July 15th is “Prime Day”: will there be deals on Kindles?
get a lot of benefits.
For $99 a year in the USA, we get
- Free two-day shipping on many items
- Prime Music
- Prime Video
- One free book a month from a select set, before they are published, to keep (Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*))
- One book a calendar month to borrow (from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library…you also need to have a Kindle or a Fire)
- Prime Early Access
- Prime Now (in a few cities)
- Reduced one-day shipping on some items
There’s no question that Prime is a major focus for Amazon, at least as far as the retail part of the business goes.
Those benefits cost Amazon money, but since Prime members reportedly buy more (and they buy those higher margin physical items, what I call “diapers and windshield wipers”), it’s worth it.
This July 15th (a week from Wednesday) is
It’s exclusive for PrimeMembers, and is supposed to have more deals than Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, one of the biggest retail days of the year in the USA).
There will be thousands of deals, and some will likely sell out in seconds.
I fully expect that there will be deals on Amazon hardware…this might be a good time for them to do a blow-out on the Kindle Paperwhite 2, for example, since they have just released a new version. I could see it going down to under $70.
Fire tablets? Sure, discounts on some, I would think.
What about other hardware, like the
I think that’s possible, although I wouldn’t expect the $99 price that Prime members paid for it pre-release. Maybe they would throw in the voice remote, or offer a reduced bundle? I would expect that would be a short term deal.
On the other hand, I would guess there would be a day-long deal on Kindle books.
Oh, and there is a contest where you could win $10,000 in Amazon gift cards! You submit a picture of yourself showing what “Prime Living” means to you. The details are here:
There will be one winner from each of these countries:
Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, The United States
If you are a Prime member, I’d try to check it out a week from Wednesday.
If you aren’t…you might consider joining. 🙂 They do have a free one-month trial…and that will qualify.
Update: I should have mentioned that this is in honor of the Amazon’s 20th “birthday” (which is the following day, July 16th). That’s not the day Amazon started, it’s the day they went online.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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