Amazon Prime Day, which was originally slated for July but postponed due to the pandemic, is turning into one of the biggest shopping events of the year.
In fact, even I had to get in on the 48-hour extravaganza before it ends at 3 a.m. ET Thursday.
Not surprisingly, Amazon devices, such as the Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Show, are among the most deeply discounted, with 45% off Fire tablets and a Toshiba 32-inch Smart HD Fire TV marked down more than 30% to $119.99.
I finally purchased a Kindle Paperwhite for my 10-year-old son, who became an avid reader during the coronavirus outbreak. The newest e-reader is selling for $79.99, a $50 savings from the usual price.
The Echo Dot, marked down 60% to $18.99, is also a no-brainer for holiday gifts down the road.
However, some of the best bargains are not exclusive to Amazon at all.
Target is hosting its own sales event — Target Deal Days — during the same two-day period. The always-popular Instant Pot is on sale for $199.99, a $60-savings off the retail price for an eight-quart cooker, and Beats wireless noise-cancelling headphones are marked down to $199 (I would buy these if I didn’t own them already).
Walmart is also featuring Black Friday-like savings during its “Big Save Event,” which runs through Oct. 15. The deals include $50 off of a Pioneer Woman six-quart Instant Pot and a 55-inch JVC 4K HDR Roku Smart TV for $248.
Best Buy even released some Black Friday-level pricing on TV sets and high-end home theater equipment.
Surprisingly though, I found some of the best deals of all on vacuums, including iRobot’s Roomba and a cordless Dyson. I scored the Dyson V10 Animal Pro for just $399, $100 less than it is selling for on Amazon.