Amazon hasn't made any announcements, but according to CNET, Prime Day 2020 starts on October 13th. If you're wondering how to save, check out our full Prime Day guide.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
Five years ago, Amazon created its own shopping holiday with Prime Day, a savings extravaganza that aims to attract new Prime members and increase summer purchases.
After a bumpy rollout in 2015, Prime Day exploded into an annual event that rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday. According to Amazon, buyers bought more than 175 million items on Prime Day 2019. But then COVID-19 happened and caused Amazon to postpone Prime Day until autumn.
Details are little known at the moment, but keep reading what we know about Prime Day 2020 so far. We'll update this post as soon as Amazon releases more information.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?
Prime Day 2019 started on Monday 15th July and ran until the next day, so Prime Day has really become Prime Days lately.
Amazon hasn't made any announcements for Prime Day 2020, but it starts on October 13, according to CNET. Citing four people familiar with the company's plans, the website said, "Amazon has already blacked out vacations for its full-time warehouse workers October 13-20."
So far, Amazon has only said that it will "hold Prime Day later than usual (in 2020) while ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our customers and distributors".
An email was apparently sent to Amazon's third-party vendors over the summer telling them that Prime Day would not happen until October 5th at the earliest. However, this is only a placeholder date. Please visit Amazon's Prime Day page for more information.
Related: Report: Amazon Postpones Prime Day to October
When does Prime Day start?
Prime Day 2019 started at 12 a.m. on Monday, July 15 and ended at 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday July 16. Amazon is expected to make Prime "Day" a two-day event again. If the above date is correct for October 5th, we can see the deals go live at 12pm that morning.
How do I shop on Prime Day?
Since this is Prime Day, you must be a Prime member to get the best deals. If not, you can participate for free for 30 days. After that, it's $ 119 a year. Of course, you can sign into Amazon.com using your laptop, but there are a few options to consider here as well.
Amazon Smile: When you shop through smile.amazon.com (compared to www.amazon.com), Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price for eligible products to a non-profit organization of your choice. The user interface is the same so you can easily give something back when your shopping cart loads.
Amazon App: If you're out and about on Prime Day, download Amazon's mobile apps, log in, and you can shop anywhere.
Ask Alexa: Why move at all? The main idea behind Amazon's Echo devices is to sell you stuff. So Alexa is more than ready to help you add things to your shopping cart. There may even be some mood-exclusive Prime Day deals. So ask Alexa what she has for you.
Whole Foods: Since Amazon owns Whole Foods, Prime members receive discounts on selected products at the Whole Foods Market, as well as an additional 10 percent off certain sales items. Last year, "US Prime members got tens of millions of dollars in savings on Prime Day shopping at Whole Foods," Amazon said without elaborating, so you can probably count on some grocery stores this year.
Please visit amazon.com/primeday for more information.
Related: If Amazon crashes again this Prime Day, eBay has you covered
What is on sale?
Deals play a big part, but discounts on products made by Amazon are a pretty safe bet. If you are looking for an Echo smart speaker, doorbell, Fire TV, or Kindle e-reader in the market, Prime Day is sure to have you covered. Amazon often discounts them even before Prime Day. So stay tuned for an early deal.
But there is likely to be a wide variety of gadgets offered by top providers. If you want to plan ahead, here's a rundown of the best products in some of the top Prime Day shopping categories: