5 Ways to Prepare for Prime Day 2019 Before Amazon's Sales Start

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Check out Amazon's running list of Prime Day deals leading up to July 15 and 16 here.

Amazon's members-only summer anniversary sale, Prime Day, is just about the biggest online shopping event of the year after Black Friday. This year, the 48-hour sale will last from 2:59 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday morning, July 15 (midnight Pacific) and run through Tuesday, July 16. In previous years, the sale has only lasted 36 hours, so you'll get some extra shopping time this year.

Outside the U.S.? No problem. Prime Day deals are available in 18 different countries, including the UK, Canada, India, Germany, France, Australia, and more.

Limited-time flash sales can be stressful, and you want to be prepared to grab those amazing deals before they're gone, so here are five ways to prepare to have the best Prime Day yet.

1. Sign up for Prime (obviously).

As the name suggests, Prime Day deals are only for Amazon Prime members. If you don't have a membership yet, sign up for a free trial now—the promotional period lasts 30 days. After that, Prime costs $13 a month or $119 a year. If you're considering whether or not to make the jump to a full Prime membership, check out our list of all the perks Prime gets you beyond just free 2-day shipping.

2. Start thinking about what you want to buy on Prime Day.

Amazon devices are certain to go on sale, so Prime Day would probably be a great time to grab a Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, Ring doorbell, Fire TV Stick or Cube, or an Echo. Bookmark this page to see all the Amazon device deals next week. What kind of discounts should you expect? Last year, Kindle Paperwhites were discounted $40 for Prime Day (going for $80), while Fire HD 10 tablets were listed for $100, a $50 discount. Prime Day is also often a good day for books: Last year, Amazon offered customers credits toward a future book purchase when they bought Amazon Charts books or Kindle e-books, as well as discounts on Kindle Unlimited subscriptions.

Other things that have gone on sale in previous years: Instant Pots, 4K TVs, luggage sets, Blu-rays, smartphones, FitBits, robot vacuums, and more. There's a higher likelihood that last year's models will go on sale rather than the latest and greatest gadgets, so if there's anything you coveted for Black Friday in 2018 that you didn't end up buying, Prime Day might be your lucky day.

3. Choose the right products—and prepare to comparison shop.

Trying to to decide what to buy? Check out our guide to fake reviews to learn how to spot the real deal, and consider downloading browser extensions like Fake Spot and Honey to help you analyze the quality of reviews and past prices to make sure that what you're buying is actually the killer deal it appears to be. Otherwise, you may discover too late that the massive "discount" you're getting is the same price the item has been listed at for months.

Prime Day has become a big enough event in the shopping world that other retailers have started offering competing deals, too. Macy's is running Black Friday in July deals until July 14 (use the code JULY for up to 25 percent off). Walmart is hosting Google Week, which includes up to 50 percent off products like Google Home and Nest from July 8 to July 16. You'll also want to check out Target's Deal Days on July 15 and 16 (and beforehand, because some things are already on sale), which will include discounts of 30 to 50 percent on small appliances, cookware, furniture, rugs, and more.

4. Check out the pre-sale deals you can already get.

Amazon is already offering a bunch of Prime-only deals in the lead up to Prime Day next week, including discounted Audible subscriptions ($120 per year, with an Echo Dot thrown in for just $1), discounted Marvel movie rentals ($2 each), 25 percent off Pepsi-owned brands like Lay's and Gatorade, and more.

You can already save on products sold by Woot, like this Wi-Fi-enabled countertop garden kit ($140 off right now), Stone and Beam home goods (including cookware sets, furniture, and decor for up to 20 percent off), and various Amazon-branded household goods, like coffee pods, toilet paper, trash bags, pain relief medication, and laundry essentials (all 20 to 25 percent off).

5. Check back with us next week.

Don't forget to return to Mental Floss on July 15 and 16, when the Smart Shopping team will be rounding up the best Prime Day deals as they become available.

Save Up to 93 Percent on 8 Gaming Accessories and Enter to Win a Free Nintendo Switch Bundle

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest video game consoles of the past few decades, with worldwide sales topping 55 million (that's more than the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, and it's only a few million behind the original NES). The problem with a console being so popular is that it's not always easy to spot one on store shelves. If you haven't had luck finding one in recent months, you can enter this contest to win your very own Nintendo Switch, along with a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a pair of Switch-compatible Logitech wireless headphones, and a $300 Nintendo gift card. Head here for more details.

While you wait to see who wins, check out these other great deals on gaming accessories.

1. Protective TPU Case for Nintendo Switch Console; $12 (20 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

Once you get your Switch, you'll want to keep it in pristine condition. This protective case is made with shock-absorbent, flexible TPU for full protection against bumps, scratches, dust, fingerprints, and even the occasional toss in the heat of the moment.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

2. Two-in-One Docking Station for Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons; $16 (20 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

The standard Switch will only charge one pair of Joy-Cons at a time, so if you've got a roommate always willing to hop in on a quick game of Mario Kart, you'll need this spare charging dock to make sure their controller is ready to go. The weighted base keeps the controllers stable so they’ll sit still to charge until you’re ready to play.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

3. Four-in-One Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock; $18 (28 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

Same as above, except this model charges two pairs of Joy-Cons at once. The easy-to-read red LED light lets you know it’s working, and the green lets you know it’s time to play.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

4. Ultra-Slim 500-Game Retro Gaming Device (Red); $14

Atelier Delfina

This portable HD gaming device packs over 500 classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Contra, Tetris, and plenty more. And with five hours of battery life, you'll get plenty of nostalgia before needing a recharge.

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5. Ninja Dragon Stealth 7 Wireless Silent Led Backlit Mouse (Black); $28 (30 percent off)

Onetify

The precision (or lack thereof) of a mouse can make all the difference when gaming on a PC. This wireless model comes with a 1600DPI true gaming sensor, ultra-precise scroll wheel, and high-precision positioning to avoid any lag while in a game.

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6. Gamecube Controller Adapter for WII/PC/Nintendo Switch; $10 (50 percent off)

Geek Supply Co.

A Nintendo Gamecube controller is still the best way to play any of the Super Smash Bros. titles, and with this adapter, you can use the old-school controllers on the Wii U or Nintendo Switch for an easy way to dive into multiplayer games. It also works for PC gaming.

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7. Gforce 3 Professional 7200rpm USB 3.0/Esata External HDD (Black); $140 (11 percent off)

Fantom Drives

If you haven’t already, you’re going to want to back up all of your files to an external hard drive. This external HDD has 3TB of storage, meaning you likely won't run out of space even if you tried.

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8. Core 17-Inch Gaming Backpack With Molded Panel; $110 (15 percent off)

Mobile Edge LLC

This bag was designed specifically to hold gaming laptops and consoles, plus their accessories, in three large storage sections and four side pockets. It also features an external USB charge port for instant power.

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Save Up to 67 Percent on These 10 Back-to-School Essentials

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Back-to-school time may feel a bit different this year, but the basics are still the same. Make sure you have everything you need, from lamps to external hard drives—and everything you didn't expect, like a webcam light—at a price you can handle. Whether you're studying from home while living on campus or going into class, here are the 10 best deals on college living essentials.

1. Bamboo 6-Piece Smart Pocket Sheets (Gray/Queen); $39 (67 percent off)

Bed Bath Fashion

Quality sleep is important to stay healthy and sharp during a packed day, and these bamboo and microfiber sheets will do the trick. You’ll rest even easier when you don’t have to search for the remote, your phone, or earbuds while lying in bed, since these sheets come with handy side pockets to stash equipment (or snacks) for easy access.

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2. Ventifresh Eco: Next Generation Odor Eliminator (2-Pack); $96 (33 percent off)

Ventifresh

Stinky roommates, hot equipment, and tight spaces where you microwave dinner beside your bed can lead to stale odors. This device, which was a hit on Indiegogo, uses NASA-inspired photocatalyst technology to purify the air anywhere.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

3. Case Logic 14.1-inch Laptop Messenger Bag; $25 (73 percent off)

Case Logic

Protect your tech and your back with this nylon messenger bag. The ergonomically designed bag includes pockets for all your accessories and an easy-access magnetic closure. There’s space for your laptop, tablet, and supplies all in one nifty crossbody.

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4. Gforce 3 Professional 7200rpm Usb 3.0/Esata External Hdd (Black); $140 (11 percent off)

Fantom Drives

There’s nothing worse than spending hours on a project, only to have it deleted in an unexpected software crash. Protect all of your data with this external hard drive, which boasts 3TB of space for your photos, videos, reports, and more.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

5. Pictar Home-Office Kit; $90 (35 percent off)

My Miggio

If you could go back in time to talk to yourself a year ago, you’d probably never believe that work and school would be conducted like a FaceTime call—and you'd definitely give yourself a heads up to buy one of these Pictar sets with a wide-angle lens, lighting, and tripod to make video meetings easier to deal with.

Buy it: The Mental Floss Shop

6. Townew: The World's First Self-Sealing Trash Can; $105 (12 percent off)

Townew

If you have roommates, there’s no doubt that taking out the trash is a nuisance. It may be full to the brim with junk that’s not even yours, but it will sit for days while you wait for somebody else to step up for once and do their part. This automated bin is on your team, though; it will seal the old dirty bag on its own for you to neatly grab and then it populates a fresh bag in the bin on its own.

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7. Bladeless Handheld Cooling Fan; $20 (50 percent off)

Home Essentials

This fan is not only effective, but it’s quiet enough to keep on during Zoom meetings without interruption. It will give your room a cool breeze without the buffering of traditional bladed fans, which means it’s also safe around kids and pets.

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8. Jashen V16 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner; $160 (46 percent off)

Jashen

This cordless vacuum cleaner will pick up grime from your hard floors and carpets, without the tangle or tug of a cord. The cordless cleaner runs on a rechargeable battery that can vacuum for up to 40 minutes, and the whole thing comes with multiple attachments to make cleaning tough spots, like in between couch cushions, even easier.

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9. Thor Bottle Opener (Bronze); $11 (26 percent off)

MarqInno

Harness the power of Thor when you open your end-of-the-day drink. It will feel appropriate to use the tool of a superhero while you reflect on the heroic job you did that day.

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10. Led Lamp With Wireless Charging; $40 (33 percent off)

Changeworx

Light the way wherever you look with this super mobile LED lamp, whether that's at your desk or in the common room. It includes a unique wireless charging pad for your phone and AirPods to juice up while you study.

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Prices subject to change.

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