John wrote in: Amazon Prime Day: Were you aware of this today? There have been a couple of decent Bosch/Skil tools so far. Not sure what else will follow, but it may be worth tracking for some deals.
Brandon wrote in: Amazon Prime Day: Surprised you haven’t mentioned anything about the Prime Day deals. I’ve seen a few really good tool deals already.
Okay, okay, you guys twisted my arm, I’ll post about Amazon Prime Day! The reason I hadn’t is because I checked some of the available deals late last night, and none were worth mentioning. Granted I could only see 5 hours in the future, to 7am, but I thought that the lackluster tool deals would be a trend.
It looks like I was wrong, and there were some fantastic tool deals that already sold out this morning. Hopefully the great tool deals continue through the day and get even better!
This is what you need to know about Amazon Prime Day:
1) These deals are only available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Not a Prime member? Unless anyone discovers otherwise, maybe you could sign up for a free 30-day trial.
If you sign up for a trial, be sure to turn off automatic renewals!
2) You can go the Amazon Prime Day Deal Page and manually filter the available lightning deals and upcoming lightning deals sections. Sorting capability is to the upper right side of each section, and you’re looking for DIY & Tools. There are also some tool-related deals in the automotive section.
Or go straight to the Tools & Home Improvement Deal Page, but some of the upcoming tool deals on the main page aren’t showing here yet. Weird.
3) There will only be lightning deals, which means each deal has a time limit and a fixed number of products that can be sold at the deal price. When in doubt, add an item to your cart right away. This gives you 15 minutes to decide about the deal. After 15 minutes, you’ve lost your chance to buy it, but that is often better than waiting too long and finding a deal sold out while you were thinking about it.
You could also buy right away and deal with buyer’s remorse later.
This also means that you have to check back throughout the day, as the upcoming deals section only shows a couple of hours of deals at a time.
3.5) I have taken advantage of a lot of Amazon Lightning Deals in the past. Sometimes the savings are slight, other times they’re huge. Before you check around for a lower price, average street price, or reviews, add the item to your cart to create that 15-minute window mentioned in tip no. 3.
I once missed out on a great tool deal because I was checking around to see how good of a deal it was. After that, I adopted my “cart first, Google second” policy.
If you find or take advantage of a great deal, please let us know!
Thanks to John and Brandon for the deal post tip/reminder!