Mark your calendars: Amazon Prime Day will take place over two days starting midnight 13 October.
Prime Day marks Amazon’s largest sales event, with thousands of exclusive discounts for its Prime members. The event typically includes offers on Amazon’s own Echo, Fire, and Kindle hardware along with its services like Audible and Amazon Music Unlimited.
The e-commerce giant officially announced the dates today after months of speculation from the public. Prime typically takes place mid-July but was delayed this year due to severe disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic on Amazon’s delivery and warehousing logistics.
The mid-October date may not come as a huge surprise for many, however. Rumours of a 13 October start date bounced around various news and media sites since last week, though remained unconfirmed by Amazon.
So what exactly does this announcement mean for shoppers?
Anyone looking to start holiday shopping can assume the event will effectively kick off the entire Black Friday 2020 season. The deals won’t stop after Prime Day as other retailers will also vie for customer attention.
It’s also unlikely Amazon will reduce prices further in November for Black Friday, as that would dilute Prime Day’s reigning reputation as Amazon’s top deals event.
It’s also a good opportunity to potentially pick up discounts on Amazon’s new hardware, like the completely redesigned spherical Echo Dot 4, which remains Amazon’s cheapest Alexa-powered speaker at £49.99/$49.99.