Amazon Prime Day 2018 is finally here! The online shopping event runs from July 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET through the entire day on July 17 — that’s 36 hours of great deals.
Are you ready to shop? Before you add anything to your Amazon cart, there are a few things you should know…
Amazon Prime Day 2018: How to get the best deals during the 36-hour sale!
1. Timing is everything
This year Prime Day is actually a day and a half, so when can you find the lowest prices? The answer really depends on what you’re shopping for.
Amazon devices like the Echo and Fire TV will likely be discounted throughout the entire shopping event.
For other items, BestBlackFriday.com told Clark.com that the best deals likely won’t show up overnight from Monday to Tuesday, but all other hours of the sale are fair game.
In fact, some of the best TV deals in recent years went live in the final hours of Prime Day. See the latest deals here.
2. Update address and payment information
Don’t miss out on limited-time deals because you have an expired credit card linked to your account! Update address and payment information before you start shopping.
Have an Amazon Prime credit card? You’ll get an extra 5% off all of your Prime Day purchases.
3. Download the Amazon app
If you don’t have the Amazon app on your phone, now is the time to get it. It’s the easiest way to preview and track Lightning Deals, but you may want to make your purchase on a desktop. More on that later on…
To get notified when a deal starts, tap “Today’s Deals,” then the “Upcoming” tab and “Watch This Deal” on a specific item.
4. Buy on your desktop for easy comparison shopping
Money expert Clark Howard recommends that you comparison shop every day of the year, even on Prime Day!
CamelCamelCamel is a popular site to help you check the price history of Amazon items. Just enter the Amazon URL and click search to see if you’re getting a good deal. You can even set up price alerts.
Comparison shopping takes a bit of work and requires you to have multiple tabs open, so it’s best to buy on your desktop.
5. Don’t forget about Whole Foods
Amazon is offering Prime Day deals at Whole Foods Market for the first time this year. When you spend $10 in the store through July 17, you can get a $10 Amazon credit to spend on Prime Day.
To take advantage of this offer, just scan your Prime Code from the Whole Foods app or use your phone number at checkout.
If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to shop on Prime Day. Amazon Prime Student has a six-month free trial offer.
For returning members, you don’t have to pay $119 for a yearly subscription — pay $12.99 for one month of access instead.
Think about it this way: If you take advantage of the Whole Foods deal alone (spend $10, get $10), you’ll offset most of the one-month cost of Prime. Just remember to cancel if you don’t want to be billed again.
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