Amazon Prime Day is almost here. The site’s annual sales event will take place this July 12 and 13, 2021 and, before the offers start to burst our cell phones, we think it’s a good idea to make this guide of tips and tricks to help you take advantage of the maximum your investment. See below the list of what you should – and should not – do.
Prime Day will start at midnight from July 11 to 12 (specifically, at 3:00 am EDT) and will last until July 13 for Amazon Prime customers in Spain, Germany, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada , China, United States, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Singapore and, for the first time, Poland and Sweden. Later this summer, Prime Day will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as in Egypt, the country that joins these two days of offers for the first time.
Customers will be able to enjoy big savings on top national brands and items from small and medium-sized businesses, as well as find new deals in every category – from fashion and electronics to toys and home – during both days of Prime Day.
You should plan ahead
We understand. It is very easy to get carried away by a sales whirlwind. When Prime Day rolls around, there will be so many deals on Amazon that your shopping experience can quickly become overwhelming.
Therefore, it is better to sit before the whirlwind and know exactly what products you want to buy. Are you trying to get the holiday shopping started for your whole family, or just want to save some money on a personal item or two?
Our advice is to sit down and make a list of your must-haves. That way, when you sign in to the Amazon app, you can shop for your essentials before certain products become unavailable (or certain Flash Deals expire… more on that in a bit).
In years past, Amazon has offered impressive deals on its own hardware. If you are looking for screens and Echo speakers, Kindle or Ring doorbells and cameras, this is the time to buy them, for sure.
That said, Amazon is likely to keep a lot of its own items on sale throughout the holiday season. If you can afford to wait for it to arrive an Echo Dot speakeryou will be able to focus on non-Amazon products.
As you create your wish list, it’s also a good idea to be aware of what items they’re looking for before Prime Day rolls around. This is so you can know exactly what kind of discount you are getting compared to normal prices.
If your listing isn’t primarily Amazon, visit product or brand websites to see how much these items typically sell for. You may find that the provider itself offers even better prices than Amazon.
Once you have your list of must-haves, you need to go ahead and enable push notifications. You have to ask yourself why? Doing so will ensure that when a Flash Deal arrives, a bundle is announced, or an item’s price drops, you’ll be notified of the deal right away.
If you don’t have notifications set up for Amazon, it’s pretty easy to do. Grab your preferred mobile device, open the Amazon app (download and sign in if you haven’t already), and then tap the icon with three lines in the corner of the screen. Then scroll down to SettingI touched Notifications and scroll down to Your offers monitored Y on waiting list. Activate and go.
If you’re using a desktop computer, you can also download the browser extension AmazonAssistant to help you browse the many Prime Day deals from the comfort of your PC or Mac.
Another idea: if you’re a big fan of a certain brand of camera or robot vacuum, follow them on social media. While not all businesses will stop posting on Instagram advertising Amazon deals, some inevitably will. Stay informed.
You should to make sure your Amazon account is up to date
The cart is loaded; you are ready to pay. How nice it will be to have all these new things. But… oh dear. Your Amazon account is linked to an expired credit card. As your life flashes before your eyes, you frantically try to reload your current 16-digit Visa, but sadly, it’s a wasted effort: the Flash Deal has expired. Your desired product is now out of stock. You have lost this round, but not the next.
Know your Amazon account inside and out. Most importantly, you need to make sure your payment methods are up to date. Whether it’s a PayPal account, a series of Amazon gift cards, or your trusty Visa card, make sure all forms of payment are up to date.
While the above scenario is a bit theatrical, it can be extremely frustrating to miss out on a Flash Deal for something as simple as forgetting to upgrade your account.
Do you know the Cool Guy Joe wireless headphones? Do you know how Mighty Kleen for Pet Hair robotic vacuums work? Neither do we, because we just invented them. The point is, come Prime Day, you’re likely to see dozens of listings for products and brands you’ve never heard of before, and they’ll likely feature some of the most attractive prices.
Our advice for these mysterious third party items is to stay away. Or at the very least, you should do some quick research and determine what you might be getting into. A good rule of thumb is to go by how many Amazon reviews these unknown contenders have and whether they are good or bad. Fewer than 15 reviews are mediocre at best.
Opt for a more reputable and tested version of the product you are looking for. We are likely to see many third-party offers for popular Amazon categories, such as smart speakers, tablets, home security, small appliances, and robotic vacuums, just to name a few. In short, stick to what you know. If something looks suspicious, it probably is.
First of all, you should look for amazing Amazon bundles, both before and during the Prime Day event. However, only buy a bundle if it really makes sense for you (check out that list of must-haves).
While it would be nice to get a free pack of Philips Hue bulbs with your Echo speaker, do you really need the bulbs? Or the speakers, for that matter? Yes, it’s an extreme example, and many bundle deals make sense for shoppers and their wish lists.
The point we want to emphasize is that you don’t get caught in the middle of huge multi-item discount bundles just because Amazon is telling you that you’re going to save a lot of money. Get the things that really mean something to your shopping experience.
You can wait until July 12 to start getting Prime deals, if you’d like. However, Amazon has wasted no time in getting the festivities underway.
Presales are everywhere on Amazon, so if you have some free time and know what you’re looking for, it’s not the worst idea to start filling your cart now. But don’t feel pressured.
We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently.
The prices, details and availability of the products and offers in this publication may be subject to change at any time. Be sure to check that they are still valid before making a purchase.