I’m not a Prime Member. Should I sign up Prime Membership now?

I’m not a Prime Member. Should I sign up Prime Membership now?

Prime Day is Amazon’s “thank you” to Prime members. As a result, shoppers must be Amazon Prime subscribers to take advantage of any deals. However, if you’re not a Prime member, there’s still hope. Amazon offers a free 30-day Prime member trial when you first sign up. We recommend waiting until late June or early July to activate your 30-day trial. After the 30 days are up, you can keep your membership and pay $119/year, or cancel it before the free trial expires. Either way, your Prime trial period will let you shop deals on Prime Day.

If you’ve cancelled a Prime membership in the past 12 months, you don’t qualify for the free 30-day trial. So your next best bet is to sign up for a 1-month Prime membership at $12.99/month. Hopefully you’ll purchase enough deals that the 1-month membership will pay for itself. After the month is up, you can cancel with no commitment required. Just remember to cancel, because paying $12.99/month for the duration of a year is pricier than Amazon’s $119/year membership.

Will my Prime Day shipments arrive on time without FedEx Express? 

FedEx recently announced that it will not renew its FedEx Express domestic contract with Amazon. Amazon may or may not have been ready for this, but one thing is certain — Amazon has been investing in its own shipping infrastructure for quite some time. Moreover, they’ve already committed themselves to next-day shipping.

According to Amazon, its 1-day shipping is available on more than 10 million products with no minimum purchase required. It’s available “coast to coast” on everything from doggie bags to Echo devices.

Amazon Prime Air (Credit: Amazon)

Moreover, Amazon just announced that it’s adding 15 Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft to its fleet of five that it already uses. The aircraft will be part of the Amazon Air Network and used to get your purchases to you as rapidly as possible.

Not to be outdone, Walmart — Amazon’s biggest rival — announced last month that it’s rolling out 1-day shipping in Phoenix and Las Vegas effective immediately. Even better, Walmart has no membership fees, whereas an Amazon Prime membership costs $119/year. Target is also jumping onto the expedited shipping bandwagon. Today the retailer announced its expanding its same-day shipping options. Orders are delivered via Shipt’s delivery service. Shoppers can sign up for a free four-week trial or pay a $9.99 delivery fee for each order made at Target.com.

Can Prime Student members shop Prime Day deals?

Absolutely. Amazon Prime Student members get access to many of the same perks granted to regular Prime members. Moreover, if you’re a college student with an edu-based e-mail, you’ll get six free months of Prime instead of the traditional 30 days. So go ahead and sign up for that free trial now, it’ll be valid for the next six months.

Which countries will participate in Amazon Prime Day 2019? 

Last year, Prime Day was celebrated in 17 countries including Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, India, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. It’s likely that list may expand this year, although Amazon hasn’t commented on what new countries will celebrate Prime Day.Amazon Prime Day

Where can I shop for Prime Day deals?

Amazon will launch a Prime Day hub in the days leading up to Prime Day. (This was Amazon’s 2018 Prime Day hub). That will be your best bet for Prime Day deals. Additionally, we’ll be hand-picking Prime Day’s best deals for you right on this page. We’ll cross check Amazon’s prices to ensure we only publish the best deals of the day. If like most people you’ll be at work on Prime Day, you can also watch deals on Prime Day from your smartphone by reading our primer.

Will there be any events leading up to Prime Day?

Prime Day is a digital holiday, but last year Amazon held various “events” during its lead up to Prime Day. Events included everything from a free Ariana Grande concert in New York to a PUBG showdown in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at what we saw in 2018 along with predictions on what to expect from Amazon Prime Day 2019.

Free multi-city events: In 2018, Amazon sent giant “Smile” boxes to New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, and Tokyo. The “boxes” were opened prior to Prime Day and each box was an actual event based on a Prime member perk, from music to gaming. It’s very likely that Prime Day will expand to other global cities in 2019, so we expect to see more multi-city events this year.

Prime Day Launches: Many brands took advantage of Prime Day to launch new products, such as the Delta Single Handle Touch Alexa-Activated Faucet    and Crayola 60th Anniversary Crayon Set. These weren’t Amazon’s best-selling Prime Day devices, but we predict manufacturers will once again take advantage of Prime Day to launch new gadgets.


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