So, you may or may not have noticed that I’m an Amazon Affiliate. Basically, that means that I sometimes post links to stuff on Amazon, and if you click them and buy the stuff I recommend, I get some money. Mostly, I suck at this. Like, I really suck at this. Some of you will click my links, but you usually don’t buy things. That’s okay, though, I don’t mind – I blog because I want to share this journey, not because I’m looking to get rich from your Amazon purchases.
Anyway, I got an email from Amazon recently, telling me that I should start punting Prime Day, complete with all kinds of cool links to share with you guys. But I had no idea what Prime Day was, so why would I tell you all about it? I went and did my homework, though, and now I can tell you what is Prime Day, and why you should care.
(Disclaimer: Yes, there are affiliate links below as the copy makes clear. If you click them and buy stuff, I could get money for it.)
Prime Day is actually a day and a half, running from July 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET through July 17. It’s described by Amazon as:
An epic day and a half of our best deals
But there’s actually way more. For example, once we went with Amazon Prime back in South Africa (just so that I could watch American Gods), Dean linked it with his Twitch account, becoming Twitch Prime. That gave him access to a bunch of cool stuff in Warframe and some Blizzard games like Overwatch (not that he plays it, but hey).
Now, with Prime Day, he’s getting free games every day from the 2nd of July through the 17th. So, if you want free games, you could use my awesome link to get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, and then link it with your Twitch account to get Twitch Prime and enjoy some free stuff.
They also really want you to download the Amazon app to get ready for Prime Day, so they’re doing some cool giveaways on the site. Like, seriously cool stuff – I’ve already entered to win laptops, some Star Wars LEGO and more. All I had to do was watch an ad for the Amazon app (which I already have and use far too often) and I was able to enter to win.
There are some products that are launching on Prime Day. Stuff like hard drives and yet more limited edition fingerlings, because that’s what we need more of in the world. And of course, devices like the Echo Show will be on sale for really rather great prices if you’re in the market for one.
As for the actual deals on the day? I’m honestly not too sure. It seems like the best idea is to already build wish lists of what you’d like to buy, and then Amazon will send you notifications that they’re on sale for Prime Day. So, like what I normally get with Steam Sales, but this time on Amazon.
Honestly, there’s only one thing that I’m keeping my eye on right now with Prime Day, and that’s the Freetime Unlimited subscriptions. I got one automatically with Harley’s Kindle Fire Tablet, and it is a lifesaver. It gives access to tons of videos and apps, so she’s got plenty of content on her tablet, and I never need to spend cash to get the full version of an app or the rest of a series.
Combine that with the huge selection of video content for kids on Amazon Prime Video, and she’s seriously spoiled for choice. (I did still download Netflix for her tablet as well, just to give her some videos she couldn’t get otherwise) I just need to check how long her subscription lasts and if I’m eligible for the 40% discount when I renew the subscription on Prime Day.
The great thing about Freetime Unlimited is that it will work on other devices as well. So if you’re letting your kid use an older iPad or Android tablet, you can get Freetime Unlimited and get access to a ton of apps, books and videos that are curated and age appropriate. For example, Harley gets tons of Daniel Tiger, Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies and Creative Galaxy on her pad now, but as she grows up that can turn into more Star Wars, SpongeBob and Cartoon Network stuff.
Look, I’m sure that there are some great deals that you can get on actual physical items at Amazon during Prime Day. But really, I’m all in on the services and subscriptions, especially because they’re worthwhile even if you live outside the US.
Between Prime Video, Twitch Prime and Freetime Unlimited, Amazon has been a lifesaver for me when it comes to content in our household. So, if you’re wondering if it’s worthwhile going for Prime, this might be the right time to test it out and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.