Where are the best Prime Day deals?
Amazon typically goes all out on its own brands, especially electronics like Echo smart speakers, Kindle tablets, Fire TVs and Ring security systems. “Amazon slashes prices aggressively on these devices,” Wehner says. “Look for between 30 percent and 50 percent off.”
Across brands, the average Prime Day discount on electronics last year was 22 percent, according to RetailMeNot (which has its own seasonal savings event, Cash Back Day, on Nov. 5-6).
“We can safely assume we shall see markdowns in smart home devices and lighting as well as TVs and laptops,” says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. She also expects top deals on kitchen appliances, décor and other home goods.
If you are gunning for gadgets, don’t wait too long. Amazon “may drop some of the most impressive [deals] early on day one to make headlines,” Wehner says. “There’s also a chance that items could sell out early. So shoppers should be ready to go on day one rather than hold out for better on day two.”
Bodge recommends keeping an eye on beauty products (particularly skin care), toys and items from AmazonBasics, the company’s house brand for tech accessories and household goods, which she says get “huge, aggressive discounting” on Prime Day.
One wrinkle this year might be more big buys from small businesses. Amazon has earmarked $100 million to promote small firms during Prime Day and through the holiday season.
How can I maximize my savings?
Bodge’s No. 1 Prime Day hack: “Download at least one browser extension.” Free add-ons from shopping sites like CouponCabin, Slickdeals and RetailMeNot provide pop-up notifications of coupons and cash-back offers as you browse Amazon (and other retail sites), and even alert you if there’s a better price on an item elsewhere.
“I have four or five browser extensions going at the same time, so it’s a little bit annoying to shop on my computer,” she says, laughing. “But I save a lot of money that way.”
Those cash-back offers can add up: Last year, Prime Day shoppers could get 8 percent to 14 percent back on select electronics, clothes, shoes, accessories, and home, garden and grooming products, according to RetailMeNot.
Skirboll’s tips include downloading the Amazon app, which delivers advance notice of Prime Day deals and alerts when products you’re shopping for go on sale. Shoppers with an Alexa can also get early access to select deals by asking their device.
Prime members who shop at Amazon-owned grocery chain Whole Foods can typically earn vouchers for Prime Day purchases, an “offer that happens like clockwork every year,” Wehner says. “That can be a good way to get a little extra cash to spend on Prime Day.”