Amazon Prime Day is basically a summertime Black Friday.
Name one person who doesn't shop on Amazon. You can't do it, right? ZDNet has detailed Amazon's every move for years now, including its insane growth and the dreaded e-commerce effect it's had on retail as a whole. But, doom and gloom aside, one of the more fun aspects of this company is its Amazon Prime Day fire-sale event.
Pitched as Amazon's "holiday of savings," it's been giving Black Friday a run for its money -- while also likely making Walmart and other rival stores wince with jealousy.
Here's what you need to know about Prime Day.
Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 by offering a full-day sales event on Amazon.com. The company offered deep discounts on Amazon-branded products as well as tens of thousands of other items from third-party sellers. The entire event, called Prime Day, was a huge success, and so Amazon has turned it into an annual sales extravaganza.
Also: When is Amazon Prime Day 2019? CNET
Each year, Prime Day starts earlier and lasts longer than ever -- just like Black Friday. This year, it kicks off July 15 after midnight PT and last 48 hours until July 16.
Prime Day deals are available to Prime members in their own country: US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and the United Arab Emirates.
Also: Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals CNET
You can expect 48 hours worth of deals on not only Amazon's own devices, such as the Amazon Echo, but also products across a range of categories, including business tech goodies. So, yes, we anticipate deep cuts on Fire TVs, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, and Echo devices, but you should look for Black Friday-style deals across the entire site.
Expect some deals to last the full two days, while others will be quick, limited-time deals.
Also: How to make the most of Amazon Prime Day TechRepublic
We're publishing round-ups of all the best deals on Amazon, by category, including "anti-Prime Day" deals from rival retailers. Bookmark this page and check back throughout Prime Day. CNET, our sister site, is also covering Prime Day tech deals for consumers, while our other sister site, TechRepublic, is focusing on deals for professionals.
Early Prime Day deals
Check out all the early deals that kicked off last week -- many are still available:
Business Bargain Hunter's top picks
In the guide below, we've listed all the best Prime Day deals for professionals, remote workers, and commuters:
Best business deals
Here are even more business deals, broken down by category:
Best anti-Prime Day deals
Amazon isn't the only retailer having a sale on Prime day!
CNET's Prime Day coverage
TechRepublic's Prime Day coverage
Best Amazon device deals
If you only want to see the best deals on Amazon devices, such as the Echo speaker or a Kindle, look no further.
See more Amazon device deals here.
Prime Day, naturally, is aimed at Amazon Prime subscribers. The service costs $119 per year (or $12.99 per month), but students get half off and there's a 30-day free trial. Prime gives Amazon shoppers a few distinct advantages, including free one- or two-day shipping on most items, as well as access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Pantry, Prime Now, etc.
Also: What is Amazon Prime? CNET
If you've never subscribed to Prime, you can get a free one-month trial. We recommend signing up in early July in order to shop Prime Day during the trial period. You can always cancel before the trial ends.
Here are our tips on how to take full advantage of Amazon's sales event.
If you want to a one-stop shop with all the best deals, visit the company's Prime Day 2019 hub. It'll have the lowest prices and sales across a range of categories. In past years, a new deal was posted every five minutes over Prime Day.
Amazon tends to give people a head start on deals if they voice-shop with Alexa. It did the same thing with Black Friday in the past -- giving voice shoppers up to a seven-hour lead. To order something by voice, just say to your Alexa device, "Alexa, what are your deals" followed by "Alexa, add [the item] to my cart." Alexa will confirm your order, but if you prefer, you can set up a 4-digit pin within the Alexa app to prevent unintended purchases.
Amazon Assistant is a free browser plugin (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge) that lets you watch for product comparisons. It provides shortcuts to popular Amazon hubs, and issues desktop notifications when deals that you're watching go live.
Amazon also has its regular " Gold Box Deals of the Day." However, since it is Prime Day, these sales should be extra noteworthy. If Prime Day 2019 is like last year's event, there will be new deals going live every five minutes, including "Lightning Deals", which are limited-time and often end in minutes.
And finally, there's Prime Early Access deals, a type of Lightning Deal for Prime members. Amazon typically gives Prime members 30-minute early access to certain deals, though all deals are only available while supplies last. To stay on top of these different deals, use Amazon's app, where you can view most deals 24 hours in advance and sign up for alerts.
You can also go here to see deals you're watching, and you can get the deals delivered to you via Amazon's daily deals email.
Did you know Amazon.com serves up coupons? There's actually an entire hub on Amazon where you can find coupons for electronics, pet supplies, toys, and other items. Just go to Amazon.com, then click on the link at the top for "Today's Deals," and in the menu of sub items, click on "Coupons" (or use this link).
When you find an item you want to buy, click on the "Clip this coupon" button near the price to clip the coupon. When you're done shopping, go to your cart and check out. In the cart details, you will see the coupon amount deducted from your total.
If you want to check a deal's price against what Amazon has charged in the past, try CamelCamelCamel. It's a free Amazon price tracker that monitors millions of products and serves up their price history.
Wikibuy is an extension for Chrome that lets you check to see if a deal is at its lowest price on the web. Another extension is Honey. It instantly informs you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price. Also check out the site PriceGrabber or the extension PriceBlink, both of which let you see if an item is cheaper elsewhere.
Finally, be sure to check other shopping sites. Walmart, Best Buy, and other retailers have been known to roll out their own sales on Prime Day in an attempt to lure shoppers.
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