TechRepublic’s 2019 Amazon Prime Day guide highlights the biggest bargains for professionals, tech enthusiasts, and home office workers.
Shoppers, prepare your wallets: The 5th annual Amazon Prime Day is quickly approaching. After an uneven start to Prime Day 2018, Amazon exceeded sales of every Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the e-commerce giant’s history, and the company is aiming to break that record again in 2019.
Amazon Prime Day has not started yet—when deals go live, TechRepublic will continuously update this article with our picks for the best deals for professionals, tech enthusiasts, and home office workers.
If you are shopping for others on Prime Day, check out TechRepublic’s guide to the top tech gifts, top tech gift ideas for gadget lovers, cool gifts for bosses to buy for employees, and gifts techies should buy for others.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day was originally a one-off celebration of the 20th anniversary of Amazon’s founding in 2015, with discounts on Amazon-branded devices such as the Fire tablet, as well as deals from third-party brands and sellers. The deals on Prime Day are generally seen as on par with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, though they are limited to Amazon Prime members.
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Because of the success of the first Prime Day, Amazon has continued the tradition each year.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Each year, Amazon Prime Day sales start earlier and last longer, with Amazon Prime Day 2019 starting at midnight, Pacific Time, on July 15 and running through July 16—in total, 48 hours of savings.
Where are Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals available?
Amazon Prime Day deals will be available in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, India, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Singapore, China, and Japan.
That said, Amazon accounts—and therefore Amazon Prime memberships—do not cross borders. Users with an Amazon.com account, for example, cannot use their Prime membership benefits on Amazon.co.jp.
Notably, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime. University students can register here for a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime.
What deals can you expect from Amazon Prime Day 2019?
Amazon traditionally uses Prime Day to highlight its own products and services, in part to encourage Prime members to renew their subscription.
Amazon’s ecosystem of smart home devices are often heavily discounted on Prime Day. This typically results in lowest-of-the-year prices on smart devices, like the Amazon Echo smart speaker, as well as Amazon’s smart TV products, including the Fire TV media streamer and Fire TV Recast, and the Amazon Cloud Cam.
Likewise, the Amazon-owned Ring Video Doorbell could see a discount on Prime Day.
How to find the best deals on Amazon Prime Day 2019
Taking feedback to heart following last year’s Prime Day, Amazon is working to increase discoverability of deals.
The Prime Day 2019 Hub is the portal from which general availability of Prime Day deals can be found. In previous events, new deals were posted every five minutes.
The Amazon Assistant plugin provides product comparisons, offers shortcuts to category hubs, and sends desktop notifications when deals you are watching go live.
Alexa can provide early access to deals, with up to a seven-hour lead seen previously in Black Friday sales. With voice shopping, you can ask your Alexa-enabled device “Alexa, what are your deals” followed by “Alexa, add [the item] to my cart.” Alexa will confirm before placing your order, though a 4-digit pin can be established in-app to prevent accidental purchases.
Amazon’s typical “Gold Box” deals of the day should be slightly more golden during Prime Day. Assuming Prime Day is like last year’s event, there will be new “Lightning Deals” every five minutes, and these typically are limited quantity deals, with popular offerings snapped up in minutes.
Amazon also offers digital coupons for a variety of products, including electronics, toys, and sundries.
Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals for professionals
Prime Day has not started yet—when deals go live, TechRepublic will update this article with our picks for the best deals for professionals, tech enthusiasts, and home office workers.
Not an Amazon Prime subscriber? Here’s what the competition is offering
Amazon is not the only online retailer offering sales on Prime Day—other retailers will be counter-programming Prime Day sales with discounts of their own to entice buyers who do not have a Prime membership.
Though not necessarily Prime Day-related, OWC announced sales on two SSDs, setting new record lows:
If you’re really pining for the brick-and-mortar retail experience, the Internet Archive has a collection of KMart Radio audio tapes from the early 1990s you can listen to while you shop.