Are Ring security camera Prime Day deals a scam? I've done the sums and this is what I found out

Ring Indoor Cam 2nd gen sitting on money
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Long-time Prime members can't have failed to notice the striking early Prime Day deals on Ring security cameras (and Blink cameras, also Amazon-owned, are also well discounted too). The problem is there is a catch; these cameras work best with a cloud subscription, and is Amazon discounting that?

It won't surprise you at all to hear that the answer there is a blunt no. That doesn't mean you're not saving anything though – obviously, there is a discount on the hardware. The question is whether the saving is quite as exciting as it first seems.

Ring Indoor Camera (2nd Gen)was $59.99$29.99Save $30 in Early Prime Day sale

Ring Indoor Camera (2nd Gen)|was $59.99|$29.99
Save $30 in Early Prime Day sale The cheapest Ring camera is designed to be placed inside the home, but has great mounting options, a good quality 1080P camera, and a privacy guard. 

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired PlusWas $199.99$119.99Save $80 in Early Prime Day sale

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus|Was $199.99|$119.99
Save $80 in Early Prime Day sale The Floodlight Cam Wired Plus, available in black or white, provides 2,000 lumens from each directable spotlight and has a 1080P camera with speaker and siren.

Ring Battery Doorbell Plus$129.99Save $50

Ring Battery Doorbell Plus | Was $179.99 | $129.99
Save $50 The improved battery doorbell has a head-to-toe 1536p camera (that's better than HD) and excellent integration with the Alexa / Echo Show system

Echo Show 5$44.99Save $50

Echo Show 5 | Was $89.99 | $44.99
Save $50 New for 2023, the most compact Echo Show still makes for an ideal intercom and security monitor, comes in a choice of 3 colors, and has improved sound.

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ProductDay 1 Saving1 year Cost (monthly)Saving over yearSaving over 2 years
Ring Indoor Cam$30 / 50%$73.8929%20%
Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus$80 / 40%$163.8832%27%
Ring Battery Doorbell (2023)$50 / 28%$173.8822%18%
Echo Show 5$45 / 50%$4550%50%
= one of each total$205 / 38%$434.9632%28%
Amazon Prime membership | 30-day free trial

Amazon Prime membership | 30-day free trial
An Amazon Prime membership is vital if you want to take part in Amazon Prime Day and get the best discounts on Ring and Blink security cameras – but you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial to get around paying any extra fees! Just make sure to cancel before the trial period ends.

Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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