Excited for Amazon Prime Day? Here are some tips you need to know

Taylor Gadsden
Taylor Gadsden
Jul 11, 2019

The internet is about to get a whole lot busier. Amazon Prime Day 2019 starts at 3 a.m. EST/12 a.m. PT on Monday, July 15th! This year, you’ll have more time to shop than ever (48 blissful hours) and you can even browse early deals leading up to the main event.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the Amazon Prime Day deals you can expect, which items are at the top of everyone’s list and how you can snag them before anyone else.

Frequently asked questions about Amazon Prime Day 2019

Wait, what is Amazon Prime Day again?

Amazon Prime Day is an annual sale, typically during mid-July, that is exclusively for Amazon Prime members. It features tech discounts similar to Black Friday or Cyber Monday and is an ideal time to complete early holiday shopping online. Nonsubscribers can try a 30-day free trial of Prime before the event to take advantage of featured sales.

Why is this year’s Amazon Prime Day going to last for 48 hours?

Last year’s sale, Amazon’s biggest in history, lasted 36 hours and shoppers purchased over 100 million products. We can only assume that Amazon hopes to further capitalize on this success by extending the sale by an extra 12 hours. The site will also release select deals before the official start of Prime Day, making it truly a multi-day event.

Will Amazon affiliates like Whole Foods participate in Prime Day?

Yes. Whole Foods Market will offer a $10 credit for use on Prime Day to Prime members who spend $10 in-store at Whole Foods. The store will also offer exclusive deals from July 10-16 on seasonal items — including red cherries, strawberries and peaches — in celebration of Prime Day.

Are there other events associated with Amazon Prime Day?

Yes. On July 10th at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PT, Amazon will be hosting a Prime Day concert on Prime Video exclusively for members. Performers will include SZA, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Becky G.

The full concert is now available for streaming on Fire TV and Echo show devices. Prime members can also ask Alexa to play the “Prime Day Concert Playlist” to hear a full lineup of songs performed at the concert.

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Amazon Prime Day deals to look out for

Prime Day can be a pretty big deal. Like, crash the website as soon as the sale begins big! Before you jump in, check out a few promos you’ll want to snag before they’re gone:

Amazon Prime Day tips to shop smarter

With a sale this big, it’s simply not enough to have your shopping list ready. Take a look at some tips and tricks from our experts that can help your Prime Day go as smoothly as possible.

1. Make your picks and log in before the sale

Website traffic on a day like Prime Day tends to spike almost immediately, which can lead to crashes, delayed functioning and swift decreases in stock. (Think Black Friday at Walmart back when Black Friday was only 24 hours.) Pick out the things that are high on your priority list beforehand, go ahead and log in and then head right to those items when the sale begins. If they’re a priority for you, odds are, a whole lot of other shoppers are looking to purchase them as well.

2. Download the Amazon app

Amazon’s app will give you a sneak peek of “Lightning Deals” before the sale starts. You’ll also be able to create your very own “Watch a Deal” wishlist so you can get notifications as soon as those Amazon Prime Day deals go live.

3. Enable 1-click ordering

1-click ordering will expedite your checkout process when you’re ready to order. Once the feature is enabled, you can select “Buy now with 1-click” on a product page and your order will be charged immediately to the saved card on file and shipped to the address saved in your 1-click settings. Log in to your Amazon Prime account and visit 1-Click Settings to edit your information before Prime Day begins.

4. Compare deals with other retailers

If we haven’t said it already, Amazon Prime Day is a big deal. That’s why major retailers like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and eBay have established their own promotions to compete.

Over 250 retailers will answer Prime Day with sales of their own, a 30% increase from participation in 2018. E-commerce giant eBay has even coined their event, the “Crash Sale,” which is set to go live on July 15th in case “Amazon crashes again.”

Before you make a purchase, be sure to check out that same product at a competitor site. The free Amazon Assistant plug-in will also compare product pricing across retailers if you don’t want to do it yourself.

5. Join the waitlist

Did you know that items are automatically deleted from a buyer’s shopping cart if they don’t make the purchase in 15 minutes? Click the “Join Waitlist” button to add yourself to the shopper’s queue. You’ll get an alert when you’re next in line, so keep your browser open or install the Amazon app on your mobile device to stay on top of updates.

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