Amazon US Prime Day is nearly here.

It's an annual event exclusive to paid Amazon Prime subscribers and there are some amazing offers from Amazon US. If you're a Prime member, the day will be filled to the brim with thousands of amazing deals.

Keep in mind you don't have to fully sign up for a Prime membership; you can get a 30-day free membership if you've not been a member before. You can read more about Amazon Prime from here.

Anyway, a membership costs $119 a year (or $12.99 a month, if you can't stretch to the one-off payment). Once you have membership, you can snag deals from all the different categories on Amazon.

Pocket-lint plans to comb through the best deals, and will list them below. We also plan to keep this guide regularly updated. We've even included some tips and tricks below for first-time bargain hunters.

Amazon Prime Day is when Amazon throws open its doors to bargain hunters with a huge online sale. In 2018, Amazon Prime Day is 16 July, starting at midday and running through to midnight on 17 July - a full 36 hours of deals. The Amazon Prime Day hub is now live.

Prime Day 2018 deals are available in the following regions:

  • US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria,Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, and Luxembourg

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

  • $300 off the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone (normally $799.99)
  • $30 off the Huawei Mate SE smartphone (normally $249.99)

Here's a few of the deals in this category that won't go live until Prime Day:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

  • $80 off the Huawei Watch 2 Sports (normally $299.99)
  • $80 off the Huawei Watch 2 Classic (normally $369.99)
  • $20 off the Huawei Band 2 (normally $69.99)

Here's a few of the deals in this category that won't go live until Prime Day:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Here are some of the deals now available in this category:

Prime members who hadn't yet tried Music Unlimited, Amazon's music service and rival to Spotify, can do so at a discount ahead of Prime Day. You can sign up for four months for the cost of just $0.99. The service normally costs $12.99 a month for Prime members (or $119 a year).

Prime members can get three months of Kindle Unlimited for $0.99. The service normally costs $7.99 a month and gives access to millions of eBooks to read on a Kindle or through the Kindle app.

You can save up to 50 percent on Prime Video, DVDs, and Blu-rays.

Get three months of Audible for $4.95 a month (65 per cent off).

Get one free PC game every day through 18 July on Twitch Prime.

We will be adding more deals as we spot them throughout Amazon Prime Day, but you can check out these popular deal pages on Amazon (US) to see if there is a deal for you already:

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.

  • Amazon Prime free trial: UK
  • Amazon Prime free trial: US

If you ask an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo or Amazon 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, just 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.

Amazon also has its usual "Gold Box Deals of the Day". However, since it's Prime Day, these sales should 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:

Prime Early Access deals are a type of Lightning Deal that are 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, according to Amazon.

Amazon Assistant is a browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft 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 desktop notifications. It also lets you get information about orders and deliveries.

Amazon.com has coupons. There's actually 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 the link at the top for "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" button 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 see 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 Amazon price tracker that monitors millions of products and alerts you when prices drop, so that you can decide if and when to buy.

If you've spotted a good Amazon Prime Day 2018 shopping deal that we've not listed, then let us know in the comments below.

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