Is Amazon Prime Day Even Worth It? Here Are 5 Reasons You May Want to Skip the “Deals”.

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Amazon Prime Day is coming!

At Hip2Save, we love Amazon Prime Day. That said, we’re not ignoring the logic behind ditching at least certain aspects of it. Here are some reasons why Amazon Prime Day 2020 might not be totally worth it if you’re really looking for the best deals.

Amazon Prime Day is October 13th-14th, 2020.

1. Some things just shouldn’t be shopped for in October.

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It’s important to know the best times to shop for items year-round. From food to baby products or home goods to baking goods – there’s a science behind when to buy & stock up to get the best prices possible. Luckily for us, Amazon Prime Day is closer to the holidays than ever before so we expect to see some bigger sales on items that are hot buys in October!

On the flip side, this might mean we need to practice patience for the best deals closer to Black Friday on items we might be trying to score for Christmas. Typically, top wish list items like toys, clothing, or electronics will have the most anticipated sales a month later in November. But only time will tell!

Hip Tip: Here are the top Christmas toys for 2020 this year!

2. Walmart is ready to compete… and a couple of days earlier than Amazon!

man pointing to Walmart store front

According to a recent news release, Walmart’s having a huge Big Save Event with “Black Friday-like savings” which starts on October 11th at 7 PM EST and runs all the way until October 15th – making it during and two full days longer than Amazon’s Prime Day! 😱 Whoa!

We expect to see deals on smart TVs, Nintendo Switch games, and other items perfect for gifting this Christmas season, so maybe Amazon Prime Day isn’t the place to be after all? 🤔

3. Target is also having a huge two-day sale this year.

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Just like last year, Target will be rolling out the red carpet to host its Target Deal Days which happens to be on the exact same days! Coincidence? We think not!

We’re anxious to see this year’s deals since Target announced they’ll be rolling out hot deals on electronics, home, toys, beauty, and so much more!

target drive up shopping bag on kitchen counter

Even more exciting… if you wait until after Target Deal Days or even skip out on Amazon Prime Day, Target announced they’ll be offering Black Friday pricing throughout the whole month of November! They even said they’ll be adding almost 1 MILLION more deals than last year throughout the holiday season!

Almost all of them will be available for free drive-up and in-store pickup! 👏 Best of all, you don’t even need a membership to shop for these great deals! Sweet!

Read more about Target Deal Days here (including exciting new on their extended price match guarantee)!

4. We’ll be texting the best deals of all.

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Speaking of all these great sales, if you haven’t been texting with Collin yet, you need to get her number! New this year, we’ll be covering all of these huge events including Target Deal Days, Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and basically whenever we find the hottest deals ever!

By simply texting “HOT” to (775) 204-0125, she’ll know to text you whenever a can’t-miss-it deal for Christmas pops up. And we can certainly assure you, they’ll be rolling in all season long, so that’s all the more reason to shop even after Prime Day’s over. 😏

5. You might end up buying just for the sake of buying.

little boy with big bag of marshmallow bits and Amazon Prime box

We’ve all been there… you see a deal you just can’t pass up, but just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean you need it now – like this super large bag of cereal marshmallow bits. 😉 Instead, you could be saving up for a bigger splurge, padding your holiday budget, or just socking it away in a rainy day fund instead.

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The good news though, is we’re weeding out the bad deals and already sharing some hot ones if you’re definitely planning to participate in this year’s Amazon Prime Day shopping event!

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If you do decide to shop Amazon Prime Day sales, here are our best shopping tips:

  • Start building your wishlist before the deals go live to have discounts automatically applied.
  • Score more than $60 in FREE Amazon credit to use on Prime Day purchases! They’re all super easy, and you won’t want to miss these!

Take me to the best Amazon Prime deals now!

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Comments 16

  1. Casey

    Love this post!

  2. rocme

    I suggest using camelcamelcamel to check any “deals” on Prime Days to see how the price compares historically if you have any doubts as to whether or not something is truly a deal. I’ve always found Prime Day to be pretty lackluster, but have scored on some unconventional stuff like Legos and baby wipes.

    • ecroston

      I agree; I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything on Prime Day in years past. I almost always find a better deal or don’t actually need whatever it is. Amazon is kind of hard to shop, IMO

  3. Amyarlene

    This might be a silly question about prime day, but how do I make a wish list so that discounts are already applied? Is that just a making a list of saved items or is it special for prime day?

    • Hannah

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Not a silly question at all! Be sure you are logged in to your account and then go to “Your Lists”. There you can create a list! Hope this is helpful!

      • Amyarlene

        Thank you!!

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re so welcome!

  4. Ash

    Great. Now I want a super large bag of cereal marshmallows.

    • ToriSC

      Hey it’s on sale right now…..🤪

  5. KellZoll

    I agree that Prime Day isn’t always the best day for deals. I’ve also noticed with Black Friday, except for a few things, like TVs and electronic game consoles, the prices are better a few weeks leading up to the sales.

  6. Abi

    I usually buy things that I use anyways as they go on sale–I did get vanilla beans and Swedish dishcloths (both things on my ‘list’) on my husband’s and my accounts, and I’ll use the $10 credit to buy a couple of books that I’ve been wanting that don’t go on sale.

  7. Keyuri

    How do you see the $10 credit from buying the Swedish dishcloth? I bought them, received them but I don’t know where to check to find the credit. And Once received, how do I use it?

    • Sara

      Hey Keyuri! Once Prime Day begins, that credit should show up on your account balance and will be automatically applied when you go to purchase something during the sale. Happy shopping!

    • IP

      Please check this link and claim your credit before the prime day.

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