Prime Day is gets a lot of hype, but a lot of it is just that: hype. You log in, and, all of a sudden, you’re bombarded by deals—this TV is 30% off, there’s a two-for-one on these security cameras, and these earbuds are $50, but only for the next 17 minutes, and oh, none of these deals are actually that great.
All the chaos overwhelm even the most seasoned online shopper, making it hard to know if you’re really saving money at all. But there is one category that will undoubtedly stand out from the Prime Day din, by design: Tech made by Amazon itself.
For typical tech sales, most retailers want you buying whatever they can convince you to plunk down money for, be it an iPhone or an Android, a Mac or PC, Xbox or PlayStation. They just want your money, and as much of it as possible, and so traditional shopping events like Black Friday see deals across the spectrum of brands and manufacturers. But…
Amazon is both store and manufacturer
Amazon is different. While the company sells tons of products from a wide variety of manufacturers, it also makes its own tech. If you’re looking for a new smart TV, Amazon makes one; if you just want the smart TV streaming device, Amazon makes that too. For home security, you’re covered with Blink doorbells and cameras. Alexa powers so many of these devices, so why not get one of its smart speakers or screens operated via the personal assistant? Amazon Basics even makes plenty of accessories, from USB cables to batteries.
Amazon now makes so much tech, it only makes sense the company would prefer to sell you its version of a product over that of the competition. Instead of a Roku, buy a Fire TV stick. Don’t buy a Fitbit, snag a Halo. It seems Amazon has comparable products in almost every category—they even make their own earbuds (Echo Dots).
The quality of these products compared to the competition is certainly up for debate, and I encourage you to do your own research before buying any tech product—made by Amazon or otherwise. But whenever you do search for a tech product on Amazon, and especially during Prime Day, you’re going to be served up an Amazon alternative. It’s only in the company’s best interest to use the event to run big deals on its own products. While the company has early deals listed on its site, the ones for Amazon devices are front and center. The day before Prime Day kicks off, for example, Alexa devices are advertised up to 60% off, Amazon Halos are listed up to 55% off, and Amazon Fire TVs are up to $350 off.
Amazon is still a market, and it’s good for them when you to buy anything, so if you end up going with a Samsung TV over an Amazon TV, that’s still a sale, which is why you’ll still find plenty of deals this Prime Day for non-Amazon devices. But Amazon products will be pushed the hardest, and likely see the biggest discounts and promotions.
Don’t impulse buy Amazon products
Eye-grabbing discounts and tempting product bundles aside, don’t buy an Amazon device just because it looks like a killer deal. If you are in the market for a specific Amazon-made product and it goes on sale, great! That’s a smart purchase. If you were more interested in a non-Amazon device but the Amazon version is now significantly cheaper, though, it’s not necessarily worth chasing value over getting the product you actually want to buy.
Take the time to research the difference between Amazon’s version and the competition. That’s good general advice for any Prime Day deal (or any big ticket purchase), but considering how hard Amazon will be pushing its own products on July 12 and 13, it’s especially important to keep in mind. If you buy anything this Prime Day, I hope get deals on the best devices for you, whether Amazon made them or not.