What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day is July 11, 2017 and is the largest ever (to-date) shopping event at Amazon.com.
Head to the Amazon.com website and you’ll see headers and graphics with a huge count down for Prime Day. What is Amazon Prime Day and why should you care?
This sale is only for Amazon Prime members. If you don’t yet have a membership, click here for a free trial. (You can always cancel after the Prime sale, although we love our Prime membership and use it constantly.)
This year sales begin July 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM EST/9:00 PM ET and last for 30 hours.
Are there really good deals to be had?
Marketed as the largest shopping day in it’s history, Amazon promises to have deals every 5 minutes, with an online event rivaling any Black Friday event you’ll see.
This year’s sale promises to be bigger and better, with new additions of the following:
- Deals on electronics.
- Special deals only available to Alexa (voice) users.
- Lead-up deals for Amazon Home Services, Audible, Amazon Music, and more.
Why Should You Care?
Two years marked the first Amazon Prime Day.
Like standing in line in the cold on a Black Friday morning only to find all the discounted TVs are gone, the first Amazon Prime event was largely a bust. Deals were primarily on Amazon items and the few good prices on other items sold out quickly.
Amazon Prime 2016 was different, with deals on electronics and toys all day long.
Here are some stats from Amazon Prime 2016:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick was the most sold item.
- 2 Million Toys were sold
- 1 Million pairs of shoes
- 90,000 TVs
- 100,000+ Kindle e-readers
What will be on sale during Amazon Prime 2017? We don’t know and the answers are hotly debated as time leads up to the sale. Amazon keeps the sale items a highly guarded secret, but watching from last year’s event expect similar items to be sold.
Items I’m watching for in Amazon Prime Day 2017
- Instant Pot and accessories
- Journaling Bible and accessories
- Running and workout shoes
- Toys, puzzles, and games for early Christmas shopping
The sales have already begun, with daily deals starting now and leading up to the big day. Check out the current deals here, which are constantly changing.
Info to Know If You Go
You must be an Amazon Prime member to participate. A prime membership is $99 per year ($79 for Alexa users), which includes free two-day shipping on prime items (most items are included).
Prime shipping has made the membership worth it for our family since we did all our Christmas shopping on Amazon this year and avoided stores all together.
Amazon offers a free 30-day Prime trial, so you can participate in the sale and then cancel after the 30 days. It’s worth checking out if you are considering a membership, since membership also includes streaming Amazon Prime video (a limited but worthwhile selection), Prime photo online storage, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library of books, and 20% off diapers and 15% off baby registry items.
Amazon Moms offers the full range of Prime benefits and is especially worth checking into if you have a little one in diapers.
College students can receive a free six month trial of amazon prime for free, and then a membership for $49. If you refer a friend to the program, you receive $10 and your friend receives $10.
Are there deals to be had on Amazon Prime Day?
Yes. Keep in mind there are deals to be had on Amazon most any time, so don’t get too alarmed if you miss one.
Be sure to follow my The Holy Mess Facebook page where I’ll be updating on sales as they arrive throughout the day.
This sale will be worth it if you’ve got your eye on something already and are hoping to get it for a great price, especially a big electronic purchase or a larger toy purchase. I recommend adding items to your wish list now.
This might also be a good time to do some early holiday shopping if you have a list ready.
You will for sure want to use the Amazon App to track Prime Day deals as they come. You can “watch and waitlist” a deal so you will be notified when it is available. I have been using the Amazon App and they’ve significantly improved the experience.
—>>> Insider Tip! Drag an item into your wish list and receive a notification if it goes on sale during Prime Day. <<<—
Be sure to check out and save this site: CamelCamelCamel.com which is an Amazon price history tracker. Is that price really the best deal? This site will help you figure it out.
Also consider an app like ShopSavvy or BuyVia which allows you to price compare both online items and items in person (and if you are in a store you can scan the bar code) to find the best deal available.
Will you be shopping on Amazon Prime Day? What deals are you watching for?