Amazon Prime Day will be on July 12 and 13 — here is everything we know, plus the best early deals

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Prime Day is the annual shopping event exclusive for Prime members.
Other retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy offer similar sales during Prime Day.

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Amazon Prime Day 2022 is coming. And along with it: Tempting prices on thousands of products across categories like tech gadgets, kitchen essentials, home goods, and more.For the uninitiated, Prime Day brings some of the best deals of the year, with limited-time deals across dozens of categories. If you like the sound of Black Friday-level prices in the middle of July, consider Prime Day as the best time to check some goods off your shopping list.  While Amazon keeps exact sale details close to the vest, we’ve got the low-down on what you need to know. To help make shopping Prime Day easier, we’ve got full-scale coverage on the most worthwhile deals and the best tips to find what you’re looking for at the best prices.What is Prime Day? Amazon Prime Day is the annual two-day shopping event for Prime members. It’s Amazon’s biggest sale of the year. So big, in fact, that it’s called by some as “Black Friday in July.”Each year brings significant markdowns on products in just about every category you can think of, and most notably, the lowest prices of the year on Amazon-branded devices. While it’s never too early to prepare for Prime Day, there’s a chance this won’t be the only big, exclusive sale from the e-commerce giant in 2022. Details are sparse, but it’s been rumored that Amazon will host another Prime Day later this year.When is Prime Day 2022?Amazon Prime Day 2022 will take place on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. Is Prime Day only for Prime members?Yes, you will need to have an Amazon Prime membership to take advantage of the deals during Prime Day. It’s worth noting that beyond Prime Day, a Prime account includes free two-day or same-day shipping. It also includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Try Before You Buy (formerly Prime Wardrobe), and other perks.How to sign up for Amazon Prime 
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial by following these steps:Go to on the button Enjoy Prime FREE for 30 days.On the next screen, click Create your Amazon account.Follow the prompts and add your payment method and billing address.Click the button that says Activate your free trial.What are the best deals on Prime Day?First things first: Amazon will be offering massive discounts on its own devices, so expect to see plenty of deals on Echo smart speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV devices, Kindles, and the Blink and Ring security systems. And if you’ve been interested in Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker, Prime Day is the best time to buy. You’ll also find discounts on Amazon’s digital services, like Audible. In terms of what else to expect, great deals run the gamut. Prime Day organizes deals in a particular way. There are spotlight deals, which are typically items that have the most inventory and are from big-name brands. There are also lightning deals, which run only for a limited time and in limited quantities.Quick tip: To understand if you’re actually getting a good deal, use the free tool CamelCamelCamel. It is the most trusted Amazon price trackers available, and you can get notifications for price deceases for any product listed on Amazon.The best early deals you can shop right nowAmazon is known for releasing early deals to drum up excitement, especially on its own devices, and we’re expecting the same approach this year. We’re only a few weeks away from Prime Day, but here are some early deals that are on our radar.

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To keep tabs on the best deals leading up to Prime Day, check out our full coverage of the best early Prime Day deals.Which retailers are competing with Prime Day?Other retailers take advantage of Prime Day by offering their own deals in and around the same dates that Prime Day takes place. Some retailers with physical locations offer the benefit to pick up items on the same day,, as long as the location has your item in stock.Walmart: Walmart offers a huge range of products, and the retailer usually has comparable deals to those found on Amazon for Prime Day. During last year’s Prime Day, we saw deals on robot vacuums, TVs, phones, laptops, and more. Best Buy: Best Buy typically offers tech products like TVs, phones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, and more. Deals on these products are often comparable to Amazon’s deals during Prime Day. Target: Like Walmart, Target offers a wide range of products, many of which get comparable deals to Amazon’s Prime Day deals. Some of the great deals we saw during last year’s Prime Day included gaming, smart home, audio, personal care, robot vacuums, upright vacuums, and more. 

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