Prime Day preview…and how to find out about more
Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
is about seven and a half hours away as I write this (starting at midnight Pacific time Monday night/Tuesday morning).
We now know some of the deals, which I’ll highlight shortly.
There will also be many we don’t know about yet. You’ll be able to find out about them at that Prime Day link, but that does mean you have to go there.
If you are like I will be, you are more likely to be near your SmartPhone or tablet than near your (home) computer tomorrow.
The first thing to do is make sure that you have the free Amazon shopping app
Amazon for Tablets (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
which is also available through Google Play and the Apple Appstore.
Amazon recommends that you go into the settings for your app, which are usually not in the app itself, but in the Settings on your phone. On my Galaxy S7 Edge, it’s: Applications – Application Manager – tap the Amazon Shopping App – Notifications – Allow Notifications – More. Check that you have notifications turned on for Your Recommendations and for Your Watched & Waitlisted Deals.
This will give you “push” notifications to let you know when sales are happening…not all sales, not even all the sales you want, but you are likely to hear about some possible things of interest.
Amazon would also like you to set up a new Wish List and add at least one item to it…my understanding is that will also tend to inform your recommendations for those notifications. I’ve done that myself.
That’s a couple of ways to track…oh, and you might want to follow me:
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It’s going to be a lot easier for me to tweet deals I notice than to start a post here and periodically update it throughout the day. You can unfollow me afterwards, if you want.🙂 I’d really appreciate it if you went to Amazon to buy the item from the
Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
link here, but it’s more important to me that you get the deal.😉
Okay, here are some interesting deals I expect to happen. That doesn’t mean that they’ll all be available for the full 24 hours, by the way…some of them might sell out quickly, although Amazon has been stressing that they are better prepared this year than last (when quite a few people on social media complained about that, and about the selection). As I often caution you, check the price before you click or tap that Buy button. Not all of the countries in which my readers reside get Prime Day, and for the ones that do, the prices will vary from Amazon site to Amazon site.
Oh, and remember that you need to be a Prime member to get these deals, but you can get the free 1-month trial (and then cancel, if you want, but I don’t think you’ll want to do that). You can sign up here:
Amazon Prime (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
- Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for $33.33! I have this model for our guest Kindle right now (I also have a non-backlit Kindle guess can use). This is a remarkable price for this serviceable, if not top of the line, model. It would make a good gift…my Significant Other and I plan to shop for the holidays tomorrow. This one is normally $49.99 in the least expensive configuration, which is the equivalent of the $33.33 price…you could pay more if you didn’t want ads/Special Offers, for example
- Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $50 off (should be $129.99)…we use this every day
- Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile*) $30 off…should be $69.99…again, we use this streaming content device every day, our main provider of TV
- Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote (at AmazonSmile*) $15 off (should be $24.99 without the voice remote, $34.99 with it). This is the least expensive device where you can get the Alexa voice service…you can use it without the voice remote by using the free app on your phone. Definitely a great “emergency gift”, when someone shows up for whom you weren’t prepared!
- All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $30 off (should be $89.99). I love this Kindle, it’s probably my favorite one right now…and this is a wonderful price!
You can also shop directly from your Echo device. You’ll be able to get the
Fire HD 10, 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile*)
for $129, 43% off…and you get an additional $10 off your first eligible Amazon order on your Echo device over $20. There will be other good deals…check
http://www.amazon.com/alexadeals (at AmazonSmile*)
but then order them by asking Alexa. “Alexa, order…”
There will be lots more!
I also appreciate that they mention
http://www.amazon.com/bestfriends (at AmazonSmile*)
which I didn’t even now existed! It might be new. You can send pet supplies (from a list) to an organization, described in part this way: “Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters…” We will definitely look at that.
One of the other great deals will be on
Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
You will be able to save up to 40% on this subser (subscription service). We are happy members and have given a membership as a gift. It’s an “all you can read” program, where you can have up to ten books out at a time from many more than a million titles, which includes some famous books (like the original James Bond books and the Harry Potter books).
This will likely be the biggest day of the year for Amazon.
It’s also expensive for Amazon. When I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore, we really amped up our resources for the holiday season…hiring new people, including temps, for one thing. We also needed more bags.🙂 Amazon will also have to ramp up resources for Prime Day, and then ramp up again for the holidays.
It’s well worth it for them, though, if people become Prime members or solidly stay Prime members. Prime members spend more, and they spend more on those bigger margin physical items (which I call “diapers and windshield wipers”).
I think it’s funny, but I’m genuinely excited about Prime Day…like the night before a holiday!
I’ll be ready to tweet.🙂 If you see great sales and want me and my readers to know, you can comment on this post, or . me (@bufocalvin) and I may retweet it…I’ll be at my day job, but I’ll check when I can.🙂
Have a price-cut Prime Day!😉
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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! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
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