The days of toy store brawls over the last Cabbage Patch Kid or Hatchimal might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean bargain hunters aren’t still battling each other over good deals. And Amazon’s Prime Day 2019 is peak season for that.
Amazon will roll out thousands of deals over the two-day shopping event, and it’s intimidating, at best, to try to keep up with them. It’s even harder to figure out if the sale price is really as good as it seems. Fortunately, there are a number of tools to help you learn about and snag the best deals.
First, a piece of advice: If you see something you think you might want, put it in your shopping cart immediately. That puts a hold on it, so you don’t miss your savings opportunity and gives you a little breathing room to determine if the savings are really a bargain. If not, you can always remove it without penalty.
It’s knowing when the deals will start that’s most useful, though. Here are a few tools to help with that.
Amazon’s Echo devices are typically some of the best bargains on Prime Day, so it only makes sense the company uses it as a way to promote the deals. As “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?” occasionally throughout the day to get a summary of the latest offerings. If you’ve enabled voice purchasing beforehand, you can grab them immediately.
Amazon’s app (available for Android and iOS) lets you keep track of deals throughout the day, even from the office. And if you’ve got specific items you’re hoping get discounted, it’s the easiest way to keep track of those. Once you’ve set up a wishlist, go to the app’s settings menu, click notifications and toggle alerts on for “Your Watched and Waitlisted Deals”. You can also select the “Watch this deal” button on items that catch your eye.
Amazon’s also offering a $10 credit when you sign into the app for the first time and another $10 credit after your first in-app purchase.
Amazon Assistant browser extension
Going to be at a desktop for most of the day? Amazon’s Chrome extension will send desktop notifications for deals you’re watching. You’ll also get $10 off your next order of $50 or more.
Deal hunting sites
Experienced bargain hunters already use one of the myriad of online deal tracking sites (which are often crowdsourced). On Prime Day, those can be especially useful as the special pricing becomes overwhelming. Notable ones to watch include SlickDeals.net, BestBlackFriday and Offers.com.
Other Prime Day 2019 resources
Figuring out whether a sale price is really a bargain is complicated on a site like Amazon, where prices change frequently. CamelCamelCamel follows the price history of all products on Amazon, so you can see how close the price is to its all time low, and how it compares to other days. The site also has an alert function that will let you know when the price drops to a certain point.
Amazon Gift Cards
If you’re sure you’ll spend money at Amazon at some point, it might be worth getting a gift card now. Amazon’s offering a $10 bonus when you reload your card with $100 or more for the first time.
Amazon’s grocery chain will have plenty of deals of its own on Prime Day, but if you shop between now and July 16 and spend $10 or more, you’ll get $10 to spend on Prime Day.
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