Amazon, the largest retailer on the planet with more than 100 million people worldwide with an Amazon Prime subscription, will host Amazon Prime Day, its massive annual sale for Prime members, on July 15 and 16. It is estimated that Amazon total sales could reach $5.5 to $6 billion.
Amazon Prime Day is exclusive to Prime members. It’s a great chance to find low prices on all sorts of products and in addition, Prime members can also exclusively watch the Amazon prime concert with Taylor Swift performing live with Dua Lipa, SZA, Becky G, and host Jane Lynch free of charge. In addition, lots of other celebrities like Will Smith will appear during the telecast.
This year, the other major retailers, primarily Target, are launching an all out head to head assault against Amazon so the deep price cut bargains will be there to be had. Amazon is one of the most trusted brands in America and people worldwide have access to the company’s Prime membership service for free shipping and other exclusive perks.
There are some simple ways you could save even more when Amazon shopping online. Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of your Amazon shopping experience:
- If you order from Amazon multiple times a month, a Prime membership will bring tons of value. You can share an Amazon Prime membership with one other adult, and kids who share the account can access perks like Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Family provides a 20% discount on diapers, baby food, and household items. If you’re a student, you can use an email ending in .edu to sign up for Amazon Prime Student. The service offers a six-month trial and costs $6.49 a month after that. People receiving Medicaid or EBT benefits are also eligible for a discounted Prime membership at $5.99 per month.
- While items on Amazon are often cheaper than most stores, the prices also fluctuate quite a bit. Price tracker sites like CamelCamelCamel.com let you know the highest and lowest prices an item has sold for in the past. You can set a tracker to email you when an item is available for the right price.
- The Amazon’s Choice banner will let you identify the most popular items for sale based on what you searched. They are usually good recommendations, but you should use Amazon’s Choice as a baseline to compare some of the other products available. Often products are cheaper than Amazon’s Choice, or had much better features for a dollar or two more.
- Some household products will let you subscribe for scheduled deliveries at a slight discount. While most people pick up things like cleaning supplies and paper towels at brick and mortar stores, getting them with an Amazon subscription can save money in the long run. You can set the frequency of the delivery and even what day of the week your delivery arrives.
- If you’re planning to spend $100 or more on Amazon, Prime members can get an extra $10 to spend by purchasing a $100 digital Amazon gift card first. The balance will be added directly to your Amazon account so you can use it right away. Prime members also earn an extra 2% when reloading their gift card balance, so that gives them $2 extra for buying a $100 gift card, on top of the extra $10.
- While not heavily advertised, you can buy items that have been returned to Amazon at steep discounts through Amazon Warehouse who refurbish expensive electronics too, making it a great way to find discounted tech. Amazon Outlet is filled with overstocked items that may be a bit behind the latest trends but work just fine. The store has thousands of discounted products from major brands.
- Amazon has dozens of sales happening at any given moment, and you can visit the Gold Box page to keep track of them all even and see limited-time lightning deals before they start. Even if a deal looks tempting, you should use CamelCamelCamel or another price-checker to make sure that the price won’t drop any further in the future.
Amazon Prime days are a shoppers mecca, even if you buy from one of their competition.
I love to go shopping and freak out salespeople. They ask me if they can help me, and I say, “Have you got anything I’d like?” Then they ask me what size I need, and I say, “Extra medium.”