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When Is Amazon Prime Day 2019—and What Shoppers Need to Know

Here's what to be on the lookout for this year.

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When is Amazon Prime Day?

The fifth annual Prime Day, Amazon’s biggest sale event of the year, will begin at midnight PST/3 a.m. ET on Monday, July 15 and will run all the way through Tuesday, July 16. “Get ready, as we pull back the curtain to reveal exclusive products, special performances and two full days of phenomenal deals this Prime Day,” said Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer. This is the longest Prime Day in history, but the savings will go fast. Make sure to keep an eye on your favorite products.

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

Think of it as Amazon’s annual retail celebration—Amazon Prime Day is literally 48 hours of deals, steals and lowered prices for those who are Amazon Prime members. In years past, Instant Pots have received major price slashes. Learn which one you should look for this year.

Bigger than ever, Prime Day will tack a full additional twelve hours of shopping—from 36 hours in 2018 to 48 hours this year—with an impressive one million-plus deals exclusively for Prime members around the world, plus select deals at all Whole Foods Market stores in the United States.

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Where do I have to be to get in on Amazon Prime Day deals?

Members in the United States, United Kingdom., Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, and Austria can take advantage of Prime Day deals, as well as those in Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, and Luxembourg—all countries that are able to take advantage of the deals for the second year in a row. As of 2019, if you’re in the United Arab Emirates, you’re in luck—Amazon Prime Day is now inviting you to join in on the fun, too.

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When did Amazon Prime Day begin?

It was introduced in 2015 as a one-day sale that rivaled even Black Friday in terms of deals. It was also a celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. Did you know about these incredible grocery deals on Amazon pantry?

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What do I need to do to shop Amazon Prime Day?

You need to be an Amazon Prime member in order to shop the deals. If you’re not already, you could spend $12.99 per month to become an Amazon Prime subscriber, or you could hop on the Prime Day train without paying a cent, by signing up for its free 30-day trial sometime before Prime Day. From Prime video to faster shipping, there are plenty of reasons to keep that membership going after the trial period. However, according to a report in CNET, non-Prime members may be able to get discounts on Amazon Prime Day and Amazon Prime Day deals, too.

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What are some of the biggest Amazon Prime Day deals?

Amazon devices including the Echo devices and Fire tablets are practically guaranteed to go on sale. One of the best-rumored sale items is hands-down the 43-inch Toshiba Fire TV, which is already on sale for only $180. (Hey, Amazon, can we get that down to $150 for Prime Day, pretty please?) Other items expected to have good deals are smart home accessories, phones, computers, cameras, toys, fitness accessories, kitchen appliances, and beauty tools. Prime members will be alerted the moment all the good stuff goes on sale, so if you’re not a Prime member yet, you’d better sign up fast!

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What’s up with Whole Foods on Amazon Prime Day?

At any local Whole Foods Market, Prime members will receive an additional 10% off literally hundreds of sale products along with new discounts on customer favorites. To make sure you nail your WF buys, download the Whole Foods Market app—then scan the Prime Code. If you’ve got an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, you’ll enjoy even more reward benefits—an impressive 5% money back—just for using your card at the market. Last year, Whole Foods Prime shoppers got $10 worth of credit toward Prime Day. This year, Amazon says, “an additional 10% off hundreds of sale items” is in the cards.

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Anything to avoid buying on Amazon Prime Day?

Because Apple and Google are competitors of Amazon, don’t expect big savings on their products. While third-party sellers may offer discounts on iPads or Chromebooks, those deals are rarely as good as sale prices from retailers like Best Buy or Walmart, so it’s best to just avoid them.

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What are some the best tips to shop Amazon Prime Day and Amazon Prime Day Deals?

Prime Day gives manufacturers a chance to discount their stock of older models, however, don’t expect to see the kind of deals you’d get on Black Friday, for instance. Then there are Amazon sellers who are so sneaky and raise prices beforehand so you a deal only looks like one and isn’t actually a worthwhile purchase. You can remedy this kind of problem with CamelCamelCamel, a super useful website that lets you track the price history of any Amazon product.

If you’ve ever seen Amazon’s famous Lightning Deals, you know they can be hit or miss. This is also true for Amazon Prime Day—when the Lightning Deals are good, they sell out fast. Mitigate constant monitoring at your computer and download the Amazon App instead, which allows you to track deals from wherever you are. You can also use the app in advance of Amazon Prime Day by tapping the Prime Day banner to get a first look at select Prime deals.

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How have Amazon Prime Day deals been in the past?

More people signed up for Prime on Prime Day last year than on any other day in Amazon’s history: As of April 2018, Amazon confirmed it had passed 100 million subscribers for Amazon Prime. That’s up from 80 million from last year (casual, just 80 million) and 58 million in 2016. Talk about exponential growth: We wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon Prime’s 2019 numbers grow dramatically again thanks to the upcoming Prime Day.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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