Why wait until July when you can save on Amazon devices, electronics, headphones, and much more right now?

By Kim Duong and Jessica Leigh Mattern
June 25, 2019
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  • Amazon Prime Day 2019 is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15
  • Deals will cover everything from best-selling Amazon devices, electronics, and headphones to luggage, comfortable walking shoes, beauty and wellness, and much more
  • Amazon already launched a ton of early deals, which you can shop now

If your interests include scoring a good deal, then it’s likely you have an Amazon Prime membership, and thus, know of Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s annual flash sale event (it’s like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, except exclusive to Amazon Prime members and, often, so much better).

With deals on thousands of products over a 48-hour period, Prime Day is a sale event not to miss — but just make sure you have a Prime membership so you can partake. Pro tip: If you’re not an Amazon Prime member but still want to get in on the sales, then sign up for a 30-day free trial now so you can access the deals once Prime Day starts. Students can also take advantage of the retailer’s free six-month trial and discounted membership rates.

This year’s shopping event is slated to be even more impressive than previous years, so get your carts ready. Here’s everything we know about the sale so far.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is the online retail giant’s highly anticipated annual discount shopping event that boasts Black Friday-like deals exclusively for Prime members. Having started in 2015, Prime Day is only now in its fifth year — but my, has it grown with record-breaking sales that even stun Amazon execs themselves.

When is Amazon Prime Day and what time does it start?

Amazon just revealed that the global shopping event will last for 48 hours and start at 12 a.m. PST on Monday, July 15. The sale will wrap up on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Do you have to have a Prime membership to shop Amazon Prime Day deals?

Yes, the sales event is exclusive to Amazon Prime members — but don’t worry, not all is lost. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial now and shop Prime Day deals. And when the trial ends, you can either cancel your membership or keep enjoying all the cushy perks (such as free two-day shipping on literally millions of items and same-day delivery of Whole Foods groceries). If you want a snapshot of just how good an Amazon Prime membership is, you should know that JPMorgan analysts say it’s worth $785 annually, as opposed to Amazon’s asking price of $119 per year.

What items will be on sale on Amazon Prime Day?

Shoppers should expect deals on a range of products (including Amazon bestsellers) and covetable tech devices (such as TVs and smart home devices), travel accessories, fashion, groceries (yes, really), kitchen tools, furniture, back-to-school supplies, everyday essentials, and so much more. Last year’s markdowns included 70 percent off Samsonite luggage sets, 58 percent off noise-cancelling Bose headphones, up to 50 percent off best-selling fashion brands like Adidas and Columbia, and many more incredible deals for travelers.

What’s new for Amazon Prime Day 2019?

This year, you don’t have to wait until Prime Day to score an impressive deal. While the bulk of sales will go live during the event, Amazon has already launched a series of discounts you can shop right now. Here are some of the best early savings you can score right now.

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: amazon.com, $80 (originally $100)

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38mm)

Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: amazon.com, $199 (originally $279)

Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa

Courtesy of Amazon

To buy: amazon.com, $50 (buy two and save $40)

What were the most popular Amazon Prime Day buys in 2018?

According to Amazon, Prime Day 2018 was an enormous success with over 100 million products purchased. The most popular purchase in the U.S. overall was the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, but Amazon also broke down the top buys by country, excluding Amazon devices. Prime members in Canada bought a ton of the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter, the U.K. went nuts over the Bosch Cordless Drill, and Mexico was pretty practical and stocked up on the Amazon Basics USB Lightning Cable.