Amazon Prime Day 2018 is the biggest shopping day of the year outside of Black Friday, and it’s just around the corner. Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day 2018 will run for thirty six hours, from 12 noon PST / 3pm EST on Monday, July 16 to Tuesday, July 17.
Unlike Black Friday, during which deals last for several days, you will only have a day (and a half) to save a lot of money. Read on to find out how you can take advantage of all the best Amazon Prime Day deals, what Amazon Prime Day actually is, Amazon’s free 2-day shipping policy, and more:
Prime Day is Reserved for Prime Members
Only Prime members can take advantage of Amazon Prime Day deals, but there’s a free trial workaround, Sign up for a free 30-day trial membership or pay for 1 month of Prime for only $12.99 if you don’t want to commit to a 1-year membership for $119. Students can sign up for a free 6-month trial and if you’ve used that up, get 50% off 1yr of Prime ($59 per year) for up to four years. You’ll get free 2-day shipping on all Prime Day deals.
Bookmark this Page for All the Best Amazon Prime Day Deals
Once Amazon Prime Day goes live, I’ll be adding all the best deals right here. Of course I’ll be adding any sweet gaming deal I can find, but Prime Day isn’t just about games. Don’t be suprised if I also include the best tech items and other random things that I think you all might enjoy.
Bookmark Amazon’s Prime Day hub page
This page will be Amazon’s central Prime Day page. In addition to hosting current Prime Day deals, this page will highlight the newest Lightning Deals.
Definitely Check Back More than Once
If you plan to only check in once, you’re going to be missing out on a lot of deals. Deals will be trickling in throughout the day, and Amazon has a tendency to spread out their best deals so that they won’t all sell out in the morning. Additionally, Lightning Deals only last for 3 hours or less, and then they are replaced with brand new deals.
Expect Deals on Amazon Branded Devices
Expect to see the lowest prices of the year on Kindle and Fire Tablets, Fire TV, Echo, and possibly the newly released Fire TV Cube. Because Amazon would absolutely love it if everyone bought an Amazon branded device, these deals may start a few days in advance of Prime Day.
Expect Deals on Amazon Subscriptions
Prime Day also hosts some of the best deals of the year on Amazon subscriptions like Amazon Music Unlimited, Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Prime Video, Prime Now, Pantry, and more. If we’re lucky, there might even be a deal on Amazon Prime memberships, but don’t hold your breath on that one.
Expect Deals on Amazon Gift Cards
If an Amazon gift card deal comes around, get it! Amazon gift cards are as good as cash. Even if you don’t shop there yourself, it makes a perfect (discounted) gift for any occasion.
Expect deals at Amazon Warehouse
Amazon Warehouse sells preowned goods, both from Amazon themselves and from third party marketplace vendors. During previous Prime Days, there have been a general coupon code that marks down these already discounted prices by another 20% or so.
Expect an Amazon Book Coupon
I’ll wager there will be a $5 off $15 book coupon. This code should work on strategy guides, art books, collectibles, manga, and more.
Eric Song is IGN’s deal curator and spends roughly 1/4 of his income on stuff he posts.