Amazon Prime Day 2019 runs from Monday, July 15 until Tuesday, July 16. But finding great deals among the piles of discounted products isn’t easy. Here’s how to get what you want for the least amount of money on Prime Day.
Let’s start with Amazon Gold Box deals.
Browse Amazon’s Gold Box Deals
A big chunk of Amazon’s Prime Day deals show up on its Gold Box page. Gold Box deals can be sorted and filtered by price and type.
In the left column, under Deal Type, look for three categories of discount products; Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, and Prime Early Access Deals. It’s worth keeping an eye on Savings and Sales, along with Coupons, as they offer substantial discounts as well.
Lightning Deals, which are time and quantity limited, are often where you’ll find the best savings. Deals of the Day aren’t as time-limited–lasting 24 hours or longer—but may not be as cheap as Lightning Deals.
The problem is timing. Unless you’re prepared to continually refresh Amazon’s Gold Box page, you need some method of grabbing the deals before they’re gone.
Enable If This Then That (IFTTT) Applets
If This Then That is an automation web app. It can do almost anything. Most importantly, it can alert you whenever deals appear on the Gold Box page on Prime Day.
There are multiple IFTTT Applets which can track the latest deals. One of the most effective methods is to follow deal-finding Twitter accounts and filter their tweets for the hashtag #PrimeDay. Here are a two of the most functional:
- SlickDeals Applet: Get notified of new deals from SlickDeals.
- Amazon Deal of the Day Applet: Sends you a daily email notifying you of the latest products listed under Amazon’s Deal of the Day.
Note: There are many factors that influence the reliability of these applets, and they may not always be entirely accurate or timely.
To start using one of these Prime Day IFTTT Recipes, sign up to the free service and save the Applet to your account. If you intend to be away from your computer on Prime Day, you can download the IFTTT app to receive notifications on the go.
While IFTTT can be an invaluable tool on Amazon Prime Day, it’s also a great way to automate your online life. To get started, check out our ultimate IFTTT guide.
Use Price Tracking Apps
One of the simplest ways to track the latest Prime Day deals is to install a price-tracking app, like Price Tracker for Amazon for Android.
After installing the app, you can find the products you want to track and add them to your tracklist. If the product drops below your target price, you’ll receive a notification.
Alternatively, you can install the official Amazon Shopping app—available for Android and iOS—and add items to your watch list. The app will send you a notification any time the price decreases on your saved items.
Download: Price Tracker for Amazon for Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Subscribe to Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds
Really Simple Syndication, often referred to as RSS, is one of the best ways to stay on top of Prime Day deals. Many tracking websites publish new deals on an RSS feed for you to subscribe to. Amazon itself used to operate an RSS feed but has since abandoned it. However, you can still subscribe to the SlickDeals RSS feed.
These feeds are a great way to stay informed through the Prime Day celebrations, but, more generally, RSS can improve your life too. When you’ve found feeds you want to subscribe to, you’ll need an RSS reader, like one of these new RSS reader apps.
Discover Reddit’s Deal Finding Subreddits
Reddit, the self-proclaimed homepage of the internet, has a number of deal-finding subreddits. Each of these subreddits can be turned into an RSS feed too. By adding .rss to the end of any Reddit URL, you create an RSS feed.
The best subreddits for deal-hunting are:
If you’ve not come across Reddit before, you may be interested in how Reddit works.
Use Visualping to Track Amazon Prices
While we’ve already touched on price-tracking apps, there are other ways to get price change notifications. If you’re after a specific product at a particular price, check out Visualping.
Visualping is a site that allows you to monitor changes to specific web pages. So, while it’s not officially a price tracker, it can be used as one. The site continuously checks a web page for any changes and will send you an email or notification when it happens.
Visualping is available on the web, or as a Chrome extension. The Chrome extension enables on-device notifications. If you choose to use the website, you’ll need to enter an email address for change alerts.
One downside is that Visualping doesn’t help you find the best deals, only price changes. If you want to become a more savvy Amazon shopper, you’ll be interested in these better ways to shop on Amazon.
Getting the Best Prime Day Deals for You
Hunting down the best deals on Prime Day depends on what you want to buy. For most shoppers, installing an app is probably the most straightforward option.
However, if you have an item in mind, create IFTTT Applets based on price changes and RSS feeds may help you find the steepest discounts. Now you know how to find the best savings, here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day.