Your Guide to Amazon’s Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day offers enticing deals and discounts on a wide variety of Amazon favorites, exclusively available to Prime subscribers.

Prime Day 2019 will began on Monday, July 15, and runs until the end of Tuesday, July 16, Pacific Standard Time. While previous Prime Days have offered unbeatable deals for 36 hours, this year Prime users will have an extra 12 hours to save.

Prime Day has “grown to become one of the biggest of the year in e-commerce,” according to Business Insider. Prime Day 2018 was reportedly the biggest shopping day in Amazon’s history, only to be passed by the website’s performance on Cyber Monday.

This year, savings on 4K HDR TVs, smartphones, headphones, wireless chargers, Amazon Echo and Fire products, and more promise to attract shoppers. Some of Amazon’s best Prime Day deals include:

  • $40 off Echo Show 5 (now $49.99)
  • $50 off Fire Cube TV (now 69.99)
  • $350 off iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum with WiFi Connectivity (now $549.99)
  • Up to 50 percent off select Sony LED Smart TVs, PC laptops, desktops, and accessories
  • Up to 60 percent off fashion brands including Under Armour, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and more

Some “Prime Day” deals were offered early. These included $120 off a 43-inch Toshiba television enabled with Amazon’s FireTV service (now $179.99), $20 off the Echo Input (now $14.99), and $89 dollars off myQ Smart Garage Door Opener and Amazon Cloud Cam (now $99.98). AmazonBasics products were also sold for up to 50 percent off.

Also part of the buildup to Prime Day, Amazon offered Prime members the chance to watch a concert headlined by Taylor Swift on July 10. The show featured Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G, as well.

Whole Foods is also getting in on the 48-hour sale. Prime members can get a number of discounts at the Amazon-owned grocery chain, including $10 in Amazon Prime Day credit if they spend $10 or more at any Whole Foods Market.

Don’t have a Prime membership? No problem, says Amazon, which will offer a free trial to the monthly subscription so more people can access the day’s deals.

Prime Day has historically been good not just for Amazon but for online retailers, generally. Some of Amazon’s competitors, including eBay, Walmart, and Best Buy, all reportedly see upticks in sales on the day. Bazaarvoice.com reports that around Prime Day 44 percent of consumers also plan to shop at Walmart and 40 percent at Target.

A few helpful tools for getting the most out of Prime Day: This website is tracking Prime Day’s best deals. Apps like Honey and Camelcamelcamel will also help Prime Day shoppers to find discounts on products they’ve tagged.

Prime Day will not be all fun and discounted games, however. Amazon workers in Shakopee, Minnesota planned a six-hour strike at their fulfillment center. The strike’s organizers said they aimed to pressure Amazon executives to convert more temporary workers to regular Amazon employees and ease productivity quotas they allege make their work unsafe and insecure.

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