What is Amazon Prime Day? I must say everywhere i have been today online,all i kept seeing was Amazon prime day,i had no idea what exactly what this was.I had an idea it must be something to do with deals on the famous shopping site.So i decided to dig in and get an extensive insight into exactly what Amazon prime day was.
It's the biggest Amazon shopping event ever, says the retailer. Bigger than Black Friday - the US shopping event that takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving that sees thousandsof retailers slash their prices for one day only.
With Amazon Prime Day, there are more than 100,000 deals on offer worldwide, including more than 7,000 in the UK. BUT they are exclusively available for its Prime members - those who pay £79 a year, or £7.99 for perks such as 'free' same-day, or next-day delivery. See more about Prime membership below.
Today is a day of 'Lightning Deals' at Amazon.co.uk - and its international sites. These special offers are either limited in number of discounts available or by time they are on sale.
Are Amazon prime day deals worth signing up for?
That all depends on what you're buying. As mentioned previously, there's £12 off the Fiorelli handbag below, which usually sells for £42.39, and a whopping £334 off the Melitta coffee maker, which normally sells for close to £1,000.
There are deals on many electricals, homeware and children's ware so if you were planning to buy something such as a new television anyway, this might be a good time. However if you are looking for a particular product, you are unlikely to find it in the sale.
It can be easy to get carried away with these types of frenzied sales, especially when they are time limited or you know there is limited stock. So it's perhaps even more useful than ever to step back and question whether you actually need it and to price compare to make sure it is a good deal.
What else do you get with Amazon Prime membership?
Annual membership to Prime costs £79 (up from £49 when it was first launched in 2013), or £7.99 a month, and for that customers are able to take advantage of 'unlimited one-day delivery on millions of eligible items'.
They also enjoy 'exclusive access to movies and TV shows, ad-free music, unlimited photo storage and Kindle books'.
Other perks include unlimited same-day (evening delivery) on eligible items to eligible postcodes at no extra cost and access to Amazon Pantry, the new grocery delivery service - delivery is £2.99 for the first Amazon Pantry box and 99p for each additional box in the same order.
Can you get it for free?
If you do want to take advantage of the Prime Day deals on offer but don't want to pay for the service, you could sign up for a free 30-day trial. You will have to enter your card details and if you don't remember to cancel your trial before it ends, you will automatically be charged the full annual membership cost.
You would be wise to set 'a renewal reminder' by selecting the 'Do Not Continue' option accessible in the 'Manage Prime Membership' section of your account to prompt you to cancel your membership before the end of your free trial - but this reminder can only be set if your renewal date is within the next three days.
Will I really get next-day delivery?
Next-day delivery refers to the next business day, so you won't necessarily receive your item within 24 hours if you order on a Friday or Saturday. And if the item you order is out of stock or unavailable to dispatch, one-day delivery won't be offered but two-day delivery will be offered instead.
Interest-free credit offer
As well as the discounts available today, Amazon Prime Customers can also get six months' interest-free credit on eligible orders direct from Amazon that total £250 or above - down from the usual minimum order amount of £400. The offer is available for orders placed today only.
The interest-free loan is provided by Hitachi Personal Finance and eligible items are dispatched from, and sold by, Amazon directly.
So there you are,i hope like me you have a better insight into how the Amazon prime day works and i hope you get yourself a fantastic deal.