By: Nick Gambino

Yes it’s that time of year again. Amazon’s Prime Day is just over the horizon. This of course is the day when the masses descend upon the giant online shopping site to snag killer deals on everything from headphones to q-tips.

It’s predicted that this year’s Prime Day could bring in about $1 billion to Amazon. After their recent buy-out of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion I’m sure they can use all the cash they can get. Of course the shopping event is meant to do more than spike revenue for one day. It’s all one promotional ploy to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime.

Honestly, you really shouldn’t need an excuse like a made-up Amazon day to sign up for a Prime membership. It’s only $99 a year (sometimes it’s only $79 if you look out for a deal) and it comes with major discounts, 1-day, 2-day and sometimes even same-day shipping as well as other perks.

Prime Day 2017 is going to be a bit longer extending from 24 hours to 30 hours. It’s set to begin July 10th at 9pm EST and 6pm PST.

You can start watching out for deals on the 9th to prepare yourself and make your shopping list accordingly. Popular items tend to go pretty fast so don’t expect to just show up mid Prime Day and start buying a pair of Beats for $50.

Don’t fret though, if an item you want happens to sell out you can hit “Join Waitlist” and you’ll be notified if they become available again.

Now if you have an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot you’re in luck. There are special Alexa-only deals that you’ll have access to called Alexa Prime Day voice shopping deals.

So make sure you’re signed up for Prime before the 10th. If you’re not interested in dropping $99 then sign up for a free 7-day trial here. You can opt out afterwards but something tells me you’ll stick with it. I’m pretty sure Amazon is banking on it too.

Are you excited for Prime Day? Let us know if you’re planning on taking advantage of the day’s deals or if you could care less in the comments section.


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.