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All the best Amazon Prime Day deals in Australia
Bargain hunters, set your alarm.
Bargain hunters, get ready, because Amazon Prime Day is finally here. Whether you’re keen to get in some early Christmas gift shopping or simply want a little something special for yourself, Prime Day is the best time to do it.
From all the key details to the best deals, we’ve got you covered.
Best Prime Day Australia deals 2020
Expires 14 October at 11:59 PM
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day started in the US back in 2015, touted as a sales event to rival the likes of Black Friday. It’s open to all Amazon Prime members and covers everything from Amazon products to the latest tech, books, games and more.
The first Prime Day hit Aussie shores in 2018 and offered 36 hours of offers. Last year, Amazon went one better with a staggering 65-hour sale event, and in 2020, they’re set to top it once more with 66 hours of non-stop deals. If you’re keen to take part this year, it’s worth bookmarking Amazon’s dedicated Prime Day hub.
Amazon Prime is the retail giant’s subscription service that offers fast, free shipping, access to Amazon Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and Prime Photos. You’ll also get a free subscription each month for your favourite Twitch streamer. Membership will set you back just $6.99 per month or $59 for the whole year, and there’s a 30-day free trial so you can try before you buy.
When is Amazon Prime Day?
While Prime Day usually kicks off closer to the middle of the year, 2020’s event will take place over 13 and 14 October. If you want to nab some of the first deals, you’ll need to stay up late, because the first offers go live at 12:00 am on Tuesday, 13 October. From then, you’ll have until midnight Wednesday, 14 October to scoop a bargain or two.
That said, there are still 18 more hours of deals to be had down under, with US deals continuing through till 6 pm AEDT on Thursday, 15 October.
What deals can I expect?
If previous years are anything to go by, expect the unexpected. While some deals last the duration of the event, others are strictly time or quantity-limited. Lightning Deals generally offer the biggest discounts, but you’ll have to get in quick, and the only to confirm you got it is once the purchase goes through - the cart is no safety blanket here.
As for what we can expect, it’s a safe bet that Amazon’s own products (Kindle, Echo and possibly even Ring) will see some decent savings.
Gamers and readers are typically the big winners on the day, with plenty of discounted console games and books on offer in previous years. However, if you’re hoping for a cheap Nintendo Switch or next-gen PlayStation or Xbox, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
Early Amazon Prime Day deals
Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Music Prime is included in your Prime membership, but if you want more variety (58 million more songs, to be exact) or the ability to stream on more devices, you’ll need to upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited. Instead of the usual $11.99 monthly fee, you can score four months of access for just 99c. Definitely worth a go.
The retail giant’s wildly popular audiobook service is doing its darndest to lure us in with three months of free Audible, which includes a free audiobook each month. After the trial, however, you’ll have to fork out $16.45 per month.
Prefer the written word? Get three months of access to over one million books with Kindle Unlimited. Like Amazon’s music offering, Prime Reading includes over 1,000 free ebooks, but for one of the biggest selections on the market, Kindle Unlimited is your best bet. After the three months, the price reverts to $13.99 per month.
Prime Video Store
Missing the days of Blockbuster and Video-Ezy? Amazon Prime Video offers some fantastic rental titles for really reasonable prices, and during Prime Day, you can rent the likes of Jojo Rabbit, Parasite, Us, Venom and more for at little as 99c.
Prime Day tips
If you want to do Prime Day right and don’t want to miss out on the good stuff, there are a few cardinal rules you should follow.
- Subscribe to Amazon Prime - If you actually want a chance at getting these deals, you’ll need to be a Prime member. If you want to be cheeky, you can always sign up for the free trial and cancel before the 30 days are up.
- Get in quick - Pretty self-explanatory, but if you see a deal coming up that you’re keen on, set an alarm for a few minutes beforehand and get ready to hit refresh. Enabling one-click ordering will give you a speedier edge if you don’t want to miss out.
- Make a wish list - Got something on your mind? On the product page, click ‘Add to Wish List’. During Prime Day, check your wish list page regularly and you may nab a deal.
- Ask Alexa - If you have an Amazon Echo device, simply ask, ‘Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?’ and she’ll hit you with a bunch of offers.