Amazon Prime Day Is Back — Here’s Everything You Need to Know Before It Returns Next Month
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In addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day has become yet another Super Bowl for online deal hunters — and now the e-commerce giant hopes to compete with both with another two-day shopping event this year.
After returning to its traditional July dates earlier this year, Amazon is introducing Prime Early Access, a new two-day pre-holiday shopping event that will take place Oct. 11 and 12 exclusively for members. The company says the fall blowout will include “a Top 100 list of some of the season’s most popular and giftable items” across every category.
Last year’s Prime Day show (an Amazon Music exclusive that featured performances from Billie Eilish and H.E.R. It doesn’t appear that this year’s online deal extravaganza will feature a Grammy-powered lineup.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022, including some of the Lightning Deals to expect on both days. (You can get an idea of the fall deals by checking out the top discounts from the summer event here. )
When Is Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022?
Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022 starts Tuesday, Oct. 11, at midnight PT and ends Wednesday, Oct. 12 midnight PT (Oct. 13 at 3 a.m. ET).
How to Shop Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022
If you want to take advantage of Prime Day Early Access 2022 deals, you’ll need a Prime membership, which costs $15 monthly or $139 annually. Members still get two-day shipping and same-day delivery, exclusive savings, two-hour delivery on Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market groceries, personal shopping services, and special deals on subscriptions. Amazon Prime cardholders receive five percent cashback on all purchases
Prime members can sign up to receive alerts about personalized deals on online doorbusters before the event and exclusive access to holiday gift guide. Those who don’t yet have an Amazon Prime membership can sign up for a 30-day free trial.
What Are the Best Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022 Deals?
The best Prime Day Early Access 2022 deals will feature epic savings on Amazon devices (such as up to 80 percent off select Fire TVs), tech, fashion, beauty, smart kitchen and cleaning appliances, top holiday toys and more, and you can preview some of the sale items right now on the Early Access landing page here.
The Amazon Prime Early Access page lists the best deals in categories like Viral Trends and Internet Famous Deals.
Prime members can enjoy big savings on beauty brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Murad, Olaplex and Avene, Caudalie and Grande Cosmetics; clothing, shoes, and accessories from Amazon Essentials and Ray-Ban; electronics from Apple, Asus and Beats Fit Pro from Kim Kardashian, LG and Logitech; electronics from Apple, Asus and JBL; fitness equipment from Peloton; smart home appliances from Google Nest and Levoit; kitchenware from KitchenAid.
Cord cutters can score early Prime Day deals of 50 percent off rentals and purchases of select movies and TV shows Sept. 30 to Oct 7.
Prime members also get one free year of GrubHub (regularly $10 per month), which includes unlimited deliveries and no fees on orders over $12, exclusive discounts on food and more perks.
To keep track of all the sales, bookmark the Amazon pages listed above. Pro tip: Filter the deal types by selecting from the left side of the page; you can choose from Top Deals, Lighting and more options.
Amazon Prime Day Early Access 2022: Top Shopping Tips, How to Earn Credits and More
Eligible Prime members can earn $10 when they use Amazon Reload to add $100 or more in funds to their account for the first time.
Subscribe to deal alerts via the Amazon app’s Prime Day event page. Set reminders via the Alexa voice assistant. Shoppers can get push notifications about recently viewed items, and more. They can also ask Alexa to add products into their Cart, Wish List, or Save for Later lists and then request deal notifications.
What Are the Best Alternatives to the Amazon Prime Day Early Access Sale?
This fall, Amazon is not the only online store hosting deals. Many major retailers compete with their multiday sales (this summer, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy hosted their own rival blowouts), but there are no details yet about any other online or store blowouts that could compete with the Amazon Prime Day Early Access event.
Amazon Prime Day 2022: The Best Deals in Every Category
In addition to our dedicated roundups on the best tech, beauty, fashion and home goods deals, we’ll once again list the overall best deals across every category to shop during Amazon Prime Day Early Access next month. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to Oct. 11, and we recommend bookmarking this page as we’ll be regularly updating this and all other Prime Day sale coverage.
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