Amazon Prime Day 2020: Insider shopping tips and sales you can’t afford to miss
Amazon Prime Day 2020 is October 13-14.
Amazon Prime Day is Christmas in July for techies - that is, most years. Following delays caused by pandemics, 2020 two-day sales will begin on October 13th at midnight EDT.
I've told you before about all of the great perks you get with an Amazon Prime membership - here are 11 of my favorites - and Prime Day sales might be top of the list. In fact, Amazon customers are estimated to be spending an estimated $ 10 billion next week.
It is not just technology and equipment that is offered for sale. You can find hot deals in almost every category. The main page for Prime Day deals is a good place to start.
But many deals expire quickly and new ones appear steadily, often without much notice. I have inside tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.
1. Ask Alexa about the latest offers
To get the latest exclusive offers, ask the Amazon Virtual Assistant, "Alexa, what are your offers?" You will hear a list of current price reductions and offers - and you can also ask Alexa to buy them for you locally.
Some Alexa Share listings are only accessible through an Echo device or the Alexa apps, so you won't see them on Amazon.com. Good things come to those who ask.
2. Download the app
With the smartphone app from Amazon, you can get a glimpse of Prime Day offers before they are published on the website. To view the offers, open the app and search for "Sneak Peek". Now only mark items that you are interested in as "watching" and you will receive a notification when the price drops.
Tap the three-line menu icon to view the offers. Under Programs and Features, tap Today's Deals, and then tap Upcoming. Select Watch This Offer to be notified when the price drops.
Make sure you turn on notifications. Tap the three-line icon in the top left corner of the app, then tap Settings> Notifications. On the next page, enable Personalized Notifications.
If you want a specific item and don't see it in upcoming sales, you can create a wish list. Amazon will notify you when it ends as part of a new Prime Day offer. On the item page, under the Add Gift Options check box on desktop and mobile, tap Add to List.
You can also preview upcoming Lightning Deals before they go online. This is helpful as these sell out very quickly. Select Join Waitlist on a Lightning Deal to claim a seat. As soon as it goes live, you will receive a notification.
Act fast! When you receive the notification, you will only have 15 minutes to complete the purchase. Otherwise it will be deleted from your shopping cart.
Amazon Prime Day 2020: How small businesses can also benefit from the shopping event
3. Spend $ 10 and get $ 10
Amazon is showing support for small businesses with its "Spend $ 10 Get $ 10" program. Prime members who shop at select small businesses will receive $ 10 credit to use on Prime Day. Just check out the list here and see if you notice anything.
It's not just online stores that give you a bonus. You can also qualify for the $ 10 credit by shopping at Amazon brick and mortar stores and Whole Foods markets.
4. Websites and browser extensions that can help you save even more
The Amazon Assistant browser extension compares products and prices while you search Amazon and notifies you when deals go online. You can also access Wishlist directly from your browser.
It uses your browsing activity to make targeted recommendations. If you are not familiar with this, skip it. Tap or click here to install the Amazon Assistant for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.
The Honey browser extension is the best way to find coupon codes that actually work. Install it with just one click and the best coupon code will be automatically added to your shopping cart on Amazon or thousands of other participating sites.
Capital One's Wikibuy allows you to compare the prices of multiple retailers side by side. This is useful when so many websites have products for sale.
The Camelcamelcamel extension tracks price drops on Amazon so you don't have to keep updating them. In this way you can also find out whether the prices on offer are really very high.
5. Know what to buy and what to skip
The most savvy of shoppers know that there are items to look for and others to hold back. With vacation offers not far behind, this is even more true this year. For example, this is not the time to buy video games.
To help you navigate, I spoke to purchasing and deals expert Kristin McGrath, editor of BlackFriday.com, about a special tech podcast you should know about. This is Kristin's wheelhouse, and she shares some killer secrets to get the most out of your money.
Listen here on my website or find anywhere you listen to podcasts. Just search with my last name Komando.
Amazon Prime Day begins on October 13th at midnight EDT (9:00 p.m. PDT) and runs through October 14th. The offers don't stop. So set those notifications before it's too late! Have fun shopping!
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