Shoppers, tie up your digital shoe strings and keep your credit cards ready. On Monday starting at 9 pm ET, Amazon will kick off its third annual Prime Day. For those of you who don’t know, Prime Day is a shopping holiday done by Amazon with offers as competitive as the ones on Black Friday. Be ready for huge deals on everything ranging from smartphone accessories to flat screen TVs. Prime Day will be going on for thirty hours, ending on Wednesday at 3 am ET. Here are some tips for you to get the most out of Amazon Prime Day deals.
Get Amazon Prime
To enjoy the discounts on Prime Day, you need to have an Amazon Prime Membership. If you do not have one, fear not, for you can always start a free 30-day membership and take advantage of the deals running till Wednesday. If you are a college student, you can also get a free 6-months membership by using your student email.
Install the Amazon app
Special offers appear every 5 minutes during Prime Day. Instead of grounding yourself in front of your desktop to keep track of these deals, install the Amazon app for your smartphone. This will allow you to get notifications on deals in real time. Here is a useful guide on how to set up the notifications and track items you want to purchase the minute they get a discount.
Now is the time to get Amazon products
In the past two years during Prime Day, Amazon would give special offers on all their products and services. On former Prime Days, items like Kindle readers, Echo smart speakers, and tablets received up to 50% off their regular price. Digital services like ebooks, audio books, movies, and music will also receive discounts. It is a safe bet to assume that this year is no different. If you have been on the fence to get a Kindle e-reader, like me, now would be a good time to buy one.
Use Alexa to get further discounts
If you currently own Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, you will receive some perks other buyers won’t have. For one, you will get access to Prime Day deals two hours earlier than other shoppers. You will also get exclusive offers on select products by ordering through Alexa. Furthermore, if you still have not gotten an Amazon Prime membership, you can register through Alexa and receive a 20 dollar discount on the yearly membership.
Find the best deals
Compare the price of Prime Day deals by checking previous prices from Amazon by using the camelcamelcamel website. This will help you see how much you are saving and help you decide wether you purchase a particular item now, or wait for another offer and use the money on another product. Also, check on websites like The Wirecutter and SlickDeals for a listing of the best bargains posted on Amazon.