Amazon Lightning Deals are back, and you can save a ton if you know how to work the system. I’m talking savings upwards of 60% or more on anything from kitchenware and electronics to accessories and beauty products.
One thing to know is Lightning Deals don’t usually include name-brand products. The exception is on Prime Day. Once I saw a Cricut Lightning Deal on Prime Day, but overall you won’t find a lot of name brands. On a normal day, it’s third-party sellers, and only those who pay more to be a “Professional” seller. Sellers must be eligible based on criteria set by Amazon. Sellers must have good ratings over a set amount of time and selling new products, for example.
Read on to learn more about Amazon Lightning Deals and how you can save, but before you do, be sure to download the KCL app to see even more savings opportunities.
1. Find Amazon Lightning Deals in Today’s Deals.
PRO TIP: You can also find these deals in the app by tapping the bottom-right menu button, then “Today’s Deals” under Programs & Features. You’ll see an option for Lightning Deals there.
2. You can only purchase one lightning deal product at a time…so jump on it, quick.
Lightning Deal products are limited to one per customer. For example, I saw a Lightning Deal for a Himalayan Salt Lamp & Essential Oil Diffuser for 69% off. I can only claim one of those diffusers with the Lightning Deal discount, but I can shop as many other Lightning Deals as I want.
That said, Lightning Deals also only come in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis. So, if you want it, you’d better jump on it before the next shopper does.
3. Look for the “claimed” bar and timer to see the availability of a Lightning Deal.
Lightning Deals are time-sensitive. You’ll see a countdown timer indicating how much longer the deal is available and a percentage bar as well showing how many deals are left to claim.
4. Add the Lightning Deal to your cart and check out within 15 minutes to get the promo price.
When you see a deal you want and click “Add to Cart,” you’re still not done! While you have dibs on the item, you have 15 minutes after adding it to your cart to buy it and get the Lightning Deal price.
If you don’t purchase before the 15-minute period, you’ll lose the promo price and you can’t reclaim the deal because you added it to your cart. You’ll know you did it right if you see the “Lightning Deal” discount in your Order Summary at checkout.
5. Get a head start if you’re a Prime member with Prime Early Access Deals.
Prime members can select “Prime Early Access Deals” and see Lightning Deals up to 30 minutes before they go live. This is the “prime” way to get the best killer deals out there.
6. On Prime Day, all Lightning Deals are exclusive to Prime members.
Prime Day is usually in the summer, but the pandemic threw off Amazon’s cadence. In 2020 Amazon hosted Prime Day on Oct. 13. But we expect Prime Day to show up in June in 2021. Prime members get exclusive access to Lightning Deals the entire day.
7. If you missed a Lightning Deal, join the waiting list and you might still get it.
If you arrived too late for a Lightning Deal, you can join a waiting list. If someone claims an item but fails to purchase it within the 15-minute window, for instance, they’ll lose the deal and you’ll be notified if you’re next in the queue for the promo price.
8. Filter deals by availability to keep tabs on them.
Under “Deal Type,” you can check off “Available,” “Upcoming,” “Expired,” and “Watchlist.”
PRO TIP: Want to see deals with the steepest discounts? Look for the “Sort by” filter at the top of the Lightning Deals page and click “Discount – High to Low.” I saw products discounted as much as 65%!
9. Stack coupons with your Lightning Deals to save even more.
Some products will have Amazon coupons you can clip. To get the discount, you have to clip it before you go to checkout or it won’t apply to your order.
If you applied the coupon successfully, you’ll see the Lightning Discount and the coupon savings as two distinct line-item discounts in your total.
10. You can’t stack Subscribe & Save discounts with Lightning Deals and coupons.
Unfortunately, you have to either stack the coupon with your Lightning Deal or stack it with your Subscribe & Save discount — you can’t have both.
11. Save name-brand purchases for Black Friday sales at big box stores if the brand name is important.
If you’re not trying to impress those dear to you with a name-brand purchase, then definitely shoot for Lightning Deals. You’ll find deals like this masticating juicer from Calmdo Direct US for just $80, which is significantly cheaper than say, Macy’s Black Friday 2019 promotion where you could get 20% off a $300 Omega masticating juicer.