What to know before shopping for tech on Amazon Prime Day in Canada
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The last quarter of the year is usually a good time to shop for new consumer electronics. The major manufacturers of smartphones and electronics have announced their updates and upgrades, and previous generation items are getting a discount for the holiday shopping season.
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This year, like everything else, will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the world's largest online retailers, Amazon, has moved its annual shopping event, Prime Day, to October 13th and 14th - closer to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the larger Christmas shopping season. So should you shop on Prime Day or wait for Cyber Monday? Here's a guide on what to look for, what to avoid, and what to wait for.
Before we begin, you'll need a subscription to Amazon Prime in order to take advantage of Prime Day. You can sign up for a 30-day trial version.
Tech Deals We Can Expect
We're starting to take a look at the deals we can expect on October 13th and 14th. As in previous years, Prime Day offers excellent savings on internal devices. As the smart home wars intensify and more of us are working from home, here's a great way to save on connected technology:
* Save 64% on Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), just $ 24.99
* Save up to $ 110 on Echo Show devices. Get the Echo Show 5 for $ 59.99, the Echo Show 8 for $ 89.99, and the Echo Show (2nd generation) for $ 189.99
* $ 45 off Echo Auto, now with Auto Mode in the Alexa App and Start My Commute features, just $ 24.99
* Save $ 120 on the Echo Plus (2nd generation, only $ 79.99), $ 70 on the Echo Studio (only $ 199.99), and $ 20 on the Echo Flex (only $ 14.99).
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* Fire TV Edition Smart TVs start at just $ 169.99
* Save $ 50 on Fire TV Cube and use your voice to control your entertainment experience, just $ 99.99
* Save up to 40% on Ring Video Doorbell Devices and get the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) for $ 94.99
* Get Blink Mini Indoor Cam, only $ 29.99
* Save $ 35 on Kindle Paperwhite, just $ 104.99
Save on 4K TVs
While the internal devices generate significant savings, the trend towards 4K TV savings 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.
* Save up to 24% on select TCL Smart TVs
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To work from home
Still needing to improve your work-from-home tech setup? Amazon will post listings for home office accessories, electronics, and computers.
* Save up to 30% on select Philips Hue products
* Save up to 25% on select laptops and desktops
* Save up to 30% on select Chromebooks and tablets
* Save up to 30% on select Samsung phones and wearables
* Save up to 30% on selected AmazonBasics products
* Save up to 30% on selected office electronics
* Save up to 30% on selected TP-Link products
Previous Generation Tech Deals
You can always expect to save on previous generation electronics as stores and manufacturers try to sell their inventory to make way for newer technology. The cycles for each product vary. Hence, it is wise to do your homework in this area so that you know if you want to buy something that is being updated.
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.
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Should you wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Given that Prime Day is Amazon's big shopping event, expect some of the biggest deals reserved for October 13-14. But if you miss out on it, don't worry - it doesn't mean there aren't any deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as many retailers specifically reserve inventory for the November weekend.
If you're looking to save on Amazon exclusive items, Prime Day might be the perfect opportunity to make your purchase.
Plus, Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean significant product savings for all retailers, so traditional door-breakers like older-model computers, televisions and home appliances can lead to blowout deals later. Finally, Black Friday is also usually the time when extended public holiday return guidelines apply. So if you are unsure about a vacation purchase, you have the flexibility to head back into the new year.
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