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Early Prime Day deals: AirPods, 4K TVs, Instant Pot, and Xbox One discounts

Prime Day 2019 is coming fast, and great early deals have been populating pretty much every day. We’ve been tracking the hottest tech categories, including smart home devices, 4K TVs, laptops, Apple products, and headphones, pulling out the best Prime discounts we find along the way. Though a weekend still sits between shoppers and Prime Day deals, Amazon did recently announce that some savings will go into effect as early as Sunday, July 14.

The signs are pretty clear this is going to be the biggest Prime Day ever for Amazon and probably for most of the other merchants who will participate in the midsummer sales extravaganza. Walmart has come on especially strong leading up to the Prime Day start date of July 15 — joining Google in slashing smart home device prices and taking it so far as to call Google Week ahead of Amazon Echo discounts.

Best Amazon Prime Day deals so far

Walmart and Google have pretty much already shown their hands on Google Nest smart speakers and other smart home devices. Though the twosome in greatest competition with Amazon may still have a few deals or deeper discounts saved for July 15 and 16. Amazon, with its deep smart home lineup of Echo, Fire TV, Blink, Ring, and Eero brands, has been dropping must-buy-now deal pricing intermittently during the two-week run-up to Prime. The one deal Amazon played and stuck with is the $ 25 Echo Dot (3rd Gen), a 50% discount that matches the Google Home Mini deal price.

We’ve seen Walmart stick excellent prices for a day or two on 4K TVs, a category in which its cavernous inventory provides fuel for the pre-Prime Day deals fires, but Amazon has fought back with stunning bargains. We’ve seen awesome prices on Instant Pots, Roomba robot vacuums, Arlo Pro 2 security camera sets, Dell and Lenovo laptops, and even Apple Watches and iPads. The best pre-Prime Day deals change quickly, but if you see something that’s on your hot list, we suggest you jump for it because merchants may be willing to sell out their inventory of certain items to keep the pressure on competitors and influence shoppers to keep clicking on their site.

Should I sign up for Amazon Prime today?

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Prime Day 2019 is Amazon’s annual sale specifically for Prime members. If you’re not already a member, this year Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial membership before Prime Day. If you take advantage of the trial offer, you have nothing to lose, and you might score some amazing deals. While you have the membership, be sure to check out all the perks that come with it, like free same-day and 2-day free shipping and free streaming music, TV shows, and films. If you do decide you’d rather not continue as a Prime member after Prime Day, be sure to cancel before your 30-day trial period ends.

What deals can I expect on July 15?

Deals, deals, and more deals will be popping up for the Prime Day 2019 48-hour shopping celebration. It’s a given that Amazon’s own brands will be headliners, so you can expect rockin’ discounts on Echo Dots and other smart speakers, Echo Show and additional smart displays, Kindle ereaders, Blink security cameras, Ring video doorbells, alarms, security cameras and lights, Fire Tablets, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TVs, and more. Anything Amazon owns and sells may feature the best deals of the year. Also look for impressive sales on the wide, wide world of devices that work with Amazon Alexa.

We’re sure you’ll see fantastic deals on 4K TVs, laptops, and headphones, but if you see a fantastic deal, don’t delay because last year and also during Black Friday we saw some of the most-sought-after products sell out. If you start with a list of “must-buys” at your target price levels, don’t take much time checking with other merchants or hold out waiting for a price decrease, as you could lose out. As in past Prime Days, you can also expect to see short-duration sales called Lightning deals with a stated time limit, assuming inventories hold up. Lightning deals typically sell out very quickly.

The best advice we can give is, if you know Amazon sells in a product category, expect there to be excellent deals during Prime Day. Because there will be so much on sale, however, stay focused on the priority items on your shopping list. It’s going to be awesome, but you can also expect to be a little overwhelmed.

AMAZON PRIME DAY DEALS PREVIEW

While this sneak peek is very helpful for shoppers looking for a leg up on Prime Day, a lot of discounts have remained quite vague. The most accurate pricing information we could gather appears to be on Amazon’s own Alexa-enabled devices. If you see something you like on the list below, now might be the perfect time to pick up your free trial of Amazon Prime before the massive shopping event begins.

  • $ 25 off Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, down to just $ 15
  • $ 25 off Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, down to just $ 25
  • $ 50 off Fire TV Cube, down to just $ 70
  • $ 50 off Echo, down to just $ 50
  • $ 70 off the Echo Show, down to just $ 160
  • $ 20 off the Fire 7 tablet, down to just $ 30, or get two for $ 50—a savings of $ 50
  • $ 30 off the Fire HD 8 tablet, just $ 50, or get two for $ 80—$ 80 in savings total
  • $ 50 off the Fire HD 10 tablet, down to $ 100, or get two for $ 180—a $ 120 savings
  • $ 40 off the all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, down to $ 60, or get two for $ 100—a $ 100 discount
  • Save $ 50 on the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, down to $ 80, or get two for $ 140—a $ 120 savings
  • Save $ 25 on Echo Dot Kids Edition, down to $ 45
  • $ 50 off Kindle Paperwhite, plus get a $ 5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited, starting at just $ 85
  • $ 30 off the all-new Kindle, plus get a $ 5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited, just $ 60
  • Get an Amazon Smart Plug and Echo for just $ 55
  • Up to $ 200 off eero WiFi systems
  • Up to $ 30 off Ring Video Doorbell, down to $ 70
  • $ 80 off Blink XT2 2-Cam System, down to $ 100

What Amazon Prime Day Deals Should I Look for First?

There are more sales than any one person can truly handle during this massive event, and if you don’t know what to shop for first, you could miss out. While the retail titan may seem like it has endless stock, some items will disappear much faster than others. The most important thing to remember is that if you want to best possible TV deal, you need to act fast. TCL and Toshiba 55-inch TVs will likely be the first ones to go.

Another item to watch out for is smartphones. Previous years have shown that the best smartphone deals tend to go fairly quickly. Whether it’s the Essential phone, a Samsung Galaxy, or an iPhone, you’ll want to jump on those savings as early as you can.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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