It’s almost here — in fact, in many ways, it’s already started: Amazon Prime Day 2019 — aka Black Friday in July, aka everything everywhere is on sale — begins Monday, July 15, at midnight PT (3 a.m. ET). Can’t wait? You don’t have to: There’s a long (and growing) list of teaser deals already available. We’ve pulled together our favorites so far, but before you do anything else, take note of these eight ways to score the best deals during Prime Day 2019.
Likewise, check out the just-released list of Amazon device deals that will be available come Monday. Among the highlights: The Amazon Fire TV Stick for $15 (regularly $40), Echo for $50 (regularly $100) and Facebook Portal for $80 (regularly $199).
Of course, as Amazon goes, so goes the rest of retail. You’ll want to check out Walmart’s answer to Prime Day, eBay’s answer to Prime Day and Target’s answer to Prime Day, because of course those stores are running their own sales on July 15 and 16. And Macy’s Black Friday in July sale is already under way, with this standout available right now: The 6-quart Instant Pot Duo for $49.99 with promo code DEAL. That actually beats Black Friday pricing. (And Amazon just matched it; see below.)
This year, Prime Day lasts a full 48 hours — though many Prime Day deals will likely continue in the hours (and even days) after the event officially ends. Keep this post bookmarked, and check it regularly, for all the current and still-available deals.
Sneak peek: A few of the best deals coming Monday
Although many deals are live right now (see below), there are lots more coming Monday — and not just on Amazon devices. Here’s a quick preview of the some of the highlights:
- Jabra will be cutting 30% off several of its popular headphones, including the AirPod-rivaling Elite 65t.
- Verizon Visible will be offering the iPhone 7 for just $99 (after two months of service and a rebate in the form of a $100 prepaid debit card). You can leverage the same rebate to snag the Motorola Moto 7 Power for just $49.
- The super-sexy GLAS Smart Thermostat will be $179.99 on Prime Day. Regular price: $249.99.
- The simple but versatile Kami Smart Security Starter Kit, regularly $99.99, will be priced at $69.99.
- The Google Pixel 3 and 3XL will be $260 off their regular prices, while the Pixel 3aXL will come with a $100 Amazon gift card.
- The Nixplay Seed 10.1-inch digital photo frame will drop to $105, while the Seed 13.3 will hit $147.
The best Prime Day deals right now
For now, let’s take a look at Amazon’s current batch of pre-Prime Day deals — starting with one that was announced last week: Spend $10 at Whole Foods, get a $10 Amazon credit good for use during Prime Day.
While you’re at it, here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a Prime Day sale you’re looking for, your secret weapon on Prime Day and how to save even more than you expected on Prime Day. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products and services featured on this page.
Optoma makes some of the best projectors in the biz, and this is a huge savings on what might be an ideal addition to your home theater — or backyard, as the UHL55 is portable, with a carrying handle and built-in speaker. It can even function as a standalone Bluetooth speaker.
Designed with runners in mind, the Runtopia S1 features built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor and a water-resistant case. It can receive basic notifications from your phone, and if you bring your phone along on your runs, the Runtopia app can provide audio coaching based on your heart rate. Click the on-page 25%-off coupon to snag the extra savings.
Everyone’s favorite kitchen accessory has been on sale at Macy’s all week, but Amazon just jumped in with a matching price (one that beats Black Friday, FYI). To get it, you need to click (or tap) the on-page $10-off coupon before adding it to your cart. Wondering how this model fares against all the others? Read CNET’s story on the best Instant Pot to buy.
Another deal exclusively for Prime subscribers, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Echo Dot bundle drops to just $169 when you add them to your shopping cart. Previously the Ring was on sale for $169 all by itself — the Dot just adds icing to the cake.
Between now and Prime Day, Amazon is offering deep discounts on a ton of magazines. Reader’s Digest, for example: 10 issues for $8. Martha Stewart Living: 10 issues for $5.49. Men’s Health: 10 issues for $9.99. These are all print mags unless otherwise specified.
Although this dipped to an all-time low of $50 (!) over the weekend, it’s now back to $70 — a solid deal, but you may want to wait for Prime Day, when the full-size second-generation Echo will almost certainly drop again.
Yep, the third-gen Dot hasn’t been priced this low since November.
The Recast is Amazon’s over-the-air DVR, a fee-free option for cord-cutters looking to record live TV. It normally sells for $229.99, so this is a huge savings (and by far the lowest price to date). Just take note that you’ll need to pair it with an Amazon Fire TV device. Those aren’t on sale yet, but they will be soon, no question.
Compared with music-streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited is already a deal at $7.99 per month. This promotion — which requires a Prime subscription and is for new Music Unlimited subscribers only — nets you four full months for just a buck. After that, you’ll be on the hook for the regular rate, unless you cancel.
Amazon currently has the 32GB 2017 iPad model for $249 (which is the de facto street price these days). But the better deal is the 128GB model for $329. That gets you four times the storage for the same price you’d pay for the 32GB model at the Apple Store.
It’s not a huge discount, but it’s something. Apple’s flagship AirPods come with a wireless charging case, a tiny little convenience that is nonetheless super nice.
Don’t care about wireless charging? Amazon also has the second-generation AirPods with standard case for $144.99, a savings of about $14.
Now that you know what’s happening today, let’s take a look at what to expect in the weeks to come — and how you can make sure you’re getting the best deals. (Also, make sure you never miss any deals.)
Should I sign up for Amazon Prime now?
As noted, the big sale is exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers, and an annual subscription costs $119 (or $13 per month if you don’t want to pay all at once).
Worth it? If you’re getting it just for Prime Day, then probably not. I’m here to tell you that Amazon products go on sale all the time. (Example: The Amazon Echo was recently discounted to $50, the lowest price to date — and that had nothing to do with Prime Day.)
But Prime affords a whole bunch of other benefits, including free overnight shipping on many products (and two-day on most others) and lots of movies and TV shows from Prime Video.
If you don’t want to pay for Prime but do want access to the Prime Day deals, here’s one strategy: Sign up for Amazon’s free 30-day Prime trial. The only catch: That’s for new subscribers only, so if you’ve done the trial or been a member before, you can’t get another trial.
What other kinds of deals should I expect?
The biggest discounts are likely to apply to Amazon’s own products and brands, including the full range of Echo speakers, Fire tablets and Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Blink cameras and so on. Amazon says to expect “the biggest Prime Day deals ever on Alexa-enabled devices.”
But other sellers will take advantage of the event to offer sale prices as well, hence the “over 1 million deals” Amazon has promised for the event.
Will Prime Day 2019 result in lower prices on Amazon gear than did Prime Day 2018? Or any day in between? We’ll have to wait and see.
For now, and for sake of comparison, here are some current prices and their Prime Day 2018 counterparts:
*Items already on sale are shown in bold.
My guess is we’ll see similar Prime Day 2019 prices on most of these items, but maybe a few deals that are even better. Indeed, the Fire TV Cube was recently priced $20 less than it was last year, and as noted above, the full-size Echo smart speaker was recently priced at $50 — $20 below Prime Day 2018!
Where and how to shop on Prime Day
You don’t need to sit at your computer to shop Prime Day. For example, if you own any kind of Alexa-compatible device (like a Fire tablet or Echo smart speaker), you can ask Alexa for Prime Day deals — some of which might be exclusively available via voice purchase.
The Amazon mobile apps, meanwhile, will let you grab deals while you’re on the go. And if you happen to be in the vicinity of a Whole Foods, you might be able to score an extra Prime Day discount. In 2018, Prime subscribers received a $10 Whole Foods credit. At the very least, you’ll get “an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items,” according to Amazon.
Finally, don’t forget to get charitable: The Amazon Smile program is a free and easy way to donate a portion of your purchase to just about any charity. Just start your shopping experience at smile.amazon.com instead of www.amazon.com. (While you’re at it, read about other ways to give to charity without even trying.)
Where can I find more Prime Day advice?
It’s never too early to start learning the tricks of the Prime Day trade. For now, you can check out my main stories from last year:
I can’t wait for July 15. Where can I find good deals now?
Yes, it’s not until next week, but there are deals to be had. We’ll update this post as we find them, but for now, here are some worthwhile destinations:
Check out Amazon’s Deals Page, which is updated daily.
Read my own Cheapskate feed, where I identify great deals every weekday.
Check out CNET Deals, where we share a variety of deals from our retail partners and the web at large.
These discounts are no longer available, though some may return on Monday.
Can’t get enough MCU? In the lead-up to Prime Day, Amazon is offering rentals of Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Iron Man 3, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and more for just $1.99 apiece.
This story was originally published earlier and is regularly updated.
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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything you need to know