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Here’s what you need to know before Prime Day 2019

Prep your wallets for Monday.

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Prime Day 2019 is fast approaching! If you’re subscribed to Amazon Prime — and you’re looking to save big — you can expect an enormous number of membership deals to drop on Monday, July 15. With great prices on tech, toys and a whole host of items, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

So what should you keep in mind as the 15th closes in? Which Prime Day deals are worth your attention? We’ll walk you through everything you need to know, looking at a few key details.

Prime Day will last a full 48 hours

Prime Day is on a different schedule this year, keeping with Amazon’s pattern of extending their sale. The first two Prime Days were 24 hours each, with a 30-hour Prime Day in 2017 and 36-hour Prime Day in 2018. This year’s Prime Day will technically last two days, coming in at a full 48 hours.

As for when those 48 hours start, the sale runs from midnight Pacific Time on Monday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 16. If you’re interested in cashing in on some of Amazon’s deals, visit the site anywhere in that 48-hour window between the 15th and 16th.

You need to register as a Prime Member

A regular account on Amazon won’t grant you access to Prime Day deals. You’ll need to pay for a Prime membership if you’re hoping to save on this year’s selection of cool items. As for what you can expect, last year’s prime day had a variety of cool gadgets on sale, like the Amazon Echo Show and DJI Mavic Drones.

Of course, you don’t have to pay the fee for a Prime membership if you join Amazon’s 30-day trial. It’s an easy way to capitalize on the sale without making a full commitment. Just sign up for the trial, enjoy the benefits of Prime Day and cancel your subscription before the 30-day mark to avoid any fees.

Prime Members enjoy early access deals

Amazon is currently offering early access deals for Prime members in the lead up to Prime Day. The discounts may drop a little lower during the sale, but the price difference will likely be small. As for the discounted items, you’ll get savings on everything from a Kindle Oasis E-Reader to an Amazon Echo Dot.

You’ll also save $10 on Amazon when you spend $10 at Whole Foods, so if you’re picking up groceries this weekend, stop by your local Whole Foods for even more money off. Though $10 may not seem like much at the moment, it’ll reduce the already low prices we’re anticipating for Prime Day.

It’s the perfect time to buy branded tech

As past Prime Days have taught us, Amazon’s biggest sale of the year is the perfect time to buy Amazon-branded hardware. Whether you’re in the market for a smart speaker, e-reader or tablet, you’ll find exciting deals on a variety of Amazon tech. Of course, you’ll still find something great even if you’re interested in another brand.

Since Amazon is now an Apple authorized retailer, we’ll likely see a long list of Apple products on sale. These include MacBooks, iPads and other top products from the tech giant, so stay on the lookout! Regardless of your affinity for Amazon or Apple, you’ll come across something which appeals to you.

You’ll find non-tech items on sale as well

In addition to smart speakers, tablets, and laptops, Amazon is also selling non-tech items during their sale. You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed techie to see the value in this year’s Prime Day. Among other deals you can expect, you’ll find discounts on cooking devices and furniture.

You’ll also get up to 85% off subscriptions from magazines like Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, Martha Stewart Living and more. With a little searching, you’ll make the most of this year’s sale and get everything you need from Prime Day.

Prime Day is right around the corner

As Prime Day 2019 approaches, we’ll enjoy a range of deals leading up to the 15th. Check them out and see what you can find, and when Monday comes around, get ready for great prices. You’ll find Amazon Prime membership deals on a long list of items, whether you’re interested in tech, cookware, furniture, music, movies or something else entirely.

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