Amazon Prime Day has been delayed — Here’s what you need to know about the Internet’s favorite sale

Jul 4, 2020

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Normally around this time of year, we would be gearing up for the big shopping event of the summer: Amazon Prime Day. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, Prime Day has been postponed until at least Oct. 5, Business Insider reports. While it’s surely disappointing news for those of us looking forward to the big day, you now have at least three more months to budget and prepare.

In the meantime, you’ll want to make sure you’re a Prime member so you can participate when the sale rolls around. A regular membership costs $119 per year and only $59 for students — and if you’re on the fence, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. 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

When the time comes, you can preview deals in the Amazon 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.

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.

If you like these tips, you’ll love our strategies to save money on streaming services.

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 entirety of Prime Day usually lasts 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.

It’s also worth noting that as of July 1, Chase Freedom cardholders (No longer open to new applicants) can earn 5% cash back on Amazon and Whole Foods Market purchases (up to $1,500 in purchases this quarter), making this card worthy of a spot on the list for this quarter.

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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. While these tricks might not lead to some 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 this fall.

Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen

Featured Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

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