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Prime Day 2017: The Cheapskate's top deals

Amazon's Cyber-Monday-in-July sale offers some pretty good deals -- though as you might expect, the biggest discounts are for Amazon-branded products.

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For Prime Day, Amazon has slashed prices on the Echo and Echo Dot.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 has arrived.

Actually, it kicked off at 6 p.m. PT last night (Prime Day Eve?), but today is the official day. There are zillions of items on sale, but of course the Cheapskate is culled out the top tech. 

As always, prices and availability are accurate at the time I post them, and may change without warning.

Be sure to check back throughout the day, as I'll be updating this post as more deals arrive.

Amazon-branded products

Echo! Echo... echo... I've made no secret of my love for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot -- and they've rarely been cheaper than Prime Day 2017. The big-kahuna Echo will be $90, while the Dot will sell for $35. (If you opt for the Dot, consider pairing it with an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker for much better sound.) You can also save $75 on the new Amazon Echo Show, though even with that discount, I can't say I'm sold on this screen-equipped model. Honestly don't see the point. CNET's Ry Crist tends to agree.

Fire sale (no, really): With Amazon selling a $50 tablet on a daily basis, is it any wonder Apple reportedly plans to discontinue the $249-and-up iPad Mini? And just to rub it in a little, Amazon will be selling the recently updated Fire 7 for just $30. If you can scrape together a few more dollars, the also-updated Fire HD 8 will run you just $50. Regular price: $80. This one's a bit tricky, because the Fire 7 is amazing at that price, but also kind of a slowpoke. (Thankfully, the addition of dual-band Wi-Fi should make it feel a bit faster.) The HD 8 has a higher resolution screen, stereo speakers and better battery life. Decisions, decisions.

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$155 for this unlocked 5.2-inch Android phone? Yes, please.

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"Alexa, give me $10 back": You can get a $10 Amazon credit when you order any "Alexa deal" valued at $20 or higher. For example, that Fire 7 will still cost you $30, but if you have a Dot, Echo or any other Alexa-capable device, you can say, "Alexa, order a Fire 7," and you'll receive a $10 credit for later use. That brings your effective price down to just $20, or $25 on the Echo Dot.

Phone, a friend: This isn't technically Amazon-branded, but it is Amazon-exclusive... same difference? An already scorching unlocked-phone deal is even better today: the Motorola Moto G5 Plus for $155. Regular price: $185. Yes, you'll have to contend with offers/ads on the lockscreen, but so what? CNET's review dubbed this "simply the best budget phone," and that was based on the $229 price tag for "civilians" (non-Prime subscribers).

TVs

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This 55-inch 4K TV has Amazon's Fire TV interface built right in.

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Fire sale, TV edition: Back in May, Amazon introduced the first TV with onboard Alexa: a budget model made by Element. The goal: to compete with budget-priced TCL TVs with built-in Roku. On Prime Day, you'll be able to get the 55-inch Element 4K HDTV with Amazon Fire TV for $400. Regular price: $650. Sounds like a great deal -- and it's certainly a good price cut -- but note CNET TV expert David Katzmaier's detailed advice here. Specifically, you can pick up a Fire TV stick that adds the same sort of functionality to any TV for as little as $40

Or do Roku: A little something smaller for the den or bedroom, perhaps? Snag the 28-inch TCL 28S305 Roku TV for $119.99, the lowest price it's ever been.

Printers

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Don't ask me to explain the name "Reprap."

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A replicator by any other name: Been thinking about a 3D printer? Here's your chance to score a particularly good deal: the Reprap Guru Prusa I3 V2 for $245, a savings of 30 percent. This US-made model features a heated 8x8-inch print bed and has a 4.4-star average rating from well over 100 buyers. One thing, though: It's a DIY kit, meaning you'll have to assemble it yourself. (That's either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you roll.)

Gadgets

Lost and found: The Tile Slim is a popular locator gadget: Slip one into a wallet, purse, backpack or the like, then use your phone to track it down. Normally a single Tile Slim will run you $30, but on Prime Day, you can get 50 percent off a 2-pack -- effectively a buy-one-get-one deal.

Speakers

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Va-va voom, indeed! A lot of Bluetooth speakers lack muscle, know what I mean? The Vava Voom 21 packs two 20-watt drivers and a 10-watt subwoofer into a simple, stylish, curvy black shell. It normally runs $90, but Prime Day shoppers can get it for $65. I've tested this model; it sounds really good, and I like having the option of using its 6,700mAh battery as a mobile charger. Plus, it can stay paired with two devices simultaneously.

Mobile chargers

Lightning in, USB out: Just about every mobile charger on the planet has one thing in common: a Micro-USB port that's used to recharge it. That's what makes this especially interesting: the Aukey 20,000mAh mobile charger with Micro-USB and Lightning inputs for $16.79. Regular price: $29.99. That's a really nice perk for iDevice users; no need to bring along a separate Micro-USB cable and charger.

Phones

G'day, Mate! Still mourning the Samsung Note 7? Here's the next best thing, and for less: the unlocked Huawei Mate 9 for $450. This Alexa-enhanced GSM phablet sold for $600 when it was introduced earlier this year. Read CNET's review to learn more.

Smart gear

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The Fitbit Blaze is a solid buy at $139.

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Blaze of glory: I can't say I'm a big fan of the Fitbit Blaze's octagonal design, but it's a very popular fitness watch with lots of useful features. Grab a Fitbit Blaze today for $138.95 (a price that'll appear once you get to checkout). It's normally $200. Read CNET's review to learn more.

Cameras

Ready, set, GoPro! The GoPro Session action camera (which I think was previously known as the Hero4 Session) normally sells for $149 all by itself. Today's Prime Day deal gives you a GoPro Session, GoPro Handler, AmazonBasics HeadStrap and 32GB Samsung microSD card for that same $149.

That's it for now! Check back later for more Prime Day highlights.

Editors' note: This article was originally published on July 10, 2017, and has since been updated.