Amazon Prime Day 2020 is only one week away, so now’s the time to hop on that 30-day free trial for new Prime members. The online retailer’s annual shopping event brings deep discounts on thousands of products, from tech to home essentials and everything in between, but you must be a Prime subscriber to get the savings.
And for those that are Prime members right now, the deals are already starting to trickle in. No, you won’t find early-access Instant Pot discounts quite yet, but Amazon has a number of deals on its services (and a couple of its devices) that you can snag. A Prime membership already offers a lot for its $119 annual fee, including access to the entire Prime Video streaming catalog, but it doesn’t include access to all of Amazon’s services. Some of those might be more appealing now when you try them out for cheap, and in some cases, at no cost at all. Here are the best early Prime Day deals you can shop right now.
Echo Show 5 and Echo Dot
Amazon’s smart display that doubles as an alarm clock is now at its lowest price ever. Prime members can get the Echo Show 5 for $45, which is 50 percent off its normal price. We gave the Show 5 a score of 85 for its great sound quality, sunrise alarm feature and its physical camera shutter. It’s unclear how long this deal will last, so if you’ve been waiting for a good price drop on the Show 5, now’s the time to grab it.
You’re also still able to get two 3rd-gen Echo Dots for $20 each when you buy two and use the code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout. This early Prime Day deal came around last week and it’s a good opportunity to get the previous-gen Echo Dots at their best price ever.
Kindle Essentials bundles
Prime members can also snag two Kindle Essentials bundles, which include an e-reader, a case and a power adapter, for up to $70 off. The standard Kindle bundle is on sale for $89 while the Kindle Paperwhite bundle is on sale. for $119. If you knew you wanted a few accessories with your new Kindle, these are great deals because you’ll essentially get the case and the power adapter for free.
3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99
If you’ve wanted to try Amazon’s answer to Spotify, you can get three months of Music Unlimited for only $0.99, which is a good discount considering the service normally costs $10 per month. In addition to unrestricted offline streaming, Music Unlimited gives you an ad-free experience, access to the new podcasts and full integration with Alexa-enabled smart speakers.
$50 off an annual Audible plan
The best deal on Audible’s annual subscription returns ahead of Prime Day. Now you can get $50 off the annual plan of the Amazon-owned audiobook service, bringing the price down to $100. Prime members who are not currently subscribed can take advantage of this deal and, in addition to 12 credits upfront, you get access to member-only audiobook sales, unlimited access to some of the company’s exclusive podcasts and Audible Originals and more.
Students get Prime free for 6 months, plus 50 percent off their subscription
College students new to Prime can sign up now and get six months free -- and when you’re charged, you’ll only pay $6.49 per month for their membership. That’s 50 percent off the standard monthly cost of Prime for students, making now arguably the best time for students to give the service a shot. Amazon claims it will also have curated student-exclusive deals on Prime Day that may be worth snagging. Those with EBT or Medicaid cards have a similar deal available to them: 50 percent off a Prime membership after a 30-day free trial.
Prime Video channels for $0.99
While Prime Video has a host of content that members can watch at no extra cost, you’re also able to pay and subscribe to premium channels. Right now, a handful of those channels are available for $0.99 per month for two months, a pretty solid deal when you consider just one could be upwards of $10 per month. The discounted channels include Epix, PBS Masterpiece, Sundance Now, Lifetime Movie Club, A&E Crime Central, PBS Documentaries and more.
50 percent off Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited gives you access to a library of hundreds of ebooks that you can read on your Kindle or mobile device. It normally costs $10 per month, but now Prime members can get 50 percent off six-month membership. That means you’ll pay $30 for six months of Kindle Unlimited instead of the usual $60. There’s also an option that lets you try the service out for two months for free.
$15 off your first Amazon Fresh order
Depending on where you live, Amazon Fresh can deliver groceries to your doorstep. Those who have yet to purchase from Fresh can get $15 off their first order of $50 or more. If you’ve never been one to order groceries online, this offer might tempt you to give it a shot (even if it’s just one time).
Amazon Kids Plus
Amazon Kids Plus is the new name for FreeTime Unlimited, the company’s kids content service. Through October 12, you can get three months of the service for $0.99, which is a great discount from its standard $10-per-month price. Kids can access age-appropriate content, including more than 20,000 books, movies, TV shows and educational apps, on Fire tablets, Echo speakers and other Amazon devices. The best part is that parents can control exactly what their kids are consuming, and for how long, via customizable parental controls.