Snagging Amazon Prime deals requires strategy

Amazon's annual Prime Day kicks off Monday night

If you love a good bargain, this is the event for you. Amazon’s annual Prime Day kicks off at 9 p.m. EST with 30 hours of shopping deals on hundreds-of-thousands of items for Prime members.

Consumer Reports anticipates the biggest savings to be on TVs, Amazon devices like Echo and Kindle, and home products, but Amazon doesn't always make it easy, so snagging the deals requires a smart shopping strategy.

"Amazon Prime Day can be a bear to keep track of all the deals. They have lightning deals that disappear, they have new deals that they introduce every five minutes or so -- so you really need to revisit the site numerous times throughout the day to get the best deals. We also advise that you download the Amazon app to keep track of the deals," Jim Willcox, electronics editor for Consumer Reports said.

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The deals are only available to Amazon Prime members, but Consumer Reports says the case for the $99 annual Prime membership is strong even if you're in it solely for the shipping value.

If you are unsure whether Prime is right for you, you could take advantage of the 30-day free trial.

In response to Amazon’s sales, Walmart, Target and Sears are also launching huge sales, so it may be worth your time to shop around on Tuesday.

 

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