Amazon Prime Day Secrets
Amazon Prime Day Secrets
Amazon Prime Day, occurring July 11th, is the newest shopping holiday of the year – a bucket of ice water on the slow summer shopping season – and the e-retail giant expects it to be the best. While that remains to be seen, this one-day online shopping day is getting discount shoppers excited. How much can you save?
Deals start at 6pm PT / 9pm ET on July 10 and will continue for 30 hours. Prime Day will offer cut-rate prices on a variety of items: clothing, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, and electronics. New deals will appear every ten minutes and Deals of the Day will show up about every three hours.
The catch? You need a Prime membership to participate in this sale. An annual subscription costs $99 a year or 10.99 per month and offers free two-day shipping, streaming video, and access to the Kindle owners’ lending library. If you shop online frequently, the one-year subscription cost pays for itself quickly.
Is Amazon Prime a Good Deal?
If you shop frequently online, factoring in shipping costs of $5, the subscription pays for itself with two purchases a month. But a good deal gets even better when you use Amazon coupon codes. Valpak has a deal for a one-month trial Prime subscription and another for six months’ worth of free shipping with a Student subscription.
Amazon Savings Alternatives
A Prime subscription might get you access to a one-day shopping bonanza, but it is only one day, and retail insiders say Amazon will have equal or better deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Get in the habit of stacking, or combining, coupon deals every time you shop on Amazon. Check valpak.com daily for deals, and use a price-tracker site such as PriceJump. You can also get good deals by power shopping: meet the minimum free-shipping threshold to get a Super Saver order, or use a coupon code for free shipping.
Other Summer Savings
Amazon.com is credited with inventing Cyber Monday and taking Black Friday online; so it’s no surprise that it is reinventing Christmas in July. But there are other summer deals out there. Target, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other big retailers are having Christmas in July flash sales throughout the month.
Wait until early August and get some of the best back to school deals. Shop online to avoid the crowds and use coupon codes from your favorite merchants. In early August, states will sponsor tax-free shopping holidays. You avoid paying state sales taxes on certain items like clothes, computers and classroom supplies.
With online coupons, some planning and price comparisons, you can create your own “prime time” savings opportunities.