I don’t know about you, but I am really excited for Amazon Prime Day this year! I have quite a few things I need from Amazon that are on the more expensive side, and I’m hoping for a great deal. This Mama needs a new laptop, AND (hopefully) a digital camera. I’ve got these beauties sitting in my cart right now, waiting for July 10th @ 9:00p.m.
I love Amazon! It actually gets me into some trouble. Truth be told, they don’t really always have the best deals on every single item they sell, and I think you do have to do a little bit of comparison shopping. But for the most part, getting the things I need at a reasonable price in 2 days (sometimes in 1 day!) with their included free two-day shipping, is well worth it.
I was a little disappointed when they raised their Prime membership from $79 to $99 a couple years ago, but that change also included many more incentives, and the oh-so-wonderful Prime Day. You have to be a Prime member (or signed up with your 30 day free trial) to have access to all of Amazon’s Prime Day deals. If you are a student, you can get Amazon Prime for 6 months FREE.
Thanks for remembering all the broke college students out there, Amazon ;)!
Here are some benefits of Amazon Prime’s 30-day free trial:
* FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
* Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
* Secure, unlimited photo storage with anywhere access
* Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists
* Borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
* Early access to select Lightning Deals on Amazon, and every event on MyHabit.com
After the free trial, Prime is just $99 per year.
**Amazon just revealed that they will be giving you $20 off your first Prime order with a new 30-day free trial membership! Uh, yes please! *Good through July 11, 2017.
Great deals if you do your research!
Amazon’s Prime Day is equivalent to Black Friday (but in the middle of summer – Christmas in July, anyone?), and is supposed to have many, many, many more deals than stores have on Black Friday. That means that if you want to buy that pressure cooker for your MIL this year, or a water table for the kiddies this summer, you can probably get a really great deal on it! I remember wanting to buy our pressure cooker last year. It was $59.00 (if I remember correctly) on Prime Day, but I didn’t add it to my cart. I’m sure I was very skeptical of the pricing, and wanted to do more research before a major purchase.
The next day, it was $119.00. I kicked myself that morning. But, I’ve learned to do my research BEFORE Prime Day.
A great tool to use is CamelCamelCamel.com (this is an Amazon price-tracking site with historical charts and a brief summary of recent price changes).
To get ready for Prime Day, Amazon hosts almost an entire week of deals!
Here’s a look at the special pricing/events going on leading up to Prime Day 2017:
July 5th: Alexa voice shopping
July 6th: Amazon Music
July 7th: Amazon Video
July 8th: Everyday Essentials
July 9th: Amazon Reading
In addition to the themes, every lead-up day will see offers on smartphones and Amazon devices and Prime Pantry. And this year, Amazon is hosting a different giveaway each day! Watch a short video, and be entered to win. They are giving out iPads, digital cameras, a flat-screen TV, MacBook, etc!
The official start time is 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, July 10.
Anyone with an Alexa-enabled device, however, can use Alexa voice shopping to access select deals starting at 4:00 p.m. Pacific / 7:00 p.m. Eastern. That’s a full two hours before Prime Day officially begins. After the 6:00 p.m. Pacific start time, Prime Day continues for another thirty hours until closing time at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, July 11. For the east coast, that means the deals stop at 2:59 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12.
Lightning deals are the very BEST Amazon deals, and sell out really fast! Amazon teases its Prime Members with these deals a couple days ahead of time, but they aren’t available to purchase until July 10th. If you have the Amazon app for iOS or Android (don’t worry, it’s free!) you can actually build your own Watch List, and get notifications when your deals go live!
If it seems too good to be true, do your research!
Yes, Prime Day is ALL about the deal, but there are third-party sellers on Amazon that might not be as true as the sky is blue (if you know what I’m saying). Always be sure to look at the seller, their reviews, and the actual product to see if it seems legitimate. I always purchase from sellers that are fulfilled by Amazon or Amazon itself to ensure I am fully covered by their excellent customer service.
Can you imagine buying something really expensive like a MacBook from a third-party seller, receiving it broken/damaged in the mail, and possibly losing out on all that money if the product isn’t fulfilled by Amazon? I would melt into the floor.
Some third-party sellers are probably awesome! And if you want to take the risk, particularly on more expensive items, that is your call! But know that you will have to deal directly with them, and can appeal to Amazon for what might be a longer, drug-out process.
What are you planning on buying on PRIME DAY? Tell me in the comments below!