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8 Prime Day Secrets Everyone MUST Know Before the Deals Hit

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Amazon Prime Day is officially happening Tuesday, July 11 through Wednesday, July 12. And whether you’re looking for early Prime Day deals on tech items like AirPods, or more useful items like toilet paper, paper towels, or grocery food, we’re breaking down our top 8 Prime Day shopping secrets so you can shop the sale like a pro.

From special Prime Day credit offers to early Prime Day deals that don’t suck, to how to get notified on certain deals — I’ve got you covered. Plus, for the first year ever, Krazy Coupon Lady will be live blogging Amazon Prime Day lightning deals during the two-day event, so be sure to bookmark this page and keep hitting refresh so you don’t miss the deals!

Also, make sure to check out my list of other big box retailers that offer Prime Day competitor sales so you can shop all the best deals this summer.

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1. If you’re not a Prime member, sign up for the Prime membership free trial to shop all the deals.

Someone looking on their phone at the webpage for Amazon Prime free trial

Afraid to commit to the Prime membership fees? It’s okay. You can still shop for Prime Day deals as soon as the day of the event. Amazon will let shoppers sign up for a 30-day Prime membership free trial, and shoppers will instantly be eligible to shop Prime Day deals.

I have an ongoing list of Prime membership perks that explain why I think it’s very much worth it. But, if you’re still not convinced after your free trial, it’s super easy to cancel your membership at any time. Take note that Prime Video-only subscribers will not have access to Prime Day deals.


2. Some of the best Prime Day deals happen weeks before the actual event.

I’ve worked many Prime Days in my career, and I’ll see prices drop on hot items even weeks before the event. For example, various models of the Echo Dot were marked down up to 40% since late June.

The catch? Until Prime Day, you never know when prices will jump back up. You have no choice but to expect crazy price fluctuation until July 11 and 12. But of course, come Prime Day, you’re guaranteed to find the best prices. That’s just how it rolls!



3. Easily earn Amazon credit in five different ways.

A person holding an Amazon gift card.

Every year for Prime Day, Amazon has a few different offers related to Amazon credit. Check out the offers we know about so far:

  • Upload your first photo to the Amazon Photo Center and earn a $15 credit. This deal expires on July 7.
  • Now through July 10, you can earn a $5 credit when you buy an Amazon gift card valued at $50 or more.
  • Now through July 10, get $200 instantly when you sign up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card.
  • Add funds of $100 or more to an existing Amazon gift card to earn a $12 Prime Day credit. This offer expires on July 10.
  • Add Venmo as the default payment method on your Amazon account and instantly earn a $5 Amazon credit. This deal expires on Dec. 31.

RELATED: Get a $200 Amazon Gift Card With This Timely Credit Card Deal


4. Request an invitation to get access to exclusive Amazon Prime Day deals.

Someone requesting an invite to a Prime Day deal with a laptop and Amazon Prime packages in the background

All Prime Day deals are open to all Prime members. However, for the first time ever, Amazon will host exclusive Prime Day deals on items that they claim will sell out quickly. Only select Prime members will get access to these deals, and selection will happen randomly.

To get a chance to access these exclusive deals, all you need to do is request an invite to them. It just takes a couple of clicks — we have a step-by-step tutorial in the story linked below.

RELATED: You’ll Want to Sign Up for These Prime Day Invite-Only Deals NOW


5. Check CamelCamelCamel to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal.

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If you’re shopping deals sold and shipped by Amazon, you’re almost guaranteed you’re getting the best price on any given item on Prime Day. This is especially true for Amazon devices, like Fire TVs, Ring doorbells, and Echo Dots.

But sometimes, there are other times in the year (like Black Friday or a special retailer sale) that’d offer a better deal on a certain item.

So for any independent storefronts or deals sold by third-party sellers, it’s always a great idea to double-check the pricing history on CamelCamelCamel. Enter the link or SKU number on the site, and use the toggle filters to customize your search.


6. Add items to your shopping cart or wish list. Get notified instantly if something goes on sale for Prime Day.

Someone adding Airpods to their Amazon wish list on the app

Make your Amazon Shopping Cart, Saved for Later list, or Amazon Wish List your best friend. You’ll want to add all of your favorite items on any of these lists before Prime Day. Then, once a deal goes live on any of the items you added, you can get notified.

Just make sure to go into your Amazon notifications settings and look for “Your Watched & Waitlisted Deals.” And make sure that the setting is toggled “On.”

Also, if you have an Alexa device, Alexa can tell you as soon as she finds out about an upcoming deal on one of your starred products. Just make sure to toggle the “Deal Recommendations” alert on your Alexa mobile app for this to work.

Then, once a deal goes live, Alexa will instantly get an alert. And she’ll notify you via a yellow blinking light on your device. Once that happens, say, “Alexa, what are my notifications?” and Alexa will explain the details of the deal.


7. Amazon employees can use their employee discount on Prime Day.

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Amazon staff members are rewarded with a 10% Amazon employee discount that they can use on items directly sold by

And fortunately, employees can stack their staff discount on top of any Prime Day offers.


8. Follow Krazy Coupon Lady for all the deals.

We’ve been covering Prime Day since 2015, and our editors are working 24/7 to provide the best deals, insight, and everything in between. You can trust the Krazy Coupon Lady as the deal expert for all retail events!

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