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The last quarter of the year is typically a great time to shop for new consumer electronics. The major smartphone and electronics manufacturers have announced their updates and upgrades, and previous-generation items go on discount ahead for the holiday shopping season.
This year, like everything else, will be different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the world’s largest online retailers, Amazon, moved their annual shopping event, Prime Day, to Oct. 13 and 14—closer in line with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the larger holiday shopping season. So, should you make the purchase on Prime Day or wait for Cyber Monday? Here’s a guide on what to look for, what to avoid, and what to wait out for.
Tech deals we can expect to see
We’re starting to get a peek into the deals we can expect to see on Oct. 13 and 14. Like previous years, Prime Day will offer excellent savings on their in-house devices. As the smart home wars heat up and more of us working from home, this is a great way to save on connected tech:
* Save 64% on Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen), just $24.99
* $45 off Echo Auto, now with Auto Mode in the Alexa App and Start My Commute features, just $24.99
* Fire TV Edition Smart TVs start at just $169.99
* Save $50 on Fire TV Cube and use your voice to control your entertainment experience, just $99.99
* Save up to 40% on Ring Video Doorbell devices and get Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) for $94.99
* Get Blink Mini Indoor Cam, just $29.99
* Save $35 on Kindle Paperwhite, just $104.99
Save on 4K TVs
While their in-house devices will see significant savings, the trend on 4K TV savings continues. Prime Day has a wide-range of 4K televisions across manufactures big and small, like Samsung, LG, Vizio, and TCL. Previous years have seen significant discounts on that front, especially previous-generation models, and with Amazon Prime, setup is easy with delivery straight to your door.
* Save up to 24% on select TCL Smart TVs
Work from home
Still need to amp up your work-from-home tech setup? Amazon will be posting deals on home office accessories, electronics and computers.
* Save up to 30% on select Philips Hue products
* Save up to 25% on select laptops and desktops
* Save up to 30% on select Chromebooks and Tablets
* Save up to 30% on select Samsung phones and wearables
* Save up to 30% on select AmazonBasics products
* Save up to 30% on select office electronics
* Save up to 30% on select TP-Link products
Deals on previous-gen tech
You can always expect to save on previous-generation electronics as stores and manufacturers try to sell their inventory to make room for newer tech. Cycles for each product varies, so doing your homework in that area is smart so you’re aware whether you’re about to buy something that’s about to get refreshed.
Apple and Samsung just released new mobile devices and computers, so this could be a great chance to cash in on some savings if you’re looking for a previous-generation unit.
Should you wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Given Prime Day is Amazon’s big shopping event, expect to see some of the largest deals reserved for Oct. 13-14. But if you miss out, don’t worry — this doesn’t mean there won’t be deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as many retailers specifically reserve inventory for the November weekend.
If you’re looking to save on Amazon-exclusive items, Prime Day could be the perfect opportunity to jump on the purchase.
As well, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will mean extensive savings on products across all retailers, so traditional door crashers, like older-model computers, TVs and home appliances could see blowout deals later on. Finally, Black Friday is also typically when extended holiday return policies kick in, so if you aren’t sure about a holiday purchase, you have the flexibility to return up into the new year.