Win Prime Day with these 6 essential tips

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off in just two weeks (Oct. 13 and 14, in case you haven’t yet marked your calendar). That leaves ample time to study up, to learn the secrets of a successful outing. Imagine we’re a football team gathered around a playbook; I’m the coach. Now let’s get out there and save!

Shop Prime Day even if you’re not a Prime subscriber

Prime Day is largely a members-only affair: You need to have an active Amazon Prime subscription in order to take advantage of all the discounts, right?

Yes — sort of. If you don’t have a subscription, you may still see sale prices on lots of products — just without the free one- or two-day shipping afforded Prime members. Although there will be undoubtedly be some items that are Prime-exclusive — most notably Amazon-branded stuff like Kindles and Echos — there will be others that are simply discounted.

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Sign up now for a free Amazon Prime trial to reap the full benefits of Prime Day.

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That said, to fully hedge your bets, consider signing up for a

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This option is even better if you’re a student: Amazon is still partnering with Sprint to offer college students a free six-month Amazon Prime trial.

Of course, Prime affords a whole bunch of other benefits, not the least of which are the aforementioned fast shipping on most products and lots of movies and TV shows from Prime Video. So if you don’t already have an account, it’s totally worth it in my opinion.

Get alerted when a product goes on sale

Part of the challenge of Prime Day is keeping tabs on the deals that interest you, especially those scheduled to begin later in the day. If you forget, you might miss out.

Fortunately, the Amazon app lets you track upcoming deals and receive notifications when they’re about to begin. It’s available for Amazon Fire, Android and 메리트카지노주소 iOS in their respective app stores. The app also has useful features such as voice-powered search and shipment tracking.

Speaking of alerts, be sure to follow our post on the Amazon Prime Day deals that are already available, which is updated regularly. While you’re at it, follow @cheapskateblog on Twitter — not just for Prime Day deals, but also for deals year-round. And here’s something new: You can now sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via text message! That’s arguably the single best way to receive critical Prime Day news. 

Watch for waitlists

Like Amazon’s daily Lightning deals, many Prime Day deals are available in limited quantities — and once they’re “claimed,” they’re gone. Or maybe not: You may see a Join Waitlist button that’ll put you in the queue to grab an item if it becomes available.

How does that happen? Sometimes other customers will add an item to their cart, then decide not to buy it (or fail to complete the purchase within 15 minutes) — at which point it goes to the next person in line. That could be you, so don’t be shy about joining the waitlist if it’s something you really want.

Leverage cash-back options

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TopCashback will give you an 8% rebate on just about any Amazon device you buy, including those on sale.

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Before you buy anything, anywhere, at any time, you should always see what cash-back options are available. I’m a fan of using services like Rakuten and TopCashback, which can easily score you added savings on your purchases — including those from Amazon.

At this writing, Rakuten isn’t offering anything there, but TopCashback is currently giving 8% back on Amazon device purchases, 7% back on Amazon home-security and smart-home devices and a $15 rebate when you sign up for a year of Amazon Prime (at the regular $119 price).

Meanwhile, this is definitely the time to consider an

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And there you go, my tips for winning Prime Day! If you have any of your own tips to share, hit the comments section and spill ‘em!

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