Prime Day is coming: Here’s what we know so far about Amazon’s biggest sale of the year

·Shopping & Lifestyle Editor
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Next to major shopping events like Black Friday and Boxing Day, Prime Day is an event that many bargain hunters look forward to all year, and it’s coming soon.

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest, global shopping event held exclusively for Prime members. The event lasts only a day and a half, with flash sales and deals of the day to take advantage of for a limited time. Last year’s top seller for Prime Day in Canada was the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter - so expect to find similar deals on electronics, outdoor gear and home goods at majorly discounted prices.

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2019 has just been announced, and will run this year from 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on Monday July 15th through Tuesday July 16th. For the first time ever, Canadians will have access to Prime Day sales for a full 48 hours, allowing shoppers to take full advantage of Amazon’s best deals.

How do I access Prime Day sales?

In order to score deals on Prime Day, you must be signed up to Amazon Prime. 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, like free two-day shipping, access to Prime Video original TV shows and movies, and free e-book and music downloads through Prime Music and Prime Reading.

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

HAGERSTOWN, MD, USA - MAY 5, 2017: Image of an Amazon packages. Amazon is an online company and is the largest retailer in the world.
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How can I find the best Prime Day Deals?

Amazon’s shopping pages are broken down into easy to shop sections that give you access to the best daily deals. 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.

If you want to get ahead of the game this Prime Day, set up a wishlist and stay on top of upcoming sales by watching for your preferred deals. You can even download the Amazon App, so you’ll never miss out on your must-have items while you’re on the go. Just scroll through Upcoming sales tab, and tap Watch this deal to be notified when the item goes on sale.

You still have time to sign up and prepare for Prime Day 2019, so head over to Amazon to start browsing today.

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