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Amazon’s October Prime Day is here! What NOT to buy (and 10 great deals)

This year’s Amazon Prime Day has come and gone, but another huge sales event is about to happen. Amazon will host another Prime Day-type event starting Tuesday.

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Amazon’s Prime Early Access sale kicks off at midnight, Oct. 11 and runs through Oct. 12. While there are some great deals to be had, there are also purchases you should avoid for the time being.

October’s Prime sales event

While Amazon calls it the Prime Early Access Sale, you can think of it as a second Prime Day event. The 48-hour sale offers early holiday deals for Prime members.

Before you get all starry-eyed at the prospect of getting some shiny new stuff, be aware that some items will not be great deals or will be priced even lower later.

Hold off on TVs and computers for now put together some tips to help you make smart buying decisions during Amazon’s Prime Early Access sale:

  • TVs: Wait until this year’s Black Friday on Nov. 25 to get a TV. You’ll find deals from other retailers besides Amazon, and you can compare and save. However, if you’re interested in one of Amazon’s own Fire TVs, you may get the best deal during this event.
  • Computers: Like TVs, you’re better off waiting until Black Friday to get a new laptop or desktop computer. Cyber Monday falls on Nov. 28, which is another good time to get a deal on tech products.
  • Check other retailers: Many stores like Best Buy and Target may have sales to compete with Amazon, so be sure to price shop.

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Here are the best deals

As with Prime Day, Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale offers great deals on Amazon products. You can get 80% off on a Fire TV and 55% on select Echo devices and Fire tablet bundles.

Some big-name headphones from Bose, Sony and JBL are going for half off, as are electric toothbrushes and toys. The Peloton craze has died down some, but you can still get in on the action with 15% off on Peloton bikes. DIYers can appreciate 40% off power tools from Black+Decker, Bosch, DeWalt and Gearwrench.

We rounded up some of the best deals for you to check out below.

The best stuff to buy during Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale

Sign up now to take advantage of these deals

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