After Amazon announced its Prime Day sales — which will last for 48 hours on July 15 - 16 this year — other retailers have been quick to jump in with sales of their own. Even though Amazon plans to offer over a million deals during Prime Day, now shoppers will have even more sales: Target, eBay and Walmart will all offer their own sales on or around Prime Day. And unlike Amazon, all of these deals come without a subscription fee.
Target will be holding Deal Days at exactly the same time as Prime Day, featuring hundreds of thousands of items on sale across all categories, though don’t know exactly what will be on sale yet. You can shop in-store or online, with same day in-store pickup and even Drive Up orders, where your purchase will be brought directly to your car. Depending on what you’re buying and whether you’re located near a Target store, that could mean getting your items even faster than Prime’s free 2-day shipping.
Poking a bit of fun at Amazon, eBay is holding a Crash Sale — a joke at how Amazon’s servers have been known to crash as shoppers rush to grab Prime Day deals. The Crash Sale is on July 15, with up to 50% off on gear from Apple, LG, Samsung, Garmin and more. If Amazon’s site does crash, eBay promises even better deals. But the sales last for more than a single day: sales from July 1 - 22 will offer discounts of up to 85% off eBay’s huge product catalog. While specific deals haven’t been announced, eBay promises sales on tech and smart home items from July 8 - 22. Look for sales on eBay’s deal page when they kick off on the 1st. Shipping is free, but you’ll still have to wait for purchases to show up on your doorstep — no instant gratification here.
Walmart’s sales will run from July 14 - 17, with thousands of items on sale. We don’t know much about what will be on sale, but Walmart has announced two relatively modest deals that will be available: HP 15.6″ HD Touch Display Laptop for $430 ($20 off current prices), and the Dyson Multifloor Bagless Upright Vacuum for $155.00 ($20 off current prices). Shipping is free for orders over $35, and in-store pickup will be available for some items if you want to snag your new toys immediately.
Who will offer the best deals on Prime day is still up in the air, but more sales mean more options — whether you’re a Prime subscriber or not. Regardless of where you shop, make sure you do your research before you buy. As with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it's all too easy to get caught up in the buying frenzy. Take a minute to load up on browser extensions that will alert you to price history, provide real-time price comparison, search for and apply coupons in real time and offer price protection. You'll find our recommendations in our story 4 Price Trackers that Will Save You a Fortune.
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