There is a new Amazon Prime Day event coming this October 11 and 12. Whatever you are on the lookout for, this two-day event will have you covered.
For those wondering whether the sales event is worth the hype? It appears that many think it is! In fact, a survey from Numerator found that nearly 70 percent of Amazon shoppers plan to browse Prime Day deals, with 61 percent saying they will buy something during the big sales event.
Though there are plenty of sweet discounts to take advantage of on Prime Day, especially if you’re eyeing one of Amazon’s own products like Echo devices, Ring home security devices, and Kindle e-Readers, there are a few important things to consider before diving into the sales event.
Check out these five amazing shopping hacks to score the best deals on Amazon Prime Day.
1. Shop Early
Amazon always releases select early-bird deals, mostly on their own suite of products, that are available today. For instance, in previous events, you could have picked up the Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa for $44.99, originally $79.99. You can also score early access to special Amazon Prime Day deals, starting at noon each day of the event.
2. Set Up Price Comparison Alerts
You can expect big box retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy to launch their own concurrent sales extravaganzas in which you may be able to snag a better deal on the same or similar item. In previous years, RetailMeNot observed over 350 retailers promoting alongside Prime Day, with prices rivaling those of Amazon and even more breadth in categories.
Download a price comparison tool to find out when a competitor has a Prime Day deal for less, and study this list of competitor sales to know where and when to shop for the best bargains across multiple stores.
3. Find The Cheapest Seller Quickly
With millions of third-party sellers participating in Prime Day, many of which sell the same items, finding the cheapest buying option can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To combat this, download Cently to your browser — their “Amazon Best Price” tracker will help you find the least expensive buying option among multiple reputable Amazon sellers.
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4. Don’t Get Duped—Review Price History
Just because something is discounted during the Amazon Prime Day sales event, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best deal you can get all year. Always check the price history first to make sure it wasn’t available for less prior to Prime Day, which you can do by using CamelCamelCamel.com or by downloading a price tracker like Honey or Keepa to your browser. If an item was priced lower in recent months and you don’t need it immediately, waiting could help you save more.
5. Know What Categories To Avoid
On that note, there are some items you’ll want to save for a later deals day. According to RetailMeNot, the four major categories to avoid altogether on Amazon Prime Day include gaming consoles, toys, Apple products, and cameras, as you will likely see better savings on Black Friday or closer to the holiday season.
Click over to Amazon to get a head start on your Prime Day shopping list.