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is upon us! It arrives on the heels of two weeks’ worth of early deals, but today is the main event. The company’s answer to officially started at midnight PT, and it’ll run through the day tomorrow, Oct. 14.
One thing to keep in mind: Other stores exist. (Shocker, right?) And many of them, includingand , are running sales of their own. While many of Amazon’s deals are great, be sure to check elsewhere to be absolutely sure you’re getting the best price.
Below you’ll find some of the best discounts available right now — and there are some darn good ones — as curated by yours truly. Here’s the important caveat: To take advantage of these, and most other, Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber.
Assuming you already are, think seriously about applying for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. Right now, that will net youyou can use for any upcoming purchases. You also get 5% back on nearly everything you buy from Amazon, and for a limited time you can get 10% back on select electronics.
Meanwhile, you can stillwhen you spend at least $10 at a select US-based small business. And there are several other ways to . Be sure to check out my for additional money-saving strategies.
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This is the lowest price on record for the non-Pro AirPods, still the “king of true wireless earbuds.” Still not cheap by any means, but not quite so ridiculously overpriced, either.
You also get the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $150 — not the best deal ever, but close. And it’s still $49 off the regular price.
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It’s not just Amazon that has Prime Day specials. Case in point: The single best Galaxy S20 deal to date comes from Visible. The carrier is chopping over $400 off the regular price of the flagship phone, which normally sells for $984 (and $1,000 elsewhere). You’ll get out the door for $768, then receive a $200 prepaid MasterCard after two months of Visible service at $40 a month.
You’ll also receive a $200 Samsung gift card you can use to buy other goodies. All this is predicated on porting your number to Visible as part of your purchase. Still, it’s a fantastic deal.
The Blink Mini is on sale for $25 when ordered via the Amazon app or site, but if you have an Alexa-equipped device, use your voice to order it for just $15. (“Alexa, order a Blink Mini indoor camera.”)
That would put the camera below the CNET-favorite Wyze Cam ($20 plus shipping). Both models work quite well, though the latter includes free cloud storage, which the Blink doesn’t.
However, you get a free Blink cloud-storage trial through the end of 2020, and the forthcoming Blink Sync Module 2 will afford you subscription-free local storage for just $35.
Another great option: Get the Blink Mini bundled with an Echo Show 5 for just $50. These two have a combined retail value of $125!
It may be two years old, but the Roku Premiere is still an excellent streamer. It has apps for pretty much every streaming service under the sun, and it slings them all at 4K. The latest version supports HDR, too. Whether there’s a “dumb” TV you’re looking to make smart or an old Roku that’s in need of replacing, it’s hard to beat this all-time-low price.
You can also get the Roku Express HD for just $21, the lowest price yet. It doesn’t do 4K, making it more suitable to smaller TVs.
Amazon Prime subscribers already get a pretty decent deal on the music-streaming service: $8 per month, which is $2 less than Spotify, Apple Music and the like.
However, if you haven’t yet tried the service, here’s your chance to enjoy four months for just a buck. Don’t have Prime? You can get three months for a buck. And if you were already a Music Unlimited subscriber in the past, you can come back for $3 per month for the first three months.
This appears to be a 2020 version of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition that David Katzmaier reviewed last year. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s different here, but the verdict then was “great prices, great voice features, great Fire TV app selection.” The picture quality, however, didn’t measure up to similar Roku TVs — and Katzmaier noted his preference for the latter’s interface, a sentiment I share.
That said, a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $300? With mostly stellar user ratings (from Best Buy customers)? At the very least it’s worth a look.
Cut the cord! This deal ties the lowest price on record. In fact, it hasn’t been that low since around the holidays last year. For $130 you’re getting the two-tuner, 500GB model. If you want the four-tuner, 1TB version, it’ll cost you just $50 more.
This is the lowest price to date, and it can get even better: Use the aforementioned Prime Rewards Visa card and you’ll get 10% back, effectively bringing your price down to $40.50.
As noted above, you can also get the Echo Show 5 bundled with a Blink Mini Indoor Camera for just $5 more. I don’t think the 10% cash-back option applies, but that’s still a stellar bundle.
Amazon wants to put Alexa in your car. Is that worth $50? No. Is it worth $20? Maybe. Echo Auto reviews have been fairly mixed, in part because the price feels too high and in part because you can accomplish a lot of the same voice-powered things with your phone’s Google Assistant or Siri. (Can’t say I’m wild about the wires, either.)
That said, if you’ve been curious to give this a try, I believe this is the lowest price on record (by a lot). Read our Amazon Echo hands-on first take.
Ooooh, wee! Although you can stream Rick and Morty on Hulu and HBO Max, here’s your chance to own each season for half the regular price on Prime Video. Like the other deals, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member.
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That’s basically like buying one and getting one free, because right now a single Dot is selling for $40. This deal is for the third-generation models.
More interested in the brand-new Echo Dot with Clock that Amazon announced just last week? There’s already a deal to be had there, too: It currently sells for $60, but you can save $20 on a Dot with Clock two-pack with promo code DOT2PACK. (That same code will save you $20 on a pair of new no-clock Echo Dots as well.)
The all-around great MyQ (I’ve used one for years) is only a few dollars below its regular selling price — already a great deal, because this thing used to be over $100. But here’s the real deal: If you decide to use it for Amazon In-Garage Delivery, you can get a $30 credit after your first order by applying promo code KEY30 when placing that order. That just about covers the cost of the MyQ itself.
Normally $20, this pair of UL-certified smart plugs automatically drops to $15 if you’re a Prime member (remember, most Prime Day deals have that requirement). There’s also an on-page $5-off coupon that brings your final price down to $10. Just clip it before adding the plugs to your cart.
These are top-rated outlets, compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and this is the best deal on record for them.
Another “lowest price ever” deal, the Insignia is a current-generation 4K UHD TV (it was released this year) built around Amazon’s Fire TV interface. That means you get all the compatible apps and streaming services, plus an Alexa-powered voice remote. There are three HDMI inputs as well, the better to accommodate your game consoles and whatnot.
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