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This story is part of , 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.
That said, to fully hedge your bets, consider signing up for a
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,, 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.