is finally upon us! It arrives on the heels of two weeks’ worth of early deals and discount teases, but today is the main event. The company’s answer to officially started at midnight PT, and it’ll run through the end of the day tomorrow, Oct. 14.
One thing to keep in mind: Other stores exist. (Shocker, right?) And many of them, includingand , are running sales of their own to compete with Amazon. While many of Amazon’s deals are great, be sure to check elsewhere to be absolutely sure you’re getting the best price (we’ve found more than a few instances where that’s the case!).
Below you’ll find some of the best discounts available right now — and there are some darn good ones — as curated by yours truly. Here’s the important caveat: To take advantage of these, and most other, Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime member.
Assuming you already are, think seriously about applying for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. Right now, that will net youyou can use for any upcoming purchases. You also get 5% back on nearly everything you buy from Amazon, and for a limited time you can get 10% back on select electronics.
Meanwhile, you can stillwhen you spend at least $10 at a select US-based small business. And there are several other ways to . Be sure to check out my for additional money-saving strategies.
I’ll update this post as more early Amazon Prime Day deals roll in. You can also sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via text message. Use that link or send a text to (415) 878-5807. Only one text per day, opt out anytime.
Sarah Tew/CNETThis is the lowest price on record for the non-Pro AirPods, still the “king of true wireless earbuds.” Still not cheap by any means, but not quite so ridiculously overpriced, either.
Juan Garzon/CNETIt’s not just Amazon that has Prime Day specials. Case in point: The single best Galaxy S20 deal to date comes from Visible. The carrier is chopping over $400 off the regular price of the flagship phone, which normally sells for $984 (and $1,000 elsewhere). You’ll get out the door for $768, then receive a $200 prepaid MasterCard after two months of Visible service at $40 a month.
You’ll also receive a $200 Samsung gift card you can use to buy other goodies. All this is predicated on porting your number to Visible as part of your purchase. Still, it’s a fantastic deal.
Megan Wollerton/CNETThe Blink Mini is one of the Amazon brand’s newer indoor security cameras — and it typically costs $35. Now, with a $10 discount, you can snag one for just $25. It’s similar to the Wyze Cam Indoor, but doesn’t have free cloud storage. Read the review.
RokuIt may be two years old, but the Roku Premiere is still an excellent streamer. It has apps for pretty much every streaming service under the sun, and it slings them all at 4K. The latest version supports HDR, too. Whether there’s a “dumb” TV you’re looking to make smart or an old Roku that’s in need of replacing, it’s hard to beat this all-time-low price.
AmazonAmazon Prime subscribers already get a pretty decent deal on the music-streaming service: $8 per month, which is $2 less than Spotify, Apple Music and the like.
If you haven’t yet tried the service, here’s your chance to enjoy four months for just a buck. Don’t have Prime? You can get three months for a buck. And if you were already a Music Unlimited subscriber in the past, you can come back for $3 per month for the first three months.
AmazonCut the cord! This deal ties the lowest price on record. In fact, it hasn’t been that low since around the holidays last year. For $130 you’re getting the two-tuner, 500GB model. If you want the four-tuner, 1TB version, it’ll cost you just $50 more. Read our Fire TV Recast review.
Tyler Lizenby/CNETThe Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s $90 smart display. But during Prime Day, this small display is half-price at just $45. Like other Amazon smart displays, this model works with the Alexa voice assistant to answer your questions about the weather, display a compatible security camera’s live feed and more. Read the review.
Tyler Lizenby/CNETThe Amazon Echo Auto brings Alexa into your car. Usually priced at $50, the Echo Auto costs just 20 bucks during Prime Day. Like other Alexa speakers, the Echo Auto lets you play music, place calls and much more. Read the article.
ChamberlainThe all-around great MyQ (I’ve used one for years) just dropped to its lowest price ever — all the more amazing considering it used to be over $100. But it gets even better: If you decide to use it for Amazon In-Garage Delivery, you can get a $30 credit after your first order by applying promo code KEY30 when placing that order. That more than covers the cost of the MyQ itself.
AmazonAnother “lowest price ever” deal, the Insignia is a current-generation 4K UHD TV (it was released this year) built around Amazon’s Fire TV interface. That means you get all the compatible apps and streaming services, plus an Alexa-powered voice remote. There are three HDMI inputs as well, the better to accommodate your game consoles and whatnot.
No longer available
ToshibaThis appears to be a 2020 version of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition that David Katzmaier reviewed last year. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s different here, but the verdict then was “great prices, great voice features, great Fire TV app selection.” The picture quality, however, didn’t measure up to similar Roku TVs — and Katzmaier noted his preference for the latter’s interface, a sentiment I share.
That said, a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $300? With mostly stellar user ratings (from Best Buy customers)? At the very least it’s worth a look.