Amazon Prime Day 2019: 7 Tips For Getting The Best Possible Deals

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 will likely kick off in mid-July, as in previous years, and while Amazon hasn't yet confirmed the dates for this year's sale, a recent PR email leak suggests Prime Day 2019 may kick off July 15 and run until July 17. Last year's sale, which ran from July 16 through July 17, lasted a record-setting 36 hours, so it looks like this year's sale will match that length, if not extend it.

As in previous years, Prime Day 2019 is sure to offer big savings across all categories of items--which covers everything from games to TVs--basically like a Black Friday sale in July. The only catch is that you have to be a Prime member to get the deals--though if you're not, we have a free solution below. Here are some tips to help you make the most of Prime Day 2019 and ensure you're getting the best possible deals.

Get a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial

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One of the best tips for anyone without a Prime account heading into Prime Day is that Prime subscriptions begin with a month-long free trial (six months for students). Seeing as trial members get full access to Prime deals, that means you can sign up for the month of July to take advantage of the offer. If you don't like it, you can always cancel your subscription before paying a cent.

The only caveat here is that the free trial month is only open to customers who haven't had Prime within the past 12 months. If you fall into that category, you can sign up for a one-month Prime membership for $13. That gives you access to all the Prime Day deals without having to spend $120 on a year's membership.

Keep a lookout for early deals

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In an effort to get people excited for Prime Day, Amazon will likely begin discounting prices early on certain products, especially Amazon devices like the Echo Show and Fire TV Stick. Every month, Amazon gives away a small batch of free PC games to Twitch Prime members, and last July, the online retailer gave away an additional free game every day in the lead-up to Prime Day, offering a total of 21 free games that month. We're willing to bet that deal will be available this year as well, and we'll include that info here as soon as it's revealed.

Know that deals can--and will--sell out fast

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The best way to take advantage of Prime Day deals is, of course, to spend a lot of time on Amazon. Many of the best opportunities will be the hourly Lightning Deals that are only available for a limited amount of time. To make matters worse, the best deals often sell out in minutes, so they're only available to the first people who jump on them. That said, Amazon gives you 15 minutes to check out before removing a Lightning Deal from your cart. So if you miss out on a deal, it's worth adding yourself to the waiting list to see if more inventory frees up because people take too long.

To keep track of the fast-moving deals, keeping an Amazon tab open while you're at your computer might be a good idea. If you can't do that and you're primarily interested in deals relating to video games, you can keep an eye on GameSpot's Prime Day 2019 hub. We'll be covering the best game deals for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and more, so make sure to check back often. Plus, you'll want to follow GameSpot Deals on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on lightning deals. If you're in the market for deals on electronics or other categories like food, beauty, and home, our sister sites CNET, Entertainment Tonight, and Chowhound will have you covered.

Turn on those notifications

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We all hate excessive notifications, but during Prime Day, it's worth downloading the Amazon app if you don't already have it and turning on notifications. In the settings section of the Amazon app for iOS and Android, you can turn on notifications for when items on your watch list and wishlist go on sale. This is an especially handy feature for deal hunters who don't want to be wooed by sales on products they're not already seeking out. This way, if you've already expressed interest in an item by adding it to one of your lists, the Amazon app will let you know when and if any of your selected items gets a discount.

Alexa can help in surprising ways

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If you have a device with Amazon's AI-driven assistant Alexa--like an Echo or Amazon Fire tablet--you can ask it about what deals are available starting now and running through Prime Day. Also, don't be surprised if you see some deals that can only be ordered through Alexa once Prime Day rolls around. Amazon's been known to do that in the past.

Make sure you're actually getting a good deal

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With deals flying around left and right, it can be hard to know if any given sale price is actually a good deal or not. To make sure you don't blow the bank on bad deals, you can check price history on Amazon items on a third-party site like Camelcamelcamel.com. Here you can run a search for the item or paste in the Amazon URL to see how low the price of any item has gone in the past. That way you can determine whether the deal you're considering is actually a good offer or not.

Watch for sales elsewhere

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While customers are whipped up into a consumer feeding frenzy for Prime Day, you can bet other retailers will try to take advantage of the blood in the water by offering sales of their own. Keep an eye on competing retailers like Best Buy, Newegg, Target, and Walmart to see if they offer compelling discounts of their own. We'll also be covering the best gaming sales at other retailers, so stay tuned.

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