Everything You Need To Know About Amazon Prime Day 2018

The deals are better than ever. No, really.

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Amazon Prime Day — AKA the ecommerce company's version of Black Friday, which is set to offer more than 1 million deals worldwide — is finally here. It will officially start on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m EDT, and will run six full hours longer than the Prime Days of years past, ending on Wednesday, July 18 at 3 a.m. EDT.

If you've never shopped Prime Day before, you're in for a deeply discounted treat. It's basically a now-36-hour period in which Amazon offers its best deals of the year, complete with major sales and limited-time lightning deals (which last for a certain set amount of time) and spotlight deals (which last until an item runs out — and there are 50 percent more of these this year!). And on top of all of that, this year, Prime members will also be able to take advantage of Prime Day deals at Whole Foods.

How To Score All The Deals:

First thing's first, you need to have an in order to take advantage of all of the amazing deals. If you have one, great, you're all set to start shopping. If you don't, you can . If you've never tried Amazon Prime before, you can also take advantage of a , which will give you access to all of the deals, too — and you can always cancel when your free month is up, if you don't want to get charged and continue being a member.

To snag this year, you'll need to download the and scan your Prime Code. In doing that, you'll get 10 percent off sale items as well as access to deep discounts on other popular items. If you have an , you'll also be eligible for 10 percent back on Whole Foods purchases up to $400 from July 14 through July 17.

Prime Day Shopping Tips:

Use the Amazon App.

To make sure you don't miss any major deals — especially to take advantage of those limited time lightning deals — you can use the and track deals you're interested in. And, if you use the app, you can get an early sneak peak from July 9 through July 15 at upcoming deals.

Ask Alexa.

If you have an , you can ask the Alexa app for information on your deals, too. Just ask, "Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?" and track your orders by asking, "Alexa, where's my stuff?"

Check Lightning Deals Frequently.

Amazon's lightning deals will come and go in a flash, so make sure you're checking the periodically to see if you can catch any of your favorite items on sale. You can also keep an eye on the page as well.

Other Tips:

You can also find more deals by browsing the Amazon app or site by interest and category. And, if you use an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card or an , you'll get 5 percent back on all of your purchases.

Deals You Can Shop Now:

Even better news? You can start taking advantage of Prime Day deals right now.

  • Save $100 on an Echo Show and up to , including other Echo and Fire TV products.
  • (if you haven't already) for three months at $4.95 a month (a discount of more than 65 percent!)
  • Get four months of for $0.99, for first-time users, and get when you purchase an Amazon Echo
  • Get three months of for $0.99
  • Try and get free PC games now through July 18
  • Save up to $50 on
  • Save an extra 20 percent on select

    Amazon is also offering major discounts on exclusive brands and collections, including up to 25 percent off decor and furniture from and , along with up to 20 percent off , 20 percent off , and 30 percent off from , , , and more.

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