Three days and counting: Amazon Prime Day is less than a week away. The 36-hour sale starting Monday, July 16 will feature more than one million deals, and its global reach has been extended to four more countries this year: Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria.
Here’s everything you need to know, including what’s already on sale and a new peek at what will be.
Last updated: Friday, July 13, 7 a.m. PT with additional previews of Prime Day deals.
What:Amazon’s smorgasbord of deals — pretty much “Black Friday in July.” More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.
When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country.
Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals… but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.
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Early Prime Day deals available now
Just as Black Friday deals often start appearing well before Black Friday, Prime Day deals have already surfaced. As of Monday, July 9, here’s what you can get:
Free PC games from Twitch. Amazon already gives Prime subscribers free games every month. In the run-up to Prime Day and for a couple days after, it’s giving away a different game every day. Many of the previous ones are still available — but they won’t be much longer, so hurry up. Today’s entry: The puzzle-adventure game Hue.
Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you’ll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.
Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you’ll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.
$2 movie rentals. Amazon has a smattering of newer movies you can rent, via Prime Video, for $1.99 apiece. The titles include Hostiles, Downsizing and Wonder.
3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon’s audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there’s nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you’ve tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.
You can get discounts on other items as well. For example, some of Amazon’s Everyday Essentials brands have been marked down by 30 percent. You can also save up to 25 percent on select furniture and home decor products.
Deals coming on Prime Day
Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).
Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.
A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. But that doesn’t kick in until Prime Day proper, so don’t head to the store just yet. Thankfully, you don’t need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.
Huawei phone deals. If you’re in the market for a new phone, Huawei has a pair of deals lined up for Prime Day: The Honor View 10 for $399 ($100 off) and Honor 7X for $169 (a $30 savings).
Save on a dashcam, get a Bluetooth speaker free. During Prime Day, you can get the popular Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam for $145.99 with promo code PRIMEVNP. Add the Vantrue V1 Bluetooth speaker to your cart and you’ll get it for free! It normally sells for $50.
ViewSonic monitors and projectors. The company has discounts planned for about a dozen products, including the PX747-4K projector for $1,000 (currently $1,275) and the XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170 (currently $250).
Nvidia Shield TV with remote for $139. The jack-of-many-trades Nvidia 4K streaming box is currently $179, but on Prime Day you’ll be able to snag it for $40 less. Read CNET’s Nvidia Shield review to learn more.
Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it’ll be $30 on Prime Day.
Samsung Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system 3-pack for $99. Lowe’s will offer up to 60 percent off select smart-home products, including this mesh-network combo, which normally runs $300. It earned a 4.5-star average from Lowe’s customers, but read CNET’s Samsung Connect Home review for a deeper dive. (Interestingly, price was one of the biggest complaints… but you can’t complain about $99!)
Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you’ll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You’ll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.
Save 25 percent on a Roccat gaming headset. The Roccat Khan Aimo is a surround-sound USB headset for gamers. It’s normally $120, but on Prime Day you can use promo code 25PRIMEDAY to save 25 percent.
Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it’ll be 20 percent off — so about $280. That’s an all-time low; it’s never been below $300.
That’s it for now — check back soon for additional deals as we find them!
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What is Prime Day?
Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts — not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful — OK, it was wildly popular — despite some hiccups.
In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn’t sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.
When is Prime Day?
July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.
In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 — though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It’s kind of like the way Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) “Prime Day Plus,” anyone?
Who can shop on Prime Day?
True to its name, Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you’re not a paid member, you can’t take advantage of the deals. Note, though, that Prime Day is merely one of several advantages of being an Amazon Prime member.
As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That’s now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.
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What kinds of deals can I expect?
There’s little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon’s branded products: Fire TV ($70 at Amazon.com) devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and of course every Echo speaker.
Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($230 at Amazon.com) phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don’t get too carried away — many of the discounts are no better than what you’ll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.
Speaking of which…
How do I know if a deal is really a deal?
On the internet, every day is Black Friday — and Cyber Monday, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism — or at least a little bit of research.
Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.
At the same time, consider using a browser plug-in such as Honey, which can instantly inform you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price (which doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking).
How can I shop on Prime Day if I’m not a Prime subscriber?
As noted, you can’t — but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you’ll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.
Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it’s questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day’s very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn’t be unthinkable.
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