Tricks and tips for 2021

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Amazon box for Prime Day. (Photo: Getty Images)

Prime Day is almost here! Here’s how to get the most out of it. (Photo: Getty Images)

As you may have heard, Prime Day is near (it’s on June 21 and 22!). But if you’re looking to save big, you’re going to need a clear plan of attack to get the most out of the epic two-day shopping event.

Luckily, you’re well on your way to a great shopping plan. You’re reading this article and following Yahoo Life (or another trusted outlet). You’ll need a good resource to help you comb through all the Amazon Prime Day deals to let you know which ones are worth your time and money and which ones to skip.

Just because it says “deal” on an Amazon page, doesn’t mean you’re getting a real bargain on a proven product. Amazon boasts discounts on millions upon millions of products and services, but some of the deals you’re going to see on Prime Day are either cheap knockoffs or really outdated products manufacturers are trying to unload. That’s where we come in to help you navigate Prime Day like a pro.

Note: Prime Day is for Amazon Prime members only. If you’re not a member, but you still want to take advantage of all the great deals we’ll see on June 21 and 22 — sign up for a free 30-day trial and start saving now.

Know your prices

When it comes to deals on Prime Day, you want to check the price — really check the price. It might seem obvious (how can you buy something if you don’t know how much it costs?), but most of the time, people don’t realize that the sale price isn’t really the sale price.

Sometimes manufacturers and sellers will say something is on sale, even if it’s really not. For example, the Instant Pot DUO Plus retails for $140, but for long stretches throughout the year — including now! — it’s on sale for $120, effectively making that the new list price. If the same product goes on sale for $130 one day, that’s technically a new sale price, but it’s not any lower than you’d see it other times of the year.

Now you needn’t always follow the sale price, but do be aware that sellers can make you think you’re getting a great deal when you’re really not. To track true prices, download the Camelizer Google Chrome extension. It gives you easy-to-understand information on the price trends of a particular product.

Here’s how it works: Once installed, go to a product on Amazon and click the extension icon in your browser’s menu bar. You’ll see the highest price a product has ever been as well as the lowest price. This is what you should be looking at when you want to check that a deal is truly great.

Some Prime Day deals came early: Insignia's 43-inch Smart 4K Fire TV is $100 off! (Photo: Amazon)

Some Prime Day deals came early: Insignia’s 43-inch Smart 4K Fire TV is on sale for $280. (Photo: Amazon)

So many 4Ks, so little time

When shopping for 4K TVs, it might be tempting to just grab the cheapest and biggest TV on sale (trust us, you’re going to see a lot of these deals on Prime Day). If you’re buying a big 4K TV for under $400 — how bad could it really be? That’s a price that’s too good to pass up, right?

Well, maybe not. If a no-name manufacturer is offering a deal like this, exit the page and find something better because it might be a cheapo TV that will die on you within a year or so. Pay attention to brand-name manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, LG and Vizio when it comes to 4K. There’s a reason everyone knows Sony and Samsung, so it’s something to consider when you see too-good-to-be-true deals.

If you’re looking for even deeper discounts, you might consider reputable, wallet-friendly brands such as TCL, Toshiba, Insignia and others.

What year is the model? If it’s a 2021 4K TV, there’s a good chance it’s going to be cheaper on Black Friday — if you can wait that long. Most of the time, a current year’s model will see its deepest discounts on Black Friday and in the spring during the following year.

However, if you want a good deal on a 4K TV, look for 2020 models. TVs are big investments that should last for at least five to seven years. A slightly older model may not have all the latest bells and whistles, but it’ll still have plenty of great features and high resolution — at a super-low price.

This top-rated 43-inch Insignia TV is on sale right now — it’s just $280.

Hey, early birds! The newest Echo Dot (fourth gen) is already discounted for Prime Day. (Photo: Amazon)

Hey, early birds! The newest Echo Dot is already discounted for Prime Day. (Photo: Amazon)

Expect tech

Tech is the biggest category to watch. We’re going to see extremely deep discounts on everything from fitness trackers and tablets to smart-home devices and wireless headphones.

The same rules apply: Look for products released in late 2020 or even 2019. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (the newest version) was released in January this year, so it’s unlikely that Amazon will discount it further (although the retail giant might surprise us). But the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which was released in September 2020, is likely to be considerably marked down for Prime Day (and it’s $100 off right now!).

There are a few products you should avoid, including no-name fitness trackers and so-called “premium” smartphone accessories — stick to trusted brands such as Fitbit and Anker, respectively. Amazon’s in-house brand, AmazonBasics, is a very good option when it comes to charging cables and HDMI cables — we’re expecting to see impressive discounts on the entire line.

Early Prime Day deal: The Echo Show 5 is 44 percent off! (Photo: Amazon)

Early Prime Day deal: The Echo Show 5 is 44 percent off! (Photo: Amazon)

The best rule of thumb? Stay away from off-brands. If you’ve never heard of it, there’s a reason. Amazon is making a big push for their own smart devices, tablets and e-readers, so products such as Echo Buds, Fire HD 8 Plus, and Kindle Paperwhite will always be a good bet. In fact, the Echo Show 5 is already discounted for Prime Day ($45, was $90!), if you want to get an early jump on deals.

Some sellers might try to pass off refurbished products as new, to bait consumers into unbelievable deals. While there’s nothing wrong with buying refurbished goods, it’s easy to be fooled into purchasing ones that are “like new” or “renewed” without realizing it. Just take a beat to see if the item you’re buying is brand-new.

Tech companies such as Apple, Dyson, Nintendo and Microsoft will most likely get in on the action too, but discounts on these premium products might not be so deep. Apple products are rarely deeply discounted, so if you see, say, Apple AirPods on sale for more than they are right now (25 percent off!), then it’s a very good deal.

It’s a third-party party!

Look out for third-party sellers too. You might be so caught up in the excitement and high-pressure sales of Prime Day that you’ll miss who, exactly, is selling these items. If Amazon or the manufacturer isn’t selling the product, then a third-party seller is. These types of sellers can offer great deals too, but their return policies and warranties may not be as competitive as Amazon’s or the manufacturer’s.

Look for who is selling and shipping your products, which should be clearly labeled underneath the “Add to Cart” button. If Amazon or the manufacturer isn’t shipping or selling, make sure the third-party seller has high reviews.

Where are your goods coming from? (Photo: Amazon)

Where are your goods coming from? (Photo: Amazon)

Plan your attack

We’ll leave you with this: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” We’re assuming he came up with this gem after he, in fact, got punched in the mouth. Something unexpected might throw your plan out of balance on Prime Day, especially since Amazon is known for keeping other sellers on their toes with unplanned price drops on bestselling items.

But the best advice we can give you on how to win Prime Day? Be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true, beware of fake customer reviews with FakeSpot (an online tool that analyzes how many shopper reviews are from authentic people instead of bots), know what you want to buy, know how much you want to spend beforehand, stay hydrated and follow our Prime Day coverage for the best deals on the products you actually want.

Happy shopping!

  • Echo Show 5, $45 (was $90), amazon.com

  • Insignia NS-24DF310NA21 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $100 (was $170), amazon.com

  • Insignia 32-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $120 (was $200), amazon.com

  • Toshiba 43-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $240 (was $350), amazon.com

  • Insignia 50-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $300 (was $380), amazon.com

  • Apple AirPods Pro, $197 (was $249), amazon.com

  • Vybe Percussion Massage Gun, $130 with on-page coupon (was $150), amazon.com

  • Korsis Women’s Summer Casual T Shirt Dress, $29 (was $39), amazon.com

  • Purell TFX Touch-Free Foam Hand Sanitizer Dispenser, $20 (was $109), amazon.com

  • Queen Mattress Pad Cover Cooling Mattress Topper, $40 (was $60), amazon.com

TVs

  • Insignia NS-24DF310NA21 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition, $100 (was $170), amazon.com

  • Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 43-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD — Fire TV Edition, $280 (was $320), amazon.com

  • Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-inch Smart 4K Ultra HD — Fire TV Edition, $240 (was $350), amazon.com

  • Hisense 50A6G 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV, $350 (was $380), amazon.com

  • Hisense 50-inch Class R6090G Roku 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, $350 (was $430), amazon.com

  • TCL 55-inch 6-Series 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision QLED Roku Smart TV, $801 (was $900), amazon.com

Headphones and earbuds

  • Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones, $10 (was $20), amazon.com

  • Moing Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones, $33 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Cowin E7 Active Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones, $47 with on-page coupon (was $60), amazon.com

  • HolyHigh Wireless Headphones Sports Earbuds Pro, $17 (was $40), amazon.com

  • Sephia SP3060 Earbuds, $15 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Noot K11 Stereo Headphones, $13 (was $20), amazon.com

Smartphones and tablets

  • Moto G7 Plus, $149 (was $250), amazon.com

  • Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB), $299 (was $329), amazon.com

  • Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad, $150 (was $159), amazon.com

  • Vankyo MatrixPad S21 10-inch tablet, $109 (was $130), amazon.com

  • TCL 10 Pro Unlocked Android Smartphone, $300 with on-page coupon (was $450), amazon.com

  • Ulefone Note 9P smartphone, $160 (was $200), amazon.com

  • Vankyo MatrixPad S20 Tablet, $130 with on-page coupon (was $149), amazon.com

  • Zonko 10-inch Tablet, $113 (was $160), amazon.com

Gaming

  • Borderlands Legendary Collection (Nintendo Switch), $20 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Godfall (PS5), $39 (was $70), amazon.com

  • NBA 2K21 (Xbox Series X), $30 (was $70), amazon.com

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (PC), $15 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (PS4), $20 (was $40), amazon.com

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch), $48 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Runmus Gaming Headset, $20 with on-page coupon (was $43), amazon.com

  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4), $16 (was $40), amazon.com

Smart home

  • Echo Frames (second generation), $175 for Prime members only (was $250), amazon.com

  • Amazon Smart Plug, $15 for Prime members only (was $25), amazon.com

  • Facebook Portal TV, $99 (was $149), amazon.com

  • Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip HS300, $55 with on-page coupon (was $80), amazon.com

  • Echo Show 5, $45 for Prime members only (was $80), amazon.com

  • EverCross Electric Scooter, $299 with on-page coupon (was $369), amazon.com

Vacuums

  • OKP Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $119 with on-page coupon (was $300), amazon.com

  • ThisWorx Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner, $35 (was $45), amazon.com

  • Bissell SpinWave Hard Floor Expert Wet and Dry Robot Vacuum, $300 (was $400), amazon.com

  • Eufy by Anker BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim), $190 with on-page coupon (was $220), amazon.com

  • MooSoo Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, $140 with on-page coupon (was $300), amazon.com

  • Yeedi K650 Robot Vacuum, $140 with on-page coupon (was $180), amazon.com

Work from home

  • Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, $38 with on-page coupon (was $50), amazon.com

  • LifeLong Ergonomic Laptop stand for desk, $50 with on-page coupon (was $90), amazon.com

  • Truweo Posture Corrector, $20 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Vankyo Leisure 530W Digital Projector, $200 with on-page coupon (was $230), amazon.com

  • FelixKing Ergonomic Desk Chair, $125 with on-page coupon (was $160), amazon.com

  • AndaSeat gaming and office chair, $230 with on-page coupon (was $290), amazon.com

  • Hey! Play! Mini Tabletop Pool Set, $16 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Vybe Percussion Massage Gun, $130 with on-page coupon (was $150), amazon.com

Kitchen

  • Bayco 9 Pack Glass Meal Prep Containers, $33 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Oster 6812-001 Core 16-Speed Blender with Glass Jar, $38 (was $45), amazon.com

  • Gotham Steel Smokeless Grill Indoor Grill, $38 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Ninja Personal Blender, $60 (was $70), amazon.com

  • Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer, $80 (was $145), amazon.com

  • Elite Gourmet EGC-007 Easy Electric Poacher, $16 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Geek Chef Air Fryer Toaster Oven, $140 with on-page coupon (was $200), amazon.com

  • Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, $11 (was $15), amazon.com

  • Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick 500 Watt 9-Speed Immersion Multi-Purpose Hand Blender, $30 (was $45), amazon.com

  • Bonsenkitchen Handheld Milk Frother, $12 (was $18), amazon.com

Beauty

  • Naturewell Retinol Advanced Moisturizing Cream for Face and Body, $15 with on-page coupon (was $23), amazon.com

  • CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30, $9 with-page coupon (was $19), amazon.com

  • Keranique Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $32 (was $50), amazon.com

  • AuraGlow Teeth Whitening Kit, $38 with on-page coupon (was $60), amazon.com

  • LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream for Face, $20 with on-page coupon (was $30), amazon.com

Style

  • Korsis Women’s Summer Casual T Shirt Dress, $29 (was $39), amazon.com

  • Prettygarden Ladies Basic Crewneck Belted Office Dress, $30 (was $37), amazon.com

  • Yidarton Women’s Comfy Casual Twist Knot Tunics Tops Blouses T-Shirts, $12 (was $27), amazon.com

  • a.Jesdani Women’s Button Down, $33 with on-page coupon (was $50), amazon.com

  • BerryGo Women’s Embroidery Pearl Button Down Dress V Neck Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress, $42 (was $50), amazon.com

  • Leggings Depot Leggings, $16 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Milumia Women’s Boho Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Dress, $28 (was $34), amazon.com

Health and wellness

  • Lement 100 Pcs Disposable Face Masks, $8.50 (was $9), amazon.com

  • PURELL TFX Touch-Free Foam Hand Sanitizer Dispenser, $20 (was $109), amazon.com

  • Microban Professional Sanitizing Spray, $34 (was $65), amazon.com

  • Wecolor 100 Pcs Disposable 3 Ply Earloop Face Masks, $12 (was $20), amazon.com

  • PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, $29 (was $37), amazon.com

Bedding

  • Sumitu Bed Pillows for Sleeping 2 Pack, $31 (was $60), amazon.com

  • Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket Twin Size Grey Plush Blanket, $29 (was $32), amazon.com

  • LuxClub 6 PC Sheet Set Bamboo Sheets, $35 for queen (was $57), amazon.com

  • Bedsure Satin Pillowcase for Hair and Skin Silk Pillowcase 2 Pack, $8 (was $10), amazon.com

  • Utopia Bedding Down Alternative Comforter, $35 (was $57), amazon.com

  • Queen Mattress Pad Cover Cooling Mattress Topper, $40 (was $60), amazon.com

Pets

  • Furhaven Pet – Two-Tone L Shaped Orthopedic Corner Sofa Dog Bed, $28 (was $35), amazon.com

  • Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick Interactive Treat Puzzle Dog Toy, $14 (was $25), amazon.com

  • Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Squeaky Puzzle Plush Dog Toy, $20 (was $30), amazon.com

  • Milk-Bone MaroSnacks Dog Treats, $9 (was $12), amazon.com

  • Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Treats, $6 (was $14), amazon.com

  • Interactive Robotic Cat Toy, $25 (was $45), amazon.com

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