Amazon Prime Day is set for Tuesday, July 12th and Amazon is promising that it’s going to be way bigger and better than last year! This will be welcome improvement over last year when the “good stuff” was hard to find and lots of the deals were on weird products no one wanted or needed. Remember all the chefs hats on sale and the #PrimeDayFail hashtag all over Twitter? Although…I did snag an incredible deal on my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker! I use it so often that it’s hard to imagine I’ve only had it for a year now!
Anyway, according to Amazon, there will be almost twice as many TV deals as Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined…plus huge sales and discounts on toys and other popular product categories as well. There’s also talk about deals on Amazon Echo, Kindle Unlimited and more…so it’s worth being prepared.
I’m the unfortunate position of having to appear for Jury Duty selection on Tuesday, which makes me so sad because there’s nothing I love more than snagging an amazing deal, and I’m having major FOMO over the whole situation, but I wanted to post ahead of time because I don’t want you missing out as well!
Things you need to know to be ready for Amazon Prime Day:
It’s only for Amazon Prime Members, but you can get a 30-Day FREE trial membership HERE now.
The annual Amazon Prime membership is $99/year and includes FREE 2-Day Prime Shipping on most orders, free streaming TV, Movies and Music, plus Kindle owner deals, extra perks and special offers. I feel like this is a great deal, but you’ll have the 30 days of free trial to decide for yourself. Don’t wait til Prime Day to signup though…get it out of the way now because the deals will go quickly and you’ll need to be ready!
Deals for Prime Day Countdown have already started! You don’t have to wait til Amazon Prime Day to start taking advantage of the deals. Now through July 12th you’ll find Countdown Deals as well as extra Gold Box and Lightning Deals. These will almost always include FREE Prime Shipping, so just another reason to get that trial membership if you’re not already a Prime Member!
Get $30 off your purchase of $150 or more with your Amazon Rewards Visa Card! If you are already a cardholder then you are prepared. On Prime Day, July 12, 2016, you can get $30 off your purchase when you spend $150 or more on items shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Offer excludes Amazon.com Gift Cards and gift cards redeemable at other retailers.
To redeem the $30 discount, pay with your Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card and enter the promo code VISA30 at checkout.
To be eligible for this offer, you must be an Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card member. Customers who apply and are approved for this card after July 9, 2016, will not be eligible.
Know when a deal is a deal! If there are certain items you are hoping to score during Amazon Prime Day, do your homework and familiarize yourself with current prices, promotions and brands being offered on other sites like BestBuy, Target, Kohls, etc. That way you be able to make quick and savvy decisions when the deals start flying on Prime Day!
Update your Amazon shipping and payment info. Take a sec now to double check that all your shipping and credit card info is up-to-date and set up 1-Click Payment based on your preferences. This means that when you see a deal you want, you will be less likely to miss it, because you won’t have to fill out your info to make a purchase. Your order will literally be placed with “one click” so be sure your payment and address are correct now!
Get the Amazon Shopping apps! Again, don’t wait til the big day to start installing apps. Get them now on ALL your devices, and get them set up by logging in and accepting push notifications so you’ll get alerts. Amazon has apps for Apple and Android devices, plus a Chrome extension for your desktop browser. You can get create watch lists, get alerts and make purchases from your mobile device, meaning you’re less likely to miss a deal. This is what I’m planning to do, but I’m guessing I won’t be allowed to use my phone or tablet during jury duty…but maybe while waiting to (hopefully not) get picked!
Know which of your favorite Deal Blogs are covering Prime Day! Everyone has their own preference when it comes to deal blogs they find useful, so I’m not going to link to them all here, but a few of my favorites are Hip2Save, Brad’s Deals and RetailMeNot. If you are interested in specific product categories, find out who the experts are and watch them for news on deals for specialty items like electronics, computers, mobile devices, etc. I’ve just recently discovered Kinja Deals, and find their editors are excellent at curating some of the best deal news around.
Set Your Alarm Clock! The best deals will go quickly and hardcore shoppers should plan to get up around 3am if you’re serious about not missing a single bargain. If you aren’t an early bird, you can still watch out for great deals throughout the day…just remember to keep checking the Amazon Prime Day Deals whenever you can.
Have Fun! Whether you are shopping the deals or just watching all the hoopla on social media…enjoy the excitement. There will probably be more than a few frantic news reports covering the chaos of Prime Day and hopefully some funny memes and gifs as well. And whatever you do, don’t worry too much about missing out…hey, at least you don’t have jury duty!