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It’s a prime time to score deals — but only if you’re savvy about it.
Amazon Prime Day begins at 3am ET on Monday July 15 and goes for 48 hours. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year, with Coresight Research predicting that Amazon
could generate $5.8 billion in global sales over the two days. For its part, Amazon says it will launch more than one million deals across 18 countries, with new deals dropping hourly. Not all deals, of course, will be worth it, but if you’re savvy, “there will be really good deals,” says shopping expert Trae Bodge of TrueTrae.com. Here’s how to get the most from your Amazon Prime Day shopping — including where to get a free $10 that you can apply towards your purchases, and expert-recommended early deals you can snag now, like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a free Amazon Echo, for $169 (down from about $275) for Prime members.
First, become an Amazon Prime member (which you can do for free if you’re savvy).That’s because Prime Day sales are only for Prime members. You can sign up now for a 30-day free trial (if you don’t like it, cancel before the 30 days is up and it won’t cost you). If you keep it, the annual cost is $119, unless you’re a student and then it’s $59. Here’s a guide on whether Prime is right for you.
Get a $10 credit by signing up for the free Amazon Assistant service. “Install Amazon Assistant to your browser (a price alert tool) and you will get a coupon for $10 off $50 [on Amazon],” explains savings expert Andrea Woroch. Amazon Assistant is a browser plugin that gives you order and shipment updates and alerts you to sales. The catch: This offer is only for “Prime customers who haven’t used Amazon Assistant in the last 365 days” and the offer expires on July 30.
Score a $10 credit when you download and shop on the Amazon app for the first time. Prime customers (minus those doing just the free trial) who sign up for the app for the first time, and make a purchase using the app, can get $10 off their next order. People who use the camera or Alexa features in the app can get $5 towards a future purchase. “You can use the Amazon app to add items you want to buy or like to your watch list and you will get alerts when they go on sale on Prime Day,” adds Woroch. This offer ends on July 31.
Shop early deals. Amazon is already offering some great deals, experts say. Here are a few:
• Amazon is also offering 30% off household essentials like paper towels and toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Bodge and Woroch both say there are some good deals to be had here.
Snag a $10 credit to spend on Prime Day when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. This applies to almost everything in Whole Foods except things like alcohol, taxes, tips, stamps and gift cards.“Just make sure you register or ask the store clerk how to get the credit applied to your account,” says Woroch.
Use cashback sites to deepen savings. “Get cash back through sites like Ebates and Swagbucks,” says Woroch — who highlights that Swagbucks is offering up to 5% cash back for purchases at Amazon through their site this month.
Shop using Amazon devices and services. Coresight Research notes that there will be “special deals for owners of the Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap artificial intelligence-enabled appliances on Prime Day.” Amazon highlights how this all works here. If you’re a Twitch Prime member, you’ll be able to “unlock free games, exclusive in-game content and live events featuring Apex Legends and EA Sports,” Coresight notes.
Know what to buy — and what to avoid. In general, you’ll find the best deals on Amazon’s own devices like the Echo, Dot and others. “Amazon’s proprietary devices are the bread and butter of Prime Day,” says Kristin McGrath, shopping expert and editor for Offers.com. Bodge adds that you can expect big deals on other Amazon brands too, like Amazon Essentials. There are plenty of things not to buy too, which MarketWatch highlights here.
Always compare prices and review return policies. “Just because it’s on sale on Amazon doesn’t mean you can’t find it somewhere else for less,” says Woroch. Sites like Walmart
, eBay and others are offering their own deals. Woroch adds that you should “track price history. If you aren’t sure if something is at its all-time-best-price, run a quick price history check on CamelCamelCamel.com.” Beverly Harzog, personal finance and credit card expert at U.S. News & World Report likes the browser plugin Honey for getting good deals. And don’t forget to look at return policies, she adds.