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Originally posted on 7/25/19:
Amazon started Prime Day as a way to create a Black Friday style shopping day in the summer. This year Amazon’s Prime Day sales exceeded Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. That’s an impressive feat, but it was not always that way.
While the first Prime Day had some good deals on every day items and electronics none of the 2015 deals made our list for the best Prime Day Deals.
Despite Prime Day 2015 having record breaking sales numbers, Amazon clearly heard the complaints about a lack of deals the year before and they introduced much better deals, including the start of the stacking coupons.
The best deals included: Ecco shoes for $46.89, stacking savings on Ziplocs, 4 pack of Lysol cleaner for $2.40, Samsonite Suitcase sets started going on sale which has continued every year since, and incredible deals on diapers with stacking coupons as well for Pampers and Seventh Generation.
Amazon also had sitewide coupons such as 30% off all Apparel, 35% off groceries, and others, which have unfortunately been killed off by Amazon altogether since then.
The deals continued to get better as Amazon saw how popular Prime Day was getting and kicked things into high gear. Amazon started to spread the deals to categories across the board with great deals on clothing, shoes, toys, baby items, kitchen items, Electronics, and much more.
Some of the best deals were on Electric Toothbrushes, 258 Cottonelle Toilet Paper Rolls for $33.05, 12 Five Hour Energy Drinks for $2.48, Nighthawk AC1750 Router For $54.99, 20,000mAh Aukey Battery Pack for $11.09, and a Amazon Handyman Services for 80% off after stackable coupons.
Amazon also started to extend the length of Prime Day from just a 24 hour period, to starting Prime Day at 9pm EST, making it a 30 hour event.
2018 will forever be remembered as possibly one of the best deal weeks of all time. You can read this post for a full roundup.
Amazon also decided to extend Prime Day to include 36 hours of deals, while it started off with server outages and website problems, it quickly improved.
Prime Day deals were really incredible thanks to AMEX offering 20% off, up to a $100 discount, on top of Prime Day discounts. The 20% off was the pre-Prime Day price, making it far more valuable than it would if the 20% was taken off the Prime Day price. Many people were targeted multiple times for this discount on all of their household accounts.
That means we got insane deals on a KitchenAid Professional 6-Qt. Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer for $119, Lenox 16 Piece Classic White Dinnerware Set for $31.99, Lenox Abilene 112 Piece Flatware Set for $12, Anova Culinary Sous Vide 2nd Gen for $44.19, Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for $73, Samsonite Spinner Luggage Sets for $33.99, and 1,400 Ziplocs + Cheerios for just $2.39 shipped!
For 2019 Amazon continued focus on offering a huge range of deals across all categories. And they extended Prime Day to a full 2 day format.
They also expanded the 20% off sitewide coupon to Discover cards as well as AMEX, although they limited it to a $50 discount this year and tightened the targeting a bit. This year there was a record setting 7 different discounts that could be obtained by using a point with AMEX, Chase, or Discover. Best of all the discounts were once again taken off of the pre-Prime Day price.
Once again there were some incredible price mistakes (or publicity mistakes?) this year, most notably the Sony Mirrorless a6000 Digital Camera With 16-50mm And 55-210mm Lenses for just $94 after $628 off, while that deal was posted and hundreds of DansDeals readers got in on it, a few lucky readers also snagged other cameras that were on sale for $94, including $15,000+ camera lenses. Unfortunately that deal only last from around 3am until 3:40am ET, which limited the use to night owls scouring Amazon for deals as Prime Day went live.
Thousands of DansDeals readers were able to take advantage of Ring Video Doorbell Pro And Echo Dot 3rd Gen for just $14-$64 after stacking discounts.
Amazon also targeted many accounts for 40% one subscribe and save item, which meant free Kind Bars, Snacks, and more!
While this year did see some great deals, there wasn’t quite the plethora of deals that we saw in 2018 and some promotions were certainly more targeted this year. That being said it was still a great couple days of deals!
So, which Prime Day deals have you taken advantage of? And what was your favorite from the past 5 Prime Days?Amazon offers free shipping with $25+ orders or get free 1 day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.