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Amazon Prime Day Tips (2022) for Finding the Best Deals: Advice, Price Checkers, Extensions

WIRED covers the best legitimate deals all year long, including Prime Day. Our tips below will help you find the best discounts on your own.

How do I know if the deal is good?

ABC: Always check (prices, that is). Researching the price of the item is an important factor in determining the quality of the discount. Don’t fall prey to deceptive marketing language and inflated MSRP prices—our tips only take a few moments. An easy step is to take a second to Google the items you’re considering so you can see the price at multiple stores.

One tool we like to use is CamelCamelCamel, which tracks Amazon’s prices over time. Paste the Amazon link or ASIN (found in the Product Information section of the Amazon product page) into CamelCamel’s search bar and you’ll be able to see the item’s lowest recorded price, its average price, and how often the price fluctuates. Some deals, like Lightning Deals, are excluded from price history, but it’s still useful to see what an item has sold for in the past.

We really like Keepa, which has an extension (available for multiple browsers) that shows the latest price history of products directly on the Amazon page so you never have to open a new tab. Other great tools are Honey, which can potentially save you money through promo codes but also tracks price history at different retailers across the web, and OctoShop, which quickly shows you the price of a product at multiple retailers.

Keep in mind that these services may not work all the time. But being able to see what the product will cost (and MSRP) before the sale starts happened to increase) can be very helpful. Putting these tools together can help you judge whether a deal is worth your money.

WIRED always fact-checks deals to determine their quality. You can check out our ongoing deals coverage to find roundups of the best discounts available on Prime Day and all year long.

What is a lightning deal?

Lightning deals are limited-time deals that Amazon runs for just a few hours each. They are not limited to the prime day, but are especially prevalent during big sales events. Once the item is sold, you may be able to join the waiting list, but not always.

To put it bluntly, the Lightning Deals selection is filled with impulse buys like makeup and skincare products or toys. Prime members can browse upcoming deals on Amazon’s website and mobile app. The app can alert you before a lightning deal starts.

How do I make sure the deal doesn’t sell?

It’s always disappointing when an item on sale goes out of stock. If you know what time the deal starts, make sure to actively pay attention to the product page at launch. You may be able to add an item to your cart before the sale starts, so you can refresh the page to snag it right away.

It’s best to create an account at a trusted retailer so you can save your credit card information and shipping details ahead of time. This makes the checkout process as fast as possible. During sales events like Prime Day, it’s a good idea to clear your web browser cache before you start shopping. Be sure to log back into that retailer later.

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