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Within five years, Amazon's Prime Day has turned itself into a bonafide shopping event. To put it in perspective, during last year's summertime extravaganza, members purchased more than 175 million items, from devices to groceries—more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, according to Amazon. The date for Amazon Prime Day 2020 has not yet been released, but we expect it to be sometime this fall. Ahead of the sale, here's what you should know about this massive deals day.
What Is Amazon Prime Day?
Prime Day is a global shopping event that offers Amazon Prime members top-rated products and brands at discounted prices. For a very limited time, thousands of items will be marked down, and even more lightning deals will pop up throughout the 48-hour sale. Expect to see great deals on everything from cookware to Instant Pots, and some of the best savings of the year on Amazon's line up of Alexa-enabled devices and other smart home products.
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When Is Amazon Prime Day?
Last year, Prime Day ran from July 15 through July 16. This year's date hasn't been released, but we expect it to be this fall.
If I’m not an Amazon Prime member, can I still shop Prime Day deals?
To take advantage of Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime Member. Luckily, there is a good workaround if you don't want to commit to an annual membership. Amazon offers a free Prime membership trial for 30 days. If you sign up for this trial, you can take advantage of Prime Day and then choose to cancel your trial before your 30 days run out, or you can keep your membership and pay $119 per year. Additionally, Amazon offers half-price subscriptions on Prime for students and EBT/Medicaid recipients.
Note: you won’t qualify for the free trial if you’ve canceled a Prime membership in the last 12 months. If this is the case for you, a one-month Prime membership costs $12.99—just remember to cancel it before the next month begins.
How do I shop Prime Day?
There are a number of ways you can shop Prime Day Deals. First, through your favorite web browser. We also suggest shopping through Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5 percent of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice. Alternatively, download the mobile app, log in, and you'll be ready to shop on-the-go. Finally, you can shop with your voice through your Amazon-enabled device.
I ordered an item during Prime Day. How fast will my package arrive?
Amazon Prime members in general have access to a variety of delivery options and the same speeds apply. Before you check out, you'll be able to see your item's anticipated arrival date. Free same-day delivery is available on more than 3 million products in select cities and on qualifying orders over $35. Free one-day shipping is available on more than 10 million products with no minimum purchase required). Free two-day shipping is available across the site for Prime members. There’s also two-hour delivery via Prime Now, which is best for items like food, household essentials, and Amazon-brand devices.
How do I make sure to avoid fake deals on Prime Day?
Prime Day has some fantastic deals, but the truth is, not every deal is actually as great as it seems. Are you really getting the right price? Luckily, there are many resources to help you sort it out. CamelCamelCamel, which tracks the price history of many Amazon products and can help decipher if a deal is real or if it’s actually a price drop that’s advertised as a deal. WikiBuy is also a great source for tracking price history and simultaneously searches thousands of merchants to see if you're getting the best deal. Finally, when it comes to those overly enthusiastic 5-star reviews, Fakespot.com, can help you determine the authenticity of Amazon user reviews for any given product.
Do other retailers have their own sales to compete with Prime Day?
Many of Amazon’s competitors have held sales of their own to get in on the action. Retailers such as Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, have in the past offered their own savings events and price-matching opportunities.
How will I know about the top deals to shop?
We're going to be sharing all the top deals as we see them coming. Bookmark this page and check back when Prime Day begins to quickly snag the best deals before they sell out.
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