If you're an avid Amazon shopper such as myself, you know all about Prime Day and what deals are being offered. However, if you're busy or haven't had the time to research Prime Day, certain details about the global shopping event may not be clear. So, I'm going to answer 10 questions that will help you save money on Tuesday, July 12th! You'll definitely want to be informed; many analysts are predicting that Amazon's Prime Day could double in sales compared to last year.
Let's get into the questions and answers:
10. What is Prime Day and how long does it last?
Last year, Amazon decided to start Prime Day to celebrate its 20th anniversary, which is essentially "a one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime Members" according to Amazon. It begins on Tuesday, July 12th at 12am Pacific Standard Time and lasts one day.
9. Can anyone shop on Prime Day?
No. You must have an Amazon Prime account in order to have access to the 2016 Prime Day deals. My suggestion is that you get a Prime Account ASAP. Then, once you've done that, quickly create a shopping list so that you're able to take advantage of the best deals. Since there will be over 100,000 items on sale for Prime Day, it's critical that you're organized because the hottest deals will be the hardest to get! Did I mention you may win $1,000 by creating a Shopping List?
8. How will I know when an item from my Shopping List goes on sale?
You need to download the Amazon app on your phone immediately. Stop what you're doing now if you don't have it yet, and get that app on your phone. Once you've done that, enable notifications so you know when a deal is on sale. Here's how it will work: Amazon will send a notification to your phone if an item in your Shopping List is a Prime Day Lightning Deal. You will then need to place the order.
7. Should I purchase a $99-a-year Prime Membership?
Absolutely! And, Amazon is NOT paying me to say that. I avoided getting a Prime account for a long, long time. When I finally did, I realized how much money and time I was saving by using it. You're going to read many websites that tell you to get the Prime Membership and then cancel it after Prime Day. But, I think you should keep it! Why? You get access to Prime Pantry, which allows you to save major bucks on household, beauty, and other products. You also get free photo storage, discounts on diapers, access to Amazon shows, and much more. Email me at Lauren@TheLHFactor.com with any questions.
6. What kind of items are going to be on sale for Prime Day?
Since there will be over 100,000 items on sale for Prime Day, I can't go over each one. But, here are some of them: televisions, watches, Kindle products, and even special experiences with musical artists such as Flo Rida and Blink 182. Amazon is saying that products from almost all departments will be going on sale on July 12th. So, I would just expect that whatever you have in mind will be offered at a discounted rate on Prime Day.
To give you an idea of what you may be saving, for last year's Prime Day there was a deal that gave Amazon Prime customers 30% off Xbox Ones. There were also deals that included 47% off headphones, 30% off cameras, and 50% off Kindle Fire HDs.
5. Do I have to purchase a product right away, or can I wait since it's in my cart?
If you want to ensure that you get the deal for that product, you should definitely make the purchase immediately. When you're shopping on Amazon, please remember that simply placing an item in your cart does not reserve it. You have to place an order to complete the purchase. So, make sure you receive a confirmation email on Prime Day to make sure you placed the order.
Do not get caught up in the other deals and start wasting 30, 40 or 60 minutes. You don't have time for that!
4. Am I actually saving money by shopping on Prime Day?
Unless you have access to MAJOR discounts on popular electronics, fitness equipment, music, and much more the answer is YES. This week, Amazon rolled out an early Prime Day deal: a 32-inch television with a Fire TV stick for only $120. oh, and a Dell Desktop was on sale for around $700. See more of the deals you missed out on here. So, on certain items you may be able to save up to 60% if not more.
ADVICE: Do research before you start shopping and creating your Shopping List. Although I believe you will find awesome deals, it doesn't mean you are getting the best deal. So, make sure to do comparison shopping! Go on other retail websites and look at what they are charging for the items you'd like to purchase on Prime Day.
3. Can I just sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial?
Of course you can! Amazon offers a free 30 day trial period that you can use for Prime Day. Take a look at the terms and conditions if you decide to go that route. Keep in mind: You will have to give payment information in order to begin the free trial. After the 30 days, you will be automatically charged if you don't cancel in time.
2. Will other websites have good deals on that day?
Maybe. Many sites want to compete with Amazon's big day, and will offer decent deals. I would encourage you to start researching those websites now so that you don't waste time on Prime Day trying to figure out your options. In order to save the most money, it's important that you know the answer to this question before July 12th.
1. Any other ways I can save money?
Use Prime Now. Prime Members who make their first order through Prime Now (using promo code 10PRIMENOW) will save 10 bucks AND also get a promo code for an extra $10 to shop on Prime Now in the future. This is only in select cities so make sure you check the list first!
With the above questions now answered about Prime Day 2016, you should be on your way to save money! It's all about being organized and doing your research ahead of time. Make sure to create your Shopping List and download the Amazon shopping app. Make sure to enable notifications AND 1 click ordering.
Have more questions? Email me: Lauren@TheLHFactor.com!