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Kathleen Garvin

Amazon vs. Walmart: Prime Day Sales

Kathleen Garvin
Amazon vs. Walmart: Prime Day Sales

Christmas in July? Sort of.

On July 15, Amazon is hosting Prime Day to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Thirty-one deals will be available to Amazon Prime members for 24 hours.

Beginning at midnight (PT), members will be privvy to "more deals than Black Friday," per the official Amazon announcement on its website. Deals range from discounts on Chromebook laptops and smart HDTVs to 30% off select clothing, shoes and jewelry.

Yesterday, Walmart announced its own sale on Wednesday. Shoppers will have access to 2,000 online-only discounts. These range from Apple electronics to kids' toys to power tools.

So, how can you score these deals? Keep reading.

Amazon & Walmart Checklist

Amazon Prime Day

When: Wednesday, July 15

How long can you get sale prices? 24 hours

How can you get these sale prices? An Amazon Prime membership ($99 annually) is required to buy the deals (though you can window shop for free!)

Walmart

When: Monday, July 13. Walmart President and CEO Fernando Madeira announced the sales yesterday through a blog post.

How long can you get sale prices? 90 days (typical for Walmart Rollbacks)

How can you get these sale prices? All you need is a computer to access these deals. Walmart is also sweetening the pot by making $35 (instead of the normal $50) the minimum for free shipping all summer long.

I also like this shot in Madeira's blog post: "We’ve heard some retailers are charging $100 to get access to a sale. But the idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn’t add up for us." Burn, baby, burn.

Do you plan on shopping at Amazon on Prime Day? Have you already scored some good deals at Walmart? Are you bothered by this spectacle entirely?

Let us know in the comments!

Header image: Canva, Amazon & Walmart

Kathleen Garvin is an online editor and analytics wrangler for The Penny Hoarder, the largest personal finance blog. She's also a contributing writer for I Want Her Job and started a beginner-friendly digital marketing blog, The Maroon House. Kathleen is the former blog editor at SEMrush.

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Rob Wilson
I literally just noticed this from Amazon this morning, and as per normal with Amazon emails, they bombarded me with deals on gadgets and electronics which appeal to my nerdy proclivities. I must admit, assuming the pricing they are offering is legit, there do appear to be some deals to be had.

With the success of "Cyber Monday" and various other related events hosted by online merchants, and the fact that they can generally destroy the deals offered by the brick and mortar merchants on most items, I can only assume we will see far more of these in the future. Very timely post, Kathleen!
Kathleen Garvin
Kathleen Garvin
Rob Wilson
I heard about Prime Day last week, and then Walmart's "response" sale yesterday. I fear we'll see more of these events too, especially if this day is a success. Time will tell shortly!
Larry Madill
Larry Madill
I want to buy that Roomba even though it only takes like 15 minutes to vacuum. Still that's 15 minutes I could be spending not vacuuming.
Kathleen Garvin
Kathleen Garvin
Larry Madill
Ha! Can't argue with you there.
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