Amazon is one of the top online retailers, offering more than 50 million items across a wide variety of categories, from electronics to clothing to furniture. Amazon also offers many online services for music, video, and books, in addition to grocery delivery services like Prime Now and AmazonFresh.
Amazon Discount Tips
Amazon is the largest online retailer in the United States with more than 60+ million subscribers to their Prime membership, which offers free shipping, streaming music, movies and other extras for $99 per year. For a more in-depth look into how to maximize your Prime membership, check out our Amazon Prime benefits guide.
There are lots of ways to save when you’re shopping on Amazon
When available, Amazon coupon codes can be found on specific product pages and added to your order with a single click.
Check the Today’s Deals page for discounts upwards of 70% off a variety of products.
The Lightning Deals page features discounts on certain products for just a few hours.
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service offers up to a 15% discount when you add five or more eligible items to your monthly scheduled delivery. The standard Subscribe & Save discount is 5%.
Free shipping is available for Prime members or orders including at least $25 of eligible books or at least $25 of eligible items across any product category.
Amazon Warehouse Deals
If you don’t mind open box or used products, you should definitely check out the Amazon Warehouse page, which allows shoppers to find great deals on everything from electronics to housewares. Plus, they frequently have promotion codes for further discounts on your first purchase. Buying from third-party sellers and individuals on Amazon is another way to get huge discounts on used items, especially previous generation electronics and older books.
Another hidden gem is the Amazon Outlet section, where you’ll find markdowns and outlet prices on apparel, accessories, beauty products and household items. And speaking of household items, Amazon has a dedicated coupon page which is a great resource if you're looking for an Amazon promo code. They have coupons on household necessities like cleaning supplies, bath and beauty products, and groceries.
Prime Membership Benefits
Frequent Amazon shoppers should definitely sign up for a Prime membership. While there are no Amazon Prime coupon codes, the $99 annual fee provides a lot of value with free two-day shipping, access to Amazon Video and Amazon Music, plus you’ll get access to Prime Pantry for low-priced grocery delivery, early access to lightning deals and unlimited photo storage, plus up to 20% off Amazon Mom products.
We're getting ready for the fourth installment of Amazon Prime Day, a yearly sale event Amazon started in 2015 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It's a day full of deals that has been promoted as being better than Amazon's Black Friday sale, and to some extent it has been, but there are definitely mistakes to be made if you go into it blindly thinking everything on sale that day is a great deal.
For 2018, Amazon Prime Day will officially take place on July 17th, with special discounts being offered as early as 12 PM PT/3 PM ET on July 16th.
Who Can Shop the Prime Day Deals?
Only Prime members can take advantage of Prime Day deals. It's easy to sign up for a free 30-day trial if you're not a current member, or you can pay $12.99 for a month to month membership. A full membership is $119 a year, which is a $20 increase from last year. Students can get a six-month free trial or pay monthly ($6.49 a month) or annually ($59).
What Deals Should I Expect?
There will be an avalanche of Lightning Deals happening on Prime Day, covering every category imaginable. The most popular ones are:
TV deals (look for Amazon's own Fire TVs made by Toshiba and Insignia to be on sale, for example)
All Amazon devices. You will be able to get great deals on all Fire tablets, kindle readers and Echo devices on Prime Day. Echo dots will probably sell for $30 and Kindle Paperwhites should be around $90, for example. While these prices are great, be aware that Prime Day is not the only time of the year you can get them this cheap.
Household products are always popular on Prime Day. Look for big discounts on dish soap, detergent, toilet paper, light bulbs and diapers.
Tech products like computer monitors, SSDs, SD memory cards and smartphones represents the category with the largest quantity of great deals.
DVDs, board games and videos games round out the list of categories with the most popular deals.
How Will I Know if a Deal Is Good or Not?
Always do a quick price reference check to see if the Prime Day deal price is worth jumping on. You can use the search bar on Slickdeals to see what previous deals have been posted at or use a price checking tool like Camel Camel Camel.
How Do I Make Sure I don't Miss Out on Any Deals?
The best thing to do is to create a list of products you're interested in buying if the right price comes along and set up Deal Alerts to get notified when a matching deal is posted on Slickdeals. Go here and set up alerts for what you're interested in and wait for the notification email (or push notification if you have the Slickdeals app).
The other thing you should do is set up 1-click ordering in your Amazon account. This will give the option to buy items on Amazon with just one click, as opposed to going through the whole checkout process. It will save you time, which can be crucial for the most sought-after deals with limited quantities (think TV deals) that sometimes run out before you can place your order. With 1-click ordering you give yourself a better chance of having your order go through. Select your default payment method and delivery address and you're all set. Go here for instructions on how to set it up.
Use Alexa for Additional Savings
Amazon frequently offers additional (or even exclusive) discounts to people with Echo devices, especially on Prime Day. You'll have to enable voice ordering in the Alexa app so you can take advantage of these deals, though.
Something Slickdealers know all too well is that a great deal can be hard to pass up, even if you don't need the product. If there are a lot of great deals on Prime Day, you might be tempted to buy more than you need. To prevent overspending, create two Amazon wish lists. One for needs and one for wants. Just labeling the two lists this way forces you to make a conscious decision to buy something, even though you've already decided you don't need it. Now, if a 65-inch 4k OLED TV shows up for $800, it doesn't matter what you name your lists, but hey, at least you tried.
Make a Game Plan
Amazon Prime Day deals are always shrouded in secrecy, but as Slickdeals users, we can be very resourceful. We’ll share all leaked and teased Prime Day deals as soon as we learn about them on our blog.
Prime Day Lead-up Deals
In the week leading up to the official start of Prime Day, Amazon has historically offered exclusive discounts for Prime members. Each day features a different theme or collection of products and services that will receive big price drops. Stay up to date with all Prime Day lead-up deals as they happen here.
Editor’s Picks for Prime Day
Don’t know what to buy? During Prime Day, check back often on our blog as we share staff picks and popular products.