Amazon’s third Prime Day may officially start Tuesday, but it kicks off earlier this year, Monday at 8 p.m. Central time.
How To See The Deals
If you are a current Prime member, you can see all the deals can at www.Amazon.com/primeday at the top of every hour for live new deals. Those who download the Amazon app can see deals 24 hours in advance of them going live. Owners of Amazon Echo (Alexa), who are also Prime members, can get early deals starting at 6 p.m. Monday, but most are likely to be on Echo products, Amazon Tap, Fire TV, and compatible Fire tablets. Ask “Alexa, what are your Prime Day deals?”
Some sites will be posting their best vetted deals, including www.bestblackfriday.com and www.wirecutter.com. Wirecutter suggests that the best bargains, lightning deals, usually only last for a few hours.
“This Prime Day, our Prime members will find hundreds of thousands of deals on everything they’re into — from beauty fans to bookworms and gamers to gardeners,” said Greg Greeley, vice president of Amazon Prime in a statement.
How To Tell If It’s Really A Good Deal
Consumers will want to check prices on items they planned to buy before the sale started and see if they are discounted further. Otherwise, they may end up spending money on deals they didn’t need. RetailMeNot shopping expert Sara Skirboll suggests making a list before the sale starts, including current prices. “This will save you money because you won’t be aimlessly scrolling through products you might not otherwise need,” she said.
ConsumerWatchdog.org cautions deal hunters to check Amazon’s “was” price with comparison sites. It alleges that “was” prices, along with “before-sale” prices and “list” prices, continue to deceive consumers into thinking that they’re getting a bigger bargain than they actually are.
The Santa Monica-based nonprofit taxpayer and consumer advocacy group looked at hundreds of products sold by Amazon in June and found nearly 4 in 10 listings showing fictitious discounts.
Is Prime Day Worth It?
According to Dealnews.com, a shopping comparison website, a slim majority of respondents to their survey (51 percent) think Prime Day is worth it, while 49 percent do not. However, only 10 percent of those surveyed said they don’t shop Prime Day. Respondents said they would shop for electronics (26 percent) and home goods (13 percent).
Brent Shelton at FatWallet.com said his team expects good savings on health and beauty items (supplements, vitamins, lotions, natural products), household items (bulk toilet paper, garbage bags, food storage), media (books, movies, music especially via Prime subscriptions and services), and collectibles (toys and sports).
Amazon released a sampling of deals, including a 50 percent savings on Amazon Echo ($90), “big” but undisclosed savings on Game of Thrones Blu-ray seasons 1-6, and a 55-inch “premium brand” 4K smart LED TV for $600.
New Prime customers can get $10 off their next order using promotional code 10PRIMEDAY. They can also take advantage of the deals with a 30 day free trial membership for 30 days and choose to cancel before the end of the trial period. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.
Prime offers unlimited free shipping within two days on more than 50 million items, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns, and two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities. Prime costs $100 a year. Students can get a six month free trial plus 50 percent off if they have .edu e-mail address.
How To Get The Best Deals
Check companies that will match Amazon’s prices, such as Best Buy or Target. Also check for Amazon-type deals of their own at major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Macy’s, Toys ‘R’ Us, Sears and eBay.
Last year’s Prime Day was the best sales day in Amazon’s history. It typically outperforms Cyber Monday.
Don’t forget to click through your favorite cashback site for additional savings. TopCashBack.com, for example, offers up to 6% cashback on certain Amazon purchases. MrRebates.com offers up to 5% back on certain categories, as well. Lastly, ebates.com offers up to 3% cashback.