Amazon Prime Day is coming up, and you’re going to want to be ready. On Monday, July 16th, super sales will drop on Amazon for shoppers all over the world. Seriously, the sale is available to Prime users in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, China, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Luxembourg, and more. That means everyone will be shopping, so you need to know our favorite Amazon Prime Day hacks to get the best deals; it’s going to be a busy day of shopping, price-tracking, and comparing.
First of all, you should know that Prime Day begins at 3 p.m. EST on July 16th. Despite its name, though, it lasts a little over 24 hours, because the sales end on 11:59 p.m. EST on July 17th — that’s 36 hours. You can literally stay up all night shopping Amazon’s deals, so you should definitely start by checking out the extremely wide variety of products the site sells. It ranges from plants to tech items, and you can probably find tech items for your plants and vice-versa.
Think of Amazon Prime Day as the Olympics of online shopping
Like all athletes, you need to do some training and preparation. Here’s your guide.
1 Start a 30-day free trial with Amazon Prime if you don’t have an account already
Amazon Prime Day is only available to Prime customers, which makes sense. So start a 30-day free trial a few days before July 16th and you’ll have your account all set up. If you don’t feel like worrying about canceling your $119/year membership before the trial is up, though, Consumer Reports suggests paying $13 for a one-month Prime membership.
2 Get the Amazon app so you can watch deals
There are a few benefits to using the Amazon app rather than a regular ol’ web browser. First, you can turn on notifications for certain items, and you’ll receive alerts when they go on sale or their price is lowered. Consumer Reports also revealed that the app allows users to see many of the Lightning Deals — sales that last for a short period — before they’re posted, so you can be prepared to act fast since those deals often sell out within minutes.
3 Bookmark the Prime Day deals page
If you’re not using the app, make sure to bookmark the page where all of the Prime Day deals get posted. You’ll probably want to check on it throughout the day, so having easy access helps.
4 Put items in your shopping cart ahead of time
If you know there’s something, especially an Amazon product, that you’ll definitely buy if it goes on sale, add it to your cart so you have it at the ready and don’t need to search for it when its price drops. Experts say that almost all Amazon products, like Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, and Echoes, will likely all go on sale for Prime Day, and you can check out CNet for an early list of products that will go on sale as well.
5 If you don’t want to use the Amazon app, use an outside site to track prices
You can use the popular sites CamelCamelCamel or Slickdeals to track product prices and get alerts when they drop. These sites will also let you compare prices of products from other retailers too, which is great since other places often have deals on Prime Day besides Amazon.
6 Ask Alexa to reveal deals early, and use it to shop
If you already have an Amazon Echo, you can use it to get a sneak peak into some of the Prime Day deals. According to USA Today, asking Alexa for Prime Day deals early will lead to some clues, but they’re not just straight-up given to you. “Alexa should reply with a cryptic message or poem to reveal deals several days early,” USA Today reports.
Voice-shopping with Alexa could also help you gain access to Prime Day deals early, since last year Alexa unlocked a two-hour head start when people shopped using the Echo. It sounds like your favorite light-switcher can also become a pretty helpful personal shopper.
7 Use CamelCamelCamel to find out if you’re getting the best deal
Not only does CamelCamelCamel help you track the price of a certain product, but you can also check the sales history of a product so you know if you’re getting the best deal. The outside site will show you the highest and lowest prices of the item you’re looking at, and if it’s not the lowest possible price, you might want to wait to see if it gets further reduced.
8 Get prepared to use Prime Day’s bonus deals
There are a few semi-secret deals on Prime Day that not many people will know about, but you can find them all on Amazon’s Prime Day guide if you dig. They include deals like getting $10 off if you download and sign into the Amazon app for the first time, or getting an extra $5 discount on Prime Day deals when you look for items with the Camera Search on the Amazon App.
9 Get on the waitlist for sold out Lightning Deals
Lightning Deals get released every hour and they can sell out within minutes, but just because an item is sold out doesn’t mean it might not become available again. That’s because, according to Consumer Reports, items are deleted from a person’s shopping cart after 15 minutes if the purchase isn’t completed. If you click the “Join Waitlist” button on Lighting Deal items that you want, you might get an alert if it becomes available after someone leaves it in their cart for too long.
Get ready people, it’s a jungle out there. Maybe that’s why it’s called Amazon.