AMAZON Prime Day is finally here but you might want to take a closer look at the deals before you go splashing the cash.
Some of the bargains aren’t as good as they seem and savvy shoppers might be better off spending their money at other times of the year.
With 36 hours of discounts extended across thousands of products for Prime customers, it’s easy to get confused and carried away.
Alongside the ongoing offers, there are also a series of “spotlight deals” which will run from midday today until midnight July 17, when a new set of spotlight deals will launch.
And not to mention the thousands of “lightning deals’ which will be available in limited quantities and only be on sale for a few hours.
Overwhelmed yet? We know we are.
We used price history site CamelCamelCamel to check whether you’re better off and holding out a bit longer to get the best price.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that the prices will be better later on in the year but it’s a good indicator of what deals are yet to come.
Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whisky, 700ml
- Sale price: £20.50 (was: £30)
- Cheapest ever price: £19.99, November 24 2017
You might be able to bag a tenner off a bottle of JD in the Amazon Prime Sales but it turns out the retailer actually sold it even cheaper on Black Friday last year.
It cost 51p less than it does in the current sale.
Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Cordless Combi Drill
- Sale price: £54.99 (was: £78.49)
- Cheapest ever price: £49.99, November 24 2017
You may be saving £45 on this Bosch drill in today’s sale but on Black Friday last year the same drill cost £49.99.
Of course, you can’t be certain but it might be worth holding out until this year’s pre-Christmas sale.
Joseph Joseph Lock Block Self Locking Knife Block with Six Knives
- Sale price: £84.99 (was: £150)
- Cheapest ever price: £58 November 13, 2015
You may be saving £65 in the sale today but a few years back the same iron cost £58.
Back then, shoppers would have made a saving of £92.
Harry Potter Edition of Scrabble
- Sale price: £17.99 (was: £29.99)
- Cheapest ever price: £14.99, August 30, 2017
Fans of the wizarding world – and words – can bag a bargain on the Harry Potter edition of Scrabble.
And although you can save £12 in today’s sale, last summer the game cost even less.
It was on offer at half price for £29.99.
Sony PlayStation 4 500GB Console
- Sale price: £219 (Was: £243.99)
- Cheapest ever price: £199, December 24 2016
The PS4 has been around for a while now and although Amazon has slashed its price for its day of deals, they actually sold it cheaper at Christmas time a couple of years ago.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that if you hold out it will be cheaper at Christmas time but it could be an indicator that better deals are yet to come.
Remember, it’s better to check the prices before you part with your hard earned cash.
Of course, some of the better deals are bound to be snapped up fast, so you’ll need to act quick if you want to bag a bargain.
The prices are correct at the time of publishing and stock availability and prices may change throughout the day.
A spokesperson for Amazon said: “We think customers are going to love the deals on offer this year and one of the great things about shopping online is that customers can quickly and easily compare prices.
“For many of our deals the new price and the previous Amazon price can be seen at the product detail page so customers can make an informed decision.”
How to make sure you get the best deals on Amazon Prime Day
ALTHOUGH some of the deals might look great, it’s important to know whether they’re actually any good before parting with your cash. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re not going to be ripped-off
- Check CamelCamelCamel to check the product’s price history to see if you really are getting a good deal, or whether you could get a better one later if you held out. You can also set up price alerts to let you know when the cost drops.
- Use FakeSpot to check whether the item is genuine or not. The site scans the reviews to see if they’re “reliable” or not so you can decide whther you trust the seller.
- Sign up to the 30 day Amazon Prime trial to take advantage of the Lightning Deals and free delivery. But remember to cancel the subscription before the trial is up or you’ll be charged the full £79.
- Put the items you want in your basket ahead of Prime day so that when the deals drop on July 16, all you’ll have to do is pay.
How do I get access to Amazon Prime Day if you’re not a member?
Amazon Prime membership costs £79 a year but non-members can sign up for a 30-day free trial and avoid paying the fee.
You must remember to cancel within 30 days, otherwise you’ll be charged.
Before you buy anything use price history tracking tool CamelCamelCamel to see if the price is really a bargain.
It will show you the average price and whether the price has ever been lower in the past.
More on Amazon Prime Day
There will be 36 hours of discounts on thousands of products with deals across TVs, smart home, kitchen, grocery, toys, furniture, fashion and outdoor items.
Some prices are the lowest they’ve ever been. These are the ones to look out for:
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