Since Amazon shared a sneak peek of what it had in store for this year’s Prime Day on July 12 and 13, shopping sleuths have been in full detective mode identifying the best things to buy on Prime Day as well as which ones are worth waiting on.
The price pundits at BlackFriday.com say that – like other Prime Days – Amazon will take care of itself first by featuring some of the best deals of the year on its own Amazon Echo devices and Amazon Fire TV products, as well as the company’s in-house lines of clothing, home goods, and fitness accessories at deeply marked down prices.
BlackFriday.com says that with a return to school only two months away or less, prices on back-to-school supplies are likely to get slashed, too.
What to avoid buying on Prime Day
While there are going to be lots of deals on Prime Day, there might be even better prices for consumers who can hold off a bit, according to BlackFriday.com.
High-end TVs: “Amazon is already showcasing great deals on Smart TVs, and we expect to see even more during Amazon Prime Day. If you are in the market for a high-end Samsung or LG TV, we recommend waiting until Black Friday to find the best deals,” BlackFriday.com’s Mackenzie Shand says, reasoning that because newer TV models are still relatively new to the market, consumers are likely to find steeper markdowns later this fall.
Only items found on Amazon: Shand also cautioned shoppers that while Prime Day is an Amazon-exclusive event, Target and Walmart are also trying to take advantage of Amazon’s hoopla by doing promotions of their own. “Target has revealed it will be hosting Deal Days from July 11 to 13, and we expect other retailers to announce major sales during this time as well. If you're shopping for a specific product, we recommend checking out all your options to ensure you're getting the best deal possible,” Shand said.
And some extra Amazon store credit too
CBS News reports that shoppers can pick up some almost-free money from Amazon ahead of Prime Day that they can turn around and use during the July 12 and 13 event. Mind you, it’ll take time clicking here and there, signing up for things, and filling out forms, but in today’s world, an extra $10 here and there adds up.
For starters, consumers can get a free $10 Amazon promotional credit when they purchase an Amazon e-gift card for the first time ($50 minimum). Plus, Amazon is throwing in another $10 when they reload that gift card with $100 or more. Then, yet another $10 is available when they activate and complete their 2022 Prime Stampcard by exploring the perks of an Amazon Prime membership.
Finally, Amazon shoppers can get up to $60 more by visiting and making purchases through Amazon's new Prime Day Offers hub. CBS also said that shoppers can earn even more free money if they buy movie tickets, shop for goods made by Procter & Gamble, and consider alternative financing options from Affirm.