Amazon Prime Day is creeping closer and to get everyone in the mood for the 48-hour bargain bonanza on October 13 and 14, Lewis Capaldi will be performing a live set at the end of this week.
The singer-songwriter will play a special ‘behind closed doors’ performance on Friday, October 9 from a venue in Scotland which was instrumental to launching his career.
The aim of the live series, which also features performances from Celeste in England and Cate le Bon in Wales, is to raise money for grassroots venues in the UK that are at risk of closure due to the Covid-19.
Amazon will be pumping out thousands of deals from 00.01am on Tuesday until 11.59pm on Wednesday for its annual Prime Day event.
The event usually takes place in July, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and as the name suggests, it’s only for Amazon Prime members.
But, if you don’t have it, money-saving expert Martin Lewis has a cunning way for customers to access the deals for free – as long as you’ve never had a trial before.
The MoneySavingExpert.com website suggests signing up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial before October 13 and taking advantage of exclusive ‘lightning deals’, unlimited one-day deliveries and access to Prime Video packed with boxsets, movies and Amazon Originals.
The website also reminds bargain hunters to “cancel if you don’t want a £7.99 monthly bill before the 30-day trial expires.”
We recommend setting a calendar reminder so you don’t forget and end up incurring the monthly fee or £79.99 annual subscription charge.
MoneySavingExpert has a range of tips and predictions for the highly anticipated event where it expects to see deals dropping on big brands.
Following on from last year’s discounts, Martin Lewis and his team predict similar savings offered on Xbox, PlayStation, GHD, Breville and many more as well as Amazon’s own branded tech products such as Amazon’s Echo and Alexa devices.
But the consumer champion issued a warning and told bargain hunters: “Don’t assume every deal will be a winner.”
Here are MoneySavingExpert’s top tips to help you find the best Prime Day deals
Check the product you’re looking at on Google
MoneySavingExpert.com suggests ‘Googling’ the product you’re looking at on Amazon to compare prices.
“Amazon’s not always cheapest for every item – so do your research before buying. If there’s a product you’re looking for, use a ‘shopbot’ comparison tool such as Google Shopping and Price Spy to find its cheapest online price. However, shopbots can leave out or favour some retailers.
Compare deals to previous Amazon prices
MSE suggests Amazon Prime Day shoppers use a website called CamelCamelCamel to look at previous prices the online retailing giant has listed products for.
If you find the product has been cheaper on Amazon before, you could save even more money by waiting and keeping an eye for that low price again, reports Wales Online.
“Amazon prices go up and down regularly, so it’s also worth checking if a price is at its lowest using the Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel – that way you’ll see if it’s actually a deal at all,” the website advises.
Despite the deal looking good, you could save even more if it’s available through a trusted trader elsewhere for cheaper.
Check on Amazon before Prime Day
Martin Lewis and his MSE team found some items may be cheaper before Prime Day officially starts and advises bargain hunters that “while there are strong deals, there are also some duds.”
In 2019, they found offers on a FitBit to be cheaper by £10 on Amazon the week before PrimeDay.
Check for big brand deals
MSE reminded everyone that brands such as PlayStation, Xbox, GHD, Trunki, SodaStream and Breville have all appeared as Amazon PrimeDay deals in the past.
You could land yourself a cheap Christmas present for a family member or the kids if you find the right Prime Day deal.
Check bulk-buy deals
Bulk deals on household items could save you money in the long run.
MSE recalled a deal on 54 rolls of Andrex toilet paper was on offer for £20, £4 cheaper than the usual Amazon offer, during Prime Day 2019.
Check the Amazon Warehouse
Martin shared the details of this little known section on the Amazon website during his Money Show Live programme.
The Amazon Warehouse is where returned goods which are still safe and in working order are resold for a discount – they are still covered by a 30-day money back guarantee, so it’s not second-hand goods you’re buying.
There’s a chance you could find a previously opened product for even cheaper than a box-fresh Prime Day deal on the Warehouse.
An extra tip from MoneySavingExpert.com also suggests looking at rival deals when it comes to thoughts about purchasing an Amazon Echo or Alexa products.
Martin Lewis and his team recommend looking at Google’s Home Smart Speaker systems which are currently on sale and could be cheaper than purchasing an Amazon Echo.
We’ll have all the best deals from Amazon Prime Day in our dedicated section of the website here.