Amazon is having a massive pre-Prime Day sale this weekend — here are the highlights, starting at just $4

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Enjoy the raft of spectacular deals as you ride the rapids of the mighty Amazon's weekend sale-a-thon.  (Photo: Getty Images)
Enjoy the raft of spectacular deals as you ride the rapids of the mighty Amazon's weekend sale-a-thon. (Photo: Getty Images)

Prime Day might not be until Monday, but that doesn't mean you have to wait all weekend to rake in the savings! Amazon's kicking off the sales early — and by early, we mean now — so if you want to get a head start on the two biggest sale days of the year, you have your shot.

Of course, with Amazon Prime you’ll get so much more — from access to new movies and TV shows, discounts at Whole Foods and two-day shipping on many, many items. Not yet a member? What are you waiting for? Sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

It's time to shop!

TVs

Just $100 gets you a top-rated HDTV! (Photo: Amazon)
Just $100 gets you a top-rated HDTV! (Photo: Amazon)

This deal seems too good to be true...but it ain't! Amazon has one of its top-selling TVs, the Insignia 24-inch Smart HD TV — Fire TV Edition, on sale for just $100 for Prime members only!

Instant access to Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube, Disney+, Prime Video and so much more will soon be yours. Alexa is included in the remote, so browsing will be a snap. Shoppers are just as shocked by the quality of this TV as we are by this incredible price!

“I am honestly very pleasantly surprised with how much I like this TV,” wrote a delighted shopper. “As far as clarity goes, I believe 720p is plenty for this screen size.... I have been very pleased with the Wi-Fi reception of the built-in Fire TV. It actually works a lot better than the USB-plug-in external fire sticks, for whatever reason.”

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Portal from Facebook

Portal from Facebook
Portal from Facebook (Photo: Facebook)

Have you heard about Portal from Facebook? It's a next-level video-calling experience that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to bring digital interactions to life in a whole new way. You really feel like your friends and family are in the same room with you when you use this cutting-edge device; its smart camera keeps you in the frame as you walk around. The camera even widens the scope to include others when they enter the room.

Portal from Facebook works via messaging apps you’re already familiar with — Messenger and WhatsApp — and it's Alexa-enabled. Portal from Facebook is incredibly easy to use; it looks like a 10-inch tablet, and is just totally unintimidating. Better still, you can get $80 off Portal right now — it's on sale for $99, down from $179!

Headphones and earbuds

Save 40 bucks on these elegant AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)
Save 40 bucks on these elegant AirPods. (Photo: Amazon)

With the phenomenal sound you’d expect from Apple, we present the best bargain on the AirPod menu (and Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling earbuds): The standard Apple AirPods with charging case, now just $119. 

While the buds themselves are wireless, you need to plug in the case to charge them. Once juiced up, they instantly pair with your iPhone. No scrolling, no fiddling with settings. You’re good to go. And you can expect a robust five hours of battery life per charge. These are the most popular Pods of the bunch, earning a five-star rating from nearly 35,000 reviewers.

"This is my first pair of AirPods. I love them. They are life-changing! The AirPods arrived less than 24 hours after ordering. They were packaged in a sleek, white Apple AirPods box," raved a delighted five-star reviewer. “...I wholeheartedly give these AirPods five shiny gold stars."

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Smartphones and tablets

With its uptown performance and downtown price tag, this tablet will make you feel like the mayor of Bargaintown. (Photo: Amazon)
With its uptown performance and downtown price tag, this tablet will make you feel like the mayor of Bargaintown. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $299 (was $329), the entry-level iPad model (32GB/Wi-Fi model) has the same fine-tuned 10.2-inch display, quick Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 3GB of memory as the last version, but it features a speedier processor. You’ll notice — and appreciate — how quickly videos, websites and games get up and running. (FYI for you tech heads: The speed comes from Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.) To say this thing is popular is an understatement: It has 38,700 five-star reviews!

"I love it! It’s fast and easy to use, plus it’s super affordable compared to the other models," wrote a satisfied Amazon shopper. "The display is beautiful and picture quality is great... It’s like I have a mini laptop everywhere I go. Perfect for students, the screen quality is amazing and the battery lasts all day long."

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Gaming

Okay, so you're not a member of the Greatest Generation; that's no reason for you to miss out on all that Dubya Dubya 2 action and intrigue. (Photo: Amazon)
Okay, so you're not a member of the Greatest Generation; that's no reason for you to miss out on all that Dubya Dubya 2 action and intrigue. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for $36 (down from $60 — an impressive 40 percent off!), the award-winning Battlefield V for Xbox One is a multi-player first-person shooter game from Electronic Arts. It's the sixteenth installment in the series and takes place during World War II. Up to 64 players can get in on the land, sea and air action. Take your pick of weapons, vehicles, tanks, gadgets and machinery, as you immerse yourself in episodic "war stories" in Norway, Northern Africa, Normandy and other storied battlegrounds.

"It’s a great game for when I’m focused," raved a delighted gamer. "...The support classes are tons of fun. Spam throwing equipment to allies and get easy experience (points). That, or as a medic you can save countless lives, even those that aren’t on your squad, by reviving them. Great game when things are going good. Some uneven teams it seems at times, but other times it’s nice to be the one claiming ground. Best of luck!"

This is a digital download, so you'll get to play instantly. No waiting for the delivery person with this baby!

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Smart home

There's no business like Echo Show business...especially when you can grab one for nearly 45 percent off. (Photo: Amazon)
There's no business like Echo Show business...especially when you can grab one for nearly 45 percent off. (Photo: Amazon)

On sale for just $45 for Prime members only (was $80), the Echo Show 5 is the smaller, sleeker version of the 10-inch Echo Show. With a compact, crisp five-inch display, it's perfect for a nightstand or kitchen counter. Listen to podcasts, watch videos, catch the news, prepare that recipe you've been dying to try. The smart-home display, featuring everyone's favorite voice assistant, Alexa, can double as a digital alarm clock. Amazon has a wide range of personalized clock faces to choose from, so you can bring a bit of individuality to your device.

"This is the best alarm clock I've ever had," wrote a savvy five-star reviewer. "The clock face is very easy to read from anywhere in the room. The screen has no distortion or discoloration from any angle.... Perfect for checking the time in the middle of the night."

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Vacuums

Haven't you reached the point in your life where you shouldn't have to heave and haul a vacuum all over the place? Leave it to the robot! (Photo: Amazon)
Haven't you reached the point in your life where you shouldn't have to heave and haul a vacuum all over the place? Leave it to the robot! (Photo: Amazon)

Been thinking that one of these days you ought to pull the trigger on a robovac? Well, let 'er rip, because the top-rated OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is now just $122 with the on-page coupon at Amazon right now. That's $178 off. The K2 is an ultra-quiet cleaning machine that can tackle just about any household surface from hardwood to carpets to tile, while its sophisticated sensors prevent collisions and tumbles. It's also mighty powerful, with up to 100 minutes of running time per charge. 

And, believe it or not, shoppers love it even more than that other robo vac. "I really like this vacuum so far," shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. "It works better than an expensive Roomba that I had previously. It is quieter, doesn’t get stuck on all of my thresholds and rugs, and it has a larger bin for dirt.... It picks up a lot of pet hair and has a good battery life."

Wi-Fi–enabled, it's compatible with the Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. Suck it up and grab one while it's over 60 percent off!

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Work from home

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It's called "working from home," not "destroying your back at home." Let this shiatsu massager envelop you in sweet reilief. (Photo: Amazon)

We love our laptops, but all too often they don't love our spines. Who hasn't risen from their workstation with an achy neck and back after a long day hunched over a touch pad? Well, relief is a just a couple of clicks away. This Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager is on sale for just $38 with on-page coupon — that's a nearly 35 percent markdown from its usual $56 price tag! It drapes comfortably on neck and shoulders like a scarf and delivers deep warmth as it massages muscles. 

Pure bliss — and Amazon shoppers love it. “I suffer from a bunch of migraines caused by a stressful job. First impression: This is way sturdier and bigger than I figured it would’ve been,” shared a delighted Amazon reviewer. “I used it to help ease some of the knots and tension I carry in my shoulders and neck....I’m very impressed...I think this thing will save me money and help my tension headaches. Treat yo self.”

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Kitchen

It's pure stainless steel. It's from Farberware. It's 62 percent off. Really, what more do you need to know? (Photo: Amazon)
It's pure stainless steel. It's from Farberware. It's 62 percent off. Really, what more do you need to know? (Photo: Amazon)

Whether you're gifting a new kitchen set or need one of your own, this Farberware ensemble is a great option. It has everything you need for the most expansive dinner spread: Two saucepots, a stockpot, two frying pans and a three-quart saute pan. Yum! Plus, they're made entirely with stainless steel, so they're oven-safe for up to 500 degrees. Don't worry about cleanup either: Just chuck 'em in the dishwasher and walk away.

"When I decided to buy a new set of pots and pans, I feel like I spent weeks researching which ones would be right for me," a shopper shared. "I wanted something that looked nice but was going to hold up well. These have a unique flair to them and have held up impeccably over the years that I've had them. No non-stick coating or rubber handles to deal with, easy to clean up and heat evenly."

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Beauty

You're still young enough to go to Coachella; why shouldn't your eyes look young too? Let Olay help. (Photo: Amazon)
You're still young enough to go to Coachella; why shouldn't your eyes look young too? Let Olay help. (Photo: Amazon)

If your eyes are plagued by signs of aging — puffiness, dark circles, crow's feet and fine lines — it's time to invest in a treatment that helps turn back that tide. This eye cream tackles problem areas, plus it lightly conceals while it works its magic. Peptides, vitamin B3 and pigments work together to help reduce the appearance of time's inexorable march. 

"Wow! I’m pleasantly surprised," a shopper shared. "The back [label] said 'Works Instantly!' and I though 'Yeah, right...' but it really does. I noticed an instant improvement. Even if it never produces long-term changes, it definitely decreased the dark shadows, leveled out some of the fine wrinkles and made my skin super soft. Best of all, it doesn’t settle in to fine lines or cake, so it’s great for just a tinted moisturizer, mascara and Chapstick day. Definitely found my new eye cream."

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Style

Psst...this CTHH deal gets you two pairs of leggings for just $7 bucks each! (Photo: Amazon)
Psst...this CTHH deal gets you two pairs of leggings for just $7 bucks each! (Photo: Amazon)

Not all leggings are created equal — and this CTHH set is the proof. They include a slimming tummy-control panel, plus their stretchy-supple fabric is totally squat-proof. Four-way elasticity ensures these move with you, too, so whether you choose to wear them to work out, run errands, or just hang around the house, you're fully covered. Even better: The set of two pairs is just $14.

"I love leggings and I was really hesitant on getting these," writes a shopper. "When they came, I felt them and immediately thought they were going to be see-through because they were so lightweight and soft, BUT NO!!! I was wrong! They’re super flattering and I’m absolutely buying more."

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Health and wellness

Don't fall for any cheap — let alone expensive — imitations: Purell is still the first name in the hand-sanitizing game. (Photo: Amazon)
Don't fall for any cheap — let alone expensive — imitations: Purell is still the first name in the hand-sanitizing game. (Photo: Amazon)

The past year taught us many things. Among them, that we can never possibly have too much Purell. The brand's iconic formula is a must for any household, and the cooling gel leaves your hands feeling clean and hydrated — not sticky, like cheapo alternatives. Get it for just $15.

"Doesn't leave a residue and doesn't have much of an odor at all," one shopper shared. "This is our favorite brand of hand sanitizer by far."

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Bedding

Amazon's No. 1 best-selling pillow is now on sale! (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon's No. 1 best-selling pillow is now on sale! (Photo: Amazon)

These pillows are made from 100 percent cotton and gel-filled fiber, making them incredibly soft to touch but firm enough to provide that all-important support. Move around at night? Their no-shift construction minimizes bunches and distortion. The combo of cooling gel and breathable cotton is great for regulating your temperature — you'll use these pillows in the winter, spring, summer and fall.

"I ordered two king and two queen pillows [for] me, my wife and my teenage son," shared one five-star reviewer. "We all absolutely love these pillows; my neck pain is gone and I sleep much better now. These pillows maintain their shape 100 percent ( we have had them for 6 months).... Comfort is important at this stage in our lives and these pillows provide it!"

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Pets

Most mass-produced dog treats are for the birds, but Wag's are pure poultry. Oh, and they're half-price. (Photo: Amazon)
Most mass-produced dog treats are for the birds, but Wag's are pure poultry. Oh, and they're half price. (Photo: Amazon)

If you're a pet parent, you know how important it is to ensure that your pups are eating right (and not, say, getting their treats from the trash). While most puppy snacks are loaded with preservatives, dyes and all sorts of nasties, these bites from Amazon in-house brand Wag are anything but. They're just a single ingredient — chicken breast — and are sourced and freeze-dried in the USA. They're packed with protein and are bite-sized, so they're good for both itty-bitty pups and big boys alike.

"These are the perfect treat to stuff in a bone to ensure hours of entertainment for your pup," a shopper noted. "They have a strong scent which entices them to keep working to get at it. The treats are light and squish to fit [inside] the bones pretty well. My dog goes nutty for these. Having a bone stuffed with treats she has to work for keeps her occupied and less likely to get bored and tip over the trash or get into things she shouldn't."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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