Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals still available (Friday update)
Prime Day was over days ago, but there are still a handful of deals available.
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That said, we're still seeing a handful of straggler bargains. Deals vary from country to country; we're only highlighting US deals here. Here are the best deals that were still available as of Friday, July 20, at 7 a.m. PT.
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Remaining Prime Day deals still available
Amazingly, some of these deals are still hanging on. We've purged the list of "dead" ones, leaving the ones listed below.
Also note that the Alexa loophole for ordering discounted Amazon devices is no longer available as of Thursday.
: We haven't reviewed this model, but we love the step-up Brother printer we have in the office. If you don't need any bells and whistles -- no color printing, no Wi-Fi, no AirPrint or Google Cloud Print support -- this is a strong candidate for a basic printer. (This price actually dropped $4 from Wednesday to Thursday.)
August third-gen Smart Lock for $120 ($30 off): It was discounted closer to $40 on Prime Day, but one of our favorite smart locks is still more than $30 off. The newest August smart lock installs in minutes and works with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. You'll need to add a Connect Wi-Fi module for $80 if you want to control it outside of Bluetooth range, though.
: This sale makes sense, as Rachio's third-gen controller is out now, but the second-gen Rachio is still great. In fact, it's our favorite smart sprinkler to date, and $26 off is a good deal. (Here's why you need a smart sprinkler if you're still in doubt.) The $174 price is for the eight-zone model, normally $200. Amazon also has a few package deals combining the Rachio and an Echo Dot. Read the CNET review of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler.
Up to 20 percent off select Amazon Basics products: During Prime Day, shoppers were offered up to 30 percent off nearly the entire Amazon Basics line, which now comprises everything from bed sheets to flatware to office chairs. Today's offering is a tiny fraction (about 30 items), but worth taking a look if you're in the market for a new backpack, HDMI cable or other odds and ends.
Nintendo Switch plus a game for $330-ish (about $30 off): Amazon was offering a nice bundle on the Nintendo Switch, tossing in a 64GB microSD card and a $20 eShop credit at no extra charge. That deal is gone, but the Walmart alternative remains: A Switch console with your choice of a single title -- including great games like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe -- for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.) See the CNET review of the Nintendo Switch.
12 months of Xbox Live Gold for $40 ($20 off): If you want to play multiplayer games on Xbox, this is a must -- now with a sweet 33 percent discount. Gold membership includes two free "Games with Gold" titles per month at no extra charge.
The earlier version of this story follows. Consider any deal listed hereafter as expired, unless it's listed above.
Welcome to the final hours of Amazon Prime Day. The sale has less than 7 hours left. It officially kicked off yesterday at noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and it ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday at 2:59 a.m. ET) -- though we expect some straggler deals to continue thereafter. Several hours of serious performance issues throughout Monday created shopping frustrations, but glitches now seem to be at a minimum.
Some of the top deals have since sold out, but many are still available -- we're highlighting the best ones here. The deals herein have been verified in stock as of Tuesday, July 17, 2:28 p.m. PT.
Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale
Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells: With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you'll see between now and Black Friday. And unlike many Prime Day deals, these should stay in stock at these prices.
Great deals on Bose noise-cancelling headphones, smallest wireless speaker
Awesome products at great prices. Get 'em while they're hot. The Bose QuietComfort 25 isn't wireless like the top-end Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but you can now get it for almost a third of the QC35's price: $125 ($75 off). The Android version is now out of stock at the sale price, but the iPhone version is still available.
The 43-inch Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition TV is $250, which is $50 below its usual price. The 50-incher for $290 appears to have gone out of stock. (The Toshiba offers nearly identical features to the Element Fire TV we reviewed earlier.)
The 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle can be yours for $230. That includes three months of Xbox game Pass (access to a huge library of "free" games), three months of Xbox live Gold (online multiplayer and additional free "Games with Gold" options), an HDMI cable -- and the Rare Replay game collection.
The Nintendo Switch bundle -- which includes at $20 credit for digital games and a 64GB microSD card -- was long gone within 15 minutes of Prime Day starting, but it returned, and we were able to successfully order one. It's still in stock as of our latest update.
Walmart is also offering the Switch bundled with your choice of games -- including some of the Switch's best titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe -- for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.)
Our favorite budget phone of the year just got even more budget-y. The 32GB Moto G6 -- which works on all US carriers -- is $15 off. But the better deal is the 64GB model (with an extra gigabyte of RAM, too) for $260. That's $40 off.
Whether it's a mouse pad, luggage, bedsheets or silverware, Amazon's line of AmazonBasics products are generally "cheap but good" choices in their respective categories. And during Prime Day, the bulk of the products are up to one-third off their normal (already affordable) prices.
What follows is the earlier version of this post. Info and sales below may now be out of date.
smorgasbord of deals -- pretty much "Black Friday in July." More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.
When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country -- we're only highlighting US deals in this post.
Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals... but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.
Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
Early Prime Day deals available now
Amazon just unveiled a wealth of early-access deals, including an Echo Dot for $30, a Fire TV Stick for $20, a certified refurbished Echo (second-gen) for $60 and the Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 (a full 50 percent off). Check 'em out:
Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you'll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.
Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you'll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.
3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon's audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there's nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you've tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.
Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).
Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.
A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you'll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. Thankfully, you don't need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.
Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it'll be $30 on Prime Day.
Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you'll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You'll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.
Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it'll be 20 percent off -- so about $280. That's an all-time low; it's never been below $300.
Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts -- not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful -- OK, it was wildly popular -- despite some hiccups.
In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn't sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.
When is Prime Day?
July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.
In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 -- though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It's kind of like the way
now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) "Prime Day Plus," anyone?
As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That's now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.
What kinds of deals can I expect?
There's little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon's branded products:
and of course every Echo speaker.
Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don't get too carried away -- many of the discounts are no better than what you'll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.
Speaking of which...
How do I know if a deal is really a deal?
On the internet, every day is Black Friday -- and
, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism -- or at least a little bit of research.
One great place to start: CamelCamelCamel, the site that tracks Amazon price histories. (It can also notify you when Amazon products go on sale; here's how to use it to track Amazon Echo deals.)
Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel's search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.
How can I shop on Prime Day if I'm not a Prime subscriber?
As noted, you can't -- but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you've never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you'll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.
Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it's questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day's very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn't be unthinkable.
Where else can I find info on Prime Day?
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