5 Things To Know Before You Shop Amazon Prime Day Deals

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It's Amazon Prime Day. Here are some important things to know before the shopping extravaganza begins this evening. Are you ready?

If you’re an avid Amazon shopper, then you must know Amazon Prime day is here.

This year, the third annual Prime Day event is July 11, however, some deals will begin today, as early at 9 p.m. ET. The retailer promises that this year’s shopping spree will be even bigger than the last, so here are a few tips to help you make the most of Prime Day. 

1. Become an Amazon Prime Member.

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If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, then the first thing you’re going to want to do is sign up so you can get in on the event. If you don’t want to pay for a one-year subscription ($99), you can just sign up for a 30-day free trial (and then cancel once Prime Day is over). If you’re a college student Amazon offers six months free membership.

2. Set up app alerts to get the deals you want.

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There are so many deals on Prime Day, so the best way to wade through all the crappy ones is to set yourself up with alerts via the Amazon app. It’s available on iTunesAndroid, and Amazon Fire and will allow you to set up notifications for certain items that you’re looking for or for deals that you want to watch. Here’s how to set it all up.

3. Make sure to turn on one-click ordering.

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Last year, some of the best Prime Day deals sold out within a matter of minutes, so if you want to take full advantage of all the savings, turn on one-click ordering. Make sure that all of your delivery info is correct, and you’ll be good to go. Unfortunately, this trick won't work on Amazon’s "Lightning Deals," but it's still good for all the other offerings that could sell out fast.

4. If you’ve missed a lightning deal, here’s what to do.

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Lightning deals are limited-stock deals that are short lived, and they will typically run for a few hours before expiring. If you find a lightning deal that’s fully claimed, you can sign up for the waiting list by clicking the "Join Waitlist" button (if there’s an open slot). You’ll receive a notification on your phone if you have the app downloaded if the item becomes available, and then you can claim it.

5. The best deals will most likely be on Amazon’s own products.

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On past Amazon Prime Days, Amazon’s own items had some of the best deals, so if you're in the market for an Echo, Kindle, or any other Amazon device, this may be a great day for you to finally pull the trigger. 

With more than 110 deals planned, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by Prime Day, but hopefully, these tips help.

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