Amazon Prime Day 2021 isn’t expected to arrive until next month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start embracing what we expect to be the retailer’s most exciting event to date with a little bit of harmless speculation. For starters, it’s safe to assume that Prime Day 2021 will see more discounts than ever before. How do we know? Because each Prime Day is bigger and better than the last.
So, Prime Day 2021. What’s it about? Well, it’s far too early to say with absolute certainty what we’ll see. Heck, we don’t even know for certain when it will be (though we have a pretty good idea — more on that in a bit). One thing is almost for certain, though: While Amazon will be at the heart of Prime Day 2021, other retailers will also be throwing their hats into the ring.
What happened on Prime Day 2020?
Before we can look forward to Prime Day 2021, we first need to look back to Prime Day 2020 — an anomaly in the history of the event.
Amazon was left with no choice but to reschedule the shopping event from July until October due to distribution issues caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event itself was worth the wait, though: Shoppers had more discounts than ever before to choose from, netting the retailer and its partners a massive $3.24 billion in sales, saving customers more than $1.4 billion.
When is Prime Day 2021?
Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day will take place in June, instead of the usual July.
It’s still yet to announce the exact date, but seeing as Amazon likes to make Prime Day an event of its own, it’s unlikely it would want it to compete with with Father’s Day shopping and people buying with others in mind, so we’re inclined to agree with CNET in thinking Prime Day could fall the week after that — possibly on June 22 and June 23. Or we could be wrong. We’ll have to wait and see.
What Prime Day deals can we expect?
Nothing is off the cards when it comes to the Prime Day deals, with everything from Fire TV Sticks and Keurigs to MacBooks and even 8K TVs on sale for a fraction of their usual cost at earlier installments of the digital shopping bonanza. In short: If you have your eye on something and you can buy it online, chances are it will be cheaper on Prime Day 2021.
Of course, some hardware is treated to larger reductions than others. Amazon’s own products, for example, are often some of the most discounted — with the Fire TV Stick often going for half-off. Other must-have products like the Amazon Echo and Amazon Kindle also receive a huge blow with the price-cutting sword, as are digital subscriptions like Twitch Prime.
With so many retailers now participating in Prime Day, it’s tough to predict exactly what will be on offer. Although, if the Prime Day deals of yesteryear are anything to go by, it’s fair to say if you’re on the hunt for something electronic, it will be discounted on Prime Day 2021 (if Amazon doesn’t stock it, you should be able to find it on sale at a different merchant, like Target).
Are any Prime Day deals too good to be true?
For every good deal out there on Prime Day, there are a dozen bad. That’s why it’s important to not only consult an impartial source of buying advice to find out whether the offer you’re looking at is really worth your hard-earned cash, but also to have an understanding of the tricks retailers use to dupe customers into thinking they’re looking at the deal of the decade.
Most merchants treat Prime Day as a chance to offload stagnant stock, so most of the discounts you’ll find will be on aging models that people aren’t interested in anymore — and they use some immoral methods to flog them. For instance, you may find an HDTV reduced to a rock-bottom price, yet nowhere on the top half of the page does it state that it’s only 720p HD.
So, what’s the issue? Well, the retailers aren’t technically at fault here. They disclose all the information they’re required to. But they bury it to fool bargain-hunting customers into taking advantage of an offer without doing their homework. Our point? If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is — even on Prime Day. There’s no harm in doing a little bit of research.
Even if you just take to Google to make sure it has the one feature you have your heart set on, you will at least avoid some disappointment when it arrives. We have some better advice, though: Search for the best Prime Day deals right here at Digital Trends, where our experts separate the wheat from the chaff, then detail everything you need to know about each product.
What items are on sale on Prime Day?
Honestly, everything. Typically, there are big savings on everything from laptops, TVs, kitchen appliances, home and office equipment, right down to fashion, books, DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as gaming items. There’s not really anything that isn’t on sale at some point during Prime Day. Whether you need a fitness wearable or the latest iPad, there’s usually a discount during Prime Day.
One thing to bear in mind is that Amazon loves to heavily discount its own products during this time. That means it’s usually very likely that you’ll see big price cuts on Amazon Kindles, Amazon Alexa smart speakers, along with other products owned by Amazon such as Ring smart video doorbells. Sometimes, there are discounts on Amazon gift cards too, which can be useful for giving as presents.
Do other retailers offer Prime Day deals?
Not officially, no. As Amazon.com is the only Amazon store, it’s the only official place to take part in Prime Day. However, other major retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy often use the two-day event to also provide deals to customers. In 2020, Walmart’s Big Save Event actually lasted a day longer than Prime Day meaning you could enjoy discounts for a little longer than usual.
Is Prime Day better for deals than Black Friday?
Yes and no. When it comes to Amazon products, you can’t really beat Prime Day for the biggest discounts. However, as Black Friday doesn’t apply to any one store, it can be a better sales season as retailers are all keen to provide the best sales and deals. Both sales seasons are worth checking out and much of when to buy comes down to when you actually need the product.
How should I prepare for Prime Day 2021?
The most important thing is to make sure you have an Amazon Prime membership so you’re eligible to buy things during Prime Day 2021. A one-month free trial will suffice but Amazon Prime is a sweet deal all year round. As well as that, do your research and figure out what you want to buy. A good discount is only a good discount if you actually need the item.
Are any Prime Day deals available now?
No, silly! We don’t even know when Prime Day 2021 is set to take place, so there definitely aren’t any Prime Day deals available just yet. With that being said, there are oodles and oodles of fantastic offers on sought-after products like AirPods, Fire TV Sticks, Keurigs, Kindles, iPads, MacBooks, and 4K TVs available right now. We’ve cataloged all of the best deals below.
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Prime Day Laptop Deals
There aren’t any Prime Day laptop deals happening now, but we’ll be tripping over hundreds, spread between multiple retailers, on Prime Day 2021. If you can’t wait until then, though, we’ve highlighted some of the best laptop deals you can shop now below. The single best offer we’ve found? An incredible discount that sees the Dell XPS 13 on sale for just $780. But hurry — the offer won’t last long.
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Prime Day Phone Deals
Again, Amazon is yet to kick off any Prime Day phone deals. You aren’t out of luck if you’re shopping for a new smartphone today, though: There are several fantastic smartphone deals happening right now, including a fantastic offer on the dual-screen, foldable Microsoft Surface Duo that sees it on sale for $1000, down a massive $400 from the usual $1400. That’s cheaper than it was on Black Friday!
Prime Day Tablet Deals
We’re starting to sound like a broken record now, but once again there aren’t any dedicated Prime Day tablet deals, or Prime Day iPad deals, happening today. Fortunately, all hope is not lost if you’re hoping to pick one up. We’ve found several tablet deals and iPad deals you can’t afford to miss, like this incredible offer on the iPad 10.2 that sees it on sale for only $319 at Staples.
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