AMAZON Prime Day has been around for a few years now, and it's now one of the biggest sales of the year.
It won't be too long before the retailer's enormous, annual sale returns for 2022.
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If previous years are anything to going by, we'll see a stunning range of price drops across tech, home and gardening appliances, fashion and beauty.
There will also, without a doubt, be a lot of Amazon device deals to buy: in the past we've seen discounts on Echos, Fire tablets, Ring doorbells go as high as 50%.
According to an e-commerce expert, Amazon made over 11.2 million US dollars worldwide during Prime Day 2021 – so while no date has been confirmed, we're positive it's coming back for 2022.
Here's everything you need to know about this year's Amazon Prime Day.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?
Amazon hasn't yet confirmed dates for Prime Day 2022, so we can only speculate at this point.
Amazon Prime Day 2021 took place on June 21 and 22 last year, so it might take place in the same month this year – but traditionally, it always happened in July.
One notable exception is 2020, when Prime Day was pushed back to October 13 due to Covid-related complications.
We're not sure either whether it will be a one- or two-day event, but since it's lasted 48 hours since 2018, we think that's the likely duration.
Our prediction (and soon to be confirmed) is that Prime Day 2022 will take place on the 18th and 19th July.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day has been around for several years now, and it's a firm fixture in the sales calendar.
It was originally launched in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s 20th birthday, but has since evolved into a cult-like sale a bit like Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
It usually lasts for a couple of days, with many new deals appearing on the second day.
You can expect to find low prices on Amazon's own-brand items, along with plenty of branded goods and household names across a variety of departments – with brands
In fact, pretty much every last product category under the sun gets included in the Prime Day sale.
Of course, there's a catch: read on to find out how to claim these exclusive Prime Day deals.
Amazon Prime Day history
Here's a run-down of the dates that Amazon Prime Day has taken place since its inception in 2015:
- 2015: 15 July
- 2016: 12 July
- 2017: 11 July
- 2018: 16-17 July
- 2019: 15-16 July
- 2020: 13-14 October
- 2021: 21-22 June
- 2022: TBC (likely July)
How can I get Amazon Prime Day deals?
Simple: you'll need to sign up to Amazon Prime.
Amazon's subscription service comes with a lot of perks, including free next-day delivery (and even same-day delivery in certain postcodes).
You can also get access to Prime Video, Amazon's ever-growing streaming service of movies and TV shows.
Amazon also offers members early access to its 24-hour 'lightning' deals (something that's ramped up dramatically during Prime Day itself).
Of course, Prime comes with a cost: £7.99 a month, or £79 a year for a 12-month plan – but it also has a 30-day free trial period.
That's more than enough time to cancel if you fancy picking up some exclusive bargains during Prime Day.
Unsurprisingly, Amazon doesn't make the cancellation process easy – but we've got step-by-step instructions in our how to cancel Amazon Prime article.
Our tips for finding the best deals this Amazon Prime Day
IT might be tempting to dive in and snap up LOADS of items, but here’s how you can guarantee you’re getting a good deal on Amazon.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay. You can also set up price alerts to let you know when the cost drops.
CHECK CAREFULLY Use FakeSpot to check whether the item is genuine or not. The site scans the reviews to see if they're "reliable" or not so you can decide whther you trust the seller.
TRIAL IT FIRST Sign up to the 30 day Amazon Prime trial to take advantage of the Lightning Deals and free delivery. But remember to cancel the subscription before the trial is up or you'll be charged the full £79.
SHOP NOW TO SAVE TIME Put the items you want in your basket ahead of Black Friday so that when the deals drop on June 21, all you'll have to do is pay.
Prime Day 2022 deals to expect
Based on previous years, you can expect the best price drops to come from Amazon's own devices, including Echo Dots, Fire tablets, Ring video doorbell and Kindle e-readers.
But it's not just Amazon smart devices that are typically on sale during Prime Day – you can also pick up subscriptions such as Audible,Amazon Music Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited for much less than usual.
Like Prime, these services come with a 30-day free trial period, but that often gets extended to three months.
But it's not just Amazon's own products that get slashed during Prime Day – look out for some impressive drops on big-name items, whether that's Elemis cleansing balm or the Shark Anti-Hair Wrap Cordless vacuum cleaner.
Amazon Prime vs Black Friday: which is best?
Amazon Prime Day is the busy sales event of the summer – but in terms of length, scale and intensity, Black Friday is the reigning deals period of the year.
You'll find terrific price drops during both sales – and some Prime Day offers may well match those you find during Black Friday in November.
But remember, the Prime Day deals are only available to people who have signed up to Amazon Prime, while Black Friday deals are available to all.
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