We didn’t get Amazon Prime Day 2020 during its usual time slot in July, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Amazon confirmed on July 21 that Prime Day is still on for this year. They haven’t given us an exact time yet, but it’s rumored to occur sometime in October. Historically, Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest sale day of the year outside of Black Friday. Despite the delay, we fully expect there to be best-of-2020 deals that are worth waiting for. If you want to be prepared for the thousands of deals that will go live on that one day, then read through this article and make sure you have all bases covered.
Note that other merchants, including Best Buy, Walmart, and Dell, will probably be hosting their own sales to compete with Amazon Prime Day.
How Can You Prepare for Amazon Prime Day 2020?
Bookmark This Page
When Prime Day goes live, this page will redirect to IGN’s Amazon Prime Day mega-article with every (good) deal we find. Bookmark it now and check back when the time comes.
Bookmark Amazon’s Official Prime Day 2020 Page
Sign Up for an Amazon Prime Membership
And don’t forget to stay logged in!
Amazon Prime members get the best deals on Prime Day. If you’re a seasoned Amazon shopper, then I would recommend signing up for the 1 year membership since that offers the best long-term value. The $119/yr fee is well worth the many perks of Amazon Prime. If you don’t normally shop at Amazon and Prime Day is an exception, there are cheaper ways to get a Prime membership.
- If you’ve never signed up for Amazon Prime, you’re eligible for a free 30-day trial membership
- If you’ve already used up a trial, Amazon offers 1 month of Prime for only $12.99
- If you’re a student and you’ve never signed up, you’re eligible for a free 6-month trial
- If you’re a student and previously signed up, you can still get 50% off 1 year of Prime
Sign Up for a Free Amazon Prime Rewards Card
Amazon Prime Membership Required
This is definitely one of my personal favorite cards. The Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card gives you 5% cashback on all Amazon purchases and has no annual fee. If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, that perk alone should be reason enough for you to sign up for this card. You’ll also get 2% cashback at restaurants, drug stores, and gas stations and 1% back everywhere else.
That’s not all. You also get a $50 Amazon Credit when you sign up. On Amazon Prime Day, Amazon card members will get exclusive discounts of up to 15% off several categories. In the past that’s included cameras, home theater electronics, home decor, video games, and more.
Paying With Your Debit Card? You Can Still Get Cashback!
Amazon Prime Membership Required
For those of you who prefer making purchases with a debit card instead of a credit card, you’re still in luck. Simply reload your Amazon balance with a debit card and get 2% cashback. All you’re doing is transferring funds from one account (your debit card) to another (your Amazon account) and Amazon is essentially rewarding you for it.
Get Free Credits for Choosing Standard (Non-Expedited) Shipping
One of the biggest perks for Amazon Prime members is the free expedited shipping. But do you need expedited shipping for every purchase? If you choose free standard shipping instead. Amazon will give you $1-$5 worth of Amazon credits good for digital goods (like games and software), Prime Pantry, music, Kindle digital books, and more. One of the great perks about this deal is that your digital credit stacks up; order enough items and you could potentially get games for free.
Amazon Alexa Device Owners Are Eligible for Exclusive Prime Day Deals
If you own an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Fire TV, or Fire Tablet device, ask your device “Alexa, what are your deals“, and Alexa will spit out unique deals that can’t be found anywhere else. Amazon has confirmed that there will be quite a few Alexa-exclusive deals on Prime Day.
What Kind of Deals Will We Expect
On previous Prime Days, Amazon touted “hundreds of thousands of deals” and that has more or less been true. Although Amazon has been more tight lipped this year around, we expect a similar Prime Day scenario. These deals encompass pretty much every category that Amazon offers. The vast majority of these deals are from more obscure marketplace vendors, but there are still thousands of deals on name brand items sold and shipped from Amazon. These usually include PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo gaming consoles, gaming laptops and PCs, Apple iPads and MacBooks, 4K TVs, Amazon Echo and Kindle devices, Roomba vacuum cleaners, Instant Pot pressure cookers and more. Deals are divided into two types: “Prime Day Deals” that last the entire day and “Lightning Deals” that only last a few hours (or a few minutes if the item is super popular).
Here are some of the best deals we saw last year:
- Buy $25 in Amazon Gift Cards, Get $5 Amazon Credit
- Nintendo Switch + $35 eShop Credit
- PS4 Slim 1TB with Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
- PS4 Pro 1TB with God of War and Days Gone
- Apple AirPods 2 Wireless Earphones Wireless Charging Case
- 49″ Sony BRAVIA XBR49X800E 4K Smart HDTV
- Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Latest Model Apple iPad Pro 11″ WiFi 512GB Tablet
- One Year of PS Plus Membership
- Amazon Echo Dot
- Amazon Fire TV Stick with $45 SlingTV Credit for $14.99
- Amazon Fire TV 4K with $45 SlingTV Credit for $24.99
- 43″ Toshiba 43LF621U19 4K Smart HDTV
- Instant Pot DUO 60 6 Qt 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
- Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- 23andMe DNA Health + Ancestry Test Kit
- iRobot Roomba 891 WiFi Robot Vacuum
- SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lag-Free 7.1ch Wireless Gaming Headset
- Super Mario Party for Switch
- WD Elements 10TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
- SanDisk Ultra 400GB Micro SDXC Card
- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet with 32GB
Eric Song is IGN’s deal curator and spends roughly 1/4 of his income on stuff he posts. Check out his latest Daily Deals Article and subscribe to his IGN Deals Newsletter.