With Amazon Prime Day less than a week away, it’s a good time to think about what to look for once the deal wave hits. Everything from gadgets to clothing to household items will be on sale during the 48-hour event, and if you’re a Prime member you’ll have access to all the deals on the Amazon site. Engadget will be uncovering the best tech deals we can find – both on Amazon and elsewhere – but there are some key things to know ahead of time so you can get exactly what you want from this year’s Prime Day.
When is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day 2022 begins on Tuesday, July 12 at 12:00 p.m. PT and ends on Wednesday, July 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT. The two-day shopping event will unveil exclusive deals for Prime members, which means you’ll have to be a Prime Day subscriber to take advantage of the savings. Amazon is still offering a 30-day free trial to new Prime subscribers, so you can start your free trial now and join the event.
If you’re not paying for Prime and don’t intend to, be sure to check Amazon on Prime Day for deals available to all buyers. Plus, other retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target will also have their own competing Prime Day sales during this period.
Amazon Prime Day offers
Amazon Prime Day officially only lasts two days, but in recent years the company has started releasing deals well before the official event begins. This also applies this year. As part of the early Prime Day sales, you can now find a range of items on sale. Unsurprisingly, some of the best early deals are for Amazon devices like Eero routers, Fire TVs, and more.
Speaking of which, Prime Day is the best time of year to shop for Amazon gadgets. You can be sure that things like Echo speakers, Kindle e-readers and Fire TV devices will be available at record prices on Prime Day. Prime Day is second only to Black Friday in its discounts, meaning you’ll likely have another chance to get this smart speaker dirt cheap, but probably not until the holiday shopping season.
Make no mistake, Amazon gadgets won’t be the only items discounted on Prime Day. You’ll find clothing, shoes, home items, appliances, accessories and more on sale, but of course here at Engadget we focus on electronics. We expect this year’s Prime Day to be like last year as it will bring big discounts on headphones, earbuds, gaming accessories, SSDs and microSD cards, robotic vacuums and more.
Also worth noting are the types of deals you can expect on Prime Day. Some deals will be live for the full 48 hours, while others will only be sold on the first or second day. These are the hardest to predict, as Amazon typically doesn’t provide details on how long a particular sale will take. Our recommendation is to buy the things you crave the most as soon as you see them drop in price – this will ensure you get them while the discount is available and while the item is still in stock.
You can also expect some flash sales to happen during Prime Day. Luckily, these are usually clearly marked with the time left to get the offer advertised on the product page. In our experience, only a handful of these flash sales are really worth your money, but if you see something on your wish list drop in price in the next few hours, it’s in your best interest to grab it right away.
Here’s how to prepare for Prime Day
We’ve hinted at this before, but it’s best to head into Amazon Prime Day as prepared as possible. This essentially means knowing exactly what to look for so you can stay focused and avoid distractions. All of Amazon.com will be overwhelming on Prime Day. So the less time you spend surfing aimlessly, the more your wallet will thank you later.
Two simple things to do before Prime Day are to make a list and bookmark a price tracker. For the former, make a note of the top items you plan to pick up on Prime Day. You can either do this the old-fashioned way on a sticky note, or you can use Amazon’s Wishlist feature. For the latter, add the items you want to buy on Prime Day to your wish list (or, even better, create a special wish list with just your Prime Day wish lists) and come back to that list during the shopping event. Not only do you have everything you want in one place, but you can also see which of these items are cheaper on Prime Day than when you originally added them to your list.
As for the price tracker, sites like CamelCamelCamel allow you to monitor the price of certain items on Amazon. You can view price history charts on the site and create your own price drop alerts by receiving emails when something you want gets a discount. CamelCamelCamel also has some browser extensions that you can download so you don’t have to navigate away from a product page to check price history.
We know that not everyone – not even every Prime member – will be flocking to Amazon on Prime Day. Whether you find such blatant consumer practices off-putting or simply don’t want to give Amazon more of your money, there are plenty of reasons why you might skip Prime Day altogether. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip all sales happening on July 12th and 13th. Retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and others will all have competing Prime Day sales, and many of them will match the sales you’ll find on Amazon. We recommend trying them out if you want to buy a few things for less money without spending any money on Amazon.
Engadget will cover both days of Prime Day. So if you have a lot of tech on your to-buy list, be sure to stop by here on Prime Day for the best tech sales we could find. We’ll be sure to include gadgets from everything from headphones to robot vacuums to gaming gear – as well as the best anti-Prime Day deals you can find at other retailers. You can also follow @EngadgetDeals Twitter account and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter to keep up to date with the latest discounts. The sheer volume of deals will be daunting, but we’re going through them all and picking the best ones to make Prime Day that little bit easier for you.
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