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Amazon Prime Day
It isn’t often I get excited for a sale. That may or may not be surprising to you, but I think most sales are bad deals. With that said, Amazon has been known to heavily discount an item or two during Black Friday and other promotional events, so I am really excited about today’s announcement of Prime Day.
Prime Day will be on July 15 and will be a celebration of the company’s 20th birthday. Here is how Amazon describes it:
Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than Black Friday. Prime members can shop exclusive deals from electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more.
I’m sure a lot of this is hype and Amazon isn’t going to go out of business to offer us below market deals across the board, but for those who are diligent, I’m sure an amazing opportunity or two will come along.
Prime Members Only & A Free Trial
As you can probably tell by the name, this “event” is for Prime members only. I have happily been a member of Prime for about 4 years now, but I know some of you don’t see the value or haven’t tried it yet. Luckily Amazon is offering a free 30 day trial of Prime and even trial members are eligible.
- Amazon Prime 30 Day Free Trial (This is my affiliate link. You can also sign up on the Amazon website directly.)
Turn Off Auto-Renew
If you do sign up for the trial then it will automatically renew after 30 days at the rate of $99 per year. You can however disable that by going to “My Account” and then “Manage Prime Membership” and disabling auto-renew. That way you can try the service, enjoy Prime Day and not worry about forgetting in case you don’t want to keep Amazon Prime.
Update: It seems like Amazon doesn’t allow you to do this anymore. The best option is to set a Google Calendar or other reminder and then click “End Membership” when you are ready to end the trial. You could also try to create a temporary virtual credit card number that expires before the trial and set that as the default payment method, so the charge won’t go through, but that seems a bit too complicated.
I have found that Amazon has a ton of decent deals around Black Friday, so I am hoping this event isn’t just a bunch of hype. It seems like Amazon is trying to get more people into their “Prime Ecosystem”, so I do believe there will be some decent finds if you look hard enough. You can find out more about Prime Day on the Amazon website.
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