NEW YORK (WABC) — Amazon Prime Day kicks off in the dark Tuesday after the two-day shopping event was delayed from its usual summer date due to COVID-19.
So now it’s just a month and half faraway from the Super Bowl of shopping — Black Friday — and seven On Your Side has been tracking the simplest buys and busts.
“Just because Amazon puts 3 million things on sale doesn’t suggest it is a batch , not everything framed as a deal may be a great discount or buy,” said Wirecutter deals editor Nathan Burrow.
Burrow scanned thousands of products, listed as Prime Day deals, and says less that 1 percent made their rubric for a great product at the best price historically.
An Instant Pot did however make the cut. It retails for $100, consistent with the site’s price history tracker, Amazon sold it at $72 in February last year. It dropped to $60 in April, and on Prime Day 2019 the pot was $50, half off.
“This tool will look for coupon codes,” Woroch said. “They will test those codes and apply those ones with the most important discount and apply that to your order.”
Other best bets include small electronics like headphones and speakers and Amazon’s family of tech.
“Echo Dot, Kindle Fire, those sorts of products are getting to be marked down,” Woroch said. “So they are a good deal.”
What’s not a good bet: popular pandemic products, because supplies are limited and demand high.
“Chromebooks are tough to seek out available , much less on sale,” cautions Woroch.
Ditto for dumbbells and other fitness gear. She says you won’t save in that category but you can earn free money. That means don’t pass up Amazon’s deal to spend $10 at Whole Foods and earn $10 for Prime.
“There may be a list of eligible small business and if you patronize those small businesses and spend $10, you get $10 to spend on Prime Day,” Burrow said.
And check out two other Prime Day hacks: If you miss out on a lightning deal, add yourself to the wish list. And if somebody else doesn’t take the item from cart to checkout, you will get notified to grab it up.
Also, if something is out of stock, click “wait list.” That’s right under “add to cart” and Amazon will alert you when it becomes available.