We predict that Whole Foods will play a massive role in Prime Day 2019. Last year, for instance, Prime members who spent $10 or more at Whole Foods received a $10 Amazon Prime Day credit. (Prime members also got an an extra 10 percent off select items at Amazon’s high-end grocery store). We expect more aggressive discounts this year on a wider range of Whole Foods items. We also expect to see Prime Now discounts, especially for members who haven’t used the delivery service before. However, although Whole Foods stores sell select Amazon hardware, last year the devices were cheaper online than they were at Whole Foods stores. So if you’re shopping for Amazon gear, Amazon.com is your best bet when it comes to discounts.
What kind of prices should I expect?
There’s no doubt that you’ll find great deals on Amazon Prime Day. We just recommend you shop with caution, because not every deal will be a good deal. Make a list of the items you’d like to buy and stick to it. Tools like CamelCamelCamel — a site that tracks the price history of many Amazon products — can help you spot fake deals from true price drops. You’ll also want to put Fakespot.com in your bookmarks; this site can help determine whether the Amazon user reviews for a given product are legit or fake.
How else can I save money on Prime Day?
How does a little Prime Day cash back sound? Amazon offers an Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card offers 3% cash back at Amazon.com and at Whole Foods Market. If you have particularly good credit, you can also apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, which offers 5% cash back on Amazon.com purchases and Whole Foods Market purchases. (Both cards are issued by Chase). Amazon also offers store cards for the unbanked or customers who are still building their credit. As with all credit cards, you’ll want to beware of monthly interest rates.
What were 2018’s best-selling devices?
Not surprisingly, Prime Day 2018’s top-selling devices were all Amazon hardware. Priced at $19.99, the Fire TV Stick was the top-selling device on Prime Day. It was followed by the Echo Dot ($29.99) and the Fire TV Stick 4K ($34.99). Interestingly enough, both the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick 4K have already hit their Prime Day 2018 prices this year. That means we could see even lower Prime Day pricing this year.
Will Amazon Prime Day offer better deals than 4th of July?
No one likes buyer’s remorse and we have one more holiday that stands between us and Prime Day: 4th of July. If you can afford to wait, we recommend waiting the extra days for Prime Day. Yes, a few Echo speakers are already on sale, but we expect these same speakers to be anywhere from $5 to $20 cheaper on Prime Day. If you’re shopping for a 4K TV, Apple gear, Amazon/Alexa devices, or any smart home gear — Prime Day will undoubtedly offer better prices than the 4th of July.
Will other retailers have sales of their own?
Amazon has managed to make Prime Day into a Black Friday-like holiday. As a result of Amazon’s success, other retailers like Walmart and Best Buy have held Prime Day-like sales of their own. One retailer to watch this year is Walmart, which has been matching Amazon’s every step. On a few occasions, it’s even stolen Amazon’s spotlight. Most recently, it launched next-day shipping in Las Vegas and Phoenix. It plans to expand its next-day shipping to all major U.S. cities by year’s end. Not to be outdone, Target just announced its expanding its same-day delivery (via Shipt) to cover 65,000 items.
Can I shop Prime Day deals through Alexa?
Yes. Alexa’s role on major holidays like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day has slowly grown. Not only can Alexa tell you the day’s top deals, but you can also purchase them via any Alexa-powered device. (Just make sure you have enabled Alexa Voice Shopping on your device). There is a downside to it, however. You’re essentially trusting that Amazon is offering you the best deal without verifying if other retailers have undercut the e-commerce giant. Our take — Alexa Voice Shopping is about convenience. If you’re looking to save money, you’re better off making purchases the traditional way.