This year, Amazon’s Prime Day sale has been extended to two full days of deals, running from July 15 - 16. During that time, Amazon will offer over one million deals for its Prime members in a sale event to rival Black Friday.
Though not all Prime Day sales will be great, with that many deals on offer you’re guaranteed to find some bargains. Amazon products are usually the best buys on Prime Day, with sales on Echo, Fire TV , and Fire tablets, and special offers for Amazon services like Audible, Amazon Music, and more. We don’t have a list of sales yet, but a couple of sales are already available. Look for deals at Whole Foods and on Prime Now deliveries, too, if you’re in an area where they’re available.
Our favorite sale so far is the 43” HD Toshiba Fire TV Edition for $180 ($120 off). This isn’t the highest quality TV you can find, but it’s a good size set for a great price, and 1080p resolution will look just fine on a 43” set. If you’re looking for a TV for a particularly large living room, this may be too small, but it’s excellent for smaller living rooms, game rooms, and bedrooms. And if you’re eager to get your Amazon Prime deliveries with less effort, the myQ Smart Garage Door Opener with Amazon Cloud Cam is on sale for just $100 ($90 off). The system works with Amazon Key, which lets Amazon drivers leave deliveries in your garage to prevent package theft.
If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, joining will cost you $120 per year, which includes free two-day shipping, Prime Video streaming, Prime music streaming, and Prime Reading. As long as you'll use at least one of them, Prime's benefits are well worth the price — subscribing to the whole Prime package costs less than a year of Netflix or Spotify, but offers benefits similar to both. Not interested in adding another subscription? You can shop the sales with a free trial or a cheaper ($13) monthly membership — just remember to cancel later.
But if you aren’t eager to shop at Amazon at all, you can expect other retailers to jump in and offer their own sales around Prime Day. You’re still likely to find the best deals on Amazon products through Amazon, but other retailers may offer competitive prices or even price match. Before you click "buy," be sure to do price comparisons with a real-time tool like Invisible Hand, because you may find an even better deal. Also check CamelCamelCamel, which will show you a chart of a product’s price on Amazon and other retailers, so you know when you're getting the best deal. Be sure to check out all of our favorite tools for saving money while shopping.
So get ready to start shopping, deal hunters — Prime Day is just a couple of weeks away.
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