras, and more. It’s also capable of wireless charging and has Amazon Alexa built-in.
$899.99 at Amazon
TCL’s 10 Pro is an affordable powerhouse with a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with NXTVISION tech, a quad-camera setup, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor, and 6GB of RAM. It has a 128GB capacity, expandable via microSD. Clip the coupon on its product page at Amazon to save $70 instantly.
$379.99 at Amazon
The 64GB TCL 10L offers great bang-for-your-buck with a huge, adjustable display and clean TCL UI software. Its hardware is solid for the price and the inclusion of NFC for mobile payments is rare in the phone’s price range. Today’s deal saves you $40 off its regular price instantly.
$209.99 at Amazon
Save $100 on the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G device at Amazon for a limited time. This is the 2020 model featuring 128GB storage, four cameras, a 4500mAh battery for all day power, and more.
$499.99 at Amazon
Best Prime Day toilet paper deals
Pick up this 5-pack of Solimo 2-ply Toilet Paper. Each one includes six rolls of toilet paper for a total of 30 rolls, each featuring 350 2-ply sheets. They’re RV/Septic safe too.
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Clip the on-page coupon and checkout via Subscribe & Save to score this 4-pack of Cottonelle Ultra toilet paper on sale for just $22. Each pack comes with four mega rolls for a total of 24 rolls with 388 sheets per roll. This 1-ply paper is 3X stronger, thicker and 2X more absorbent than traditional toilet paper.
$22.42 at Amazon
Pick up a 4-pack of Presto! Mega Toilet Paper rolls at Amazon. Each pack includes six mega rolls featuring 308 sheets of toilet paper each. You can save even more by choosing Subscribe & Save before checking out.
$22.25 at Amazon
Scott’s toilet paper offers the lowest price per sheet count at just $0.09 cents per 100 sheets. Each of the 4 packs includes 8 rolls with toilet paper that’s sewer-safe, septic-safe, and even safe for RV and boat use.
$27.99 at Amazon
More of the best Prime Day deals
During the lead up to Prime Day on October 13, you can spend $10 on products from small businesses from across Amazon and score a $10 promo credit to use during Prime Day. This offer is valid for Prime members only.
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This indoor cycling bike utilizes a magnetic belt drive and a heavy-duty flywheel for smooth cycling. It features a 4-way adjustable seat and is currently discounted by more than $130.
$465.48 at Amazon
Prime Day isn’t just a great day to save on tech, food, toys, and home but on fashion as well! Amazon has exclusive deals that can save you a huge amount on clothing, shoes, watches, jewelry, and more right now, and many of them don’t require a Prime membership either.
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Bring Alexa along on all your road trips with Echo Auto. This small Echo device lets you talk with Alexa while you drive and ask her to stream music, check on the weather, update you on sport scores or the latest news, make calls, and more.
$19.99 at Amazon
Score a free $100 Amazon gift card when you sign up for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card. It earns you 5% cashback when you shop at Amazon or Whole Foods as a Prime member. Alternatively, the Amazon Rewards Visa card earns you a $50 Amazon gift card immediately upon approval. These cards can even save you up to 25% on select Prime Day offers.
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Best Whole Foods Prime Day Deals
The discounts you can receive as a Prime member at Whole Foods Markets are truly one of the best benefits of the entire service. Whole Foods consistently has deals that are exclusively available for Prime members. Plus, on sales that are available to everyone, Prime members save an additional 10%! Those in select zip codes within the U.S. can even score free delivery when ordering groceries from Whole Foods online.
Spending $10 at Whole Foods Market in-store or online via Amazon now through October 14 will earn you a $10 promotional credit to use during Prime Day! This deal is available for Prime members only.
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Whole Foods always has special discounts just for Prime members, and there’s actually a page at Amazon that brings them all together for an easy way to find exclusive deals meant just for you.
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When is Prime Day 2020?
Amazon has now officially announced the date for Prime Day 2020. The event will begin on Tuesday, October 13 and run through Wednesday, October 14.
Similar to last year, Prime Day 2020 is a 2-day event spanning a full 48-hour period, giving you plenty of time to shop the best deals. The first deals will kick off just after midnight PT on October 13 and the event will end at midnight PT on October 14.
This is the first time we have seen a Prime Day sale in the fall months, so it remains to be seen exactly how the event will play out with a likely Amazon Black Friday sale following not too far behind.
When do Prime Day deals begin?
Right now, kinda! Amazon has already announced a few early Prime Day deals, and sellers on the site are already beginning to offer up some pretty sweet Prime Day sales. Be sure to check out our coverage above for some really great early Prime Day deals.
Why was Amazon Prime Day 2020 delayed?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is now taking place in the fall months for the first time. Amazon started the annual Prime Day event back in 2015, and since then it has always taken place in mid-July. With the COVID-19 outbreak, Amazon has faced issues with fulfillment, product availability, and workplace health concerns.
Delaying Prime Day until October gives the company a better chance at being able to keep up with orders, keep its workers safe, and give an overall better experience to everyone involved.
What deals do we expect during Prime Day 2020
There’s no easy way to tell what will be discounted on Amazon until we receive the official word from Amazon, but after all these years of covering the event, we have a few ideas. It’s nearly a guarantee that all of Amazon’s own hardware, like the Fire TV sticks, Echo line, Kindles, Ring gear, and more will be on sale. Prime Day tends to bring many of these devices to historic low prices. The best Prime Day deals are generally focused directly around these items.
Beyond the usual suspects, we’d imagine that popular electronics like the TCL Roku TVs and Sonos speakers will be on sale, along with kitchen gadgets from Instant Pot, Keurig, and more.
Should you shop Prime Day 2020 deals or wait for Black Friday 2020?
This year it seems as though Prime Day will be taking place about 12 weeks later than normal, which puts it only about six weeks away from Black Friday. We all know that Black Friday has gone from a one-day event into a month-long marathon of sales, so realistically Prime Day is only about two weeks before the kick off of November, which is pretty close with all things considered.
Odds are Amazon realizes that in order to capture the audience looking to spend money that’s potentially worried about this that it will need to bring some irresistible offers to the table. We’ve always been in support of shopping early instead of waiting, especially since Black Friday’s shopping season is a week shorter than normal (like it was in 2019), so product availability could be scarce during the holidays.
We’d imagine that Amazon will be bringing some competitive and enticing prices on hot devices, so you’ll likely want to be prepared to do a bunch of your holiday shopping during Prime Day 2020, even though that may not be what you are used to doing.
What were the most popular Prime Day deals in 2019?
Each year, Amazon announces the top-selling Prime Day deals, and in 2019 most of its own hardware topped the list. It’s not a huge surprise to see this, as Amazon tends to aggressively lower the prices for the big event. Aside from its hardware, SanDisk microSD cards, Instant Pots, and a few others made the list.
In the U.S. Amazon said the highlights included:
- A record number of Prime members shopped during Prime Day in the U.S.
- Prime members purchased more than 100,000 lunchboxes, 100,000 laptops, 200,000 TVs, one million headphones, 350,000 luxury beauty products, 400,000 pet products, 650,000 household cleaning supplies, and more than one million toys.
- Prime members purchased more than 200,000 LifeStraw Personal Water Filters and 150,000 Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Kits.
- This year, Prime members in the U.S. received tens of millions in Prime Day savings when they shopped at Whole Foods Market. The best-selling Prime Day deals were organic strawberries, red cherries, and blueberries.
When will Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals begin?
Amazon kicked off a few early Prime Day deals alongside the announcement of the Prime Day 2020 dates, so you can already shop those. The deals will really start flowing during the actual event, though, which is slated to start at midnight PT on October 13. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the very best Prime Day deals as they appear.
What type of Prime Day deals will there be?
Amazon will have a few different deal styles running on Prime Day. There are a few different types of deals you can expect to see during the event, including Gold Box deals, Lightning deals, Coupon deals, and direct price drops. Each of these is a little different, so here’s what you can expect from each type:
- Gold Box Deals of the Day: These are Amazon’s daily deals, and generally for these, the company has plenty of stock to fulfill orders on it all day long. We have seen Gold Box deals sell out in the past, but it’s far less often that these sell out than the other types of deals.
- Lightning Deals: Like an actual bolt of lightning, these deals will come and go fast. On an average day, Lightning deals tend to last for around six hours, but on Prime Day it’s likely that the most popular deals will go in the blink of an eye. You can generally join a waitlist if it sells out, but that won’t guarantee that you will actually get the product.
- Coupon Deals: Many sellers will be offering coupon codes as a way to help people save on Prime Day, and these require a little more work. Some will offer landing pages that automatically clip the coupon code for you, and others will require you to manually enter them during the checkout process. The few seconds of extra work can sometimes save you big, though.
- Direct Price Drops: For a vast majority of deals on Prime Day, you’ll visit the page and the price will just be reduced.
These price drops span all of the categories that Amazon covers. Whether you’re in the market for kitchen appliances or knives, or happen to need a new TV, computer, clothing, or even a new mattress, odds are it will be on sale during Prime Day.
Will USPS shipping delays affect Prime Day?
It’s a little too early to tell at this point, but it does indeed seem likely that Prime Day could suffer some delivery delays because of the USPS backlog. As of right now, USPS performs about 30% of Amazon’s deliveries, which is quite a large number. Recent changes at the Post Office have led to delayed packages, mail sitting in locations for long durations, and more.
Hopefully, things turn around or Amazon is able to offset the delays with more in-house shipping this year.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Underneath all the advertising and marketing jargon you’ll read about Amazon Prime Day is a rather large shopping event that kicks off on in the middle of July each year. It used to be a one-day event, but Amazon has since expanded that. In 2018 the company ran it for 36 hours, and in 2019 it expanded to 48 hours. Amazon claims that Prime Day is bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and basing it off of what we saw last year, it is entirely possible that the company can pull that off this year.
The shopping event is exclusive to members of Amazon’s Prime service, which offers free 2-day shipping on millions of items, access to Prime Video, photo storage, and much more. An Amazon Prime membership now costs $119 a year, but you can get a free 30-day trial to get all the benefits without shelling out any cash. Yes, that means that you’ll be able to shop all the Prime Day deals, get the free 2-day shipping, and all without paying anything for it. Keep in mind that after the 30 days Amazon will charge you for the year in full, so you’ll want to set a reminder to cancel if you don’t want to keep it.
Prime Day Concert, explained
This is a bit of an odd one, but two years ago Amazon started a new tradition with a Prime Day concert. The first one was headlined by Ariana Grande, and last year Taylor Swift hit the stage to perform. The 2020 Prime Day Concert has yet to be made official, but we can expect that Amazon will indeed offer one with a large headline act.
We will keep you posted as Amazon announces more information on the Prime Day concert for this year’s event.
Will other retailers try to participate in Amazon Prime Day?
With certainty we can say yes. Other retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, eBay, Newegg, and plenty of others will be joining in on the fun. Some will launch sales aimed directly at competing with Prime Day offerings, and others will simply match the deals and discounts from Amazon.
We’ve seen eBay go all-in on its own promotions in years past, and with the state of everything right now we wouldn’t be surprised to see more competition do the same.
What is the history of Amazon Prime Day?
To help celebrate its 20th anniversary, Amazon kicked off Prime Day back in 2015. Since then, the company has grown the event, making it a little bigger each year. 2020 will mark the sixth anniversary of Prime Day as we know it. The event started as a one-day thing that had a random mix of things on sale, and has evolved into what was a 48 hour event last year that offered well over 1 million deals.
Beyond just discounting its own hardware, Amazon features discounts on popular products from Bose, Instant Pot, TCL, KitchenAid, and many other big brands. The growth hasn’t been flawless for Amazon, though. Last year, the company experienced nearly two hours of downtime at the beginning of the event due to the extra traffic. The site had immense troubles loading listings, showing updated pricing, and getting through the checkout process. Once this was resolved, the rest of it went pretty smoothly.
How does Amazon Prime Day work?
Prime Day is not as straightforward as some other big shopping days, and that’s not such a bad thing. There are some things that you’ll want to keep in mind, especially if you are looking for deals on specific products. Last year, Amazon released deals in batches every three hours. This year, some of the promotions are based around six-hour blocks, so it’s possible the company has extended the times each deal will be available to accommodate for the longer event.
Who is Prime Day for?
Only people who are Amazon Prime members will be able to participate in Prime Day. You don’t have to be a long-standing member. Even if you just use the 30-day Prime Day free trial for the event you can shop the sales.
You should also be able to participate if you’re part of Amazon Household, Family, or using the student-discounted Prime membership.
So, do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals?
The short answer: yes. Sign up for a free 30-day trial if you aren’t already one so you can still take advantage of the great deals we will see.
Should I sign up for an Amazon Prime trial now?
Amazon offers a free 30-day free trial of its Prime service and, since Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially set for October 13 and 14, you can snap up that free trial now to ensure you get in on the savings.
Why should I care about Prime Day?
Most people shop all year, not just around Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Odds are there is something that you’re looking to buy, and who likes to pay full price for the items they want the most? Whether you’re heading off to college this year and need some essentials for your dorm room, or you’ve just been putting off a purchase of new luggage, cell phone accessories, headphones, and more, Prime Day may just offer the deal you need to own that new gear.
On Prime Day, Amazon doesn’t have deals in only one or two categories, it’s basically across everything that the site sells. This means there is literally a deal out there for everyone. Seriously. From Echo devices to Amazon services like Kindle Unlimited, Instant Pots, DNA test kits, and almost anything else you can think of, you’ll probably see a discount or ten on some of the most popular products.
How do I prepare for Amazon Prime Day?
There are lots of little things you can be doing now to prepare yourself for Prime Day. Some may be obvious and others you may not have considered. Let’s review some Prime Day tips to ensure that you’re ready for maximum savings on the big day.
Begin with your Amazon account. Check to ensure that your Prime membership is in good standing and won’t be up for renewal before mid-July. You’ll also want to make sure that your billing address is correct and that your credit cards aren’t expired. It may seem silly now, but those extra few seconds you save during checkout could be the difference between scoring a sick deal and missing out on it.
Keep an eye on Thrifter’s Twitter account to find out exactly when the event will be taking place so that you can begin your 30-day free trial at the right time, and it won’t expire before you get to use it.
You’re going to want to get yourself an Alexa-enabled device. The Echo Dot is only $50 and often on sale for less than that, including an early Prime Day deal going on right now. This may enable you to get deals exclusive to voice shoppers, deals even other Prime members won’t be able to get first like it has in years past.
The Amazon Prime Rewards credit card is for the hardcore people. You need an eligible Prime membership to get the most benefits out of this card. Signing up for it gets you a $70 Amazon gift card you can spend on Prime Day. Plus, you can get 5% back on Amazon from whatever you spend. If you plan to go all-out on Prime Day, this is a no-brainer.
Which countries participate in Amazon Prime Day?
In 2019, Amazon offered Prime Day in 17 countries, and it’s likely that more will be added this year. The countries that participated include: Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, India, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico.
How do I stay on top of Prime Day deals?
Amazon Prime Day 2020 is likely to be the biggest one yet, with over a million deals that cycle through the course of it. Luckily, there are a few great ways to stay on top of the deals, and some of them you can do right from your phone. If Amazon continues some of what we’ve seen in the past few years, you’ll be able to look forward to the following.
First up is the Amazon app. You’ll want to make sure you have it downloaded and installed on your phone. First-time users will actually even get a $10 credit to use on Prime Day for signing in the first time, so don’t miss out. In the Amazon app, you’ll be able to set alerts for upcoming Lightning deals, watch deals that you’re interested in, and quickly check out when they go live.
If using your phone during the workday isn’t permitted, Amazon’s Assistant browser extension may be a better bet for you. You can install it for free, and as a Prime member, you’ll get $5 off your next $25 order for goods sold and shipped by Amazon. You will need to use the Assistant extension to find the deal, but it’s a small trade-off for the additional discount.
Our pals over at Thrifter will also be covering all of the event. When it comes to big events like this that are full of deals, the team just doesn’t sleep. From deals that are likely to sell out quickly to coupon codes you may not have uncovered on your own, Thrifter will be the absolute best place to look for a Prime Day deal that you may be interested in. You’ll want to make sure that you are following them on Twitter.
Will there be Prime Day exclusive products that launch?
In 2018, we saw something new from Amazon. The company used its Prime Day event as a time to unveil a bunch of new products for different brands, like an Alexa-activated faucet, Bluetooth soundbars, Crayola crayon sets, and much more. These weren’t the highlight of the day, but it could be a step towards a bigger vision for Amazon. On Black Friday, we tend to see a lot of companies release specific models that are only sold during that time frame, and if Prime Day continues to grow we could see the same for the mid-summer event.
The same carried true in 2019, and we expect Prime Day 2020 will bring even more new exclusive product launches though that could be dialed back depending on how supply chains recover for companies looking to launch new products.
What else should I know?
So, now that you know the basics about Prime Day, here are a couple of pro tips to help you get the absolute most out of the big event that you can. Our first words of advice are “Buy now, think later.” Seriously, some of these deals will sell out in just seconds, and the last thing you’ll want is to miss out on a great price because you were thinking too much about it. Amazon allows you to cancel an order before it ships, and on most items, the company even offers free returns. Instead of missing out, buy the deals that you’re most interested in, and then do your research on the product and such after you’ve completed the checkout process.
With such a wide variety of products being on sale during the event, it’s often times helpful to have some sort of game plan ahead of time. Think about the things you want to buy and need the most. Jot them down, mark them in the app, and be ready to buy them when you see the deals hit. If you go in blind, you’ll either come out having purchased way too much (which is still a win when it’s discounted) or with nothing at all. The old saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” definitely applies here.
As mentioned above, you do 100% need to be an Amazon Prime member in order to get in on the Prime Day action. Get yourself the free 30-day trial to help save you money without costing you anything.
Is everything that’s discounted worth buying?
Without knowing the deals ahead of time, it’s hard to say which exact models and items will be worth buying or not. Generally, gaming consoles, Alexa devices, TVs, and other miscellaneous items are available at some pretty great prices. Some items, like laptops, are not as smart of a purchase on Prime Day.
Last year we saw some great deals surface on things like the Echo Dot, Instant Pot, DNA testing kits, and more. In 2020, we anticipate that Amazon will up the anty a bit and offer even more knockout deals.
Just remember, not every deal is actually a deal so be sure to keep it locked to Thrifter for all the best deals you should *actually buy** on Prime Day.
Let Thrifter help you
Prime Day just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it’s really hard to maximize your savings during these big events. The team over at Thrifter is full of professional deal hunters who will literally be providing around the clock coverage of everything on Prime Day. From the best savings, as they hit to roundups of what you should be buying, the team will aim to make it as easy as possible to find the best deals that are available from the first to the last minute.
Give them a follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date on all the best deals as they happen in real-time.