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Prime Day 2019: Don’t miss these early deals

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 Amazon Prime Day 2019 starts at midnight (PT) on Monday, July 15, and runs a full 48 hours from there — all the way through Tuesday, July 16. Of course, this being Amazon, the Prime madness is already under way: We’re already seeing some great deals, not only from Amazon itself, but also from other stores. In fact, stores including WalmarteBay and Target have announced sales of their own during the same July 15-16 period. And don’t forget the Fourth of July sales running right now, which have some great deals of their own to recommend.

For today, however, let’s take a look at Amazon’s current batch of pre-Prime Day deals. Check back often, as I’ll be adding new deals as they arrive.

While you’re at it, here are some smart shopping tips to help you snag the best Prime Day deals. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a Prime Day sale you’re looking for and how to save even more than you expected on Prime Day.

4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited: 99 cents

Compared with music-streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited is already a deal at $7.99 per month. This promotion — which requires a Prime subscription and is for new Music Unlimited subscribers only — nets you four full months for just a buck. After that, you’ll be on the hook for the regular rate, unless you cancel.

Fire TV Recast: $129.99 (save $100)

The Recast is Amazon’s over-the-air DVR, a fee-free option for cord-cutters looking to record live TV. It normally sells for $229.99, so this is a huge savings (and by far the lowest price to date). Just take note that you’ll need to pair it with an Amazon Fire TV device. Those aren’t on sale yet, but they will be soon, no question.

Echo Dot: $25 (save $25)

Full-size Echo: $70 (save $30)

Prime Day is still more than two weeks away, but Amazon decided to go ahead and match Black Friday pricing already. Yep, the third-generation Dot hasn’t been priced this low since November. Meanwhile, the second-generation Echo is one sale for $70 — $5 more than it was a few weeks ago, but still a solid discount.

Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Door Opener and Amazon Cloud Cam: $100 (save $88)

Amazon is all about deliveries, so maybe you’re ready for some smart-home enhancements? This bundle nets you Chamberlain’s myQ, which adds app-powered smarts to just about any existing garage-door opener, and a Cloud Cam for home security and delivery monitoring. Both can be used for Key by Amazon to facilitate deliveries left inside your garage.

Rent Us for $3 (save $3)

This is Us…the movie. Jordan Peele’s latest did boffo box office; here’s your chance to rent it at half price.

As with all Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of the previous offers. Thankfully, there are also some deals that don’t require membership, starting with this:

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $180 (save $20)

Óscar Gutiérrez/CNETIt’s not a huge discount, but it’s something. Apple’s flagship AirPods come with a wireless charging case, a tiny little convenience that is nonetheless super-nice.

Don’t care about wireless charging? Amazon also has the 2nd-generation AirPods with standard case for $144.99, a savings of about $14.

Now that you know what’s happening today, let’s take a look at what to expect in the weeks to come — and how you can make sure you’re getting the best deals. (Also, make sure you never miss any deals.)

Should I sign up for Amazon Prime now?

As noted, the big sale is exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers, and an annual subscription costs $119 (or $13 per month if you don’t want to pay all at once).

Worth it? If you’re getting it just for Prime Day, then probably not. I’m here to tell you that Amazon products go on sale all the time. (Example: The Amazon Echo was recently discounted to $65, the lowest price to date — and that had nothing to do with Prime Day.)

But Prime affords a whole bunch of other benefits, including free overnight shipping on many products (and two-day on most others) and lots of movies and TV shows from Prime Video.

SIGN UP FOR PRIME

If you don’t want to pay for Prime but do want access to the Prime Day deals, here’s one strategy: Sign up for Amazon’s free 30-day Prime trial. The only catch: That’s for new subscribers only, so if you’ve done the trial or been a member before, you can’t get another trial.

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What other kinds of deals should I expect?

The biggest discounts are likely to apply to Amazon’s own products and brands, including the full range of Echo speakers, Fire tablets and Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Blink cameras and so on. Amazon says to expect “the biggest Prime Day deals ever on Alexa-enabled devices.”

But other sellers will take advantage of the event to offer sale prices as well, hence the “over 1 million deals” Amazon has promised for the event.

Will Prime Day 2019 result in lower prices on Amazon gear than did Prime Day 2018? Or any day in between? We’ll have to wait and see. The Echo Dot, for example, routinely goes on sale for $30, so perhaps we’ll see it dip to $25?

For now, and for sake of comparison, here are some current prices and their Prime Day 2018 counterparts:

AMAZON GEAR: CURRENT PRICES VS. PRIME DAY 2018

Product Current price* Prime Day 2018 price
Cloud Cam $120 $60 See it at Amazon
Echo $65 $70 See it at Amazon
Echo Dot $25 $30 See it at Amazon
Fire 7 tablet $50 $30 See it at Amazon
Fire HD 8 tablet $80 $50 See it at Amazon
Fire HD 10 tablet $150 $100 See it at Amazon
Fire TV Cube $120 $90 See it at Amazon
Fire TV Recast $130 $180 See it at Amazon
Fire TV Stick $40 $20 See it at Amazon
Kindle Paperwhite $130 $80 See it at Amazon

*Items already on sale are shown in bold.

My guess is we’ll see similar Prime Day 2019 prices on most of these items, but maybe a few deals that are even better. Indeed, the Fire TV Cube was recently priced $20 less than it was last year, and as noted above, the full-size Echo smart speaker was recently priced at $65 — $5 below Prime Day 2018.

Where and how to shop on Prime Day

You don’t need to sit at your computer to shop Prime Day. For example, if you own any kind of Alexa-compatible device (Fire tablet, Echo smart speaker, etc.), you can ask Alexa for Prime Day deals — some of which might be exclusively available via voice purchase.

The Amazon mobile apps, meanwhile, will let you grab deals while you’re on the go. And if you happen to be in the vicinity of a Whole Foods, you might be able to score an extra Prime Day discount. In 2018, Prime subscribers received a $10 Whole Foods credit. At the very least, you’ll get “an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items,” according to Amazon.

 

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