The Amazon sale faces serious competition from Australian online shopping market leader eBay, however, which launched its subscription service, eBay Plus, and a site-wide sales event to compete with its new USA competitor.
Amazon's Prime membership program offers two-day free shipping, access to some TV shows on its streaming service, discounts at Amazon-owned Whole Foods and a host of other perks. Last Prime Day, Amazon saw more new-member sign-ups than on any other day of the year, according to its 2017 Q2 financial results. Among them, a Fingerlings unicorn doll whose horn lights up and a Delta kitchen faucet that can be turned on through Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The company is also offering Virtual Reality or VR outlets this Prime Day at 11 malls across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.
Amazon's huge annual sale event is less than a fortnight away! In addition to being the longest Prime Day to date, the event will also expand to new markets this year, says Amazon. The regular price is $229.99 so this is a $100 savings. Naturally, you can use your Alexa smart speakers like the Echo Dot or Echo Show to request tunes too.
First of all, if you want to get in on the action, you need to sign-up to Amazon Prime.
Shoppers can keep tabs on the best deals at Amazon by visiting Amazon's today's deals page. Amazon disclosed for the first time this year that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide.
Aside from discounts, new Prime exclusive products will be also surfacing.
Save up to 50% on popular movies and TV shows on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray.
Here on the Smart Shopper column, we'll be posting numerous excellent deals during the entire 36 hour event.
The bad news is that the sale fiesta is only valid for Amazon prime subscribers, meaning only those who pay subscription fees can get their hands on the deals. That's six extra hours of shopping time! Most Amazon-exclusive smartphones will be available at a discount. Starting July 3, a ton of Prime sales are hot and heavy at their actual Prime Day prices, so Prime members can get a head start and get some deals out of the way.
Alexa Shopping - Alexa makes it easy to find the best Prime Day deals.
Last Prime Day, I purchased an AmazonBasics Lightning cable, deodorant and dog treats: practical purchases that I made because they were a few bucks off.
"We recognize that there are important local brands that members enjoy and love, so Prime Day and Prime is a great showcase for those brands", Ghani said. This year, a total of 17 countries will celebrate Prime Day.
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