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How to prepare to get the best deals on Amazon Prime Day

Great deals abound during the two-day online sale, but it takes some preparation to get the most benefit

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This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo. Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer.
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Amazon Prime Day offers up big discounts on millions of products sold on the website, but it’s happening later than usual this year. COVID-19 and its supply-chain delays are to blame for pushing back this annual shopping holiday that usually happens in July. Starting at 12 a.m. PDT on Oct. 13 and running for 48 hours, Amazon白小姐一肖一码准选一码 will cut prices on everything from electronics to beauty products. And the delay means it’s closer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday than ever before.

白小姐一肖一码准选一码Last year, reported its members bought more than 175 million items with some top sellers standing out like the Instant Pot and DNA testing kits. Shoppers purchased more than 1 million toys, 1 million headphones, 200,000 TVs and 150,000 Crest 3D Whitestrip kits, Amazon also reported.

has given us a preview detailing some of the brands it will discount, including Nintendo, Roomba vacuums, Hot Wheels toys, Champion apparel and Craftsman tools.

Maybe you’re a Prime Day veteran, or you could possibly be trying out the hubbub for the first time this year. Either way, know that it’s best not to go into this two-day online shopping bonanza unprepared.

白小姐一肖一码准选一码Only Amazon Prime members are allowed to shop the deals, so if you aren’t already paying the $119 per year subscription fee, you may want to sign up. But if you don’t need a yearly subscription, consider taking advantage of the free 30-day trial.

Along with Prime Day deals, membership also gives customers free two-day delivery, access to thousands of movies and TV shows from Prime Video, more than 2 million songs on Prime Music, free gaming content, unlimited photo storage and even more benefits can be found as listed on the insider webpage.

You never know when a deal will go live, and the best discounts can sell out quickly. Make sure to use deal alerts, which let you know when a sale is about to start. In the Amazon mobile app, go to Settings>Programs and Features>Deals>Upcoming to enable it.

If you use an Alexa smart assistant, use your voice to ask, “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?” and you’ll get suggestions for products you already buy. Alexa will learn more of your preferences over time.

You can also prepare for Prime Day by stashing a little purchasing power in your account. Amazon is helping you do this in a few ways this year.

One I already unwittingly benefitted from is Amazon’s attempt at helping . The company often gets a bad rap for killing small businesses, so this seems like a great way to gain some positive ground. If you spend $10 at a small business on Amazon before Oct. 13, you’ll get $10 to spend on Prime Day. Small- and medium-sized businesses on Amazon did see benefit from last year’s Prime Day when members bought more then $2 billion of products from them. Another way to get a $10 Prime Day credit is by spending $10 or more at Whole Foods in-store or online. And members will also receive a $10 Prime Day credit for buying an Amazon gift card of $40 or more.

The company is already featuring some pre-Prime Day deals worth checking out; as usual, Amazon’s own gadgets are on sale. The , which has a smart display, video calling and smart home controls, is normally $89.99 but is on sale for $44.99 right now. The , which comes with parental controls, one year of free access to Amazon Kids+ and a 2-year guarantee, is normally $69.99 but is on sale for $34.99. And if there’s anywhere you need a small, inexpensive security camera, the is on sale for $24.99 ($10 cheaper than usual). The indoor plug-in has motion detection, an app to send you alerts and two-way audio. The may catch your eye since it’s on sale for $19.99, down from $49.99. It links to your car’s speakers and acts as an Alexa in your car. I don’t see the point of this if you already are using Bluetooth or an aux cord to sync your phone (and its smart assistant) to your car speakers. Maybe pass on this one.

Another smart pick for a Prime Deal — that is already live — is the that is normally $219.99 on sale for $149.99. It can run for two hours, learns your home’s layout, has an app for scheduling and is at the lowest price ever.

Two early Prime Day deals I saw posted on quite a few websites gave me pause. While Amazon is listing at $219 (the lowest price ever) and a 5-qt. , normally $399.99, for $279.99, the deals aren’t jaw-dropping. When I checked, Walmart had these two exact products at the same low price.

白小姐一肖一码准选一码Some purchases might come down to a preference of retailers.

Big retail chains will compete with Amazon during Prime Day in their own way. Walmart, Target and Best Buy will offer big discounts around Amazon Prime Day, so make sure you price check everything.