Amazon Prime Day upcoming – what gamers can get out of it
Amazon Prime day is coming on July 11th, that’s next week.
Amazon Prime day in 2015 wasn’t so great in terms of deals, but Amazon stepped up their game last year and there were awesome deals in electronics as well as gaming. From my perspective, Prime Day 2016 had better deals than Black Friday. Among others, I remember a free $10 credit for trying out their audible app, as well as Uncharted 4 Limited edition which was as low as $18 (instead of $70) for Alexa owners.
This year again, Amazon are leveraging Prime day to push their own products first. They mentioned that people shopping through Alexa (Amazon Echo) would get additional discounts. You can also get a $10 credit for simply streaming Amazon Prime Video for the first time on your PS3/PS4.
How to get ready to snatch potential deals for gamers
Although there’s a clear push for Amazon specific products (including Twitch prime above), it’s obvious Some good deals will be around for gamers.
What’s critical to remember is that every year on Prime day, the good deals sell out within minutes. So if you’re thinking of getting a game for cheap or improving your gaming gear on 7/11, it’s essential that you get ready. The last thing you want is missing out on a deal because your Amazon account does not have a valid payment method or the right billing address!
So here’s what you need to do to get ready for Amazon prime day:
- Get a Prime free trial if you’re not prime yet. It’s free for 30 days and you can cancel it afterwards. Don’t wait until the day of the event to become a Prime member, you’ll regret it if you miss a deal because of the extra time it takes to set up your account. Amazon Prime day is exclusive for Prime members so you will need this to get the deals. (And, yes, if you sign up for the free trial through my link, I get a small commission even though you have nothing to pay. So thanks if you do, it means a lot!)
- Worst case scenario, no good deal shows up and you can cancel the auto renewal of your subscription to have it automatically stop after the 30 days free trial.
- In your Amazon settings, make sure you have a valid shipping address and payment method. Reload your gift card balance ahead of time if that’s the payment method you plan to use.
- Follow us on twitter. As much as possible I’ll mention deals on Amazon from July 5th to July 11th. Note that I’ll actually be traveling around those days so I might not be as active as last year.
- Check the Amazon deals page regularly, and use their “watch deal” feature, which will warn you when an upcoming deal goes live.
- Beware of “not so great” deals. Just because there’s a deal on Amazon Prime day doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. My personal strategy last year worked fairly well: buy the deal anyway, then take a few minutes to compare prices with the competition. If the deal’s not worth it, I cancel my purchase.
- Before 7/7, stream Amazon Prime Video from a TV connected device (typically PS3/PS4) to get your $10 credit (works only if it’s the first time you’ve streamed from the device).
It’s still too early to know what Prime Day 2017 will bring to gamers, and if anything will be good, great, or just “meh”. Wait and see.