This article was originally published on Oct. 8, 2020, and was updated on June 8, 2021.
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Amazon Prime Day is around the corner. The annual shopping event, which historically takes place in July, is being bumped up to June 21-22 this year after being delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day sale, exclusively for Prime members, will feature steep discounts on electronics, fashion, home, kitchen and more.
However, with tens of thousands of products that will be included in the massive sale, we know shopping can get overwhelming. Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, shared her tips and tricks when it comes to navigating Prime Day 2021.
Ahead, we’re sharing Skirboll’s top five tips for successful Prime Day shopping along with other intel that will ease your shopping woes. Take a look.
1. “Be ready when the festivities begin and check back often.”
“Amazon Prime Day’s best bargains are available in limited quantities,” Skirboll says. “As a Prime member, you’ll get advance notice, but if it’s one of those 4K big-screen TVs you’re after or a Nintendo Switch, be ready to pounce before they’re all gone.”
2. “Create your own wish list.”
When you create an Amazon wish list, “Amazon will notify you if any of the items you’re coveting become Prime Day deals,” Skirboll says. An Amazon wish list is an easy way to keep an eye on whether items you want actually are included in any Prime Day promotions.
3. “Keep Lightning Deals on your radar.”
“These super-limited offers are the best-of-the-best and never last long,” Skirboll says. “[In 2019], to qualify as a lightning deal, a product had to be at least 20% off its list price. Once you put a lightning deal in your cart, you only have about 15 minutes to transact.”
4. “Consider getting the Amazon Prime credit card.”
When you sign up for an Amazon Prime credit card, “You’ll immediately get a $70 gift card and 5% back on all Amazon purchases,” Skirboll says. Learn more about the Amazon Prime credit card and decide whether it’s the right fit for your lifestyle.
5. “Remember, Amazon isn’t the only one offering deals on Prime Day.”
“Yes, Prime Day is an Amazon-exclusive event, but competitors are eager to tap into the wallets of shoppers who are already online that day looking to spend,” Skirboll says. “[In 2019], RetailMeNot noted 200 retailers getting in on the Prime Day action.”
As for what to expect, Skirboll says, “We can safely assume that Amazon will slash prices on its own devices and brands, such as the Echo Dot, Alexa-enabled devices, Kindles, Fire tablets, Amazon Newsstand and Prime Video channels.”
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