When Is Amazon Prime Day 2019? What To Expect From Prime Day This Year

The biggest shopping event of the summer is fast approaching.

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With Memorial Day on the horizon, summer is finally getting started--and for budget-savvy shoppers, that means it's time to start putting together a wishlist and saving some cash for Amazon Prime Day 2019. The Black Friday-like event will return once again this summer with steep discounts on games, tech, movies, toys, and practically anything you might want to buy from the world's largest online retailer. Plus, other retailers will likely offer their own sales to cash in on the commerce craze.

While Amazon hasn't yet spilled the deets on this year's event, we can predict when it'll begin, how long it will last, and what kind of deals might be offered based on previous years. So here's everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2019--including some tips on how to make the most of it.

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is a massive sale Amazon puts on each summer for Prime members. It all began in 2015, when Amazon had a sale to celebrate its 20th birthday. In the years since, Prime Day has grown into a shopping extravaganza in its own right, with deep discounts on all kinds of items.

When is Prime Day?

Amazon hasn't announced the dates for Amazon Prime Day 2019, but it will most likely occur in mid-July as in previous years. Last year's sale ran for 36 hours, so we can assume this year's sale will run as long, or at least longer than a day. We'll update this story as soon as Amazon shares details about Prime Day 2019.

What are some Prime Day tips?

Black Friday affords shoppers with a lot of time to plan and get ready for the big day. That's not the case with Prime Day; while we get a select number of deals early, you'll need to be ready on Monday and Tuesday to act quickly. We've assembled a range of Prime Day tips to help you make the most of the day, including how to ensure you're getting the best deals possible.

How much is Amazon Prime?

The catch is that you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of Prime Day deals. The annual price of a Prime membership is $119, or you can get a one-month membership for just $13. Having to buy a subscription is a bummer, but there are ways around dropping cash just to take part in Prime Day. If you've never been a Prime member before, you can get a free 30-day trial just by signing up. Students get an even better deal: their Prime membership begins with a free six-month trial.

Even if you're a lapsed Prime member and you can't get the free trial, signing up for a one-month membership may be worthwhile, depending on what Prime Day deals you want to take advantage of. There's also a good chance Amazon will offer a discount on Prime subscriptions in the run-up to Prime Day, so your best bet is to wait and see.

What kind of deals can we expect?

Amazon always drops prices on tons of items, with huge discounts on its own hardware in particular: Echos, Kindles, Fire sticks, and tablets. Additionally, you can expect big savings on video games, consoles, gaming accessories, 4K TVs, other electronics, apparel, outdoor gear, baby products, and nearly anything else you can buy at the online retailer.

Last year's gaming deals included a Nintendo Switch bundle that came with the console, a 64GB microSD card, and $20 Eshop credit; 10 free PC games for Twitch Prime members; price cuts on PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass; and of course, hundreds of discounted games. Like last year, Amazon will probably start offering some early deals in the week leading up to Prime Day to get people hyped about the shopping holiday, so we'll keep you updated on those deals as they go live.

Also, be sure to check out our tips for getting the most out of Prime Day referenced above. We'll have lots of Prime Day deals coverage on all things gaming and media here at GameSpot when the event rolls around, so stay tuned (and start making your wishlist now!).

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