We have been waiting for Amazon Prime Day to begin for a longer period of time compared to previous years. However, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, online shopping events of the year is finally getting closer to happening.
We are going to give you all the information we currently know about the event. This should get you up to speed so you can be ready with your smartphone or PC to begin your Amazon spending spree.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
In 2015, Amazon decided to launch its own special sales event for members of its Amazon Prime subscription service to help celebrate Amazon’s 20th anniversary. It called the event, not surprisingly, Amazon Prime Day. During the event, the online retailer slashed prices on tons of items. It was a huge success, and every year since that time, the retailer has held the event on a yearly basis.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the retailer had to make some changes to its shipping procedures. The changes would have restricted the retailer’s efforts to sell and ship the huge amount of products that the retailer expected to sell during a normal Amazon Prime Day, which is usually held in mid-July.
Now that Amazon’s shipping efforts are back to normal, Amazon has now confirmed that the event will begin on October 13.
While the first Amazon Prime Day event lasted a day, the retailer has made the event longer and longer over the years. In 2019, the event lasted a full 48 hours. That will be the case once again in 2020 as Amazon Prime Day will be held on October 13 and October 14,
You don’t have to wait for Prime Day to get some good deals
There are plenty of retailers out there, and many are discounting products ahead of Prime Day in order to steal some of Amazon’s thunder. If you’re looking for a great deal, check out some of our best deal hubs to see if there’s anything that catches your fancy:
What countries can take part in Amazon Prime Day 2020?
The event will be held in the US, the UK, the UAE, Spain, Singapore, the Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, and Australia. Turkey and Brazil will participate in the event for the first time during Amazon Prime Day 2020.
What do I need to do to shop during the event?
The biggest requirement for participating in Amazon Prime Day 2020 is a Prime membership. It costs $12.99 a month, or $119 for an annual membership. The good news for new Prime members is that you can sign up and get a 30-day free trial. If you sign up a couple of week before the Prime Day 2020 launch date, you can shop and take advantage of all of its discounts, and then cancel your membership afterward before the trial period ends.
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Of course, you may want to keep your Prime membership after the event. Membership includes access to lots of other services, including Amazon Prime Video streaming TV shows and movies, discounts to items even after Prime Day, and much more.
After you sign up, the other things you will need is your web browser on your laptop or desktop PC on the Amazon.com website or the Amazon Shopping app on your smartphone.
What kinds of deals can we expect from Amazon Prime Day 2020?
Amazon will likely be selling a lot of its hardware devices at highly discounted prices during the event. That will almost certainly include its Kindle eReaders, its Echo smart speakers, its Fire tablets, and its Fire TV sticks and smart televisions. You can expect discounts of 50% or more during the time period
In addition, third party sellers will likely have huge discounts on many of their products as well. That means you can likely save big on purchases like smart TVs, smartphones, clothes, cameras, laptops, and desktop PCs, game consoles, and much more. Also, look for discounted digital prices on movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime Video, along with price cuts on Prime Video channel subscriptions.
In addition to the deals that will be available throughout the event, you can also expect to see special time-sensitive discounts as part of the Amazon Prime Day deals. That includes Gold Box deals that last 24 hours or Lightning Deals that usually last just a few hours.
Are there deals on Amazon already as part of the build-up to the event?
You bet! We have a guide to the best early deals for a deeper look. Here are just a few deals that are live already, with more to come on October 6.
Deals available right now
- Amazon Music Unlimited: Four months for $0.99
- Save $50 on Audible Premium Plus
- Save 50% on Kindle Unlimited 6-month subscription
- Two Echo Dot devices for $39.98
- Amazon Fire TV Recast for $129.99
- Digital movies purchases and rentals up to 50% off at Amazon Prime Video
Deals available starting October 6
- Toshiba 32-inch Smart HD Fire TV Edition TV for $119.99
- Insignia 43-inch Smart 4K UHD Fire TV Edition TV for $199.99
- Save $40 on Echo Show 5
- Echo Auto + six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $19.99
- Blink Mini indoor camera: One for $24.99, two for $49.98
Will other online retailers try to compete during Amazon Prime Day 2020?
You bet they will. In the past, retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and others have either matched or beaten the discounts for many major products offered by Amazon during the event. We expect that to happen this year as well. In other words, even if you don’t have a Prime membership, there will still be ways to save big on many products during Amazon Prime Day 2020.
What else happens during the event?
For this year’s event, the retailer is offering customers a $10 credit to use during the event. They can get that credit if they spent $10 on items sold by select small businesses in Amazon’s store. This special promotion will run from now until October 12. That should be an excellent way to save on even more Amazon Prime Day deals.
That’s all you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2020. Again, we will update this article when we have more information. When the event actually does launch, we will be spotlighting the best discounts and deals that will be available during Prime Day 2020.