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4 things to know about Amazon Prime Day 2018

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Mike Timmermann, Clark.com

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is right around the corner! The annual shopping extravaganza will once again offer hundreds of thousands of deals that are exclusively for Prime members.

How big is it? Prime Day was the online retailer’s best sales day in history last year, surpassing Black Friday.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 preview: Everything you need to know 

Our Clark Deals team will be highlighting the very best Prime Day deals as soon as the sale starts, but we put together this guide to help you create a game plan for the huge day.

Read on for the four things that every Amazon Prime member needs to know…

1. What exactly is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day dates back to 2015 and is the summertime equivalent to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It gets bigger every year and expanded to 13 countries in 2017.

New deals go live as often as every five minutes on Prime Day, with a few deals offered the week before.

If you find a Lightning Deal that you like, do a quick price comparison and order it before it’s gone. These deals are available in limited quantity for a short period of time.

Pro tip: Use the Amazon App to watch deals and get notifications when they start. Learn more here.

Amazon says tens of millions of Prime members made a purchase on Prime Day 2017, more than 50% higher than the year before. It was also the best single day for new member signups.

2. When is Amazon Prime Day this year?

Amazon hasn’t officially announced the date for Prime Day 2018, but TechRadar reports the news was leaked in a banner that was published on the Amazon UK website and later taken down.

Deals will reportedly start at midday on July 16 and continue all day July 17 — 36 straight hours of deals!

Clark.com will update this article when Amazon gets back to us with the official date for Prime Day 2018. In the meantime, mark your calendars for July 16.

3. What are the best Prime Day deals?

You can expect plenty of discounts on Amazon devices for Prime Day 2018. The most popular purchase last Prime Day was the Echo Dot, which was on sale for $34.99.

Amazon said in a news release that there were also record sales for Echo, Fire tablets and Kindle devices.

Looking for a new TV? You may want to wait for Prime Day. The Element 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV – Amazon Fire TV Edition was the best-selling TV deal in Amazon history last year.

Aside from Amazon devices, the retailer said the Instant Pot and 23andMe DNA testing kits were also huge hits.

“Last year’s Amazon Prime Day deals centered around Amazon’s flagship items and services such as the Amazon Echo, Fire tablet and Kindle Unlimited, in addition to special deals and perks for new Prime members,” said Charis Brown of ClarkDeals.com. “This year we’re expecting to see more deals on items people have fallen in love with such as the Instant Pot and Roomba vacuums, deals that were hot during Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year.”

4. Do I have to be an Amazon Prime member?

As the name of the shopping event indicates, you do need an Amazon Prime membership to take advantage of all the great deals on Prime Day 2018.

If you’ve never been a member, it’s a great time to sign up for a 30-day free trial to experience all the perks.

The annual cost of a Prime membership recently increased to $119, but there’s also a $12.99 monthly option that you may want to consider if you don’t need it year-round.

Discounted Prime memberships are also available for students and low-income households.

Since one of the main benefits of a subscription is free two-day shipping on millions of items, everything you order on Prime Day should arrive at your door quickly.

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