Amazon Prime Day is the online specialist's way of hosting a mid-year sale to reward its loyal customers – Amazon Prime members. Traditionally it takes place in July, due to the current COVID-19 crisis this year it was postponed – but now we have a an almost definite date for the mega online sale.
The latest leak tells us that the two-day sales marathon will start on Tuesday 13 October – the day after the Columbus Day holiday. Amazon has reportedly blacked out vacation days for full-time warehouses workers from 13-20 October, according to CNET, and that timing lines up with earlier rumors that said Prime Day deals would happen in early October.
Last year we got a two-day sale, and we so no reason why Amazon wouldn't do the same thing again. Amazon Prime Day 2019 started on Monday 15 July 2019 and was extended to a full 48 hours (rather than the 36 hours we had in 2018), ending at midnight (Pacific Time) on Tuesday 16 July.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Last year Amazon says that it sold 175 million items during the Amazon Prime Day sale... that's billions of dollars in sales. And the important thing is that can be a great way of getting a great camera deal and other bits of photographic kit.
Amazon Prime Day is an annual event, which started in 2015 as a way of celebrating Amazon's 20th birthday. The sale is open to anyone who is a member of the Amazon Prime service – that gives you a whole range of services, including Amazon TV, priority shipping, and much more for a fixed monthly fee.
But it is worth remembering that there is a free 30-day trial for Amazon Prime – so if you sign up for that at the right moment (and cancel later) everyone can take advantage in Amazon Prime Day camera deals – and not have to pay the subscription fee. Amazon gain lots and lots of new Prime subscribers through Amazon Prime Day every year (there are currently over 150 million members worldwide).
The 2019 Prime Day sale was available to Prime members in 18 countries: Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Australia, the UK, the USA and the United Arab Emirates.
Amazon Prime Day is not just about camera deals... there are deals on all kinds of photo accessories. Deals on memory cards, lenses, portable hard drives, drones, wifi security cameras, tablets, camcorders, doorbell cameras will also be found – and our team of experts will be hard at work hunting out the best buys and bringing you news on this page of the best Amazon Prime Day deals as we find them, whenever the 2020 sale actually happens.
Most of these the best Prime Day deals from the retail giant itself, and for these you'll need an Amazon Prime membership. But there is no need to pay to get full Prime benefits you can take advantage of Prime day with a free 30-day trial if you don't want to fork out for full membership. As long as you cancel within the trial period there are no strings attached.
But some bargains can be snapped up elsewhere, and we will scoop them all up in this list.
Other retailers, including Walmart and eBay, also want a slice of the Amazon Prime Day action, and have some of their own summer sale deals on offer to match or beat Amazon. In the UK, the John Lewis Clearance Sale has over 100 camera deals.
Amazon Prime Day in numbers
These are some of the facts and figures from Amazon Prime Day 2019…
- 175 million items sold (up 75% on last year)
- Over $7 billion in estimated sales
- $1 billion+ in savings worldwide
- 18 countries participated
- 2x as many Ring and Blink devices sold compared to last year
- 100,000 laptops sold by Amazon
- Best selling Prime Day items were LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, the Instant Pot DUO60 and 23andMe health and ancestry kits.