Amazon’s members-only sale officially starts on Tuesday July 17th, but the first Amazon Prime deals will be released at noon the day before - for less of a day, more of a 36-hour-long Amazon sales session.
More than one million discounts will be hitting the Amazon site in the UK, US, and around the world - but how can you make sure that you’re getting the best deals? Here are six simple tips to remember...
Use the Amazon Prime free trial
Since only those with Amazon Prime can get the discounts, you should start by signing up to the free trial. This gives you 30 days of Prime use - including free shipping and access to Prime Music and Prime Video.
If you only want to use it for the deals then remember to cancel your subscription before time is up - you can find instructions to do that here.
Get the app and make a watchlist
While push notifications might be the bane of your smartphone, they’re the best way of making sure you get alerts to all the latest deals. But first, you’ll need to make a watchlist.
That’s pretty easy in the Amazon app. Just hit the notification button (it looks like a little bell) and switch on “Your Watched and Waitlisted Deals”. You can then ‘watch’ any upcoming deal - there’s a tab in the Amazon app specifically for those - and you’ll get a notification as soon as they go live.
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Watch for lightning deals
While many products on Amazon will get a timely discount, lightning deals - short-burst price drops - offer some of the sharpest discounts you’ll get over the 36 hours.
Keep an eye on them, as stocks tend to go fast and only the sharpest fingers will get the best bargains.
Research the prices
Unsure whether that price drop is the lowest a product will go? Your best bet is to check its history, and see whether similar changes have happened before. Now, Amazon won’t show that to you - apart from the obvious “Was X, Now Y” message. That’s why sites like Pricespy or Camelcamelcamel exist.
Use these sites to track how a product’s price has fluctuated - seeing its lowest and highest points - and then you really can have an informed opinion on whether the price you're seeing is a genuine deal.
Keep checking What Hi-Fi?
Of course, top of your list when it comes to getting the best prices is being right here. The What Hi-Fi? Prime Day page will be updated constantly with our pick of the bes deals pages to ensure you don’t miss out on any AV bargains.