Amazon Prime Day 2019: When is it, what is it and the best deals

Everything you need to know about Prime Day 2019 [Photo: Getty]
Everything you need to know about Prime Day 2019 [Photo: Getty]

Calling all shopping fanatics, if you’re after a serious deal this summer then you’re in for a real treat on Amazon Prime Day 2019.

With thousands of discounts to be had on some of the world’s most sought after tech, music and household goods - there’s no greater place to stock up on any early birthday (dare we say Christmas?) presents.

Look no further for the lowdown on everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2019 from upcoming price cuts to top tips on prepping for the big event.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s largest global shopping event designed exclusively for Prime Members.

The annual savings day was first introduced in 2015 to commemorate the online retail giant’s 20th anniversary.

After it proved a huge success - Amazon reportedly made more money than any Black Friday in its history - Prime Day soon became an annual tradition.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick was one of the best-selling products on Prime Day 2018 [Photo: Amazon]
The Amazon Fire TV Stick was one of the best-selling products on Prime Day 2018 [Photo: Amazon]

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Last year alone, the company pulled in more sales than any Cyber Monday, Black Friday or previous Prime Day alone from customers spanning 17 countries.

According to Bloomberg, that equated to an impressive $4.2 billion (approximately £3.3 billion) worth of sales after flogging more than 100 million products in total.

Bestsellers reportedly included the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and Echo Dot.

When is Prime Day 2019?

The official start date of Prime Day 2019 has finally been revealed and will take place over 48 hours on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th July 2019.

Is Amazon Prime Day only for Prime members?

You have to be an Amazon Prime member in order to take part in Prime Day.

Here in the UK, membership costs £7.99 a month or £79 per annum and includes access to everything from free one-day delivery to music streaming services.

If you don’t fancy committing, you can sign up for the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial which allows you to test out its included services - and will bag you exclusive access to Prime Day.

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Just make sure to cancel your membership before your trial month is up to avoid getting charged - we’ve all been there.

Students can sign up to an even more purse-friendly deal too, as you’ll receive unlimited next day delivery (for no cost at all) for the first six months. All you need to do it provide evidence that you’re a student through the likes of UNiDAYS.

Once your six months is up, the service will cost you £39 per year - that’s an annual saving of 50%.

Prime Day is open to members across 17 countries including North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

When do Amazon Prime Day sales end?

Amazon Prime Day usually lasts at least 24 hours and last year, it was extended to 36 hours - that’s plenty of time to shop the best deals.

But if you’re after something in particular then you’ll need to work fast, as most Lightning Deals will only appear for four hours at a time and tend to sell out fast.

Amazon Prime Day tips

  1. To save precious shopping time ahead of the big savings event, it’s a good idea to produce a wish list. That way, you can simply add deals to your basket as they drop.

  2. Sign up to the waiting lists so you won’t miss out on anything that comes back in stock.

  3. Sign up to receive notifications on the items you’re after. The Amazon app will enable you to track forthcoming deals so that’s also worth downloading ahead of the big day.

  4. Give a donation. If you plan on spending big this year then use the Amazon Smile initiative to give back. For every purchase you make, 0.5% of the total cost is donated to a charity of your choice.

The best Prime Day 2019 deals

This year’s deals have yet to be announced but these are the items likely to be included in the sales in accordance to past Prime Day events.

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon Prime 2019 will enable customers to access a discount on Amazon Music Unlimited.

To sign up, it usually costs £9.99 a month or £7.99 for Amazon Prime members. This year, you’ll have the chance to scoop four months of music for just 99p.

Echo Dots and Amazon Kindles

There’s no greater place to shop all things tech than Amazon and on Prime Day 2019, it’s highly likely that customers will be able to shop some serious deals.

Last year, millions of shoppers scooped discounts on the likes of Echo, Fire TV and Kindles so expect the same this time around.

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In fact, deals on the Amazon Echo Dot have already dropped with up to 30% off.

Televisions, laptops and game consoles

Television and laptop deals may also make the cut while consoles such as PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One are likely to undergo serious price cuts - perfect for those hoping to save money on forthcoming birthdays.

Check out Amazon’s deals of the day.

The most popular items sold on Prime Day 2018

If you’re prepping to curate a wish list ahead of this year’s savings event then it may be interesting to learn what sold across the globe on Prime Day 2018.

According to Amazon, the Bosch Cordless Drill was the UK’s most popular purchase while an Instant Pot pressure cooker proved a must-have in the US.

Those in China rushed to bag a Sonicare toothbrush while Italians bagged countless Braun grooming kits.

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