Amazon Prime Day 2018
Amazon Prime Day 2018 is finally here.
For the first time ever, the savings extravaganza will run for almost two days this year. It starts at 3 p.m. Monday and runs 36 hours all the way through Tuesday evening.
That's a lot of time to spend on your phone or laptop hoping to find a deal.
So to simplify things, we have a list of what to buy and what you should probably pass on, along with advice on how to sift through the thousands of offers to find what you really want.
What to buy
It's impossible to predict all the deals that will pop up between now and Tuesday night, as Amazon won't say what will be on sale in advance.
However, Amazon-branded items are already on sale, and will be marked down to Black Friday-like prices through the entire day. If you want any sort of Alexa-enabled device, this is the time to buy it.
So the best things to buy, according to Tom's Guide to electronics (all prices were valid at the start of the sale but could change):
Tom's Guide says it is also worthwhile looking at laptops and HDTVs, though you should not expect Black Friday pricing.
What Not to buy
Based on four years worth of Amazon Prime Day deals, Marketwatch is among skeptics saying there are a number of items where you will find much better deals if you wait. Among them, Marketwatch says:
Find deals, avoid a headache
Amazon Prime Day can become a big headache, if you are just watching the thousands of lightning deals that pop up.
Experts say the best steps to take to make the day easier are:
Finally, resist the urge to buy something simply because it is on sale.
Do you really need 150 dryer sheets this week, simply because they are 75 percent off? Shop smart, so you don't waste your money.
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