The best Prime Day deals of 2018: The Cheapskate's picks
Amazon had zillions of items on sale. A few are still available!
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Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended. Whew! Given the difficulties Amazon had out of the gate, I wouldn't be surprised if next year, the company spread things out into Prime Week, with different days devoted to different product categories. ("TV Day!" "Smart-home Day!" And so on.)
There were some pretty nice deals to be had. Of course, I try to bring you nice deals every day, so be sure to stick around the Cheapskate blog. And see below for the best remaining deals in each category.
One last tip: Today only, you can still get Prime Day discounts on many Amazon products -- the Kindles, Echos, Fire TVs and so on. Just find yourself any Alexa-enabled device and say, "Alexa, order a Fire TV Stick" (or whatever). That item is still just $19.99 when ordered that way; the Kindle Paperwhite is still $80, the Echo Dot still $30. (You can also ask Alexa to list her Prime Day deals.)
Last update: July 18, 4:45 a.m. PT.
The best remaining Prime Day deals in each category
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Of course, as I typically caution on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don't let FOMO get the best of you. Just because something is on sale doesn't make it the best deal of all time. So make sure you know how to determine if that Prime Day deal is really a deal. Right now I'm a big fan of the CamelCamelCamel browser plug-in, because with one click I can see a product's complete price history.
To that end, I've cut through all the Prime Day hype to bring you the deals I think are worth your time. And check back often: I'll update this list throughout the day as new deals bubble up.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick: $20. Amazon's streaming stick has frequently been on sale for $30, but today it's at an all-time low. Is it better than the equivalent
? Well, it's certainly cheaper, and its Alexa-powered voice controls are, I would argue, better than what Roku currently delivers on the voice front.
Refurbished Echo 2nd-gen: $60. Wait a sec. If the Echo is priced at $70 new (which it is for Prime Day, down from the usual $100), why go refurb to save only $10? Simple: It's literally good as new, with a full one-year warranty. So why not save $10 if you can save $10? Take note, however, that that price is good only for the cloth-covered versions; if you want a wood finish, there goes your $10 savings.
The Vaux portable speaker dock for Echo Dot: $30. Although some reviewers have encountered reliability issues, I've owned one of these for about eight months, and so far, so good. Great speaker upgrade for a second-gen Dot, great way to make it more mobile (thanks to its rechargeable battery). It normally runs $40. Update, July 17: This deal is now active, but it's a Lightning Deal scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m. PT (unless it sells out first).
The Aomais Life 30W portable Bluetooth speaker: $50 with code RX5JW3FR. Like bamboo? Check out the front of this bookshelf-style speaker, which features a stylish bamboo bezel, dual drivers and a passive subwoofer. And while it looks like something that's meant to stay put, it can play for up to 10 hours on the go, according to Aomais. It normally sells for $80.
The ChargeTech Portable AC Outlet Battery Pack: $140 with code AMUZISNW. Powerful enough to charge not only your phones and tablets but also your laptop, this 27,000-mAh power bank features a three-prong AC outlet that supports a maximum draw of 85 watts. It often sells for as much as $225 and hasn't dipped below $185 since 2017.
The Moto X4: $200. Now this is a Prime Day deal. The fourth-generation Moto X (aka Moto X4) phone has been selling for $299 from Motorola proper, but Amazon has scarcely dipped below $279 since adding it as a Prime Exclusive phone earlier this year. At $200, it's definitely an all-time low -- and a killer buy, as evidenced by CNET's overwhelmingly positive Moto X4 review.
1 year of Red Pocket Mobile for $199 with code PRIMO119. This is actually not a Prime Day deal (gasp!), but it's worth mentioning anyway. For $199 you get a full year of Red Pocket Mobile unlimited service, which includes 5GB of LTE data per month. That breaks out to just $16.58 per month; Mint Mobile will cost you $20 for roughly the same plan. Wondering about the differences between the two? Read my Mint-vs.-Red-Pocket comparison from back in April.
The Nokia 2 for $79. That's your price at checkout; it's normally $99. The Nokia 2 is an unlocked GSM phone with a 5-inch screen, big battery (4,100mAh!) and room for two SIM cards (or one SIM and a microSD card -- the latter probably more important given the measly 8GB of internal storage). Granted, reviews are mixed, but a Nokia-branded Android phone for $80 is pretty amazing.
The Toshiba 50-inch 4K LED TV - Fire Edition: $290. This model, introduced earlier this year, has never sold below its $400 regular price. No need to add a Roku or even
has the latter baked right in. You also get an Alexa-friendly remote with shortcut buttons to streaming services like Netflix, HBO and -- natch -- Amazon Video.
The Sensibo Sky smart air-conditioning controller: $99. If you own one of those wall-mount AC units, you can make it smart and save a hefty $50: The Sensibo Sky is normally $149. Just mount it underneath so it can point at the AC's IR receiver. From there you can use your phone to do all the usual "smart" things: set schedules, control it from afar and so on. It works with voice controls, too.
The Fitbit Alta HR: $90. The new Fitbit Versa appeared on our list of embargoed Prime Day deals, but Fitbit tells us no such bargain is planned. However, the Fitbit Alta HR -- one of CNET's favorite fitness bands of 2017 -- is definitely 40 percent off. Update, July 17: As of this morning, only two Alta models remain: black and blue-gray, both in small.
Me, I'm still of the opinion that the best smartwatch/fitness-tracker deal is the Amazfit Bip (currently $70 at Amazon, down from $100 -- though not specifically as a Prime Day deal). It's not perfect, but, wow, it's way cheaper.
The Acer Chromebook 11: $140. Just your basic 11.6-inch Chromebook, one with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. But Amazon has never sold it for less than $190, so this is definitely a good savings -- and probably a great first computer for a young student.
The MegaWheels hoverboard: $116 with code ANXTFLB2. So help me, I still think hoverboards are cool -- even if they don't actually hover. Instead, they scoot around on two wheels, and provided you're safe about it, they're lots of fun. This code works only with the black model, which has solid reviews and a 12-month warranty.
The Tile Mate 4-pack: $29. That's an extra $5 off (which you'll see when you add it to your cart) an already good deal, because normally this bundle runs $50. The Tile Mate is a Bluetooth tracker that pairs with your phone and attaches to your keychain, TV remote, backpack and other often-misplaced items.
The Crock-Pot programmable 6-quart cooker: $50. The Instant Pot gets all the attention, but this eight-in-one cooker does all the same things -- for a full $20 less, at least today. (The $50 final price appears at checkout.) This model was a bit cheaper last Black Friday, but still a great buy on a highly rated Instant Pot alternative.
The Tacklife Jigsaw: $39.48 with code W5NDTE68. Tool time! This 6.7-amp variable-speed jigsaw features a front LED, support for 45-degree bevel cuts and six different blades in the box. It normally sells for $50 and has never before been discounted on Amazon.
The Vava immersion blender: $18 with code TUIGN4BR. During my recent Italy vacation, I learned to make gelato -- and it starts with an immersion blender. Like this one, which normally runs $28. It includes several handy extras and has a 4.3-star average rating. Cantelope gelato, here I come! (Don't knock it till you've tried it.)
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