While Amazon Prime Day remains delayed until October, Amazon has just announced it will kick off its End of Summer Sale, starting 24 August up until 1 September.
Rumours of a summer sale emerged in May 2020, when The New York Times reported that Amazon would hold an event to gain back customers lost during the coronavirus pandemic. The summer sale would “let brands sell excess inventory, according to an audio recording of an internal meeting discussing the promotion”, as stated in the report.
The online giant hasn’t yet revealed what products and brands will be included in the same, but it wouldn’t surprise us if it included discounts on its Alexa smart devices and Fire tablets, as it normally does during its major sales.
The summer sale does put customers looking for the best deals on specific products in a tricky position, with Prime Day slated for October, and then Black Friday in November – especially now that retailers begin rolling out Black Friday discounts several weeks in advance of the day itself. Should customers wait?
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It’s unlikely the End of Summer Sale will offer better prices than Prime Day, as that would threaten the reputation of the retailer’s biggest, most sought-after sale of the year, but prices may come close.
Students and parents should instead treat the End of Summer Sale as an opportunity to swoop in on back to school deals on laptops, mid-range or Chinese phones, headphones, and school supplies. Amazon will likely kick off Deals of Day, which you can keep an eye on its Deals page
For big-ticket items you’ve been planning to buy for a long time, we suspect you’re better off waiting until October for Prime Day.
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