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The Amazon $150 50-inch TV deal is back by invitation only. Here's how to sign up

Amazon's Prime Big Deal Days sales event is here, and Amazon is letting you secure your spot for some of the best deals, in case you don't want to miss them.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer
Reviewed by Min Shin
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As Amazon kicks off Prime Big Deal Days today and tomorrow, some great deals have already started to appear. But if years past are any indication, we expect to see even more significant discounts in the next two days, with little time to snag them up before they're gone. 

Also: The 100 best October Prime Day deals right now: Live updates

Though Alexa can help you watch some highly sought-after deals, Amazon has also opened a few "invitation-only" opportunities ahead of time. Requesting an invitation to one of these limited deals doesn't mean you'll get to buy a 50-inch TV at $150, but it will give you a peek at some of the great deals being planned.

How to sign up for Amazon's invite-only Prime Big Deal Days deals

What you'll need: A Prime subscription is required to access the Prime Big Deal Days 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 may come up as the Prime Big Deal Days continue.

Here are some of the top invite-only deals, with more in the FAQ below:

Also: The 15 best early October Prime Day Deals under $100

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 Big Deal Days event.

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 Big Deal Days 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 Big Deal Days.

Also: The 18 best early October Prime Day deals under $50

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.

Screenshot by Maria Diaz/ZDNET


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 October 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 during Prime Big Deal Days, and items are limited in quantity; Amazon will not grant all invitation requests. 

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