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Amazon Prime Day is back this October on the 10th and 11th, for a Prime Big Deal Days event, packed with exclusive members-only deals. It acts as an excellent warm-up to Black Friday but comes packing discounts to rival the deals behemoth on select items.
Expect to see low prices across thousands of products at the online giant. As indicated by the name though, you will need to be a Prime member to enjoy these exclusive discounts. On the plus side, if you’re not a member when the sale kicks off, you’ll be able to sign up for a free 30-day trial to avoid missing out and are free to drop it once the sale’s over if you don’t want to turn into a paying subscriber.
The sale involves big discounts on almost every category Amazon has under its vast empire: tech, gadgets, home, kitchen, garden, fashion, jewelry, beauty, gaming, and many more. As you’d expect, Amazon really leans on its own products, usually giving the year’s lowest prices on Kindles, Echo smart speakers, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire Tablets — usually with prices even lower than Black Friday’s.
Here’s everything else you need to know about Amazon Prime Day and how to find the best Prime Day deals for you.
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When is Amazon Prime Day 2023?
The October Prime Day, also known as Prime Big Deal Days, takes place over 48 hours on October 10 and 11.
The structure of the event is similar to the summer’s Prime Day sale, which ran from July 11 to 12. Prime Big Deal Days also replaces the terribly-named Prime Early Access Sale from last October.
History of Prime Day dates
What once started as a small event to celebrate Prime members has grown into a full-scale shopping holiday. Here’s a complete rundown of the history of Prime Day dates:
Is Prime Day only for Prime members?
Amazon’s Prime Day deal events are exclusive to Amazon Prime members. In addition to access to Prime Day, Prime membership includes tons of other perks, most notably free two-day shipping and free access to streaming services like Prime Video, Prime Music, and more.
While Amazon Prime costs $14.99 a month or $139 a year, there is a free 30-day trial for new subscribers. The trial grants you access to the sale — just remember to cancel your membership after the event if you don’t anticipate using your Prime membership often enough to make the annual fee worth it.
For non-members, there are many competing sales from other retailers to consider. Major retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy offer their own deals during Prime Day. Though these sales aren’t as splashy, they deliver similarly low prices on tech and home goods and don’t require a Prime subscription.
Is Prime Day worth it?
During the two-day event, thousands of products are put on sale, and not all of them will pique your interest. Given the number of deals — many of which go up and sell out in an hour or even minutes — the sale can get overwhelming pretty quickly.
Prices for Amazon devices like Kindles, Fire TVs, and Echo devices are typically the lowest on Prime Day. Beyond that, you’ll find deals across categories like household essentials, beauty products, electronics, and more.
All that said, whether or not Prime Day is worth your time ultimately depends on what you’re shopping for. There are plenty of deals worth exploring, and the tips below will help you find them.
How are Prime Day deals organized?
Amazon runs several different types of deals that run for varying lengths of time. You’ll only score the discount when you place an order while the deal is live during the event.
Prime Day deals are typically broken up into two types:
- Deals of the Day: These deals last 24 hours only. They typically feature Amazon’s best-selling products. This means many deals on the first day of the sale may not be available on the second day.
- Lightning Deals: These flash deals are run on specific items and are offered for a short period of time. They usually last for a few hours, or until the item sells out. New Lightning Deals pop up as frequently as every five minutes.
- Invite-only Deals: These deals are available to selected individuals who request an invitation beforehand. These are expected to include some of the best deals that Amazon anticipates will sell out quickly. Selected members will be notified during Prime Day.
Are Prime Day deals the same on both days?
Over the 48-hour event, Amazon releases thousands of sales. There are some deals that span both days, but some deals sell out quickly. If you shopped on the first day of Prime Day, you can expect a whole new set of fresh deals on the second day.
Can you return Prime Day deals?
Yes, you can return Prime Day deals. Amazon’s return policy for items bought during Prime Day is the same as it is any day of the year. The majority of items, including Amazon devices, can be returned in 30 days. However, there are some items you can’t return, including grocery products and gift cards — so be sure to read the fine print.
7 tips for getting the best deals on Prime Day
Make no mistake: Amazon Prime Day is a big shopping holiday. And if you want to set yourself up for success, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. Prepare a wish list
Between the big-ticket sales and limited-time Lightning Deals, Prime Day is chock-full of impulse buys. It’s smart to go into Prime Day with at least some idea of what you want to buy (and save on).
For making a shopping list, we like Amazon’s Wish List feature. You can add all the items you’re interested in, and keep track of what you actually want. As an added bonus, you can set up Alexa or the Amazon mobile app to alert you when a deal goes live for any of the items on your list.
2. Price-check everything
One of the most common Prime Day questions is “how do I know if I’m getting a good deal?” The answer is only if you research the product’s price history.
To understand the real value of any deal, we recommend using the free tool CamelCamelCamel, which allows you to track the price history of everything on Amazon. We’re also big fans of Keepa, which has a browser extension that actually offers a price history chart directly on each Amazon product page.
3. Take advantage of the Amazon mobile app
Amazon’s mobile app is a great way to keep track of items and set up notifications. The app can send you a push notification 5 minutes before the deals start, which is especially useful if you’ve set up a wish list (see above).
4. Get deal notifications from Alexa
Alexa can now alert you to deals and, even make the purchase for you. The smart voice assistant can alert you when eligible products in your Wish List or shopping cart are on sale. Here’s how to set up Alexa to give you deal notifications.
Once enabled, you’ll see a yellow ring light or a pop-up notification on your Echo device. From there, you can ask Alexa for more details or order the item for yourself.
5. Get free Amazon credits and subscriptions
Before, and sometimes during, Prime Day-type events, Amazon often offers a few ways to get free credits or subscriptions. Last time around there were numerous options to get some free cash to spend during the big event.
For Prime Big Deal Days, we’re already seeing a few great opportunities for Prime members, like a $100 Amazon gift card for those who sign up for a Prime Visa credit card, and a free three-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited.
6. Compare prices with other retailers
For non-members, there are many competing sales from other retailers to consider. Major retailers like Walmart and Best Buy offer their own deals during Prime Day. Though these sales aren’t as splashy, they deliver similarly low prices on tech and home goods and don’t require a Prime subscription.
7. Bookmark Insider Reviews’ Prime Day coverage
The Insider team will be working around the clock to help you find the best deals. We’re running a live blog that highlights the best Prime Day deals throughout the 48-hour event, and we’ll also have roundups of deals per category if there are enough good deals to choose from, as seen in our current pages for deals on headphones, furniture, Apple products, and more. Stay tuned as we’ll update this guide with new pages as they come online. For now though, check out our central hub for all things Prime Day.