What to buy (and what not to buy) on Amazon Prime Day 2020 in Canada
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These are the deals you want to keep an eye on during Amazon Prime Day - as well as the ones you can skip.
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Amazon Prime Day is touted as one of the largest online shopping events and is growing to new records every year. Usually the event takes place in mid-July, but like everything else this year, things look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year the event is scheduled for October 13-14. Bring this big shopping event closer to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the bigger Christmas shopping season. Given the social distancing of many families, this is a great chance to get ahead with shopping while still using Amazon Prime to deliver to relatives near and far.
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Planning your purchase is crucial, as the number of shopping events leading up to the holidays has different deals - especially if you want to bet on great deals! Yes, you will see thousands of "deals", but some are real deals while others are slight discounts. To use Prime Day, you need a subscription to Amazon Prime. You can register for a 30-day trial version here.
Prime Day Deals to Watch Out for
In the past, Prime Day has had great deals on technology like Amazon's internal devices. With the Amazon Echo Dot and a range of Alexa-enabled devices, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the Amazon Kindle, Ring Doorbells, Blink smart cameras and surveillance, and the Eero Wi-Fi mesh network, this can be a great opportunity Improve your technology. especially when more of us work and study from home these days. The retailer is likely to offer discounts on its home appliances as the smart home wars with Google intensify.
Other historic Prime Day deals were offered in small home appliances. Significant discounts have been made on items such as the Instant Pot DUO, LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, and 23andMe Health and Ancestry kits.
The trend continues. Prime Day offers a wide range of 4K TVs for manufacturers large and small, such as Samsung, LG, Vizio and TCL. There have been significant discounts in recent years, especially on previous generation models. With Amazon Prime, setup is easy as it ships right to your door.
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Pay attention to previous generation technologies
Older generation devices are a great way to save as stores and manufacturers try to sell their inventory to make room for newer technology. The cycles for each product vary. So, doing your homework in this area is wise so you know if you want to buy something that is being updated - when it matters. Apple and Samsung have just released new mobile devices and computers. So, if you are looking for a previous generation device, this is a great opportunity to make savings.
Support local small businesses
New this year, Amazon.ca launched a new storefront designed to showcase Canadian small businesses from coast to coast. There you will find over 70 small business owners and on Prime Day exclusive offers will be extended to Prime members. Even better, close local finds to women-owned creators, innovators, and craftspeople, as well as family-oriented items, while curated collections include Home & Kitchen, Jewelry, Electronics, Sports & Outdoor, Beauty & Grooming, Toys & Wildlife, Pet Supplies, and Groceries.
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15% off select DIY cocktail kits and kombucha kits from The Cocktail Box Co. (Vancouver, B.C.)
20% discount on selected GoGo Quinoa products, such as this gluten-free organic rice and red quinoa macaroni and gluten-free Sriracha puff pastry (Montreal, Que.)
35% of all LAMOSE products, such as this insulated wine cup and insulated 24-hour water bottle (Calgary, Alta.)
20% discount on selected premium luggage from CHAMPS (Montreal, Que.)
Up to 39% discount on selected IMGadget products, such as this all-terrain hoverboard Gyrocopter PRO (Mississauga, Ontario).
20% off selected souvenirs and fun gifts from Main and Local, like this Poutine Candle, Ketchup Chip Socks and Curling Rock Ceramic Coffee Mug (Montreal, Que.)
20% off selected pure Canadian honey products from Drizzle (Calgary, Alta.)
Save $ 14 on the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test Kit and $ 15 on the Allergy Test My Pet (Toronto, Ontario) Environmental Allergy and Food Sensitivity Test.
20% off Boxiki baby toys, like this piano and study tool and this ABC audio book (Vancouver, B.C.)
40% discount on wellness games from Totem (Chicoutimi, Que.)
20% discount on Live Kombucha Scoby from Karma Cultures (Calgary, Alta.)
20% discount on selected outdoor accessories from LUPA, such as this Extreme Cold Fleece Beanie and Classic Cuff Beanie (Montreal, Que.)
35% off Leather Collar Dog Collar and 50% Off Spiked Leather Dog Collar from Angel Pet Supplies Inc. (Toronto, Ontario)
Save up to $ 50 on Smart Thermostats from Mysa (St. Johns, Nfld.)
20% discount on this child's handmade walrus hand puppet by Cate & Levi (Toronto, ON)
20% discount on wedding rings made of rose gold, white marble and dark bronze silicone from Knot Theory (Vancouver, B.C.)
20% discount on organic rose hip oil and organic moringa elixir from Fronaturals (Calgary, Alta.)
Check the price history
If you're wondering if retailers are raising prices on popular items before dropping them to refer to them as "deals" on Black Friday, visit CamelCamelCamel.com. It's a great website or Google Chrome extension that is compatible with Amazon.de. This feature allows you to create a price drop alert for items you're closely monitoring, view price history graphs, and sort out top price drops that you can take advantage of right now.
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Another tip that will make shopping easier is adding the items you want to a wish list. Easily track price changes on Prime Day to decide if the deal is worth buying.
Waiting for what?
Amazon will likely reserve some of the best deals for Prime Day. That doesn't mean you won't get big savings on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. However, if you're looking to save on Amazon exclusive items, Prime Day might be the perfect opportunity to make the purchase.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean significant savings on all retailers' products, so items that are traditionally door openers like older models of computers, televisions, and home appliances can later lead to blowout offers. Black Friday is usually the case even if there are extended holiday return policies in place. If you are unsure of holidays to buy, you have the flexibility to return to the New Year.
Other timed offers and sales points
Online retailers like Amazon can keep you on their website longer if they can bring you better deals throughout Prime Day. You can find Lightning deals on the Today's Deals page. So check out Amazon.de for timed deals and upcoming deals that you can visit to unlock. This allows retailers to shop for longer, but also to access unique offers not available elsewhere.
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