The biggest annual sale for Amazon, is Prime Day, and this year, things didn't go as planned for the retailer. But, Amazon Prime Day is still set to happen. It will take place October 13 and 14. About 12 weeks later than normal.
The delays for Prime Day this year were due to the global pandemic. During the summer, Amazon was running pretty hard, with everyone buying everything online. And their marketed next-day and two-day delivery for Prime members, was more like four to six days.
Amazon opted not to cancel Prime Day though, like every other major event this year. And instead decided to hold it a bit later in the year.
With Amazon Prime Day happening very soon, here's everything you need to know before the big day.
When does Prime Day take place?
Amazon has now officially confirmed that Prime Day will take place from October 13 to October 14. Making it a 48-hour long shopping holiday, similar to last year. Amazon likely did not make it a longer holiday this time, due to the huge delay in Prime Day actually occurring. It normally comes in July, not October. And it's very close to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are in November.
Along with the announcement of Prime Day, Amazon has also kicked off a number of early Prime Day Deals. Allowing you to save big on different products and services right now.
What Prime Day deals are already available?
There are a number of Prime Day deals that are already available, and you can check them all out right here.
As of September 28, you can pick up two Echo Dots (third generation) smart speakers for only $39.98. Basically that's buy one get one free, since they are currently on sale for $39.99 each. Use the promo code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout.
You can also save $100 on Amazon Fire TV Recast, and get the 500GB for $130 or the 1TB for $180.
Amazon Music Unlimited has brought back it's super popular 4-month deal for $0.99. Allowing you to use Amazon Music Unlimited for quite some time, for only a buck.
And there are plenty more deals available in the run-up to Prime Day. Make sure to continue to checkout our latest deals, as we'll be rounding up the very best deals leading up to and after Prime Day.
What deals can we expect to see?
Amazon hasn't announced the slate of deals for Prime Day yet, but we can expect to see deals across all categories of products sold on Amazon's website.
We will also see some steep discounts on Amazon's own hardware. Including Fire TV, Fire tablets, Echo smart speakers, Ring, Blink and much more. We might even see some discounts on Amazon's newest products that it announced on September 24.
Based on the deals we've seen in previous years for Prime Day, we may also see some steep discounts on Instant Pots, DNA kits, smartphones, smart TVs and many more products. Instant Pots are always the big seller for Amazon on these big shopping days, so if you've been looking to pick one up, that might be the best time to do so.
Robot vacuum makers like Roborock, iRobot, Neato and others will also discount their products.
Amazon will offer extended trials for its services like Music Unlimited and Audible. In previous years, we've seen Amazon offer four months of Music Unlimited for only $0.99.
Where can I find good deals now?
You can follow AndroidHeadlines. We post the best deals all year round. Because you can't always wait for Black Friday or Prime Day to pick up some new tech, Instant Pots, or other products.
Everyday, we put out a top 10 best deals of the day post. To help you spend your money wisely, and not overspend on anything in particular.
You can also check out Amazon's deals page. This is updated every few hours with some new deals, and deals of the day.
Should I just wait for Black Friday?
This year, with Amazon Prime Day being so close to Black Friday, many are wondering if they should just wait til Black Friday, since it's only a little over a month after Prime Day.
Our best advice is going to be, to make a list of the products you're looking to purchase. Whether that is for yourself, or for your holiday shopping list. Then you can check out Prime Day and see if what you're looking for is discounted. Unfortunately, you can't wait til Black Friday and then decide you liked the Prime Day price better and go back in time and buy it then. You'll need to use your own judgement on what to buy on which dates.
Particularly since we don't know the prices for Black Friday and likely won't until after Prime Day is over.
Black Friday will have more deals at other retailers though. So if you're not dead set on buying from Amazon, then Black Friday might be the better time to make your purchases. Though many retailers do like to compete with Amazon on Prime Day.
Do I need to be a Prime member to take advantage of these deals?
Prime Day was created as a way to drive more Prime memberships. So yes, you will need to be a Prime member to take advantage of these deals. And there is a free 30-day trial you can sign up for – or six months if you're a student – and take advantage of Prime Day.
Sellers will also be discounting products that are not officially part of Prime Day too. So the answer is yes and no. To take advantage of all Prime Day deals, you will need to be a Prime member. But not all deals during Prime Day are limited to Prime members.