Amazon Prime Day: Is it worth the hype?

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Amazon Prime Day: Amazon.com’s gift to shoppers worldwide, happens on 12 July 2016 this year. Expect deals galore (double that of last year, we hear), and savings site-wide. But at $99 a pop, Amazon’s Prime membership does require some investment.

While we think it’s worth the hype, we do think as well that good things do come to those who shop wisely. We show you how:

Step 1: Decide whether it’s worth joining Prime

With Prime Day deals available only to members of Amazon Prime, membership is a prerequisite if you wish to shop the 100,000 deals available. While it may not make the most sense to try to shop them all, Amazon prime does come with attractive two-day shipping, and perks on Prime video (we’re such fans of The Man in the High Castle).

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Step 2: Acquaint yourself with CamelCamelCamel

Not the cute furry creatures from Aladdin – we meant CamelCamelCamel, the life-changing price tracker website. We’ve found this nifty website to help reduce cognitive dissonance by showing us the historical prices of products on your wishlist, so you define immediately whether a deal is truly a deal.

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Step 3: Gift yourself a gift card

Prices on Amazon.com are often so low, that promotion codes are difficult to come by. However, that doesn’t stop us from desiring better deals on our Amazon.com Prime Day finds. This method has a few parts, but it’s worth it, we promise!

Shop a discounted gift card from a legitimate website like Gift Card Granny. You save 4% in the example below, but we’ve seen savings of up to 10% before! As the saying goes, “you snooze you lose”. Gift cards are limited, so act fast!

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Screenshot from Gift Card Granny

Bonus Tip: Sign up for an account with a cash back website like Ebates.com. When you shop gift cards (or anything at all, really) via Ebates.com, purchases you make in the same window will entitle you to cash back. (More information here)

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Example of how cash back adds up when you shop via Ebates

 

Happy Prime Day, all!


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