10 Amazon Prime Day Deals That Aren’t Worth It
Everybody loves a good bargain, but some “deals” aren’t worth your hard earned cash on Prime Day.
Although tempting to believe that big markdowns will take place during Amazon’s biggest time of the year, real discounts on fashion actually occur at the end of a season, not right smack in the middle of it. According to U.S. News & World Report, apparel is a category you shouldn’t be indulging on during Prime Day. While summer is in full swing, avoid buying fashion and wait until fall items start making it into retailers. An exception to this rule is Amazon Essentials apparel that will enjoy deep discounts during Prime Day. Find out even more products you should always be buying on Amazon.
As soon as the summer heat turns up, our clothes get smaller, which may have you in the mindset to tone up your body. Unfortunately for you, the idea of getting fit will also be on everybody else’s mind. That’s why it’s better to skip big-ticket exercise purchases like treadmills and weight sets during July’s Prime Day, as the demand for workout gear will keep prices higher during Amazon’s shopping bonanza, according to Yahoo Lifestyle. Instead, set a calendar reminder to search for those items once the cold weather hits. The only workout gear you should consider purchasing is from Amazon’s in-house athleisure line Core 10 that will have slashed prices come Amazon Prime Day.
Items sold by third-party retailers
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A good rule of thumb on Prime Day—and every day—is to only buy items sold or shipped directly by Amazon. Because Prime Day is such a cash cow, it creates an incentive for less trustworthy sellers to create deceiving listings that may seem like a good deal when they actually are not, cautions Android Central, a tech authority. Because you don’t want to spend your precious time on Prime Day researching and reading reviews—and potentially missing out on deals—its best to stick with Amazon vetted products. A good example of an Amazon product that will be a steal on Prime Day is the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $169, down from its original price of $298.99 and it includes a free Echo Dot. How’s that for a bargain? For even more money-saving strategies, use these Amazon hacks to save big year-round.
As tempting as it may be for would-be Santas to knock off all of their holiday shopping during Amazon Prime Day, it’s better to sit tight. You’ll get the best deals on toys right after Black Friday, reports U. S. News & World Report, as the weeks leading up to the holidays guarantee retailers will be looking to deplete the year’s inventory. There’s also increased competition between toymakers during the holiday season which means they’re incentivized to offer their lowest prices. Your kid may not be getting a toy this Prime Day, but if your iPhone needs something to play with, check out this Sonix case that will be a full $10 off during the shopping event.
School and office supplies
A pen here, a notebook there…next thing you know, your cart is full and your wallet empty. If you can wait until late August or early September, that’s when you’ll find the lowest prices, NerdWallet advises. Yes, it’s after the back-to-school rush, but it’s also when supplies are being moved to the clearance shelves. You can stock up on those #2 pencils and crayons and store them for next fall. The one school-related item you should swipe during Amazon Prime Day is teacher appreciation cards from Hallmark at a whopping 37.5 percent discount!
For the same reasons it’s not smart to buy school supplies now, it’s best to hold off on buying laptops, desktops, or any computer equipment until after the back-to-school rush subsides. The best time to purchase laptops and desktops is late August and early September after school has been in session for a while. The one exception is Amazon brand products, including Fire tablets and Kindles, which you can expect steep discounts on during Amazon Prime Day. We hear the Echo Input will be a mere $14.99.
Amazon has never been a photographer’s best friend and that continues to hold true on Prime Day. The virtual retailer has always had less-than-stellar camera selections and prices aren’t significantly lower during July sale. Instead of purchasing a camera during Prime Day, wait until the end of the year, according to Tom’s Guide, because that’s when the new models come out and camera makers need to clear their stock. Even as you’re holding off on that camera purchase, you can still make your face picture perfect with L’Oréal Paris’ Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Triple Power Daycream duo at a 30 percent discount just for Amazon Prime Day.
Product bundles you don’t need
Bundles (i.e. skincare or electronic sets) look great on paper, but they aren’t always a smart buy. Is it really a deal if you end up paying more for the one item you wanted because it came with a second item you had no intention of purchasing in the first place? Wirecutter agrees that you should pass on bundled products unless you are 100 percent sure you’re going to use every single item in that package. One product bundle that passes the test is shampoo and conditioner, like OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner set, which will be marked down by 20 percent on Amazon Prime Day.
Gaming titles and accessories
Not all deals are created equal, especially when it comes to video games. Gaming news site GamesRadar+ suggests doing your research and not opting for the lowest price on an item. Why? The gaming site warns that pricing during Prime Day can be deceiving and you may be buying an older or inferior version of a product you really wanted in exchange for a lower price. Like mom used to say, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The exception is Prime Day’s Lightning Deals, like this gaming noise-reduction headset for only $12.74.
Newest TV models
TVs are like cars in that manufacturers pump out shinier, more souped-up versions every year in an effort to keep consumers upgrading. But if you can set aside your desire for the latest and greatest and recognize that the differences between 2018 and 2019 models are pretty insignificant, you’ll score even more savings on the older model, shares Wirecutter. Instead of buying a new TV set, consider splurging on an Amazon-branded Fire TV Recast DVR that will be discounted by $100 down to $129 during Amazon Prime Day. On the other hand, here are the 2019 Amazon Prime Day deals you can’t afford to miss.
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