WIRED covers legit good deals all year round, including on Prime Day. With our tips below, you can find those great discounts for yourself.
How do I know if a deal is good?
ABC: Always checking (prices, that is). Researching the price of an item is the most important aspect in determining the quality of a discount. Don’t fall prey to misleading marketing language and high suggested retail prices: our tips only last a few moments. The easiest step is to Google the items you’re considering so you can see the price in multiple stores.
One tool we like to use is Camelcamelcamel, which tracks Amazon’s prices over time. Just paste the Amazon link or ASIN (found in the Product Information section on the Amazon product page) into Camelcamelcamel’s search bar and you can see the lowest recorded price of an item, the average price and how often the price fluctuates. Some deals, like Lightning Deals, are excluded from price history, but it’s still useful to see what an item has sold for in the past.
We also really like Keepa, which has an extension (available for multiple browsers) that shows the recent price history for products right on the Amazon page, so you never have to open a new tab. Other great tools include Honey, which can potentially save you money through promo codes, as well as track price history at various retailers across the web, and Octoshop, which allows you to quickly see a product’s price at multiple retailers.
Keep in mind that these services may not always work. But it can be very helpful to be able to see how much a product costs just before the sale started (and if the MSRP has happened to increase). Putting these tools together can help you infer whether a deal is worth your money.
WIRED always fact-checks deals to determine their quality. You can check our current deals to find overviews of the best discounts available – during Prime Day and all year round.
What is a lightning deal?
Lightning Deals are limited-time deals that Amazon only runs for a few hours each. They are not limited to Prime Day, but are especially common during major sales events. Once an item is sold out, you may be able to join a waiting list, but not always.
Put bluntly, Lightning Deals’ selection is often full of impulse buys, such as makeup and skin care products or toys. Prime members can browse upcoming deals on the Amazon website and mobile app. The app can also warn you before a Lightning Deal starts.
How do I make sure a deal doesn’t sell out?
It’s always disappointing when an item on sale is out of stock. If you know what time a deal starts, keep an active eye on the product page around the start time. You may also be able to add an item to your cart before the sale starts so you can refresh the page to hold it right away.
It’s smart to create an account with trusted merchants so you can save your credit card information and shipping information ahead of time. This will make the checkout process as fast as possible. It’s also a good idea to clear your web browser’s cache before shopping during sales events like Prime Day. Make sure to sign in to those retailers again after that.
This post Amazon Prime Day Tips to Find the Best Deals (2022): Advice, Price Checks, Extensions
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