Skip the $100 fee and get free Amazon Prime through Black Friday

Skip the $100 fee and get free Amazon Prime through Black Friday

If you’ve been holding off on your free Amazon Prime trial, we think now’s the time to strike.

Amazon Prime, the best and most famous discount subscription on the internet, and really the service that made Amazon what it is today, gets you a whole bunch of benefits that go far beyond free two-day shipping. There’s special access to prime-only shows and movies on Amazon Instant Video. There’s Prime Reading for free books, audiobooks, and magazines. There’s Prime Music for… music. Not to mention early access to Amazon Lightning Deals, and unlimited photo storage in Amazon’s cloud.

The problem with all this “free” stuff is that the Prime subscription costs $99 a year. The only truly free Prime benefits are the ones you get from Amazon’s 30-day Prime free trial. But you only get one per account. Ever.

Now’s the optimal time to kick off 30 days of Prime. The next month will see the coming of another Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and all the Prime-only deals therein; Thanksgiving, and all the last-minute roasting pans or pilgrim decorations you need; the bulk of your holiday shopping, best accomplished from the comfort of your own home; and the release of highly anticipated shows and movies on Amazon Instant Video, like The Grand Tour.

Basically, November’s going to be a banner month. Might as well enjoy the perks for free. And hey, if you’re looking for gift ideas, Prime itself makes a pretty good one.

Amazon’s Alexa + Bose bundle is back

Amazon’s putting all of its cards on smart home with the new 2nd. gen Echo Dot—a voice-enabled speaker that bears a striking resemblance to a hockey puck. All you’ll have to do is say the magic word. No, it’s not open sesame. Abracadabra? Let’s be real.

Echo Dot (2nd Gen.)Buy now for $49.99

The magic word’s Alexa.

That’s right. You can dim your kitchen lights if you’re feeling dramatic, set your bedroom temperature to a balmy 70 degrees, switch on your sprinkler system to keep those pesky kids off your lawn, and more with Amazon’s digital assistant. And now, it’s better than ever.

If you’re looking to branch into the smart home world, grab one of the new 2nd Gen. Echo Dots today. Or, consider one of the bundles that offer a Bose speaker or a smart plug to really bring your home into the future. The best bundle, in our opinion, is the Echo Dot and ecobee3 Smart Thermostat. The thermostat, as a standalone product, retails at $249, so you’d be getting a free Echo Dot in this particular package.

If you’d like to put a Dot in each of your main room, you can purchase five and get a sixth for free with the promo code DOT6PACK. Or, buy 10 and get two for free with the code DOT12PACK. Just use the code at checkout for your complimentary Dots.

Top Black Friday deals on Amazon right now

Top Black Friday deals on Amazon right now

Top Black Friday deals

As most of our attention turns to idle thoughts of gorging ourselves on good food and good company, Amazon’s looking ahead and has already started its Black Friday sales. There’ll be plenty of products—both good and bad–on sale every day, but we’re here to leverage our expertise and highlight the best deals that will matter the most to you.

To make sure you get the most out of your Amazon holiday shopping, you should consider signing up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. That’ll be plenty of time to take advantage of the free two-day shipping and keep your holiday shopping stress-free.

With new deals popping up every day, throughout each day, we’ll constantly be updating this article with our latest finds. Be sure to check back often!

Highlighted Deals

Home Entertainment

Laptops, Tablets, & Accessories

Smartphones and Accessories

Kitchen Gadgets and Accessories

Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories

Personal Audio

More Home & Outdoors

Expired Deals

[Deal Alert] Get an extra $5 Amazon gift card when you buy Alexa-exclusive deals

[Deal Alert] Get an extra $5 Amazon gift card when you buy Alexa-exclusive deals

Do you have an Alexa-enabled device sitting around the house? You might have a new reason to talk to it (and maybe not toss it out when Google Home arrives). Amazon is promoting its Alexa deals by tossing an extra $5 gift card at you. The deals themselves are pretty good too.

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You can find out what deals are available by asking your Echo (or other Alexa device) “What are your deals?” You can also just go to this web page and see the full list. Only Alexa can give you the stated discounts, though. Most relevant to your interests is the Fossil Q Founder, which is available for around $160, plus you get the $5 gift card. That’s an appropriate amount of money to spend on a Wear device right now.

The gift card deal is valid through November 18th, and only for the first 25,000 units. I’m not sure how many people are shopping with Alexa, but you might as well get in early.

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Amazon Announces Black Friday countdown sales

Amazon Announces Black Friday countdown sales

amazon.com is gearing up for holiday shopping as it announces the countdown to its Black Friday deals store, according to Business Wire new deals will be added to the site every five minutes from now until December 22, in addition each day amazon.com will offer up to 20 deals of the day like 20$ off a kindle paperwhite and up to 40% off some toys business wire also reports amazon prime members will receive even more perks if they order using the virtual assistant Alexa the membership will allow users another twenty percent off pre-order and new release video games.

Here are the highlights of the sale so far today — but it looks like Amazon is following its usual habit of limiting supply and switching up the deals and availability daily, so you’ll probably need to check back on the regular.

Amazon paves the way to Black Friday with Kindle deals

Amazon paves the way to Black Friday with Kindle deals

We’ve scoured the web to find you the best deals on good products. 

Black Friday is fast approaching and Amazon’s already started releasing new deals every day in a countdown to the big day. Starting things off are savings on the reliable Kindle E-readers. Now, if you’ve held out on getting a Kindle for this long, it’s probably going to take a lot to convince you to go digital. Trust me, I get it. I’m a huge fan of good ol’ paper copies for my books as well. Nothing quite beats the feel of turning a page or the smell of a new—or old!—book.

But, have you stopped to think what it really means to have hundreds of books on hand and thousands more ready to go as long as you get in WiFi range? What about the convenience of picking up where you left off via your phone if you accidentally left your Kindle at home. You can even lay down in bed and read comfortably. Madness!

Even an old guard like myself can hear the siren call of a Kindle like Odysseus tied to the mast of his ship. The only difference is, I don’t have anyone to stop me from going online and buying one. Wait, what’s that? I already did? It’s already shipped and will be here in 2 days? Excellent.

Amazon’s Black Friday 2016 deals start today

Amazon’s Black Friday 2016 deals start today

It’s November, which means it’s time to start holiday shopping.

Amazon is getting a head start on the busy season, opening up its first holiday deals tonight as part of its Black Friday Deals store.

Don’t expect many of the big ticket deals that headline actual Black Friday 2016 deals, though for those looking to get some items off their holiday wish lists you may find decent deals. Amazon says it will be offering “tens of thousands of deals” with new deals coming “as often as every five minutes.”

Amazon will be running its Black Friday 2016 shop through Dec. 22.

In addition to the deals store, Amazon announced updates to its mobile apps to allow for easier shopping, even when you’re in a physical store. You can now use your phone’s camera to do a visual search for an item within the Amazon app. While the online retail giant had this feature for a while, it has now expanded the offering to include more than just groceries, DVDs, video games, packaged goods and barcodes to make it more helpful for those who price compare in physical stores.

Also new: a feature called Package X-Ray. Starting Nov. 15, iPhone users can use the feature to peek inside the box without opening it and risking ruining the surprise. Simply scan the barcode from the app to look inside.

With a new holiday season, there are incentives to draw users to the company $99-per year premium Prime offering. In addition to free two-day shipping, Prime members will receive an additional 20% off on pre-order and new release video games as well as the ability to shop “thousands of Lightning Deals” with a 30-minute head start versus non-members.

Those who use the company’s Alexa digital assistant — found on the Echo line of smart speakers and recent Fire TV streaming sticks and Kindle Fire tablets — will have access to other exclusive deals.

Like other retailers, Amazon is expecting big things this holiday season with items such as 4K and HDR TVs, copper appliances and handcrafted gifts among the trends to watch.

Last month the company announced it would hire 120,000 temporary workers to handle demand, up 20% from the 100,000 workers it brought on last year.

[Deal Alert] Get a Sony Xperia XZ for just $649.99 from Amazon ($50 off)

[Deal Alert] Get a Sony Xperia XZ for just $649.99 from Amazon ($50 off)

As of late, Sony Mobile has been making some pretty decent smartphones, but it destroys any chances of them succeeding by slapping massive price tags on them. The relatively new Xperia XZis one of these phones; it’s nice, but $700 nice? Not to most. However, with this latest markdown by Amazon, you can grab an XZ with a US warranty for $649.99, $50 less than the MSRP.

Unfortunately, the fact that this XZ carries a US warranty means that its side-mounted fingerprint sensor has been disabled (it can be re-enabled with a firmware flash). That being said, the rest of the phone’s specs are still solid; they include a 5.2″ 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 4, a Snapdragon 820, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 23MP camera, and 2900mAh battery. In addition, despite its unassuming appearance, it’s IP68 water and dust-resistant.

Amazon has discounted all three colors (black, blue, and silver) to $649.99. Since the phone is being shipped and sold by Amazon, you’ll get fast shipping if you’re a Prime member. You also won’t have to deal with third-party sellers, who can be a pain to deal with sometimes. We’re not sure how long this offer will last, so if you’ve been on the lookout for an Xperia XZ, you may want to jump on this soon.

Here is the Amazon Link: Sony Xperia XZ

Deal Alert: Fossil Q Founder smartwatch only $190 ($85 off) on Amazon

Deal Alert: Fossil Q Founder smartwatch only $190 ($85 off) on Amazon

The Fossil Q is a little over a year old at this point, and is notable for being the first Android Wear watch from a well-known mechanical watch maker. It features a 360×326 round display (unfortunately with a flat tire), an Intel Atom CPU, IP67 water protection, and a 400mAh battery.

Now you can snag a Fossil Q Founder for $189.99 on Amazon, a decent drop from the $275 MSRP. Not a bad deal, although I’m not sure if I would get it over the Huawei Watch with its frequent price drops. Still, if you’re looking for a shiny new Android Wear device from an actual watch company, this is a good option.

Here is the Amazon Link: Fossil Q Founder smartwatch

Black Friday 2016 Wifi ip Camera – Wireless Night Vision deals

Black Friday 2016 Wifi ip Camera – Wireless Night Vision deals

Black Friday 2016 deals coming your way early, make sure you take advantage of this incredible WIFI IP camera with night vision. Perfect for checking up on pets and your house when you’re away.

DEAL LINKS FOR TODAY

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