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Amazon Prime Day: How to get the best deals

When do you think the busiest shopping day of the year is? Most people would probably say it’s Black Friday. This is the Friday after Thanksgiving, when massive crowds line-up around retail stores and practically come to blows with other customers to get their hands on the best “doorbuster” sales.

Traditionally, Black Friday would be a great answer. But Amazon is trying to change that with its annual Prime Day that happens every year in the middle of July.

In fact, Prime Day is right around the corner kicking off July 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern. This year, Prime Day lasts for 36 hours so you’ll actually have a day and a half to shop. But you need to know how to score the best deals. No worries, we’ve got you covered.

Are you ready for Amazon Prime Day?

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, this is the perfect time to sign-up. That’s because new subscribers begin with a free 30-day trial.

You can take advantage of Prime Day and cancel before the end of the trial period and not be charged. Unless you really love it, then you can pay a monthly fee of $12.99 or an annual fee of $119. (Psst! Prime is more than free shipping. Tap or click here to learn the 20 best perks you get with an Amazon Prime membership.)

Finding the best Prime Day deals

Once you’re a Prime member, you’ll want to download the Amazon app. This is key to getting in on the best Prime Day deals. The app is available for free for iOS, Android, and in the Microsoft store.

After downloading the app, you can get a sneak peek at some of the upcoming Prime Day deals. Here is how to get notifications of deals through the Amazon app:

First, make sure that notifications are turned on in the Amazon App. To turn on notifications, tap the top left menu icon, then tap >> Settings >> Notifications >> then enable Personalized Notifications.

You can also get to this page by searching “Sneak Peek” within the app.

On Prime Day itself, you can get a preview of many deals before they begin. Amazon will post upcoming sales on its site and in the app.

If you see something you want to purchase, tap the “Watch this deal” button under the item. Once the deal goes live, you’ll receive a notification and can purchase it before the item sells out.

Even before the big day gets here, you can find savings. Tap or click here and you’ll be taken to a page with a handful of Prime Day countdown deals. Those are Prime Day deals that are available right now.

What kind of deals to expect

On Prime Day, you will see plenty of deals on gadgets and tech accessories. There’s usually big savings on things like headphones, and health trackers.

However, the biggest savings will be found on Amazon’s own products. Fire tablets, Kindle readers, and Alexa-enabled speakers are usually deeply discounted on Prime Day.

Last year, the worldwide best seller on Prime Day was the Echo Dot. Other big sellers included the Instant Pot pressure cooker, a 23ANDME DNA test kit, and the Nintendo Switch.

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