Amazon Prime Day 2018 starts at 3PM ET on July 16, but as per usual, Amazon has already started rolling out a few select deals that Prime members can take advantage of right now.
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Early Access Deals
Love to read but don’t have the time to sit down and actually read a book? Sign up for Amazon’s audiobook service, Audible for 66% less than usual during their Prime Day promotion.
For a limited time, Prime members can get three months of the service for $5 each, down from the usual $15. That entitles you to a new book of your choice each month, and everything you buy is yours to keep, even if you cancel after the three month promotional period ends. The offer is available to new subscribers only.
Amazon Dash Buttons are usually basically free, in that they cost $5, but get you a $5 discount the first time you use them to order a product from Amazon. But when they only cost $1, it’s like Amazon’s paying you to use them. Nearly 250 buttons are on sale today for Prime members, and there’s no limit on how many you can purchase (you can only get the credit once per button type, but you can get multiple credits from different buttons), so get clicking.
Amazon has numerous in-house fashion brands now, and they’re all pretty decent. Right now, Prime Members can take up to 40% off men’s shirts from their brands Goodthreads, Buttoned Down, 28 Palms, and Quality Durables Co. This Gold Box is Prime exclusive, but it’s filled to the
brim collar with over 30 shirts to choose from.
At $8 per month for Prime members, Amazon Music Unlimited was already more affordable than Spotify Premium or Apple Music, but Amazon’s sweetening the pot for new members by offering four months for just $1, for a limited time.
This is by far the best deal they’ve ever offered on the service, so if you’re a Prime member but haven’t signed up for Music Unlimited before, what’s $.25 per month to try it out?
Amazon’s pulling out all the stops to promote Prime Pantry in the lead up to Prime Day, so you should cancel your next trip to the grocery store and stack the digital discounts while you can.
There are a few things going on here:
A number of Prime Pantry items have these types of banners on their pages. They’re a little tough to spot, and you won’t see the final price until checkout, but the savings are often significant. You can find a list of some of the discounts here, but I’m not sure it’s exhaustive.
$10 off $40 With Code PANTRY
To get this discount, you’ll need one of Amazon’s new Prime Pantry memberships, which gets you unlimited free shipping on $40 Pantry orders for $5 per month, rather than paying $8 per box. It does come with a 30 day free trial though, so you can sign up during this promotional period, and cancel before you’re charged. Just use promo code PANTRY at checkout to get the deal.
This deal is always available on a rotating array of items through Prime Pantry, but it stacks with the deals above. Just buy any five items from this page, and you’ll get $6 off at checkout.
Just add this family-sized box of Honey Nut Cheerios to any $40 box, and you’ll get it for free at checkout.
To test all of these deals, I signed up for a Pantry membership trial, and added the Honey Nut Cheerios and five packs of Brawny paper towels (which have a 30% Prime discount and count towards the $6 off promo) to my cart. That’s my checkout screen in the photo above. Look at all those damn discounts! The Amazon Move promo is only on there because I’m moving right now and it was attached to my account, but otherwise, these deals are available to everyone. Why would you schlep to the grocery store?
With a 12 hour battery, expandable storage, and hands-free Alexa support, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 is already one of the best deals in the tablet market for its usual $80. Today though, you can pick one up for an impulse-friendly $40, as long as you don’t mind buying a refurb.
That’s the same price as a refurbished Fire 7 tablet, which is worse in pretty much every way. Just note that this deal is only available for Prime members.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader for almost everyone, and at $70 for a refurb, it’s never been cheaper than it is today. And don’t worry, you’ll still get the same 1-year warranty you’d get if you bought it new.
As part of their Prime Day early access deals, Amazon’s taking up to 20% off a bunch of AmazonBasics stuff right now for Prime members.
The selection here is…eclectic, with options ranging from medicine balls, to kitchen shelves, to flatware, to luggage, to a shredder, to a headboard, and a whole lot more. With few exceptions, AmazonBasics stuff is well made an an excellent value, and that’s even more true than usual with this sale. Just note that you’ll only see the deal prices if you’re logged into an Amazon Prime account.
Wear your love of Twitch on your sleeve…or your leggings, onesies, tank tops, or romperjacks. In preparation of Prime Day, Prime members can clip a 50% coupon on a bunch of Twitch-themed merchandise for a limited time. Just pick your product, select your size, then clip the 50% coupon to get the discount at checkout.
Rack up 20% off a whole bunch of laundry essentials from this early Prime Day sale. The sale has everyone’s favorite Tide Pods in a few
flavors scents, plus dryer sheets, fabric softeners, scent boosters, and more.
Some items require you to hit the check box on the product page to redeem the coupon, while others will automatically take the 20% off. Just remember, you won’t see the discount until checkout. And as always, you can save a little more if you Subscribe & Save, and have the freedom to cancel your subscription at anytime after your first order ships.
If you missed the one-day Echo sales last week, Amazon’s once again taking $100 off the Echo Show today, bringing it $20 below its previous all-time low. You can read Gizmodo’s review if you want to learn more, but it turns out Alexa would have benefitted from a visual component all along.
Have any more rooms in your house where Alexa isn’t available? That’s an easy fix right now, as Echo Dots are marked down to $35 from the usual $50. Unlike deals running now on Kindles and Fire tablets, this isn’t a refurb either, it’s brand new.
You might find some redecorating inspiration from Amazon’s big sale on its furniture and home decor brands, Rivet and Stone & Beam.
Everything is up to 25% off, which is some serious savings on some of the more expensive furniture pieces and rugs. Jillian just bought a Rivet couch and loves it. I like these old school map prints, this teal rug, and this leather love seat. To start finding stuff for your house, head over to Amazon.
Kindle Unlimited is basically Netflix for ebooks and audiobooks, and Amazon’s offering a very rare discount on the service today. You’ll get your first three months for just $1, after which you’ll be automatically billed the regular $10 per month, unless you cancel. If you love to read, this is a great chance to sample the service without fully committing. The deal is exclusive to new Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
If you live in a city with Amazon’s same-day Prime Now delivery service, but haven’t gotten around to using it yet, they’re running a fantastic promotion for new members to celebrate the lead-up to Prime Day.
For a limited time, you can save $10 on your first Prime Now order with promo code 20PRIMEDAY, and then automatically receive an additional $10 credit to use before the end of the month on another order. This deal requires you to spend at least $10.01 per order, so you can basically pay a penny (not including tip and taxes) to get snacks, ice cream, household essentials, and more delivered to front door. This year’s options are greater than ever, with the discount available on anything ordered from Amazon or Whole Foods Market (excluding alcohol, digital content, and any ordered placed using Alexa).
Amazon’s really ramping up the deals this week in preparation for Prime Day. You can save on a whole bunch of Amazon’s own brands of food, beauty, coffee, vitamins, and more. If you’re looking for some suggestions, I’d check out these laundry detergent packs, and this wide selection of coffee. Most of these products are at all-time lows, so get to shopping.