Amazon Prime Day is finally here! How to shop like a pro (and what not to buy)

Alyssa Tria
·Shopping Editor
PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  A close-up of a packaged Amazon Prime item in the Amazon Fulfilment centre on November 15, 2017 in Peterborough, England.  A report in the US has suggested that over half of all online purchases this Christmas will be made with Amazon.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
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Prime Day is finally here, and for the first time ever Prime members around the world have 48 hour access to more than a million exclusive and limited-time deals. Pretty insane, right?

On now, members can save up to 30 per cent off select laptops, monitors and desktops, 40 per cent off select New Balance footwear, 50 per cent on fashion from Amazon Essentials, 70 per cent off Samsonite luggage and much more across the different categories.

And with new deals launching every five minutes, including lightening deals, we had to sit down with Vice President of Amazon Prime Day Cem Sibay to get some pro tips on how to get the most out of Prime Day 2019.

Download the Amazon Shopping App

“We actually see a majority of our purchases on Prime Day now happen on mobile devices. Tied to it and just because of the nature of the deals event as well, this year we announced we’re releasing new deals as frequently as every five minutes.”

Ask Alexa for deals

“The second thing is to utilize their Alexa devices, which can happen through the Amazon App and obviously through an Echo device or any other device that is Alexa-enabled. It’s a great way for customers to keep track of new deals that come online. They can say, “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?” and get verbal cues as to what their customized offers are. And if you have an Echo Show ($230, Amazon) you can actually see some of them [your deals].”

Make a wish list

“We see customers starting a lot of wish lists before hand to just very quickly go through and see if any of these items are on deal for Prime Day or not. We’re going to have over a million deals this year globally. Our customers won’t have a hard time [coming across items] they’ll be super excited about.”

Explore various categories

“Our savviest shoppers will certainly look at one of the doorbuster-type deals —that can still be the big flat screen TV — or deep discounts on Amazon devices or other Amazon-branded products, but then they’ll go into the catalog to check the offers available right now for back-to-school-shopping. They also want to know the best deals out there to stock up their pantry and just everyday essentials. It’s just a fantastic time to shop for those.”

To help you score on everyday essentials, browse through our picks.

Kintor Wool Dryer Balls


Made with 100 per cent organic New Zealand wool, these eco-friendly, reusable dryer balls help shorten drying time and soften laundry. A great alternative for synthetic dryer sheets, the natural, no-chemical qualities of these balls help reduce skin irritants and static cling.
Shop it: $18, Amazon

Sedhoom 5-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer


This high-quality spiralizer features a push handle and a crank and comes with five different blades, perfect for making veggies noodles and colourful salads.

Shop it: $30, Amazon

Lavinrose Reusable Produce Bags


Helping you have money and the environment, these reusable and washable bags makes the best replacement for plastic bags. Designed for multi-purpose, these mesh bags can be used for groceries, laundry, storage and much more.

Shop it: $17, Amazon

Esschert Design Garden Tool Apron


For the green thumb who loves caring for their plants, this garden apron features plastic claps for easy access to all your tools.

Shop it: $24, Amazon

Barilla Gluten Free Penne Pasta (pack of eight)


Made with a blend of corn and rice, each box provides four servings of pasta.

Shop it: $20, Amazon

Tim Hortons Steeped Orange Pekoe Tea, Single Serve Keurig K-Cup Pods, 12 Count


Enjoy Tim Hortons’ Orange Pekoe Tea at home with these Keurig K-Cup pods.

Shop it: $10, Amazon

DYMO Organizer XPress Labeller


Prints letters, numbers and symbols, this label maker is a must-have for every home and office. Designed for convenience and performance, it features a soft-grip handle and enhanced tape cutting. Best of all, no batteries are needed.

Shop it: $20 (originally $22), Amazon

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