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The real deals of Amazon Prime DayQuick tips on tackling the online shopping madness.
Amazon prime day is a beast of a sale day, but it's easy to tame if you know the right tricks. Some basic firsts, the main day of they sale is Tuesday, July 11th and it goes on for 30 hours. So, depending on where you live in the world the sale can actually start Monday. Here in the US on the east coast it's 9 PM and there are even earlier sales perks for anyone who shops with their voice Using the voice assistant Alexa. There are tons and tons of odd items on sale, things you may not normally buy and things you may never have thought of buying but suddenly want to buy because it's on sale and why not right? But not everything goes on sale right away, Amazon spreads out the deal throughout the say. You can browse what will go on sale at amazon.com/primeday. If you spot something interesting click watch this deal. If you have the Amazon App you'll get a notification when the sale begins. Now the biggest deals in gadgetry tend to be with Amazon's own devices, the Echo is 50% off priced at $90 dollars. There are also sales on Amazon's tablets, and eReaders, some video games and accessories are half off. If you only care about a tv go to amazon.com/primedaytvdeals. There's a 55 inch 4K ultra HD TV with Amazon Fire built in. It's normally $650 but it'll be $400. An assortment gift cards are also on sale. Lots of grocery items are half off, but once an item is on sale, there is a limited amount available. You can add something to your cart but if you don't buy it within 15 minutes, you may lose the item and anyone who is on the wait list will have a chance to Snag it. But just because something says it's discounted doesn't mean it's the best deal. Do your homework. The site Camel Camel Camel is one place that tracks the history of prices on Amazon. Plus, if you only care about one specific thing, use Camel Camel Camel to notify you when that item drops in price. The mid-year shopping sale is something Amazon started doing a few years ago, and last year it was Amazon's biggest sales day ever with more orders than even Black Friday. This year, it's expanding to more countries. You can only shop the deals if you are a member of the Prime subscription service, now that normally costs around $100 a year If you've never had Prime before, you can sign up for a free trial to access the deals. I'm Bridget Carey. For more tips on tackling Prime Day, head to cnet.com.