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Amazon's huge refurb sale has some sweet deals

A $60 Ring doorbell, $50 Fire HD 8 tablet and more. And Prime subscribers save an additional 10%.

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The refurbished Ring is on sale for just $60 -- less if you have Prime!

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You don't have to wait until Prime Day to score great deals on Amazon-branded gear, as evidenced by the company's big sale on certified-refurbished devices.

Read more: Amazon Prime Day 2019 start date leaked!  

It's even better for Prime subscribers, who get an extra 10% off at checkout.

For example, the original Ring Video Doorbell is just $59.99, an all-time low for that product. And if you have Prime, you'll get out the door for $54.

(Interesting related news: Amazon is working with local police departments to help build a surveillance network with Ring doorbells.)

I'm also liking the refurbished second-gen Amazon Echo smart speaker for $59.99 -- or, again, $53.99 for Prime members. It normally sells for $99.99 new (though it's currently on sale for $79.99, just for comparison's sake).

One more recommendation: the refurbished second-gen Echo Show for $149.99 -- $134.99 for Prime members. This new model has never been priced below $180.

All of Amazon's certified-refurbished products are fully tested to look and operate just like new, and they come with the same warranties as their new counterparts. Therefore, there's really no downside to going the refurb route -- though you're likely to end up with generic brown-box (as opposed to retail) packaging, something to consider you're buying an item to give as a gift.

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