Amazon Prime Day 2019 is set to run July 15 and 16, so now is the the time to start mapping out your approach to the expansive 48-hour shopping event. This is your chance to score a new TV or Amazon Echo Show for a fraction of the everyday price. Over two days this year, Amazon puts tens and tens of thousands of products on sale for Prime Day — some on sale for a short period of time and others available in limited quantities.
CNET will closely monitor all the Amazon Prime Day deals as they pop up, so if you follow along with us, you’ll be sure to not miss anything. But if you’d rather see the action for yourself, you can set alerts for Amazon to notify you when an item goes on sale, so you can snap it up at the appropriate moment.
You can grab a Prime Day deal if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, so make sure you are a member in good standing before the deals start. And if you’re not a paying member, don’t worry: You can sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial, which gets you all the benefits of a Prime subscription for 30 days — including access to Prime Day deals — and lets you cancel without paying at the end of the trial. An annual membership is $119 a year, or $12.99 a month. And college students can sign up for half that, after a six-month free trial.
Here are even more smart shopping tips to help you snag the best Prime Day deals.
How to get alerts on Prime Day deals
Deals can happen at any hour during Prime Day — and even before and after the fact — so it’s not a bad idea to spend some time identifying items you’re interested in and then watch the deal in the Amazon Shopping app (Android and iOS) to receive notifications when they go on sale. That way, you won’t miss a deal. Even better, the deals come to you, which may help keep your shopping stress level in check.
1. Set up an Amazon Prime Day deal alert on your phone.
2. In the Amazon Shopping app, tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner and then tap Today’s Deals.
3. In the Today’s Deals window, tap the Upcoming tab (to the right of Right Now) and scroll through what’s coming up.
4. When you find an item you want to set an alert for, tap Watch this deal below the item. The app may ask you to allow notifications if this is your first time.
5. To check on the status of the items you’re watching, tap the Watching tab.
6. When the deal goes live, you can add the item to your cart or buy with 1-Click from the Watching tab.
7. And if you change your mind, tap Watching below the item to take it off your watch list.
When the deal goes live, the app will display a system notification alert and show the deal live on its home screen.
Monitor Prime Day deals from your computer
1. Install the Amazon Assistant extension, which adds a button in your browser toolbar.
2. When a deal goes live, the button will display an alert showing the number of deals live. Click it to see your watched deal.
3. Through the browser extension, you can also view other deals you are watching and navigate to the Amazon website to manage your notifications.
4. And if you are shopping on another site, the Amazon Assistant extension can alert you if it found a better deal on the Amazon site.
To be honest, it’s probably easier to manage deals via the Amazon Shopping app and just use the browser extension to be notified that a deal is live.
Originally published June 23.Update, June 25: Adds Amazon Prime Day dates.Update, June 29: Adds more advice.
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