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How to sign up for Amazon's invite-only Prime Day deals

Amazon is previewing some tempting Prime Day deals, but they're by invitation only. We'll walk you through what that means and how you can sign up to be on the list.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer on
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As Amazon prepares for Prime Day on July 11-12, some great early deals have already started to appear. But if years past are any indication, we expect to see even more significant discounts in the coming days, with little time to snag them up before they're gone. Though Alexa can help you watch some highly sought-after deals, Amazon has also opened a few "invitation-only" opportunities ahead of time. 

Also: These are the Alexa devices you'll want to snag on Prime Day

Requesting an invitation to one of these limited deals doesn't mean you'll get to buy a 43-inch TV at $99 before Prime Day, but it will give you an early peek at some of the great sales being planned.

How to sign up for Amazon's invite-only Prime Day seals

What you'll need: A Prime subscription is required to access the Prime Day deals exclusive to members. If you don't have a membership, you can start a free 30-day trial, but you will be charged $139 for the year if you don't cancel it before 30 days.

1. Log in to Amazon

Go to the Amazon website and log in with the credentials linked to your Prime subscription. 

Log in to Amazon
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2. Find an invitation-only deal

There aren't many invitation-only deals yet, though more will assuredly come up the closer we get to Prime Day. You can find the top list of invite-only deals in the FAQs below.

3. Click on 'Request invite'

When a deal is available by invitation only, you can either check out for the total price or click on Request Invite. This is only for deals that will go live during the Prime Day event, so you won't have access to buying it at the deal price before July 11.

Click on Request Invite
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4. Get your confirmation email

Now, you only have to wait for your confirmation email and then for Prime Day to arrive. A little popup will inform you that an email was sent after requesting the invite and explaining the process to access the deal on Prime Day.

The email will be sent to the email address associated with the Prime subscription.

Invitation requested

Here's a sample email I received after requesting an invite for another deal.

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What are some invite-only deals?

Here's a growing list of the top invite-only deals we've found:

Does requesting an invite guarantee a spot for the deal during Prime Day?

Invite requested
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No. When you request an invitation on an invite-only deal, you're not guaranteed access to the deal price on Prime Day. Sales and items are limited in quantity, and Amazon will not grant all invitation requests. 

Also: Forget Prime Day. These are the best Amazon Prime alternatives

According to Amazon, if you are invited and given access to the deal price, you'll get an email with a unique link on Prime Day to prevent people from sharing their deal links. This link will be valid during the Prime Day event.

What if I get accepted but can't buy the item before the deal expires?

According to Amazon, if you are given access to purchase a deal-priced item during Prime Day by invitation, but the timer on the product page expires, you will lose the chance to buy the item. You can request another invitation, if applicable. 

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