Beginning at 9:00 pm ET on Monday, July 10, Amazon officially launches their third annual Prime Day. You can expect to find deals on thousands of products and services, all for 30 hours straight. Prime Day deals are expected to beat Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices. Thus, if you have been eyeing that new device now is the time to snag it. And yet, the landscape can be difficult to navigate, and deals come and go quickly. So where do you start?
Based on the previous Prime Days, there are a few things we can expect, and certain sales we can count on. To keep things simple, and help us easily sort through the potential shopping madness, here is How to Master Amazon Prime Day 2017 + What to Buy.
How to Master Amazon Prime Day 2017 + What to Buy
Before you begin your shopping extravaganza, there are few things you need to have lined up so you are ready to go when sales launch.
Become a Member
First and most important, you must be a Prime member to participate. Even if you aren’t a member yet, you can sign up for the free 30-day trial and get access to all the deals. Better yet, if you decide you don’t want to keep the membership, you can cancel before the 30 days are out.
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Create Your Wish List
Create your wish list in advance so you can quickly add items to your cart, and be notified if items on your list have Prime Day deals.
Get Your Devices Ready
Download the Amazon App where you will receive notifications and specials just for mobile users.
If you own an Alexa-enabled device, you can get specialized deals just for voice customers.
Lastly, make sure and bookmark the Prime Day homepage, and refresh that baby often.
Understand The Sales Format
Sales will be presented in a couple of different formats, each with their own unique features and options.
These are the featured products, those that have the largest stock available and the deepest discounts. Obviously, Amazon tends to promote their own products in this space. You can expect to find numerous techie items here such as:
- The brand new Fire HD 8 Tablet.
- They are already advertising two of their Kindle bundles will be $45 and $50 off.
- Mobile Phone deals are already being shown as well, with deals from every major player.
- We can certainly expect that every version of the Amazon Echo will be front and center on the Spotlight Deals.
Lightning Format sales change often and move as fast as, well, lightning. Items are there and gone within 5 minutes, so you have to act fast. However, sales from July 10th could appear again on the 11th. Either way, you have to be on the ball.
Fortunately, when an item sells out you can add it to a waitlist and get notified when it becomes available.
Search By Interest
The final main sale feature is to search by interest. Once Prime Day kicks off, you will find a guided category bar on the main page. This will include top/popular interests. Such as Home Chefs, Fit and Healthy, Beauty Favs, For the Kids, and more.
What to Buy
Now that we better understand how to prepare and navigate Prime Day, what should you actually buy? As in years past, Amazon adds the largest discount to big-ticket items.
Of course we gravitate towards the home cook category, however, they absolutely have something to suit every taste. Here is a list of items we bought last year and what we have our eyes on this year.
First and foremost, if you don’t already own an Instant Pot, now is the time to snag one. Need more reasons to love the IP? Check out an overview of how we use this multifunctional tool in this post. Bonus, you also get our favorite Instant Pot Soup recipe with it.
One can never have enough slow cookers. Perfect for parties, holidays, and any gathering, you will be so happy you have more than one.
We got our spiralizer last year, and absolutely love it. Perfect to turn any fruit or veggie into pasta and used far more often than we ever expected.
We’ve had this juicer on our wish list for nearly a year, and a Prime Day deal is the perfect time to make it happen. To learn all about the benefits of juicing, plus get a free recipe, read our guest post from celebrity Andrew Cooper. As an added bonus, pick up his first cookbook, full of fresh juice and other healthy recipes.
Looking for more kitchen gadget inspiration? Check out our Best Of Kitchen Tools post.
Personal & Home Care
A note on personal care – a healthy lifestyle includes the products you use on yourself and in your home. Learn more about Why + How to Choose Safe Products.
Many times some of our favorite personal and home care brands will be part of the Lighting Deals. These include:
- Andalou Naturals and Juice Beauty for skin and hair care
- All Good and Sunology EWG recommended sunscreen
- Lauren Brooke for safer makeup
- Seventh Generation for cleaning supplies and laundry care
- Aunt Fannie’s cleaning products
- Organic cotton personal care products
Much like slow cookers, you can never have enough cookbooks. We happen to collect them and are always on the lookout for more. Here are some current favorites:
What products are you liking for Amazon Prime Day? Let us know in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook!
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