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This year’s Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner, so it’s a good time to start thinking about what things you want to look out for once the wave of deals hits. Everything from gadgets to clothing to home items will be on sale during the event, and if you’re a Prime member, you’ll have access to all the Prime Day deals. Engadget will be showcasing all the best tech deals we can find – both on Amazon and elsewhere – but there are a few key things to know in advance to help you get exactly what you want during this year’s Prime Day.

We don’t have official dates for Prime Day 2024 yet, but we do know it will return sometime in July. The shopping event will focus on exclusive deals for Prime members, meaning you’ll need to be a Prime subscriber on Prime Day to take advantage of the most savings. Amazon is still offering a 30-day free trial to new Prime subscribers, so you can start your free trial closer to July and join the event.

If you don’t pay for Prime and don’t plan to, you should still look for deals on Amazon on Prime Day that are available to all shoppers—there are always a few of those. Plus, it’s very likely that other retailers like Target and Best Buy will have their own competing Prime Day deals during this period as well.

Speaking of competitors, Walmart just announced that its version of Prime Day, dubbed Walmart+ Week, will take place June 17-23. Walmart+ Week features exclusive deals for Walmart+ members, and the retail giant seems to be putting a lot of emphasis on gas and travel discounts this year. Currently, Walmart is offering 20 cents off every gallon of gas purchased at Exxon and Mobil gas stations, as well as 20 percent Walmart cash back on travel accommodations booked through Walmart+ Travel. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see discounts on other items, including electronics, during Walmart’s members-only shopping event.

Usually, Amazon Prime Day lasts for two days, but in recent years, the company has started releasing deals well before the event actually starts. We expect that to be the case this year as well, and the early Prime Day deals may start once Amazon officially announces the Prime Day 2024 dates.

Whether it’s early Prime Day deals or daily deals, Amazon devices are almost guaranteed to be on sale for the event. You can be sure that things like Echo speakers, Kindle e-readers, and Fire TV devices will be on sale for record low prices on Prime Day, so if you’ve had your eye on any of these products, it’s worth waiting for these deals. Prime Day only has as many discounts as Black Friday, so while that means you’ll probably still have a chance to snag that smart speaker dirt cheap, it probably won’t be until the holiday shopping season.

Amazon devices aren’t the only items discounted on Prime Day. You’ll find clothing, shoes, household items, appliances, accessories, and more on sale, but here at Engadget, we’re naturally focused on electronics. We expect this year’s Prime Day to be like the last, as it will bring big discounts on headphones, earbuds, gaming accessories, SSDs and microSD cards, robot vacuums, and more.

Also worth mentioning are the types of deals you can expect on Prime Day. Some deals last for the entire event (usually two full days), while others are only valid for 24 hours. These are the hardest to predict, as Amazon usually doesn’t give any indication of how long a particular sale will last. Our recommendation is to buy the things you’re most interested in as soon as you see the price drop – that way you’ll make sure you get them while the discount is available and the item is still in stock.

You can also expect to see some “lightning deals” on Prime Day. Luckily, these are usually clearly marked and the time left to snag the deal is listed on the product page. In our experience, only a handful of these lightning deals are actually worth the money, but if you see the price of a product that’s been on your wishlist for just a few hours has dropped, you’re best off snatching it up immediately.

It’s best to go into Amazon Prime Day as prepared as possible. This means knowing exactly what you want so you can stay focused and avoid distractions. The entire Amazon site will be overwhelming on Prime Day, so the less time you spend aimlessly browsing, the more your wallet will thank you later.

To stay on top of Prime Day, you can make a list of your top items before the event. This takes a bit of preparation, but you’ll be thankful you did once the event rolls around. Write down the top items you want to buy on Prime Day. You can either do this the old-fashioned way on a sticky note, or use Amazon’s wish list feature. For the latter, add the items you want to buy on Prime Day to your wish list (or, better yet, create a special wish list with just your Prime Day wish items) and return to that list during the shopping event. Not only will this give you everything you want in one place, but you’ll also be able to see which of those items are cheaper on Prime Day than when you originally added them to your list.

Engadget will be covering the entirety of Amazon Prime Day, so if you have a lot of tech on your shopping list, be sure to check back here on Prime Day for the best tech deals we could find. We’ll be sure to include gadgets from all walks of life – from headphones to robot vacuums to gaming gear – as well as the best “anti-Prime Day” deals you can find at other retailers. You can also check out the Twitter account @EngadgetDeals and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter to stay up to date with the latest discounts.

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