Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Flipkart Big Shopping Days, Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best smartphone deals to look out for

You have to be a member to participate in Prime Day, but there are ways to circumvent paying the $119 annual fee, at least initially. The Amazon.in sale offers today also include instant discounts and cashbacks on HDFC Bank and Pay balance.an instant discount of 10 percent (up to Rs. 1,750 on purchases up to Rs. 50,000, minimum order Rs. 3,000) is valid on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards.

The "Black Friday" of online shopping, Amazon Prime Day, kicks off Monday afternoon - and here's everything you need to know to score the biggest deals.

For tech products, prices will probably be slightly better around Black Friday, but this is a good mid-year opportunity to score some discounts.

The Good Guys are having a two day "Big Day Deals" sale with a wide range of products on sale including discounts on UE Boom 2, Google Chromecast and 20 per cent off selected HP computers. This mega sale event on Amazon is set to start at 12 PM on July 16. The upcoming sale from Flipkart will be offering unmatched offers under Blockbuster deals, Rush Hour Deals, First Time Discounts, and Price Crash offers.

If you want to be a "power" Prime Day shopper, Consumer Reports has some advice on what you should do.

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Perhaps some of the best discounts will come from Amazon's own devices including products such as the Echo smart speaker. So they are incentivizing the makers of Wi-Fi connected lights, locks, thermostats and cameras to drop their process this Prime Day.

Additionally, Prime members who live near a Whole Foods may want to take advantage of a new offer this year, Dengler said. The basic one, Echo Dot, is usually priced at Rs 4,499, but Amazon India is offering it for just Rs 2,449 after a price cut of Rs 2,050. All the aforementioned benefits can be availed by purchasing the Amazon Prime membership.

InfoScout said that while two-thirds of Amazon shoppers browsed Prime Day a year ago, only 37 percent actually made a purchase, and 67 percent of Amazon shoppers said they compared prices on other retailers' sites.

To gain an edge over rival e-commerce platform Flipkart, Amazon India is now heavily promoting its subscription-based services Amazon Prime, which offers exclusive deals on Amazon Prime Day, free and fast deliveries, besides video and music services.

Alexa will also help Amazon Prime users earn discounts this Amazon Prime Day. An Amazon Prime customer can simply deactivate the service after a month.

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