(Pocket-lint) - Amazon Prime Day is an exclusive sale event that Amazon holds, offering discounts to those who are Amazon Prime members.
We now believe that Prime Day will take place in September but Amazon itself has simply said it will take place "later in the year".
However, Amazon would want Prime Day to avoid Thanksgiving and Black Friday, so it seems likely it will be in the early fall.
Keep in mind you don't have to fully sign up for a Prime membership to take part in Prime Day; you can get a 30-day free membership if you've not been a member before.
Membership costs $119 a year (or $12. 99 a month, if you can't stretch to the one-off payment). Once you have a membership, you can snag deals from all the different categories on Amazon.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?
The date of Amazon Prime Day 2020 has not yet been revealed. We suspect that it will be in early September.
Amazon says that: "Over the last five years, Prime Day has become a special celebration and time for Prime members to shop incredible deals for themselves and for friends and family – and it’s something we look forward to every year.
"This year we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual... members all around the world will experience Prime Day later this year. We look forward to sharing more details soon."
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will continue to prioritize essential goods during the Summer months. Distancing measures in warehouses are also likely to have played a part.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 tips and tricks
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Get an Amazon Prime free trial to get the deals
Amazon Prime costs $119 a year. You can, however, sign up for a free 30-day trial to get the deals. A neat trick is that you are fully entitled to cancel your Amazon Prime subscription after once you've got your shopping deal.
If you ask an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo or Echo Dot, "Alexa, what are your deals?", you get access to Prime Day deals hours earlier as well as access to exclusive bargains. As long as you cancel the trial before the end, you won't be charged the $119 yearly subscription. Amazon hopes though that once you've enjoyed some of the benefits, you won't hit the cancel button.
To order something, say, "Alexa, what are your deals" followed by "Alexa, add [the item] to my cart. " Alexa will confirm this, but if you want, you can set up a 4-digit voice shopping pin with the Alexa app to prevent unintended purchases.
Deals of the day and lighting deals
Amazon has its usual "Gold Box Deals of the Day". However, since it's Prime Day, these sales kick into high gear. There'll be new deals, every day, including "Lightning Deals," which are limited time and sometimes end in minutes. To stay on top of everything, use Amazon's app, where you can view many deals 24 hours in advance and sign up for alerts. Go here to see deals you're watching.
You can even let the deals come to you via Amazon's daily deals email.
Also, check out links below for Lightning deals in key areas on Amazon. com:
- Best Computer and Accessories Lightning deals
- Best DVD and Blu-ray Lightning deals
- Best Electronics Lightning deals
- Best PC and Video game Lightning deals
- Best Software Lightning deals
- Best Sport Technology Lightning deals
- Best Toys and Games Lightning deals
Prime Early Access deals
Prime Early Access deals are a type of Lightning Deal earmarked for Prime members - Amazon gives Prime members 30-minute early access to certain deals. However, all deals are available while supplies last. Prime membership doesn't guarantee you'll be able to purchase a particular deal, and it's possible that a deal could sell out before the end of the early-access period.
Try Amazon Assistant
Amazon Assistant is a browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, and Edge. It's free and easy to install. With it, you can watch for product comparisons that save time and money, access shortcuts to popular Amazon hubs right in your browser, and get notified when deals that you're watching go live with notifications. It also lets you get information about orders and deliveries.
Clip coupons on Amazon
Amazon. com has coupons. There's an entire section of Amazon that's dedicated to coupons. You can find coupons for electronics, pet supplies, toys, and other items. No scissors or physical coupons required. To get started with Amazon coupons, go to Amazon. com, then click on "Today's Deals. " In the menu of subitems, click on "Coupons. " You can also use this direct link.
You can browse the most popular coupons, and when you find an item that interests you, you can either click on the "Clip this coupon" or click on the item to learn more about it. Clicking on the item automatically clips the coupon for you, too. When you're all done shopping, go to your cart and check out like normal. In the cart details, you will View the coupon amounts deducted from your total.
If you want to check a deal's price against what Amazon has charged in the past, try CamelCamelCamel. It's a free price tracker that monitors millions of products and alerts you when prices drop so that you can decide if and when to buy.