Amazon announces Prime Day 2018, kicks off early deals

Amazon’s Prime Day a sales day for Prime members began in 2015 starting as a typical 24-hour day. It expanded to 30 hours last year and will be 36 hours long this year

It actually tends to last longer than just 24 hours, too, and can have some serious discounts that set the precedent before Black Friday.

Only Amazon Prime members can partake in Prime Day.

Inc.'s (AMZN) biggest annual sales event will begin July 16 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET, the company announced in a press release. Clearly, Amazon's cashback offer is greater, but remember that Walmart doesn't require you to join any membership program, whereas Prime membership costs $119/year. You're also eligible if you're now on a 30-day trial period.

As you probably guessed, you will need an Amazon Prime account in order to download these games from the Twitch Prime service. To-date, Amazon has about 100 million Amazon Prime members globally. The company also uses the event as a way to promote memberships in Prime, since only Prime members can participate. Some of the sellers we've spoken to told us that the online retailer is pushing sellers to offer bigger discounts this year, promising them a massive increase in sales.

In celebration of Amazon Prime day, Twitch Prime has chose to give away free PC games.

Bear in mind that those deals are not yet live, but will be on July 16. The sale will include thousands of one-day deals as well as the short-lived Lightning Deals.

There are tons of products to choose from, so check out the full sale here. Members can also save $100 on the Echo Show.

Another major product category that gets the most attention is smartphones.

There are plenty more deals available, and we're sure Amazon will be teasing even more as we approach Prime Day itself.

Head on over to check out these deals and get yours while the getting is good. MoneyTalksNews.com reports the recently upgraded 9.7-inch iPad is likely to see discounts around Prime Day.

Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Prime were rolled out in Singapore in July 2017 and December 2017 respectively, then marking the e-commerce giant's first foray into the South-east Asian market.

Meanwhile, Target is offering a $5 gift card when you spend $25 or more on select household essential items. Buy your first Kindle book and get a $10 Prime Day credit valid towards eBooks, print books and Audible.

Next up we have Amazon's Prime Day deal on Kindle Unlimited. In 2017, Amazon Echo speakers were available for half price, and some Kindle models were reduced by nearly 40 percent.

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