Amazon Prime Day 2022: What to Expect and Early Deals

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Get ready with your credit cards, laptops, and shopping plans because Amazon Prime Day is coming soon! As one of the most significant shopping events to emerge from the internet age, the event has never failed to dazzle consumers with thousands of jaw-dropping deals. Whether you plan to shop-till-you-drop or simply want to drop by to satisfy your curiosity, we’ve got the information you need to know.


What Is Amazon Prime Day?

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Amazon Prime Day is an annual, multi-day sales event hosted by the online retailer offering deals on products of all kinds. The event came to life in 2015 as part of Amazon’s 20th birthday celebration and their way of thanking their Prime members.

The event is highly exclusive to Amazon Prime members, so only those with existing accounts will be allowed to participate. Put another way, any person who wants to participate in the sales event would only need to sign up for an Amazon Prime account. However, it’s important to note that only members from select countries are allowed to participate.

The event offers discounts on various products from Amazon brands, top brands, and small businesses worldwide. In the tech sector alone, you can expect to find the majority of Amazon-branded technology products on sale, including Kindles, Amazon smart speakers, Amazon Halo, Amazon Fire sticks, Amazon tablets, and the like.

Amazon Prime Day is widely considered one of the largest sales events of the year, rivaled only in scope and scale by the likes of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Case in point, Amazon has just over 112 million members worldwide, and no less than 60 percent of those members participate in the annual Prime Day event.

In 2021, the two-day shopping event managed to pull in sales of more than 250 million products across multiple categories by people from over 20 countries all over the globe. This translates to billions in revenues, plus seven percent revenue with rate year-on-year.


When Will Amazon Prime Day Take Place?

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Amazon has officially announced that this year’s Prime Day will take place between Tuesday, July 12, and sometime on Wednesday, July 13. This is the first time the Amazon Prime Day schedule resumes its original mid-to-late July timeline. Over the past two years, Amazon had to move the event from its typical mid-July timeline to October in 2020 and June in 2021.


Which Countries Can Take Part in Prime Day?

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Only Amazon Prime members from specific countries will be allowed to participate in the event. It’s interesting to note that only nine countries participated in the very first Prime Day.  since expanded to about twenty countries on average.

This year, precisely twenty countries are allowed to participate in the event. The list includes Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Austria, China, Portugal, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Germany,   the UK, and the US. The list includes Poland and Sweden, both newcomers to Amazon Prime Day.

In addition, consumers from India, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt can also expect a separate Prime Day event sometime later this year. Egypt, in particular, is a first-time participant in the event.


What Can You Expect From Prime Day 2022?

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Just like in previous years, there will be thousands of deals available on Prime Day, and that is exactly what made the event so popular in the first place. In particular, you can expect to find some great deals on Amazon products, such as a 50 percent discount on Fire TVs and potentially up to 55 percent off on Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, and Amazon Echo devices.

But even when Amazon-branded products are at the forefront of the event, these products constitute only a tiny portion of the total number of products you can expect to find on sale. Quite literally, thousands of brands are expected to participate in the event. The list includes both top brands and small businesses.

Since we’re primarily concerned with the technology sector, we can tell you that the largest ten companies will be joining the event so far. The list includes big names like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Sony, IBM, Dell, LG, Panasonic, Lenovo, and so on.

The deals you can expect to find encompass a massive range of brands, models, designs, and price ranges, so there’s no telling which products will go down by which price percentage. The only real way to determine whether that smart speaker you like is on sale is to go online during the event.

However, we know that not all deals will be available during the entire duration of the event, with some only going live a few hours before Prime Day ends. Some deals are time-limited, with some lasting the entire event duration, while others last only for as long as five minutes.


What Do I Need to Do to Participate in Prime Day?

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As mentioned, the basic requirement for anyone who wants to participate in Amazon Prime Day is an Amazon Prime account. Luckily, the signup process is no different from other video streaming services, and it’s free! If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, you can sign up here.

Equally important is the fact that new members are given a 30-day free trial period. In particular, this thirty-day trial gives you access to some basic services, including Prime Day discounts, free shipping, lightning or time-limited deals, and of course, Prime video streaming.

However, if you choose to continue your Prime membership, you will have two membership options to choose from. In particular, the pricing for a standard Amazon Prime account is currently USD 14.99 per month or USD 139 per year. This is a slight but noticeable increase from USD 12.99 or USD 119 for the same plan in 2021.

On the other hand, if you only want access to Prime Video but not other perks, you can get the Prime Video subscription for 8.99 per month or USD 69 per year. Amazon also offers a special promo for students that costs around USD 7.49 per month or USD 69 per year. They’ve also recently added a new government-assisted plan that costs USD 6.99 per month or USD 83.88 per year.

Moreover, the main difference between the premium and Prime Video accounts is that the former grants you access to everything in the free trial plus access to the complete library of media under Amazon, including music (Amazon Music Prime), video games (Prime Gaming), and e-books (Prime Reading), as well as access to unlimited, full-resolution photo storage through Amazon Photos.


Early Bird Amazon Prime Day Deals

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Prime Day may have been confirmed for July 12 and 13, but that doesn’t mean you have to join the frenzy during the two-day event to get good deals. At this time, there are a bunch of deals up leading up to the event, and you can take stock of these deals ahead of the crowd. If you’re still wondering what you’re missing out on Amazon, this compilation just might your mind.


1.Laptop Deals


2. Gaming PCs/Monitors


3. TV Deals


3. Digital Media Deals (Cameras/Video Cameras)


4. Security Devices (Cameras/Sensors/Video Doorbells)


5. Audio Deals (Smart Speakers/Earphones/Headsets)


How to Prepare for Amazon Prime Day

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As one of the larger sales events of the year, Amazon Prime Day has hundreds of retailers and millions of people looking to score great deals. With this in mind, you need to be prepared for chaos and some degree of competition. That is, you can expect millions of other buyers to try to get in on the best deals ahead of you. Likewise, you may want to make some preparations ahead of time to ensure that you can get through the event with the best deals.


Create a Spending Plan/Budget

You know that feeling you get after you’ve bought an item that you feel is too expensive or something that you otherwise don’t need? It’s called buyers’ regret, and it’s a psychological phenomenon that comes after impulsive shopping.

With this in mind, one way to avoid buyers’ remorse is to come up with a kind of financial plan or budget. Creating a budget will allow you to determine whether you have enough resources to go shopping in the first place. It will also push you to limit your spending, so you don’t regret spending too much on an item you don’t need or want after all.

Ideally, the maximum allowable expenses for shopping should not exceed the disposable portion of your income. In particular, the  “disposable” portion is the remainder of your income after your bills, and basic needs have been deducted.


Create a Shopping List

Once you’ve set a budget for your shopping spree, the next thing you need to have is a well-thought-out shopping list. The items you need should be at the top of the list, while the things you want but don’t need should be at the bottom. Just like when you’re shopping in a grocery store, it can help keep you on track, so you’re not distracted by things you don’t need.


Check the status of your Amazon Prime membership

We’ve mentioned several times that you need an Amazon Prime account to participate in Amazon Prime Day. Whether you’ve been a member for only a few months or a few years, it doesn’t hurt to check the status of your account once in a while. In connection with this, here is a link to the accounts status page to make it easier for you.

The site will show whether you’re an annual or monthly subscriber and when your subscription is set for renewal. On the other hand, if you failed to receive a notification from Amazon, their charges have increased slightly to USD 15 per month, for a total of USD 139 annually if you choose to prepay the subscription.


Check your payment methods

Of course, you won’t be able to upgrade to a premium account, much less purchase items on the site if you didn’t have a card attached to your account. And even if you have a card attached, these things have expiration dates, which means you need to check on them once in a while to ensure they’re not expired. Having said this, you should check your active payment methods before Prime Day to ensure they’re not expired and their current balances. Consequently, if you’re using PayPal, you should make sure that your account is verified to maximize the amount that you can transfer and withdraw per transaction.  It’s a very simple task that can save you a lot of trouble once Prime Day rolls around.


Earn some rewards points

In addition to the perks that you get through a premium subscription, Amazon is also giving away ten-dollar credits to everyone who participates in a Prime Stampcard promotion and earns four stamps. While ten dollars may be negligible to some, that’s also ten dollars more on your digital wallet than you can spend on anything you want.

Earning that USD10 credit is rather simple, and all you have to do is to avail yourself (at least once) of the Amazon Prime perks that you already have. Case in point, you need to watch at least one show on Amazon Prime, listen to at least one song on Prime Music, and borrow at least one e-book from Prime Reading. Aside from availing yourself of at least one of each media category, you will also need to purchase something from the store worth at least USD 5 and have it shipped to you to avail of Prime Shipping.


Final Thoughts on Amazon Prime Day 2022: What to Expect and Early Deals

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This concludes our overview of the Amazon Prime Day event for 2022. We hope we’ve answered most of your questions, especially about the requirements, participating countries, and preparation for the big event. On the other hand, if you’re still trying to decide whether to participate or not, remember that you are always free to drop by and look around (if you have an Amazon Prime account, that is.)

But suppose you’re purposively looking to get your hands on the best gadgets available for yourself or your loved ones. In that case, you will likely not find an event with the same intensity of discounts and number of brands participating as Amazon Prime Day. From essential devices like laptops and mobile phones to accessories like headphones and smart speakers, you should be able to find unbeatable deals and more during the event.

On the other hand, if you happen to be an avid gamer with a Twitch account, you can link your Twitch account to Amazon Prime to get a free subscription to any streamer that you want to follow. You should also be able to download videos from Twitch with this how-to download Twitch videos guide. 

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