Amazon Prime Day 2019 will begin at 12 a.m. PT on Monday, July 15 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 16. Here’s what you need to know to snag the best Prime Day deals, and what PCMag readers hope to snag.
Are you ready, deal hunters? No need to wait until Black Friday to save big; Amazon is poised to once again to offer big savings on its annual Prime Day this summer.
When Is Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day 2019 will begin at 12 a.m. PT on Monday, July 15 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 16.
In a recent PCMag survey of approximately 1,500 people, about 44 percent are hoping to nab a deal on smart home devices during Prime Day. But 42 percent also want a cheap TV, 4K Blu-ray player, or streaming device, and 38 percent want computers and components.
Less than half, or 41 percent, plan to pick up an Amazon-branded product. But of those who will, the Echo smart speakers appeal to 21 percent of shoppers; 19 percent are looking at home security products like indoor and outdoor cameras, 15 percent want a Fire TV streaming device; 13 percent want a new Kindle; and another 13 percent want a Fire tablet.
Sorry kids, but your parents don’t plan to buy you much on Prime Day. Of those who plan to pick something up, 73 percent are not buying Amazon devices for kids. Of those who are, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet is a popular pick at 10 percent, followed by the 8-inch version at 9 percent.
Overall, about 27 percent Prime day shoppers plan to spend between $51 and $100; 26 percent will buy less than $50 worth of goods. Only 15 percent will dole out more than $250. Overall, though, the average consumer purchasing tech on Prime Day plans to spend $119.54 on tech purchases this Prime Day.
What Day Is Prime Day?
In the last two years, the discount extravaganza has expanded into a two-day opportunity to give your credit card a workout. Prime Day 2018 started on Monday, July 16 at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET and lasted 36 hours. The year before that, it began at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, July 10, and ended at 3 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 12.
This being Prime Day, you’ll need to be a Prime member to get the best bargains. If you’re not, it’s free to join for 30 days, after which it’s $119 per year. (There are some ways to get Prime for less than $119.)
What Will Be on Sale?
One sure bet for Prime Day savings are discounts on the devices that Amazon itself produces. Look for deals on Echo devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, Fire TV media streamers, and other smart home gadgets.
Some vendors are already teasing Prime Day deals. 3Doodler, for example, will offer its Create+ Pen Set for $64.99 ($79.99 regular), its Start Essentials Pen Set for $39.99 ($49.99 regular), the Create Pen for $49.99 and Star Trek Pen for $49.99 ($68.95 regular). The Whistle 3 pet tracker, meanwhile, will be $59.95 or $40 off; check out PCMag’s review.
Some deals will likely start before Prime Day. Last year, in the two weeks leading up to Prime Day, Amazon offered discounts on Amazon devices, AmazonBasics gadgets, Kindle Unlimited, and more. This year, Wisdom Healthsays its doggie DNA kits (Wisdom Panel 3.0 and Wisdom Panel Health) will get a $10 discount between July 7 and July 27. So keep an eye on the site as July kicks off.
In 2018, people purchased more than 1 million smart home devices on Prime Day, Amazon said. But shoppers also snapped up more than 300,000 Instant Pots and 150,000 LifeStraw Personal Water Filters, not to mention millions of pencils and pens ahead of back-to-school season.
Here at PCMag, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the best deals on laptops, desktops, TVs, networking equipment, smart home gadgets, and more.
How to Shop on Prime Day
Naturally, you can log on to Amazon.com via your laptop, but here are some options to consider, too.
- Amazon Smile: When you shop via smile.amazon.com (versus www.amazon.com), Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to a charitable organization of your choice. The interface is the same, so it’s an easy way to give back as you load up your shopping cart.
- Amazon app: If you’ll be out and about on Prime Day, download Amazon’s mobile apps, log in, and you’ll be ready to shop wherever you are.
- Ask Alexa: Why move at all? The main idea behind Amazon’s Echo devices is to sell you stuff, so Alexa is more than willing to help you add things to your cart. There might even be some voice-exclusive Prime Day deals, so make sure to ask Alexa what she has for you.
- Whole Foods: In 2018, Prime members got $10 on Amazon for Prime Day when they shopped in Whole Foods Market. There were also Visa cashback and discounts on select items in-store.