The directory Amazon Prime Day event runs July 11-12but many of the best deals are already available, if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
Amazon Prime Day was created for a reason, to get people to register as Amazon Prime subscribers. But the mini-vacation, launched in 2015, has succeeded far beyond its original intent and spawned a whole new shopping season for Amazon and its many retail competitors, both online and online. store. Target, Walmart, Best Buy and other stores also have their versions, so there will be plenty of comparisons for savvy shoppers.
One of the big secrets of Prime Day is that many of the best deals start weeks earlier for Prime members. Many of these early deals are for Amazon’s own products, from brands like Kindle, Fire TV, Ring, Eero, and Echo, but sometimes early deals on Apple or Samsung products, video games, and other items slip through. .
Based on my years of experience as a technical journalist and product reviewer, some of the best early deals are below, and we’ll update this list periodically.
Apple Watch Series 8, $359 (usually $429)
The latest Apple Watch, note that it periodically drops to this price if you are patient.
Anker MagGo, $69, after 30% off coupon (usually $99)
Anker makes some of my favorite accessories. It’s a power cube and phone charger combo, with USB-A and USB-C ports. Be sure to check the box on the product page for the automatic 30% off coupon.
Samsung Galaxy Buds $2.84 (usually $149)
This is the lowest price I’ve seen on these great AirPods alternatives.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, $59 (usually $69)
Yes, the latest Zelda game is already on sale. Note that this is for the physical version of the game, however.
Amazon Fire TV 75″ Omni QLED Series $899 (usually $1,099)
LG and TCL are my usual TV brands, but if you’re not going to splurge on an expensive OLED TV, this QLED model (which sounds the same, but isn’t) has local dimming, support HDR and built-in Fire TV software, all at a great price for a 75-inch set.
When is Amazon Prime Day?
Prime Day officially begins July 11 at 3:00 a.m. EST and will run for 48 hours, until July 12. That said, the first offers are already available and some offers will continue after July 12.
Do I need to be an Amazon Prime member?
To get those Prime Day deals, yes – and that’s what Prime Day is all about, getting you to subscribe to the $140 per year subscription. A useful hack, you can sign up for the 30-day free trial and cancel afterwards. Just be careful, because it can be difficult to undo if you’re not careful.
Will other stores be offering Prime Day deals?
Yes and no. Ever since Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, competitors have held eerily similar sales on overlapping days. Target, Best Buy, Walmart and similar stores, both online and in the real world, had their own special days with names like “Black Friday in July”. In 2023, Target is hosting Target Circle Week from July 9-15, and Walmart is hosting Walmart Plus Week from July 10-13. It makes sense to make comparisons between these different stores to get the best price.