Amazon Prime Day is coming — Here’s what you need to know about the Internet’s favorite sale

Jun 2, 2021

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The world is slowly returning to normal and so is Amazon. The internet giant announced today that it’s going back to holding its big Prime Day shopping event in the summer after postponing it to October last year due to the pandemic.

The unofficial Amazon holiday will take place on June 21, starting at midnight PST and will run through June 22, 2021. However, as has been the case in previous years, it will begin to offer some deals early, including some already available. So, now’s the time to budget and prepare.

To receive the discounts on selected Prime Day items, you must be a Prime member, which currently costs $119 per year for a regular membership or $59 per year for students, though you could also just sign up for a free trial. Alternatively, you could get a monthly membership for $12.99 per month for regular members and $6.49 for students. If you don’t use Amazon much, the cost of joining might negate any future savings on Prime Day, but if you’re already a Prime member or strongly considering being one, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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How to Preview Amazon Prime Day Deals

You can preview deals on Amazon’s website or app and then get push notifications when a given deal starts during the Prime Day sale. Since quantities are limited, this is a great way to help you snag those products you’ve had your eye on.

You can also search for “sneak peek” in the Amazon app to get a preview of some items that will be featured deals on Prime Day.

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How to score the best deals on Amazon Prime Day

The best way to make sure you increase your chances of getting a given deal is to watch an item and sign up for notifications if it becomes a Prime Day deal. You can do so by using the mobile app, desktop assistant, or just staying glued to your computer during the sale — although we certainly suggest the former options.

Amazon usually heavily discounts its own products such as Fire Sticks, Fire TV, Echo, Echo Dots and more during Prime Day, too. Fortunately, these deals typically last throughout Prime Day, so there’s less of a chance these products will run out.

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How to get a $10 credit

From June 7 to 20, Prime members who spend $10 or more on select small and medium businesses will get a $10 credit to use on Prime Day on almost any product on the site. Amazon says there are over 300,000 selling partners that are participating. Also, cobranded Amazon cardholders will get an additional 10% back when they shop with small businesses.

How long do Amazon Prime Day deals last?

You’ll need to be ready to act quickly when a deal starts. Most items will have a limited quantity available for the Prime Day deal price, and when they’re gone, well … they’re gone. Since there are likely thousands — if not more — of people getting these notifications, get ready to add to your cart as soon as you see your desired product on sale.

The main Prime Day event will last about 48 hours.

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Which credit card is best to use for Amazon Prime Day purchases?

Whenever you make an Amazon purchase, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck — and that means using the right credit card to earn points for future travel. We rounded up the best credit cards to use for Amazon purchases that you’ll want to keep on your radar.

This year, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature cardholders can earn an extra 1% back during Prime Day, yielding a 6% total return.

Why the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card might just be the best card for Amazon shoppers.

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How to save money on Amazon purchases

Prime Day or no Prime Day, we have some tricks up our sleeve to help you save money on Amazon purchases. For starters, you’ll (typically) want to save your hard-earned points for future travel, check your credit card offers and use coupons when available. You may be targeted to get up to 40% off at Amazon by using just one Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi ThankYou point. While not all tricks will lead to Prime-level savings, every little bit helps.

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Bottom line

While Prime Day can be a way to save some of your hard-earned cash, it also takes some work on your part to get the most out of the day. But with these strategies in mind, you’ll be ready to go by the time the sale rolls around in a couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to TPG for more tips on maximizing your Prime Day purchases. And then check back on June 22-23 for our roundups of the best deals available.

Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen and J. Scott Clark.

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