Amazon Prime Day 2017, tech deals and tips
Amazon Prime Day 2017 offers. Image: Diario AS.

This year’s Amazon Prime Day starts this Monday at 9 p.m. ET and runs until Wednesday, July 12 at 3 a.m. ET. Deals will be available in 13 different countries, some for the entire 30 hours and others will come up every 5 minutes.

Prime Day deals and offers are exclusive to roughly 85 million Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Austria, Japan, India, China, and Mexico.

The third annual edition of the shopping holiday is expected to take Amazon’s stock price above $1,000 per share again. Monday also marked the debut of a fleet of Prime Air cargo planes to support Prime Day deliveries in the U.S.

Amazon Prime Day 2017: tech and gadget deals

Being this an event started by Amazon; it is only natural that the headliners are brand products. The Amazon Echo is undoubtedly at the top this year, featuring an $89 price tag throughout the duration of Prime Day. This is a $90 or 50% discount on the Alexa smart speaker.

Its little brother, the Echo Dot, will be up for sale at $34.99, $15 off its regular price. Shoppers can also save $75 when purchasing the $229 Echo Show bundled with an Arlo Security Camera.

Amazon’s tablet prices are already hard to challenge, but that is not stopping the e-commerce giant from giving it a try. The Fire 7 Tablet will sell for just $29.99 while the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition will have a price tag of $89; discounts of $20 and $40 respectively.

Other than that, Amazon Dash buttons will be priced at $0.99, down from the regular $4.99 that each one usually costs. The company’s hit e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, will also receive a $30 discount and cost $89.99 on Prime Day.

The online retail giant will also feature deals from many other companies, including rare and attractive deals like an Oculus Rift Touch Bundle for $399, an Alexa-compatible August Smart Lock for $145.99, a Google Wi-Fi three-pack for $249.99, and even a Huawei Mate 9 smartphone for $449.99.

How to get the best out of Amazon Prime Day

First off, you need to get an Amazon Prime Day subscription as soon as possible if you’re not a member already. The company will allow shoppers to participate if they are registered no later than July 11.

As you might know already, there is a 30-day free trial available for everyone that works perfectly for this occasion if you’re not into the long-term commitment of signing up for Prime (and the annual $100 fee).

American students with a .edu valid email can get up to six months of Amazon Prime membership upon their first registration, which could serve a double purpose in light of the shopping holiday.

Seasoned veterans of online shopping events like this and Black Friday suggest to set up alarms for the products you want that might go on sale during Prime Day through the official Amazon app. However, shopping is best done via desktop for multi-tab advantage.

As a final note, some companies are unofficially rivaling Amazon ahead of the holiday. Google, for example, is offering a nice Google Home + Chromecast bundle over at its official eBay page, selling both for $99 and saving users a whopping $64. Keep an eye for more deals like this one just in case.

Source: Amazon