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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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.
- Apple MacBook Air 2020 was USD 1,199, now USD 935 (22% off)
- Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, M1 Pro) was USD 2,699, now USD 2,449 (9% off)
- Acer Aspire 5 was USD 399, now USD 365 (9% off)
- Acer Chromebook Spin was USD 309, now USD 249 (19% off)
- Dell XPS 15, was USD 2,150, now USD 1,420 (33% off)
- Gateway Ultra Slim Notebook PC, was USD 229, now USD 197 (14% off)
- GIGABYTE A5 K1 Gaming Laptop, was USD 1,399, now USD 1,049 (25% off)
- Google Pixelbook Go Chromebook, was USD 778, now USD 690 (11% off)
- HP Victus 16, was USD 1,110, now USD 1,040 (5% off)
- HP 14-inch Laptop, was USD 260, now USD 206 (22% off)
- HP Pavilion Laptop 15, was USD 945, now USD 771 (18% off)
- Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5, was USD 430, is USD 385 (10% off)
- Lenovo Chromebook S330, was USD 196, now USD 182 (7% off)
- Lenovo ThinkPad 3480s, was USD 609, now USD 560 (8% off)
- LG Gram 17Z95P Laptop, was USD 1,849, now USD 1,545 (16% off)
- Microsoft Surface Go 3 Windows Laptop, was USD 340, now USD 370 (8% off)
- Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, was USD 1,678, now USD 1,560 (5% off)
- Samsung Chromebook 4, was USD 230, now USD 128 (44% off)
- XPG Xenia 15, was USD 2,500, now USD 1,790 (28% off)
2. Gaming PCs/Monitors
- Acer XG270HU 27-inch Widescreen Monitor was USD 370, now USD 220 (41% off)
- Acer Predator XB271HU was USD 470, now USD 290 (38% off)
- Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, was USD 1,300, now USD 1,299 (13% off)
- Alienware Aurora R10 Gaming PC, was USD 1,790, now USD 1,673 (7% off)
- AOC CU34G2X 34-inch Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor, was USD 460, now USD 361 (21% off)
- CyberPower PC Gamer Xtreme VR Gaming PC, was USD 1,430, now USD 1,329 (7% off)
- Dell S2721HS 27-inch 4K Monitor, was USD 405, now USD 330 (19% off)
- HP Pavilion Desktop PC was USD 480, now USD 411 (14% off)
- HP V28 28-inch 4K Monitor, was USD 380, now USD 229 (39% off)
- Omen GT-13-0092 Gaming Desktop (2020 Version), was USD 2,875, now USD 2,622 (9% off)
- Samsung Odyssey G5 Series 27-inch WQHD 144HzGaming Monitor was USD 320, now USD 250 (22% off)
- Skytech Chronos Gaming PC was USD 1,700, now USD1,600 (6% off)
- Skytech Shiva Gaming PC was USD 1,900, now USD 1,440 (24% off)
3. TV Deals
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, was USD 45, now USD 25 (50% off)
- Amazon Fire TV 55-inch Omni Series 4K UHD Smart TV, was USD 560, now USD 300 (46% off)
- Amazon Fire TV 65-inch Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV, was USD 830, now USD 500 (40% off)
- Hisense 43-inch R6 Roku Smart 4K TV, was USD 240, now USD 200 (17% off)
- Insignia 24-inch Smart Fire TV was USD 170, now USD 90 (47% off)
- Insignia 55-inch F30 Series 4K TV was USD 450, now USD 280 (38% off)
- LG OLED C1 Series 65-Inch Smart TV was USD 2,500, now USD 1,600 (36% off)
- Samsung 65-inch Frame Class Series 4K Quantum HDR TV, was USD 1,798, now USD 1,598 (11% off)
- Sony Bravia XBR-55A9G OLED 4K Smart TV, was USD 1,598, now USD 1,467 (8% off)
- TCL 65-inch QLED 6-Series 4K TV, was USD 1,100, now USD 948 (14% off)
- TCL 50-inch 4-Series 4K HDR Smart Android TV, was USD 318, now USD 288 (9% off)
- Toshiba M550 75-inch c350 Series LED Smart 4K Fire TV, was USD 900, now USD 630 (30% off)
3. Digital Media Deals (Cameras/Video Cameras)
- Akaso Brave 8 Action Camera, was USD 280, now USD 238 (15% off)
- AUTPIRLF Digital Camera for Kids was USD 63, now USD 47 (26% off)
- DJI Pocket 2 Creator Camera, was USD 497, now USD 429v(13% off)
- Fujifilm GFX 50R Mirrorless Medium Format Camera was USD 4,500, now USD 2,849 (37% off)
- Heegomm Video Camera Camcoder was USD 80, now USD 68 (15% off)
- Kodak AZ401-WH PIXPRO Digital Camera, was USD 170, now USD 150 (12% off)
- Lecran Digital Camera was USD 54, now USD 46 (15% off)
- OLYMPUS Waterproof Digital Camera was USD 500, now USD 350 (30% off)
- Pentax K-3 Mark III APS-C Camera was USD 2,000, now USD 1,700 (15% off)
- SuperiorTek VLOgging Digital Camera, was USD 160, now USD 139 (13% off)
- VTech KidiZoom Printcam was USD 45, now USD 33 (25% off)
4. Security Devices (Cameras/Sensors/Video Doorbells)
- Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera (One Pack), was USD 130, now USD 100 (23% off)
- Blink Outdoor Camera Kit (Two Pack), was USD 180, now USD 100 (44% off)
- ieGeek 360-Degree Pan-Tilt Security Camera was USD 160, now USD 100 (38% off)
- Google Nest Cam Indoor and Outdoor Security Camera (One Pack), was USD 180, now USD 130 (28% off)
- LaView Indoor Security Camera (Two Pack), was USD 80, now USD 60 (25% off)
- Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit with Ring Indoor and Echo Show 5, was USD 385, now USD 210 (45% off)
- Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit with Ring Video Doorbell (2020 Release), was USD 425, now USD 225 (47% off)
- Ring Alarm Pro 14-Piece System, was USD 380, now USD 300 (21% off)
- Ring Spotlight Cam Security Camera (Two Pack), was USD 400, now USD 350 (12% off)
- WOOLINK 3MP Wireless WiFi Light Bulb Security Camera was USD 50, now USD 33 (34% off)
5. Audio Deals (Smart Speakers/Earphones/Headsets)
- Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker, was USD 50, now USD 40 (20% off)
- Apple AirPods Pro was USD 250, now USD 200(20% off)
- Apple AirPods Max was USD 550, now USD 480 (13% off)
- Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Earbuds, which were USD 200, now USD 130 (34% off)
- Beats EP Wired On-Ear Headphones were USD 130, now USD 80 (38% off)
- Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds, which were USD 250, now USD 200 (20% off)
- Beats Solo 3 On-Ear Headphones, were USD 200, now USD 150 (25% off)
- Beats Studio 3 Headphones, were USD 350, now USD 210 (40% off)
- Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Earbuds, were USD 280, now USD 238 (14% off)
- Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, was USD 330, now USD 300 (9% off)
- Bose Sport Earbuds True Wireless, was USD 180, now USD 150 (17% off)
- JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, was USD 50, now USD 40 (20% off)
- JBL Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, was USD 115, now USD 100 (13% off)
- JBL Live 300 True Wireless Headphones, was USD 100, now USD 55 (45% off)
- JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless Earbuds, were USD 95, now USD 60 (52% off)
- JBL Xtreme 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, was USD 300, now USD 230 (23% off)
- Klipsch Cinema 400 Sound Bar, was USD 330, now USD 280 (15% off)
- Philips PH805 Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones was USD 170, now USD 100 (41% off)
- Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 True Wireless Earbuds, were USD 105, which is USD 62 (41% off)
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, was USD 120, now USD 88 (27% off)
- Samsung HW-Q900A 7.1.2.ch Soundbar with Dolby Atmos, was USD 787, now USD 695 (11% off)
How to Prepare for Amazon Prime Day
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
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.