Amazon Prime Day is postponed in Canada — but here's why a Prime membership is still worth it

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UPDATE: As of July 22, 2021, Amazon has announced that Prime Day in Canada is cancelled. For all the details on the announcement, click here.

Prime Day is quickly approaching, but Canadians are not be able to take part in Amazon’s biggest shopping day of the year just yet. While the event takes place in many countries around the world on June 21 and 22, Amazon Canada recently announced that due to concern for the well-being and safety of employees in light of the current global pandemic, they would be pausing Prime Day in Canada

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Details about when and if a new date will be announced later this year are still scarce, but that doesn't mean that there aren't still other ways to put your Prime membership to good use. Read on to find out why a Prime membership isn't just for Prime Day. 

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest and best global shopping event with deals offered exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The event usually lasts two days, with flash sales and limited-time savings to take advantage of.

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What does a Prime membership include?

In addition to access to Prime Day sales and deals, a Prime membership has a whole host of year-round perks. It includes free two-day and same-day shipping, access to Prime Video original TV shows and movies, and free e-book and music downloads through Prime Music and Prime Reading. If you’re not already a member, you can enrol in a 30-day free trial that gives you all of the benefits of a Prime membership without the full commitment. 

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Once the trial ends, you can sign up for an annual membership for $79, or a monthly membership for $7.99 per month. Discounted rates for students start at just $3.99 after an initial free six-month trial, so if you’re still in school you can save big.

How can I find the best Amazon deals?

Even without the excitement of Prime Day, Amazon’s shopping pages are broken down into easy to shop sections that give you access to the best daily deals even outside of Prime Day. Under the Deals Store tab, you’ll find each section filled with limited-time offers.

  • Deals of the Day: Here you’ll find a selection of items that have been marked down for 24 hours.

  • Lightning Deals: These exclusive sales last for just a few hours, while supplies last. Keep track of the progress bar because once it reaches 100 per cent or time runs out, the discount is over. Prime members receive access to these deals 30 minutes before the public.

  • Savings & Sales: Find deals on marked-down items available to purchase through Amazon’s vast online marketplace.

  • Coupons: Get the best prices on the items you know and love with en ever-changing selection of coupons.

  • Prime Early Access Deals: Shop items on sale before Prime Day with these early discounts.

Interested? You can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial here and take advantage of the early Prime Day deals right now.

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