Amazon Prime Day 2019: Official start date, predictions, and the best deals now

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 is just 20 days away, with the date being officially announced to be on both July 15 and 16. Preparations for Amazon’s massive 48-hour event can never start too early, though. If you’ve been hoping to find some sweet Echo or Google Home discounts, smartphone sales, Apple price cuts, 4K TV deals, or just about everything in between, Prime Day is going to be your best bet this summer — though 4th of July sales are a close second. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still two of the best times to find big discounts, Prime Day offers a better chance for people to buy gifts for themselves instead of others. Like Singles Day, it’s the ultimate “treat your self” retail event.

We’ve been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year. So before you buy that Echo or Fire HD tablet at full price, read on to learn more about Prime Day 2019 and our predictions for the best deals. We may not know what exactly will happen during this 2-day event, but we have a pretty good idea of what it could look like this year.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: What you need to know

Whether you’ve never experienced a Prime Day before, or just don’t know what to expect in 2019, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Amazon Prime Day 2019 kicks off at midnight on Monday, July 15 and ends on July 16.
  • This will be the longest Prime Day yet at 48 hours in length.
  • You need to be an Amazon Prime Member to get access to the best deals.
  • The best deals will likely be on Amazon devices, 4K TVs, and smartwatches.
  • Walmart and Best Buy will also likely have discounts on Prime Day 2019.

Best Amazon Deals before Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day isn’t here yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few deals still floating around. We’ve gathered some of the best Amazon discounts you can take advantage of right now to satisfy your Prime hunger for savings. It’s still a great time to pick up an Apple Watch deal, Google Pixel 3, or even a discount on 65-inch TCL 4K smart TV.

  • Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case — $180 ($19 off)
  • Bose QuietComfort 25 — $184 (down $161)
  • Powerbeats 3 — $100 (down $100)
  • August Smart Lock + Connect, Satin Nickel — $179 ($41 off)
  • Nest (T3007ES) Learning Thermostat — $212 ($37 off)
  • GoPro Hero 5 Black — $258 (141 off)
  • Huawei Watch 2 Sport— $250 ($50 off)
  • Apple Watch Series 3 GPS—  $199 ($80 off)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Unlocked 64GB— $449 ($151 off)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Unlocked 64GB— $390 ($200 off)
  • Ring Alarm 5-piece kit with Echo Dot and Philips Hue 2-Bulb Kit – Alexa Guard bundle— $249 ($70 off)

When is Prime Day 2019?

The once one-day event is slated to span a whole 48 hours, with the best deals beginning as early as midnight on Monday, July 15, and carrying on through July 16. With millions of deals in countries all around the world, this will be the longest Prime Day we’ve seen so far.

Last year, Prime Day officially began at 3 p.m. on July 16 and stretched on through midnight on July 17. However, if you start to factor in all of the lead-up deals and sales the retailer pushes, that start date landed somewhere around the beginning of the month. Considering this shopping holiday has continued to grow in popularity, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see some of the better Prime deals start happening after the 4th of July.

What time do Amazon Prime Day deals start?

The first couple Prime Days began early in the morning for anyone on the east coast, but the start times have changed since then. We don’t know really know when the 2019 iteration of this sale will kick-off, but if it follows the same pattern as previous years, it’s highly likely it will begin as early as 12 p.m. ET on that Monday. Here is quick glance at previous Prime Days:

  • Wednesday, July 15 (2015) — Started at 2:59 a.m. ET.
  • Tuesday, July 12 (2016) – Started at 2:59 a.m. ET.
  • Monday, July 10 (2017) – Started at 9 p.m. ET and ran for 30 hours.
  • Monday, July 16 (2018) – Started at 3 p.m. ET and ran for 36 hours.
  • Monday, July 15 (2019) – Will start at 3 a.m. ET and run a full 48 hours

Do you need to have Amazon Prime to find deals?

While there will be some discounts available for non-Prime Members, the majority of the price cuts will be reserved for those who have already taken the Amazon Prime plunge. This massive buying event was created, in part, to get more folks to sign up for Amazon’s subscription service. If you want to avoid paying for a full year of this service, you can always pick up a free 30-day free trial. Just make sure you start the service in July and cancel it before your 30 days are up to avoid any fees at the end of your trial period.

Considering what you get with Prime, however, it’s definitely worth holding on to. You get access to exclusive shows, music, and discounts that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus that same-day and 2-day shipping is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

What Prime Day deals should we expect?

Though the deals tend to shift each year, there are some Prime Day deals you can pretty much expect. We’ve been through multiple of these buying extravaganzas at this point, so we’ve got a pretty good grasp on what to look for. From high-profile audio to Alexa-enabled microwaves, here’s what we think will be discounted.

Amazon devices: Considering Prime Day is primarily a members-only event, it’s no surprise that some of the best deals are always on Amazon devices. You can expect steep price cuts on Echo Dots, Echo Shows, Fire TV Sticks, Amazon Fire Tablets, and Kindle e-readers.

Alexa-enabled Devices: Some of the best-selling products on Prime Day every year are TP-Link smart plugs, smart bulbs, security cameras, video doorbells, and other smart home accessories. Some of these items will also be bundled with Echo smart speakers for additional savings.

4K TVs: Like any buying holiday, there will likely be quite a few TVs at insanely low prices. Amazon has a tendency to drop some steep discounts on Toshiba Fire TVs and chances are pretty good TCL will be dropping prices on 55-inch, 43-inch, and 40-inch televisions as well.

Wireless headphones: If last year is anything to go off of, this online shopping event is one of the best times of the year to snag a pair of wireless headphones or wireless earbuds for a great price. Brands like Sony, Bose, and Beats are all likely to drop an awesome deal on noise-cancelling headphones at some point during this massive sale.

Kitchen gadgets: Like any good summer sales event, kitchen gadgets and appliances will be receiving solid price cuts. Instant Pots, sous vide, blenders, juicers, and air fryers will likely all be discounted throughout Prime Day 2019.

Smartwatches: Smart wearables have become one of the most sought-after tech items to buy, and Amazon has been slashing prices on smartwatches all year long. Apple Watches, Fitbits, and more smartwatch deals are all likely to happen on the big day.

Gaming Consoles: Much like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, Prime Day is a great time to find some decent deals on consoles. Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch will all be on sale in some form or another. The Switch almost never gets discounted, but you can expect a slew of new bundles to come down the pipeline.

Will other retailers have Prime Day deals?

Though Prime Day 2019 is essentially an Amazon-generated buying holiday, that doesn’t mean other retailers won’t toss their hat in the ring. Though many of the larger online stores will have more than a few 4th of July sales going in the next few weeks, they will also likely be dropping discounts when Amazon drops theirs. The best competitive deals will likely come out of Walmart and Best Buy, with Google Home devices leading the charge against Amazon Echo sales.

Are Prime Day deals actually good deals?

Prime Day may be known for its discounts, but like any buying holiday, it’s up to the consumer to make sure they’re actually getting a good deal. In general, we’ve seen some really great discounts on Xbox consoles, Amazon Echo devices, Instant Pots, and 4K TVs. However, there are quite a few discounts floating around that won’t really be saving you very much money. To help you out, here are some tips for spotting a good deal:

Filter your deals through a trusted source

The easiest way to ensure you find the best possible discounts is to have someone do all the hard work for you. If you bookmark this page for later, we’ll have our entire editorial staff digging through the depths of Amazon to deliver the saving to you. If you have trust issues, though, we’ll let you in on few of the tricks and techniques we use for spotting great deals.

Do a quick Google search

If you find yourself staring down a set of pots and pans, an air fryer, or gorgeous soundbar but aren’t sure if it’s the best possible price available, head to Google. One quick Google search on a specific product will often pull up pricing information across the board. If it’s actually on sale, then prices from the likes of Walmart, Best Buy, and the manufacturer page will likely be higher.

Check price histories

This may seem like a labor-intensive process, but it’s actually really easy to do. There’s a website called CamelCamelCamel that tracks and displays the price history of any item sold on Amazon. Though this only works for Amazon products, it’s an easy way to see whether or not you’re getting the best deal historically or not.

Read the fine print and comments

Shopping online is a lot less dangerous than it used to be, but that doesn’t mean you can just stop reading the fine print. A lot of retailers will hide important details where you are least likely to look. Most commonly, this happens with third-party sellers who are trying to get a leg up on their competition by offering deep discounts on refurbished tech.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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