Prime Day 2018 wrap up: despite hurdles, Amazon sets record…and we saved more than our annual Prime cost

Prime Day 2018 wrap up: despite hurdles, Amazon sets record…and we saved more than our annual Prime cost


Prime Day (and a half) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

was this week, and according to this

Amazon press release

it was the biggest 36 hours in the history of Amazon.

Not bad for a holiday that they made up. 😉

There are lots of interesting stats in the press release…just for one, more than 100 million products bought. For perspective, only about 15 countries in the world have a population greater than 100 million.

This was all despite a boycott, and major glitches (especially on the first half day). This

Mashable post by Jake Krol

gives an explanation for the glitches. Apparently, basically what happened was that a scaling system, which should have brought more servers online as needed, didn’t work. That meant people manually switching things. This appears to be all internal to Amazon, by the way.

As to my Significant Other and myself (that makes up our household, not counting the dogs), we saved $141.52. The biggest part of that by far was the $95.90 we saved on two years of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

That is money we would have spent anyway…we just spent less of it. 😉 The value of KU has been diminished for recently because I haven’t been able to use text-to-speech with it (that’s my preference in the car)…they seem to only let me do audiobooks for audio, but it is still worth it for sight-reading.

The second biggest savings? The $10 we got for shopping at Whole Foods for qualifying purchases. We didn’t change behavior for that, so that was essentially just a reduction on our Prime membership. 🙂

We bought eight other miscellaneous things…some practical, some for gifts. We wouldn’t have bought them all now, but none of them were just impulse purchases we regret. We did buy one toy item and then decide it was too young for the intended recipient, but we’ll donate that to Toys for Tots; we have an annual budget for that, so this is also within our plans.

All in all, a successful Prime Day. 🙂

Feel free to share your experiences (including, perhaps, why you joined the boycott) by commenting on this post.

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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! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


16 Responses to “Prime Day 2018 wrap up: despite hurdles, Amazon sets record…and we saved more than our annual Prime cost”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I wish Amazon would realize that not everybody has a smart phone that can use their app. So many of the deals this time around seemed to involve this app. Also frustrating that apps are the only way to let Whole Foods know I’m a Prime user as well.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I agree that there should always be an option, however, I would guess you are in a pretty small group. Last I saw, something like 75% of American adults had a SmartPhone. If people only one “gadget”, my guess is that it’s likely to be a SmartPhone…and percentage of Kindle/Fire/Echo owners who have a SmartPhone is, perhaps, higher than most. However, there’s no compelling reason why it shouldn’t also be available on a website.

      • Phink Says:

        I did my shopping on the computer. Maybe I missed out on some things but never realized it. I refused to have a smart phone in the days when it cost extra for the service. Not that long ago AT&T forced you to have a data plan and I think it started at $30 when my wife finally got a smart phone. I thought if $30 a month makes her happy than I can deal with it but I’m not getting one. I used a dumb phone for a few years till it got to the point where it cost the same no matter what phone you have. I’m with Cricket now and they are the same price.

        I used the Motorola Rugby II and it’s still my favorite phone ever for talking. I’d love to have a flip phone for talking and a smart phone for other things. I’ve always wished we could have two phones on one line even if only one can be used at a time.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Phink!

        Generally, you could switch the SIM card from one phone to another on the same line. Only one of them would work at a time, but that might accomplish what you want.

      • Phink Says:

        I’ve thought of that but the only problem is I always have a case on my smart phones plus switching the sim on the Rugby is easy but switching it on the smart phone requires I get that sim card remover kit out, slide out the flimsy tray I’m always afraid is gonna break and hope it doesn’t. It would work but a lot of trouble.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Phink!

        You definitely want to have a SIM tool if you are going to do that a lot! I actually keep one on my keychain, because I end up needing them at work. The one that I have is something like this:

        I like having a solid design to the hilt…makes it easier to hold and push.

  2. Phink Says:

    The only thing I bought was a Show which was $100 off. I almost bought an Oasis for $199 but really prefer 3G and no ads in order to get rid of swiping. It did entice me to buy a used 8th generation Oasis though. I got the 3G with no ads and charging case for $140 something. I just bought a 2nd used charging case for $14.

    There was another reason I went used. A lot of people say the new Oasis is like holding a cold hard piece of steel, aluminum, or other hard substance. Looking at it that is what I’d expect. I like the idea of a larger screen but a lot of people say it’s more awkward to hold.

    I will say with 3G on and the lights on 18 the battery life of my used Oasis is only about 7 1/2 hours. Pitiful. I mean pitiful. But, 3G uses more battery than WiFi I hear and Amazon’s battery rating is with lights on 10. I’m now reading in airplane mode and lights on 10 and battery life seems to be excellent so far. About 2 hours of reading and the kindle is at 94% and the case at 89%.

    • Lady Galaxy Says:

      I’ve never gotten long battery charge life out of any Kindle, even when they were brand new. I turn 3G on only long enough for books to download then turn it back off. I need to recharge the Voyage two to three times per week.

      • Phink Says:

        My paperwhite (1701-E) seems to get good battery life but it’s WiFi. My 3G Voyage (Voyager) has never gotten great battery life.

        I like to leave my WiFi or 3G on because while I read from the same device 95% of the time every once in a while I’ll be out somewhere with my Kindle app on my phone and nothing to do so I want to read. If I left data off the last time I put the kindle down then it’s gonna be much harder to find where I was at on the app. I think I’m gonna have to retrain myself to leave data off unless it’s needed.

        One reason I have put off buying an Oasis was because Voyager was such a nice device. I have not bought a Kindle in almost 3 years. That’s unbelievable for me but I liked Voyager that much. The main reason though was price. The Oasis new is so freaking expensive.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Phink!

        That’s a good point…I do keep the wi-fi off almost all of the time, because I don’t read on my phone. I have been listening to an audiobook (believe it or not) some on my phone recently. It’s Dracula, and of course, I’ve already read it…so for me, listening to the audiobook is like seeing a movie. However, I don’t also sight-read the book on my Kindles, so I don’t need the Kindle to sync to it.

        In fact, that’s an interesting observation: I don’t use the feature of reading on one device and switching to another, generally…I keep different books on different devices instead.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Oh, and since the Oasis requires the purchase of the animal leather cover still, I haven’t even considered buying it.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Hm…I feel like my battery life is pretty good on my Kindles. I don’t sight-read all that much on them (probably under half an hour a day each), but the charge does last weeks. While internet connectivity is clearly a big user, so is having the brightness on the screen turned up (assuming you are using one with a light). Since I have superior night vision, I’m able to keep the lights turned way down.

      • Phink Says:

        Bufo, I was thinking of you when I was adding the Kindle Oasis to my cart. I thought “history is being made. This is the 1st time I’ve owned a Kindle that Bufo has not owned.” I seriously thought about that.

        I am seriously shocked that Amazon never made a non leather version available. I doubt I’ll buy another Kindle till they make Immersion Reading available on one. This Oasis will do audiobooks but I have not tried it yet because I prefer them on my Echo. Now, if it’d do immersion reading I’d be all over it.

        It’s common for me to listen to an audible book on my Echo while reading it on my Kindle. It’s not immersion reading but I am doing both at the same time.

        I’ve said it before but before the kindle was even around I loved immersion reading. There was not a name for it but sometimes I’d buy the hardcover and audiobook CD. Not that often as it was too expensive but I did it some. I love audiobooks but also love site reading so immersion reading to me is the best way to read.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Phink!


        I actually never owned a Kindle Dx, either. While I don’t use immersion mode, I can see the attractions.

      • Phink Says:

        I owned a Kindle DX once. I owned it in 2011 for 154 days. Yep, I keep records on some stuff when it comes to kindles and reading.

        It’s the 2nd shortest time I’ve kept a kindle. I kept the Mindle 38 days but I gave that away to someone who needed it more than me.

        I bought the DX for $299 and sold it for $260.92 after fees and shipping so I did not loose too much. I did not like it. The fact it only had buttons on one side was extremely annoying.

        By the way my average days of owning an kindle is 705 days. The longest 1,627 which I still own. It’s the Keyboard 3G (white) and still use it sometimes. I call it ‘Ambrose’ after Monk’s brother who has not left his house in 35 years or so. What a great character and my 1st keyboard I owned I called ‘Adrian’.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Phink!

        I have to admit, the Kindle DX just never appealed to me, and so I really couldn’t justify the cost. It wasn’t that different from what I had if I wanted to help people, and the form factor was too big. I can even put my Kindle Fire DX in pockets I have if I want.

        As I recall, it also wasn’t ambi/lefty friendly, and I want that in my devices.

        Knock wood and cross virtual fingers, but that self same Kindle Fire DX has been a daily device for me for years now…about five years, actually.

        I like the names! Ambrose…the inimitable John Turturro!

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