The waiting is over: Amazon Prime Day officially kicked off as of noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and we’re highlighting the best deals here. The 36-hour sale features more than 1 million deals and ends Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday at 2:59 a.m. ET) — though we expect some straggler deals to continue thereafter. But it’s not all smooth sailing: Amazon’s site is continuing to experience serious performance issues, and some deals have already sold out.
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It’s already a bumpy ride
Note that Amazon’s site started the sale with some major issues while dealing with the crushing load of shoppers. Some shoppers are still experiencing technical difficulties and dead links:
The best deals so far
We’ll continue to update these as the sale progresses, but here are the best deals we’ve found so far. (Deals verified in stock as of Monday, July 16, 3:57 p.m. PT.)
Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale
Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells. With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you’ll see between now and Black Friday. And unlike many Prime Day deals, these should stay in stock at these prices.
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Noise-cancelling headphones from Bose and Sennheiser, great deal on smallest Bose speaker
Awesome products at great prices. Get ’em while they’re hot.
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Roku- and Amazon-powered smart TVs starting at $130
Looking for a smart TV for the bedroom or secondary room? These TVs, which have Roku or Amazon Fire smarts built-in, are just the ticket.
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Xbox One, Switch and video game deals
The 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle can be yours for a mere $230. That includes 3 months of Xbox game Pass (access to a huge library of “free” games), 3 months of Xbox live Gold (online multiplayer and additional free “Games with Gold” options) and an HDMI cable:
The Nintendo Switch bundle was long gone within 15 minutes of Prime Day starting. However, Walmart is offering the Switch bundled with your choice of games — including some of the Switch’s best titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.)
Plenty of other games, peripherals and controllers — for both console and PC gaming — are on sale, too
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Fitbit Alta HR on sale, Amazfit Bip remains a great deal
One of the best Fitbits, the Alta HR, is on sale:
NOTE: We had earlier reported here that the Fitbit Versa was supposed to be discounted too, but that was apparently a miscommunication. So do NOT expect a big Versa discount this week.
That said, if you want a great smartwatch bargain, the Amazfit Bip remains an awesome “everyday low price” deal for just $70:
Moto G6 and Huawei smartphone deals
Our favorite budget phone of the year just got even more budget-y. The 32GB model — which works on all US carriers — is $15 off. But the better deal is the 64GB model (with an extra gigabyte of RAM, too) for $260 ($40 off).
Amazing prices on SD cards, USB flash drives, SSDs and more
Need more space on your PC, phone, camera — or any other digital device? We’re seeing amazing deals on storage products from SanDisk and other top-notch storage vendors. We’re talking 128GB for $22.
Have a new Mac or PC? Here’s a flash drive with both standard USB and USB-C connectors for just a big more.
(Lower capacities for each are available for even less.)
AmazonBasics products now up to 30 percent off
Whether it’s a mouse pad, luggage, bedsheets or silverware, Amazon’s line of AmazonBasics products are generally “cheap but good” choices in their respective categories. And during Prime Day, the bulk of the products are up to one-third off their normal (already affordable) prices.
The best Prime Day deals in each category
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Last updated: July 16, 3:57 p.m. PT
What follows is the earlier version of this post. Info and sales below may now be out of date.
What: Amazon’s smorgasbord of deals — pretty much “Black Friday in July.” More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.
When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country — we’re only highlighting US deals in this post.
Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals… but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.
Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
Everything to know about Amazon Prime Day 2018
Early Prime Day deals available now
Update: Amazon just unveiled a wealth of early-access deals, including an Echo Dot for $29.99, a Fire TV Stick for $19.99, a certified refurbished Echo (2nd-gen) for $59.99 and the Amazon Cloud Cam for $59.99 (a full 50 percent off). Check ’em out:
Just as Black Friday deals often start appearing well before Black Friday, Prime Day deals have already surfaced. As of Monday, July 16, here’s what you can get:
The Echo Show for $130. That’s a full $100 off the regular price and the biggest discount to date for Amazon’s screen-equipped smart-home companion. The certified refurbished version is also available for $20 less. Read CNET’s Amazon Echo Show review.
Free PC games from Twitch. Amazon already gives Prime subscribers free games every month. In the run-up to Prime Day and for a couple days after, it’s giving away a different game every day. Many of the previous ones are still available — but they won’t be much longer, so hurry up. Today’s entry: The puzzle-adventure game Hue.
Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you’ll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.
Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you’ll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.
$2 movie rentals. Amazon has a smattering of newer movies you can rent, via Prime Video, for $1.99 apiece. The titles include Hostiles, Downsizing and Wonder.
3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon’s audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there’s nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you’ve tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.
You can get discounts on other items as well. For example, some of Amazon’s Everyday Essentials brands have been marked down by 30 percent. You can also save up to 25 percent on select furniture and home decor products.
Deals coming on Prime Day
Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).
Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.
A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. Thankfully, you don’t need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.
Huawei phone deals. If you’re in the market for a new phone, Huawei has a pair of deals lined up for Prime Day: The Honor View 10 for $399 ($100 off) and Honor 7X for $169 (a $30 savings).
Save on a dashcam, get a Bluetooth speaker free. During Prime Day, you can get the popular Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam for $146 with promo code PRIMEVNP. Add the Vantrue V1 Bluetooth speaker to your cart and you’ll get it for free! It normally sells for $50.
ViewSonic monitors and projectors. The company has discounts planned for about a dozen products, including the PX747-4K projector for $1,000 (currently $1,275) and the XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170 (currently $250).
Nvidia Shield TV with remote for $139. The jack-of-many-trades Nvidia 4K streaming box is currently $179, but on Prime Day you’ll be able to snag it for $40 less. Read CNET’s Nvidia Shield review to learn more.
Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it’ll be $30 on Prime Day.
Samsung Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system 3-pack for $99. Lowe’s will offer up to 60 percent off select smart-home products, including this mesh-network combo, which normally runs $300. It earned a 4.5-star average from Lowe’s customers, but read CNET’s Samsung Connect Home review for a deeper dive. (Interestingly, price was one of the biggest complaints… but you can’t complain about $99!)
Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you’ll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You’ll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.
Save 25 percent on a Roccat gaming headset. The Roccat Khan Aimo is a surround-sound USB headset for gamers. It’s normally $120, but on Prime Day you can use promo code 25PRIMEDAY to save 25 percent.
Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it’ll be 20 percent off — so about $280. That’s an all-time low; it’s never been below $300.
That’s it for now — check back soon for additional deals as we find them!
What is Prime Day?
Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts — not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful — OK, it was wildly popular — despite some hiccups.
In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn’t sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.
When is Prime Day?
July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.
In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 — though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It’s kind of like the way Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) “Prime Day Plus,” anyone?
Who can shop on Prime Day?
True to its name, Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you’re not a paid member, you can’t take advantage of the deals. Note, though, that Prime Day is merely one of several advantages of being an Amazon Prime member.
As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That’s now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.
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What kinds of deals can I expect?
There’s little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon’s branded products: Fire TV ($70 at Amazon.com) devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and of course every Echo speaker.
Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($220 at Amazon.com) phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don’t get too carried away — many of the discounts are no better than what you’ll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.
Speaking of which…
How do I know if a deal is really a deal?
On the internet, every day is Black Friday — and Cyber Monday, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism — or at least a little bit of research.
Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.
At the same time, consider using a browser plug-in such as Honey, which can instantly inform you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price (which doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking).
How can I shop on Prime Day if I’m not a Prime subscriber?
As noted, you can’t — but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you’ll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.
Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it’s questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day’s very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn’t be unthinkable.
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