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Today is Amazon Prime Day 2019! You've likely been busy preparing your shopping list (and your bank account) for what's touted as the Black Friday of the summer and runs through Tuesday, July 16. The event offers some of the best deals on household appliances, tech, beauty, and more.
And while you may already have an idea of what you want to scoop up (I've got my eye on a new Instant Pot), you may also have a lot of questions. Like is free shipping available on everything? And how quickly are all those awesome deals going to sell out? To help you take advantage of Prime Day, we've answered some of the most common—and the most important—questions below.
Yes. However, if you aren't already a member, you can sign up for the 30-day free trial and still be eligible for Prime Day deals.
Yes! Amazon now allows Prime sharing—so you can use a family member's or friend's account to login and participate in Prime Day. You'll have to set up an Amazon Household to enable sharing.
Unfortunately, no (after all, Amazon wants to build anticipation for the big day!). However, your best bet is to make a wishlist of the things you do hope go on sale and then set up notifications in the Amazon app so you'll be alerted if those products are discounted.
There's really no way to know (unless it's a Lightning Deal which will have a countdown clock). Some deals may just last for a few hours while others can last a whole day. And others may end but then return a few hours—or a day—later. For instance, last year, the Instant Pot sold out three times but kept coming back.
That depends on the product and the deal. For instance, Lightning Deals sell out super fast so you'll want to add those products to your cart immediately. And popular products (like the Nintendo Switch last year) will also go quickly. Other things may last longer but to be safe, it's always best to act quickly if it's a product you know that you want.
Don't wait if you want to get the best deal. Our experts note that even if a product returns after selling out, it usually isn't as low of a price as it was the first time. That being said, some products don't go on sale until day two so you'll want to check back often.
Yes. In fact, all Amazon customers have free shipping. However, Prime members also have the benefit of free two-day shipping (as opposed to the standard five to eight business days).
Yes—with a few exceptions. Some products may be eligible for one-day shipping or even same-day shipping depending on the retailer and where you live.
Lightning Deals, which are listed in the "Today's Deals" section, are some of the most popular deals on Prime Day. Limited to one per customer, they'll be popping up frequently throughout the two-day event and will only last for a brief period of time or until inventory runs out.
Yes, you can sign up for alerts on Lightning Deals with the Amazon app. Simply browse the upcoming Lightning Deals and, when you find one that you're interested, select "Watch this deal" to get notified as soon as the deal goes live.
While Lightning Deals are often set for about five-hour time periods, many sell out very quickly (sometimes in seconds!). Keep in mind, too, that once you add a Lightning Deal product to your cart, you'll have just 15 minutes to check out.
You can add yourself to its waitlist. That way, if someone doesn't complete their purchase in time or decides they no longer want it, you'll have a chance to snag it for yourself.
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