Get Ready for Amazon Prime Day: Tech Deals You Can’t Miss

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  • When Does It Start?
  • Do I Need a Prime Membership?
  • Don’t Want to Wait? Shop These Pre-Prime Day Deals
  • It’s that time of the year again: Amazon’s fourth annual Prime Day is slated to kick off this coming Monday. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming retail holiday.

    If you aren’t familiar, Prime Day is an Amazon-created shopping holiday where Prime subscribers can nab exclusive deals for a full day (and a half). It’s like Black Friday, but wholly online.

    Prime members can find hundreds of thousands of deals on popular products across Amazon — but they can go quick. Luckily, new deals are posted as often as every five minutes or so.

    You’ll find great discounts on a plethora of products, from smart home gadgets and TVs to toys and kitchen appliances. Amazon is also doubling-down on discounts for its own products, so it’ll be a great time to pick up an Amazon Echo or a Fire TV.

    The shopping holiday is available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

    ✓ When Does It Start?

    • Amazon Prime Day 2018 will officially kick off at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on Monday, July 16.
    • It will run for a full 36 hours, through the next day. The event will end on Tuesday, July 17.
    • Be aware that not all deals will be available throughout that time. But new deals should pop up periodically, so keep an eye out for great discounts.

    ✓ Do I Need a Prime Membership?

    It’s Amazon Prime Day. In other words: yes, you do need a Prime membership to take advantage of the shopping holiday.

    If you aren’t a Prime subscriber, you have a couple options to be able to participate in the sitewide holiday.

    Firstly, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime here. Otherwise, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime for a month. If you like it, keep it — or unsubscribe if you don’t. It’s only $12.99 a month, or $99 a year.

    Even if you only sign up for a month, it’s more than worth it to nab some incredible deals.

    ✓ Don’t Want to Wait? Shop These Pre-Prime Day Deals

    If you don’t want to wait until Monday to nab deals on your favorite products, not to worry.

    Amazon is publishing new deals each day leading up to Prime Day. They’re not a replacement for Prime Day itself, but you can get yourself some steep discounts on great gadgets and products.

    Be warned, like discounts during the actual event, these are timed deals. So jump on them quickly if you’d like to take advantage of them (and keep in mind that better deals are coming).

    Amazon Echo Show – $100 Off

    If you’ve been in the market for a smart home speaker, why not grab one with some extra functionality? The Echo Show combines Alexa with a full touchscreen display — meaning you can watch video content, make video calls, display lyrics, and so much more. Now until Prime Day, it’s $100 off. Get it here.

    TP-Link Kasa Smart Light Switch – $23 Off

    Setting up a smart home can be intimidating, but the Kasa Smart Light Switch makes it easier. It’s a breeze to set up, letting you easily control normal electronics with the Kasa app or Alexa voice commands. Get it here.

    Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker – $179 Off

    Great Bluetooth speakers can seem like a dime-a-dozen nowadays. But the Stanmore by famed guitar amp maker Marshall combines serious audio quality with old school, rock-and-roll swagger. Get it here.

    MegaWheels Hoverboard – $47 Off

    Now is a great time to pick up a self-balancing hoverboard. We shouldn’t have to tell you why a hoverboard is cool, just that you can get a good deal on one with this pre-Prime Day promotion. Get it here.

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