CNET Prime Day will happen Oct. 13-14., but now it's official: Amazon has announced that
usually takes place in mid-July, but was delayed this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, as in 2019, the sale event for will last 48 hours as opposed to 36 hours.
The shift from July to October could affect the dynamic of Prime Day. It's closer than ever to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which also means it's closer to the holiday season. What is usually an event for impulse, personal purchases could become an opportunity to stock up on gifts for the holiday season.
Will there be opportunities to pick up an Nintendo Switch.or a ? Difficult to say, considering that preorders are sold out, but we're holding out hope. Worse comes to worst you could just buy another
Amazon also tends to heavily discount its own products and services during this time. Last week, the company hosted its annual fall product launch, revealing a redesigned set of Echo speakers, the new Echo Show 10 smart display and an in-home security drone called the .
This time around, Amazon is attempting to focus more on small businesses. It's planning to spend $100 million on promotional activities designed to send new customers to smaller businesses and has committed to another deal: Customers who spend $10 on smaller businesses before October 12 will be given a $10 credit to spend during Prime Day.
"In the midst of an unprecedented year, we're committed to making this the most successful Prime Day ever for our small businesses and excited for Prime members worldwide to discover new ways to support local entrepreneurs and save big on everything they need and love," said Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, in a release. "This year's Prime Day is the perfect opportunity for Prime members to get their holiday shopping done early from the comfort of their homes – and to have more time to spend with their families and friends throughout the season."
Stay tuned to CNET. We'll have details of all the best deals when and where they pop up.