Prime Day 2016: The best Amazon Prime Day deals 2016

Amazon Prime Day 2016

Welcome to Amazon Prime Day on TechRadar! Today Amazon will be promoting a whole heap of deals on games consoles, TVs, laptops and other electronics as well as lifestyle items, clothes, shoes, perfume and pretty much any category you can think of.

Amazon Prime Day 2016

Welcome to Amazon Prime Day on TechRadar! Today Amazon will be promoting a whole heap of deals on games consoles, TVs, laptops and other electronics as well as lifestyle items, clothes, shoes, perfume and pretty much any category you can think of.

We’ll be spending Prime Day digging up all of the best deals so that you can be sure to get the best ones, so allow TechRadar to be your guide through the Amazon Prime Day madness!

Jump straight there:see all of the Prime Day deals over at Amazon.co.uk

For readers in the US, Prime Day has not started yet but the UK deals here will give you a bit of a clue as to what’s coming your way in a few hours. In the meantime you could always check out the early Prime Day US deals over at Amazon.com while you’re waiting. We’ll be adding all of the best Amazon Prime Day deals for US readers very soon so hang tight.

Below we’ve listed what we think are obviously the best UK ‘deals of the day’ – IE deals that should last all day. Later in the morning we’ll update with lots of deals per category as well as separate posts for all the most popular product types (think gaming, TVs, laptops etc) so please stick with us!

Remember, most of these deals require you to be a Prime member in order to get the discount. But don’t worry, you can always get a 30 day free trial without paying anything!

Amazon Prime free trial: USAmazon Prime free trial: UK

The best Amazon Prime Day deals 2016:

For the time being we’re listing what we think are the standout Amazon Prime Day deals of the day. Later on this morning once we’ve had a chance to go through all of the deals on the site, we’ll add more deals and separate out by category so you can quickly jump to the deals you’re specifically looking for. If you don’t want to wait, you can go straight to the Amazon Prime Day page right now!

Amazon Fire TV Stick:Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player. This is definitely one of the best Amazon Prime Day deals this year – the Fire TV stick is an easy way to turn your old TV into a smart TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video streaming as well as iPlayer etc – was £44.99, now £29.99.

Amazon Fire 4K:Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player with 4K Ultra HD. Get the Ultra HD-capable version of Amazon’s excellent media streamer for just £54.99, down from the usual price of £79.99.

Apparel:40% Off Women’s New Look Summer Style

Baby monitor:Motorola MBP36S Digital Video Monitor – this Motorola baby monitor usually goes for £92 on Amazon but for today only it’s just £64.99

Philips Hue: Up to 40% Off Philips Hue Lighting and Accessories

Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Microsoft’s amazing laptop/tablet hybrid machine is on sale at Amazon – the tablet/screen comes in silver but the keyboard is available in several different colours. And the device in total is discounted to just £749.99. Black | Red | Bright Blue

Chromebook:Lenovo N22 11.6-Inch HD Chromebook Laptop (Black) – (Intel Celeron N3060, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB EMMC, Chrome OS). Chromebook’s are simple laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS instead of Windows. This Lenovo model is down from £159.99 to just £99.99 – definitely the cheapest laptop available on Prime Day.

WiFi booster:NETGEAR EX2700-100UKS Mini 300 Mbps WiFi Range Extender (Wi-Fi Booster) – Silver. If the wifi at home is a bit weak, you can boost it by using a range extender. It effectively boosts the signal into the far reaches of your building and this one is down to just £13.99 for today only!

Gaming:NVIDIA Shield – was £149.99, now £99.99

Lightning cables: The lightning cables Apple sells with iPhones, and the USB cables that go out with Android phones and tablets… are flimsy at best. You can currently save 10% on Syncwire’s premium cables and chargers using the voucher code 6FNPZCTD. Browse all Syncwire phone accessories

Laptop:Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-Inch – (Intel Core i5-5200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Storage, Windows 10 Home). This is a strong laptop deal – it’s for the more powerful Core i5 version of the Lenovo Ideapad 100 – it’s down from £419.99 to £329.99 which is a good discount and probably the best laptop deal in Amazon’s Prime Day deals of the day batch.

Memory card:SanDisk Ultra Android 128GB MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card and SD Adapter up to 80 Mbps. This SD card is down to just £25.99 which is a faily hefty discount – ideal if you need a new memory card for your camera or Android phone.

Headphones: B&O PLAY H2 on-ear headphones by Bang & Olufsen – these are good headphones and for today only they’re discounted to just £79.00. They typically go for about £150 so it’s a great deal if you’re looking for some new cans!

Jewellery:Up to 65% Off Elegant Diamond Jewellery

Watches:Save Up to 65% on Men’s & Women’s Watches

Wine:Save Over 1/3 Across The McGuigans Range

Wine:Save Over 1/3 On The Tanqueray Gin Range

Canon printer:Canon PIXMA MG2450 All-in-One Printer with Full Set of Inks if you’re after a new colour printer and don’t want to pay much, this seems like a good deal. It’s about a fiver cheaper than usual at £19.99.

Sony PS4:Sony PlayStation 4 Console 500 GB Edition with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – was £299.99, now £249.99

Xbox: Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect – 3 Game Value Bundle with Trackmania Turbo – was £313.99, now £229.00

Xbox:Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect – 3 Game Value Bundle (Kinect Sports Rivals, Zoo Tycoon and Dance Central) – was £349.00, now £219.00

Xbox:Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect – 3 Game Value Bundle (Kinect Sports Rivals, Zoo Tycoon and Dance Central), Forza Motorsport 6 and Official Xbox One Wireless Controller With 3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack – was £349.01, now £245.00

Xbox:Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect – 3 Game Value Bundle with Overwatch (standard edition)– was £331.85, now £229.00

Software:Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (PC/Mac). Excellent deal on Photoshop Elements – get version 14 for just £29.99 which is less than half the normal price.

Projector:Epson EB-U04 Portable Home Cinema/Gaming Projector (Full HD, 3LCD, 1080p, 3000 Lumens, 10,000 Hour Lamp Life). Epson is a very good brand and this full HD projector deal is strong – it’s over £100 cheaper than it was yesterday, now just £349.99

Lots more deals to come – we’ll be listing them all a bit later on once we’ve had a chance to sift through them all so we’ll be back in a few hours with some more recommendations!

What is Amazon Prime Day?

To celebrate its 20th birthday last year, Amazon came up with Prime Day. It promised to deliver more bargains than Black Friday, and while some of the deals were less attractive than others there were still lots of tech deals and bargains to be found.

Amazon has decided to make Prime Day an annual event, and this year Amazon Prime Day is on 12 July 2016 – that’s this coming Tuesday, folks.

Like last year, the Prime Day deals of the day will only be available to Prime members, who will also get early access to lightning deals. But even if you’re not a member, there will still be plenty of deals and promotions from Amazon and plenty of other sites to take advantage on as all the big stores ride the ‘deals wave’ at a traditionally quiet time of year for retail.

Amazon has already confirmed that products with heavy discounts will include the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire tablet and Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.

As you’d expect, on Amazon Prime Day itself, TechRadar will be rounding up and linking to all of the deals we think are the absolute very best offers out there. We’ll also be keeping an eye out on all of the other online stores out there because they’ll be sure to do a bit of promotion in an attempt to get in on the action – we’ll list those deals too. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day:

When is Amazon Prime Day 2016?

This year, Amazon Prime Day 2016 falls on Tuesday 12th of July, beginning at midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST). However, Amazon is also doing what it does with Black Friday and Cyber Monday – running a week of deals. The deals week started on the 5th of July.

Which countries will Amazon Prime Day be happening in?

Prime Day is running in every country where Amazon operates. Sorry, Australia 🙁

Get an Amazon Prime free trial to get the deals:

You need to be an Amazon Prime member to have access to the Prime Day ‘deals of the day’ but if you’re not a member and you don’t want to be a member, there’ll still be loads of promotions you can take advantage of – literally thousands of deals.

Prime, of course, is Amazon’s free delivery membership scheme, which has expanded to include streaming video, music, ebook rental and photo storage. If you aren’t currently a member of Amazon Prime you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial, which you can then cancel if you don’t want to continue as a Prime member. If you decide to stay, Prime memberships are $99 per year in the US and £79 in the UK. Last year Amazon took £20 off the price for Prime Day, although it’s unclear whether it’ll do the same this year.

It’s worth remembering that if you don’t want to remain in Prime after Prime Day you have to actively cancel the Prime membership before the free trial expires. If you don’t, you’ll be billed for a year’s subscription automatically.

Amazon Prime free trial: USAmazon Prime free trial: UKWhat Amazon Prime Day deals can I expect?

Amazon says it’ll heavily discount more than 100,000 things on Prime Day, and there will be other promotions during the run-up to 12 July. For example, Prime Music is running a promotion to win “unforgettable experiences” with artists including Blink 182, Flo Rida, The Lumineers and others.

In the run-up to Prime Day you’ll see US deals such as a 32-inch TV and Fire TV Stick for $119.99. Expect Amazon to plug its Kindle, Kindle Fire and Fire products heavily – if you’re planning to buy one, you should probably wait until the 12th.

See the early Prime Day deals: USSee the early Prime Day deals: UKConfirmed Amazon Prime Day 2016 deals:

Amazon has already started to tease some of the deals that it’ll be running on Prime Day 2016. Or at least, it’s revealed some of the products it’ll be discounting – it hasn’t revealed what the prices are likely to be.

Amazon Fire Tablet: In the UK you’ll be able to save £15 on the Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet – it’ll be one of Amazon’s deals of the day running all day long for £34.99 instead of £49.99. That’s a very strong deal if you’re after a 7-inch tablet. See the Amazon Fire tablet at Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick: On Amazon Prime Day last year, the Fire TV stick was the best selling product and that looks like it’ll be the case again this year. Amazon has confirmed that it’ll be offering a juicy discount on this Smart TV streaming stick. In the UK that means £15 off and a price of £19.99 instead of £34.99. See the Amazon Fire TV Stick at Amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Amazon has also confirmed that the Kindle Paperwhite will be on sale on Prime Day. In the UK we’re allowed to tell you that the price will be £79.99 down from £109.99 which is a saving of £30. See the Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon

Trunki suitcases: The first product that Amazon revealed will be getting the Prime Day deals treatment is the Trunki Ride-on suitcase. It’s a suitcase for kids, designed so they can ‘ride’ through airports under parent-power rather than walking. Readers in the UK might remember the Trunki appearing on Dragon’s Den back in 2010 – it was rejected at the time but has gone on to sell millions of units – oops.

Check out the Trunki at Amazon

Gibson electric guitars: The other product Amazon has revealed will be on sale on Prime Day are Gibson electric guitars. The discount will be ‘more than 20%’ so if you’re after a new guitar or looking to learn, come back to TechRadar on Prime Day and we’ll point you to the deal.

Check out Gibson electric guitars at Amazon

Last year’s Prime Day deals

Last year’s deals included 30% off Xbox Ones, 46% off Fire TV Sticks, 33% off Kindles, 50% off Kindle Fire HDs, 82% off DVD box sets and 75% off Blu-Ray box sets, 35% off projectors, 47% off headphones, 46% off smartwatches, 30% off cameras, 22% off SSDs… you get the idea. The Amazon products were all-day deals, but many of the other ones were lightning deals with limited stocks. When a lightning deal is gone, it’s gone.

Are there any special deals for students?

There are. Amazon Student offers a six-month free trial of Prime, including all the services bar ebook lending, and 50% off Prime membership if you want to continue after the trial expires. You’ll need to have an email address from a recognised institution; sadly the School of Hard Knocks and the University of Life don’t qualify.

Is it worth keeping the Prime subscription going?

It can be: Amazon Prime started as a free-delivery scheme but it now also includes unlimited photo storage, ad-free music, unlimited TV and movie streaming and early access to lightning deals throughout the year. If you use all of those things, $99/£79 isn’t a lot of money.

Are the bargains real bargains?

That’s a good question. Like many retailers, Amazon is very keen on comparing prices against RRPs (MSRPs in the US) that nobody really expects anybody to pay – so for example in 2013 the Wall Street Journal noted that an Amazon deal of 45% off a $1,799 Samsung HDTV wasn’t quite so impressive: the previous month, Amazon had been selling the same TV for $997.99, so the actual saving was less than ten dollars. Such deals are essentially the same thing as supermarket wine promotions or amazing, never-ending furniture sales.

If you have a particular product in mind it’s worth keeping an eye on the prices now to make sure the deals are genuine on Prime Day. We find sites such as PriceSpy invaluable, as they enable you to see exactly what prices are being charged for specific things – not just big purchases, but smaller items such as video games too.

Some of the deals will clearly be paper bargains like the one the Wall Street Journal reported, but that doesn’t mean all of them will be. Amazon will have been bargaining hard with key suppliers to cut the prices it pays for some products, and it’ll sell some high-profile items as loss leaders in the expectation of cross-selling, up-selling and, well, selling. From Amazon’s point of view it can lose money on big deals and make it back from Prime subscriptions and by shifting stock it wants to get rid of anyway.

Will anybody else offer bargains on Prime Day?

We think so. Last year, a whole bunch of retailers clambered on the Amazon bandwagon with deals that in many cases were better than Amazon’s: in the UK that included Zavvi, Curry’s, PC World, John Lewis, GAME and Argos. As we did last year we’ll be tracking all the best bargains on Prime Day and the days running up to it – not just on Amazon, but everywhere.

What should I do in the run-up to Prime Day?

It’s worth thinking about what you actually want or need and how much it currently costs, so for example if you’re quite keen on a 4K TV it’s worth looking at the current prices to get a feel for what X amount of cash gets you.

The likelihood of Amazon doing a brilliant discount on the exact make and model is microscopic, but if you’re flexible and you’ve done your homework you’ll know if a similar model is a banging bargain or a waste of money.

Think in terms of specifications, not specific models: you might not get a deal on the 55UE6523211-VHB-2E 55-inch TV, but you’ll probably get a deal on someone else’s equally enormous set. Don’t forget to use price comparison services and if it’s tech, our reviews here at Techradar: some things are cheap because they’re no damn good.

As you’d expect we’ll keep our beady eye on Amazon and its rivals all the way to the end of Prime Day. If it’s a bargain, we’ll make sure you know about it.

What will TechRadar be doing on Prime Day?

Come back to this page on Prime Day and you’ll find us busily curating lists of all the best deals that Amazon has published. So there’s no reason to be intimidated by the thousands of deals Amazon is putting up, and don’t worry about which ones might be ‘real deals’ – just come to this page on TechRadar and we’ll surface all the best deals so you can go straight to them!

You can get started by signing up for the Amazon Prime trial if you’re not already a member.

What Amazon Prime Day deals can I expect?

Amazon says it’ll heavily discount more than 100,000 things on Prime Day, and there will be other promotions during the run-up to 12 July. For example, Prime Music is running a promotion to win “unforgettable experiences” with artists including Blink 182, Flo Rida, The Lumineers and others.

In the run-up to Prime Day you’ll see US deals such as a 32-inch TV and Fire TV Stick for $119.99. Expect Amazon to plug its Kindle, Kindle Fire and Fire products heavily – if you’re planning to buy one, you should probably wait until the 12th.

See the early Prime Day deals: USSee the early Prime Day deals: UKLast year’s Prime Day deals

Last year’s deals included 30% off Xbox Ones, 46% off Fire TV Sticks, 33% off Kindles, 50% off Kindle Fire HDs, 82% off DVD box sets and 75% off Blu-Ray box sets, 35% off projectors, 47% off headphones, 46% off smartwatches, 30% off cameras, 22% off SSDs… you get the idea. The Amazon products were all-day deals, but many of the other ones were lightning deals with limited stocks. When a lightning deal is gone, it’s gone.

Amazon Prime Day 2015

Amazon launched on this day in 1995, making the world’s biggest online store now 20 years old.

To celebrate, it’s holding a big sales bonanza, quoting “more deals than Black Friday” and throwing plenty of money at TV advertising. On this page we’re rounding up the best deals so you don’t miss out!

Note though that these deals are available to Amazon Prime members only – if you’re not a member, you can get a free 30-day trial. If you’re already a member or you just want to dive straight in anyway, you can go there via the Prime Day links below:

Prime Day 2015: all day deals

As you see, these deals will run all day long. We’ve got five initial deals for you here but we’ll be adding lots more throughout the day so do check back in with us!

Xbox One 1TB + game + extra controllerTime: all day until 11:45pmNormally: £400 | Deal price: £329Get this Xbox One deal

PlayStation 4 1TB + PlayStation TV + DestinyTime: all day until 11:45pmDeal price: £329Get this PS4 deal

Amazon Fire TV StickTime: all day until 11:45pmNormally: £35 | Deal price: £19 | Discount: 46%Get this Fire TV deal

Amazon Kindle 6-inchTime: all day until 11.45pmNormally: £59.99 | Deal Price: £39.99 | Discount: 33%Get this Kindle deal

Amazon Fire HD 7Time: all day until 11.45pmNormally: £119.99 | Deal price: £59 | Discount: 50%Get this Fire HD7 dealPrime Day lightning deals: DVD and Blu-ray

DVD: Family Guy – Season 1-14Time: 2:50pm until 6:50pmDeal price: £35.99 | Discount: 82%Get this DVD deal

DVD: Downton Abbey – Series 1-5Time: 3:50pm until 7.50pmNormally: £26.87 | Deal price: £17.99Get this DVD deal

Blu-ray: Sons Of Anarchy: Complete Seasons 1-7Time: 3:50pm until 7:50pmNormally: £157.99 | Deal price: £39.99 | Discount: 75%Get this BD deal

DVD: Taken, Taken 2, Taken 3Time: 3.50pm until 7:50pmNormally: £14.99 | Deal price: £9.99 | Discount: 33%Get this DVD deal

Blu-ray: X-Men – The Cerebro Collection (7 Films Box Set)Time: 4.50pm until 8:50pmNormally: £69.99 | Deal price: £14.99 | Discount: 79%Get this BD deal

Blu-ray: Entourage – Season 1-8 CompleteTime: 5:50pm until 9.50pmNormally: £129.99 | Deal price: £35.99 | Discount: 72%Get this BD deal

DVD: Entourage – The Complete SeriesTime: 5:50pm until 9.50pmNormally: £59.99 | Deal price: £27.99 | Discount: 53%Get this DVD deal

Blu-ray: Star Wars: The Complete SagaTime: 5.:50pm until 9:50pmNormally: £49.99 | Deal price: £33.99Get this BD deal

Blu-ray: True Blood – Season 1-7Time: 5.:50pm until 9:50pmNormally: £79.99 | Deal price: £56.99Get this BD dealPrime Day lightning deals: AV

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. New deals start every 20 minutes, from midnight to 10 pm

Projector: Epson EH-TW5100Time: 4:10pm until 8:10pmRRP: £599.99 | Deal price: £389.99 | Discount: 35%Get this Epson deal

Headphones: Sennheiser UrbaniteTime: 3:10pm until 7:10pmRRP: £149.99 | Deal price: £79.00 | Discount: 47%Get this Sennheiser dealPrime Day lightning deals: Wearables

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. New deals start every 20 minutes, from midnight to 10 pm

Running watch: Garmin Forerunner 210 GPSTime: 4:10pm until 8:10pmRRP: £179.99 | Deal price: £89.00 | Discount: 51%Get this Garmin GPS watch deal

Smartwatch: Samsung Gear STime: 4:10pm until 8:10pmRRP: £369.00 | Deal price: £199.99 | Discount: 46%Get this Gear S dealPrime Day lightning deals: Cameras

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. New deals start every 20 minutes, from midnight to 10 pm

Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5Time: 2:10pm until 6:10pmNormal price: £903 | Deal price: £599Get this Olympus dealCamera: Sony RX100M2 compact cameraTime: 2:10pm until 6:10pmNormal price: £379.99 | Deal price: £279Get this Sony dealHome security: Y-cam HomeMonitor HD ProTime: 2:10pm until 6:10pmRRP: £199.99 | Deal price: £139.99 | Discount: 30%Get this home security deal

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7KEB-KTime: 4:10pm until 8:10pmRRP: £899.99 | Deal price: £299.00 | Discount: 67%Get this Panasonic Lumix deal

Camcorder: Canon Legria HF G30Time: 4:10pm until 8:10pmRRP: £1,299 | Deal price: £789.00 | Discount: 39%Get this camcorder dealPrime Day lightning deals: Sat nav

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. New deals start every 20 minutes, from midnight to 10 pm

Prime Day lightning deals: Laptop + PC

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. Be quick!

Touchscreen laptop: Lenovo YOGA 2 13.3-InchTime: 2:10pm until 6:10pmRRP: £499.99 | Deal price: £399.99 | Discount: 20%Get this laptop deal

Laptop: Lenovo G50 15.6-InchTime: 4:10pm until 10:10pmRRP: £529.99 | Deal price: £399.99 | Discount: 25%Get this laptop deal

Desktop PC: Lenovo H50 Tower PCTime: 6:10am until 12:10pmRRP: £499.99 | Deal price: £369.99 | Discount: 26%Get this laptop dealPrime Day lightning deals: Monitors

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. Be quick!

Gaming monitor: BenQ XL2430T LED 24-inchTime: 4:10pm until 10:10pmRRP: £326.84 | Deal price: £209.99 | Discount: 36%Get this monitor dealPrime Day lightning deals: Office

These deals are lightning deals, meaning they’re only available for a limited time. We’ve listed the following deals in the order they go live. Be quick!

Gaming keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 EliteTime: 4:10pm until 6:10pmRRP: £134.99 | Deal price: £84.99 | Discount: 37%Get this Razer deal

SSD: Samsung 2.5-Inch 1 TB 850 EVO SSDTime: 5:10pm until 11:10pmRRP: £294.49 | Deal price: £229.99 | Discount: 22%Get this SSD dealPrime Day: Quick links

Quick link:Amazon’s Prime Day homepage

Quick link:Amazon Prime 30-day free trial

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon promises “more deals than Black Friday for one day only” which means bargain prices – some of which will last all day, and some only for a few hours. For more information about how Prime Day is going to work, read our guide below.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime day 2015 takes place on Wednesday July 15. Amazon will start offering deals on its websites from midnight (that is, 00:00 on the 15th) in each participating territory. There will be seven main deals available throughout the day, with lightning deals going live every 10 minutes.

Which countries will Prime Day be happening in?

The US, of course, but also the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Austria and Greece. We’re lying about Greece.

Can anybody take part in Prime Day?

No, you need to be an Amazon Prime member. If you aren’t already signed up, Prime is $99 / £79 per year.

For that you get access to Prime Day plus access to the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service, free ebook borrowing, unlimited photo storage and free delivery on Prime-eligible items (within 1 hour if you live in one of a handful of London postcodes or some US cities). If you’re a parent, your Prime membership also enables you to join Amazon Family to get 20% off the price of nappies.

Can’t I just sign up for a 30-day trial, order loads of stuff and then cancel the membership?

Yes, you could. Amazon thinks you should: “try Prime today and get immediate access on 15th July”, the Prime homepage says. Amazon clearly hopes that you’ll sign up for Prime and either be blown away by the service or so disorganised that you’ll forget to cancel. Either way, it’s clearly going to get some new Prime members out of it.

What sort of deals will there be on Prime Day?

That’s an excellent question, and Amazon hasn’t really answered it. It says there will be “thousands of Lightning Deals and seven popular Deals of the Day”.

If you haven’t seen Amazon’s lightning deals before, they’re limited-time or limited-amount offers that can offer huge discounts on a fairly random selection of things: in recent weeks the list has included whiskies, watches and fitness monitors; at the time of writing there’s 60% off a garden hose and 81% off a fancy watch on Amazon UK.

Amazon offered loads of lightning deals during Black Friday 2014 and there were definite bargains to be had, but as you’d expect the best ones sold out very quickly.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about its Prime Day deals. “Members will enjoy deals on items perfect for summer adventures, their to-do list, family road trips, back to school supplies, and everyday essentials.” That’s not really narrowing it down, is it?

What should I do in the run-up to Prime day?

Assuming that Prime Day is going to be as exciting as Amazon says it is – and if it’s going to have more deals than Amazon’s Black Friday selection, then it might just be – then it’s a good idea to do two things:

1. Set a budget for whatever bargains you want to blag, and

2. Have an idea of what you actually want to buy before you go in.

Hoping for a good deal on an HDTV? Look at what’s out there, read our reviews and be prepared to be flexible: while we’re sure Amazon will discount all kinds of electronic and electrical items, the likelihood of it slashing the price of a specific model you’ve had your eye on for ages is close to zero.

Think in terms of specifications, not specific models: that way you’ll be able to tell instantly whether a bargain is the right bargain for you, or just money off something you don’t really want.

What else should I watch out for?

In retail, bargains aren’t always what they seem. We’ve seen Black Friday deals that looked like massive discounts but which were based on sky-high prices that nobody was expected to pay – the electronic equivalent of supermarket wine promotions and the sofa firms who always seem to be having massive sales – and high-profile sales are a great way of getting shot of end-of-line stock or of selling products bought in specifically to sell at low prices.

Back in 2013, the Wall Street Journal described retailers’ sales practices, including Amazon’s listing of a $1,799 Samsung HDTV with 45% off the sticker price: a month previously, the same set was $997.99.

Retailers are also known to raise prices in the run-up to big sales events, so for example in the weeks before Black Friday prices of all kinds of goods just happen to go up. Funny, that.

Will Amazon do any of those things? We don’t know, but even if it does, we’re here to help…

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