Mark your calendar: Amazon just announced that its third annual will be on July 11 this year, with deals kicking off as early as 9 p.m. EDT on July 10.
This is a big deal because Prime Day — Amazon's annual sales event for Prime members — has been compared to Christmas in July for its Black Friday-like deals. This year, Amazon promises "hundreds of thousands of deals" on everything from music to books and videos with new deals released every five minutes for the entire event. In order to qualify for Prime Day deals, you must first be an Amazon Prime member, which costs $99 for a one-year membership. You can start , too, just remember to cancel it if you don't want to be charged for the full year.
Just like last year, Prime Day will include a variety of Spotlight Deals and Lightning Deals. While Spotlight Deals on popular items will last until the stock is sold out, Lightning Deals will launch every five minutes and run for a specific amount of time with limited quantities.
There are a couple of ways to get even more savings. If you've got , such as an or , you can score even more discounts — they're offering exclusive deals those members to promote their voice-enabled devices this year. And the app will host deals for items with one-hour delivery.
Can't wait until July? Amazon actually started releasing some deals for Prime members today including:
- 40% off the first six months of an — which means you'll only pay $8.95 per month instead of $14.95 per month.
- Up to 40% off — so instead of paying $239.76 for a two-year membership, you'll only pay$143.86.
- A $10 shopping credit on Amazon if you stream from your TV for the first time on or before July 12.
- 99 cents for four months of access to Amazon 's full catalog of music.
- 15% off supplies
According to the , Prime Members will also be treated to bonus deals in similar categories in the week leading up to Prime Day including special voice-shopping deals on July 5, music and video deals on July 6 and 7 respectively, everyday essentials discounts on July 8 and reading deals on July 9.
And remember, you can sign up for Amazon Prime by clicking .