How to Make Sure Your Amazon Prime Deal Really IS a Deal.

Today is Amazon Prime Day (tomorrow too!).  Apparently this is an exciting thing. Here’s how to keep an eye on Amazon and know if you’re really getting the best deal possible.

Blue eye with amazon logo where pupil should be.

 

Honestly, until this year I never actually paid attention to Amazon Prime sales. Partly because – well, I’m not a member of Amazon Prime so there’s that, and partly because Amazon prices are so up and down. One day something is $15.99 and the next week it’s $10.  Or $45. Or $1, but $45 for delivery.

(Amazon Prime Day is a 24 hour sale on Amazon as a thank you to their Prime Members. This year however it’s 48 hours.)

If you aren’t constantly tracking or watching something you want to buy, it’s hard to say whether it really is a great sale or not. The trick I’m going to show you today works all the time on Amazon, not just during Prime Days.

As an example, this weekend my dryer started to sound like it was auditioning for the part of tortured ghost with a bladder infection in a B movie. So I went online and searched for pricing on a new dryer before this one tried to kill me.

One website I went to (not Amazon) had a suggested retail price of $1,500. But they were having a BIG SALE. I know this because the lettering was red and had cartoon fireworks coming off of it.  You would assume based on all the fanfare that this was a remarkable price. 

But after visiting another store’s website I found the super-duper-you’re-a-troglodyte-if-you-don’t-buy-it price was actually … $200 higher than another store’s regular price. 

Is Your Amazon Prime Day Deal a Real Deal?

So.  With Amazon Prime Days going on today and tomorrow (and my mother an accidental Prime member – that’s a whole other story) I wondered how could you make sure the sale was a good one?  That’s when I remembered …

 

CAMELCAMELCAMEL

This is not a sponsored post, just good old-fashioned information but if you do end up buying anything from Amazon I’ll make a commission. 

Yep. Camelcamelcamel is an app or extension for your browser that will immediately tell you the history of the price of something on Amazon. It’s magical. The best part is it works on almost every Amazon site around the world (US, Canada, Germany …). It will give you a little graph that will show you all the prices that item has been over the past month, 6 months or even year.

I believe this was the first of its kind when it was developed several years ago, but now there are other options that do the same thing.  Keepa is a popular one too but it’s more involved and confusing to me than CamelCamelCamel.

I use the CamelCamelCamel Chrome extension for my laptop, but if you’re an iPad (tablet) or mobile phone user you can get the app. 

I used this app a few years ago and then promptly forgot all about it until a few days ago. So I installed it and headed over to Amazon. I searched an Amazon Echo and saw that their price today is supposedly a GREAT deal.

View of an Amazon web page showing various deals on the Echo Dot.

 

It said limited time deal and was listed at $34 compared to its normal price of $60.  Enter Camelcamelcamel to see if any of this was true.

This is what the app or extension will look like.  You just click on Camelcamelcamel to open it on whatever page you’re on and it’ll tell you the history of the price of that item.

Echo Dot product page on Amazon with Camelcamelcamel chart in foreground showing product's price history.

You can see the graph shows the highest this Amazon Echo Dot has been is $69.99 which was on June 17th of this year.

The graph also shows it occasionally drops down to $50 fairly regularly only to pop back up to $70.

But today’s price of $34.99 really IS the lowest it has ever been priced and WAY below the most common price of $70 for it on Amazon.

Now, I don’t actually want to buy an Amazon Echo but it’s a good example. And if you want to buy one, by all means go grab one right now at this price before it goes back up. 

Camelcamelcamel chart showing lowest, highest and current price of Echo Dot.

 

Amazon Prime days are known for good sales on most stuff, but GREAT sales on technology and electronics.  So I thought I’d list some of the techie things I own and love in case you’ve been thinking about buying any of them.  Now would be a good time to check to see if they’re on deep discount.

 


NOTE!  You can sign up for Prime for a free month right now and then cancel it to get all the deals today. But you have to remember to cancel your Prime membership otherwise you’ll get charged every month for it.


 

My Stuff

 

Arlo Wireless Security Cameras – These are the security cameras I have around my property. I used one of them to monitor and  video the robins nest in my window box earlier this year.  They images are good quality and reliable but best of all the cameras are wireless so you can literally stick them anywhere.  

Kasa Smart Plugs – Turns your lights on and off with a phone app or set them up with a home device like an Amazon Echo or Google Home to turn on and off at certain times.

24″ Insignia Smart TV – I *just* bought this television for my kitchen a couple of weeks ago and I love it.

Sous Vide – I actually have the big Sous Vide Supreme (demi) machine but if I were to do it all over again I’d probably just get a Sous Vide stick. They do the same thing, are 1/4 of the price and take up 1/10th of the space. 

The DJI Spark (My Drone!!) – I don’t claim to be a drone expert but I did look for one for a couple of years. I just knew I wanted one that was easy to fly, small and took really good quality photos and video. This is that drone.

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera – This is the camera I use for the majority of my photos. I got it in December. Note, that this is for the camera body only, not the lens. 


* If you’re in Canada and the links aren’t bringing you to the right place just click here to go to Amazon Canada’s webpage and search for the item you’re looking for. 


Good luck and happy Priming.  Personally I’ll be using my mother’s account (which I’m fairly certain you aren’t supposed to do) to check on whether my dream television the Samsung The Frame TV is on sale. 

If it isn’t, I’ll continue to entertain myself by listening to my dryer.

 

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28 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    Where is the story about your mother being an accidental prime member? When I click on the link to read that story, it takes me to Amazon and tries to trick me into becoming one too! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      LOL! That was accidental on my part. I didn’t realize “my mother” was part of the link. It should have just been the words Prime member. I’m still waiting to see if my television goes on sale but so far no. The rest of it is just stuff I dont’ need. ~ karen!

  2. Jadie says:

    Not buying from Amazon today as their warehouse workers are striking and as a union member I always try to be in solidarity with other workers and my grandma would haunt me for crossing a picket line, virtual or no 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Well you don’t want granny mad at you. But I think they were just striking for 6 hours. So if there’s something you desperately need, you should be good to go. ~ karen!

  3. Heidi says:

    I just went through my wishlist and a bunch of things on it were Prime Day deals. So, if you have a wishlist that’s somewhat practical (like, not totally unnecessary things), check and see if there’s a deal on items today.

  4. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Weird. I can’t find this app in the App Store. A few apps that show pics of…wait for it….camels! I guess for those die hard camel lovers. Or maybe I can buy my very own camel…

  5. Linda says:

    This was really valuable information since I have no choice but to do all my necessary shopping online and most of it is Amazon. I did sign up so we’ll see! Thank you.

  6. Kathryn says:

    That reminded me that I wanted a tv for my bedroom, and I found the same one at Best Buy for the same price! Yay! I can watch tv in bed tonight.

  7. Bonnie Harris says:

    For some appliances, maybe a fridge, I do understand paying a higher price to get features or a size, but for a dryer — I always get the lowest price with decent customer reviews. Last week we just got one to replace a very old model. We paid $499 Cdn. for a Whirlpool. It’s big and basic and made in U.S.A. The local store delivered and connected it and took away the old one for $50. About the frame TV — wow! I saw this idea in a magazine and always wanted one! A TV is one ugly thing to have in your living room and this is so much better!

    • Karen says:

      I have to have a high end washer and dryer because of where the laundry is situated in my house. A 23″ closet with no venting! Yup. So I need a tiny washer and dryer that’s self venting. When I had ZERO money when I bought this house 20 years ago I was thrilled with that. :/ ~ karen!

  8. Catt-in-KY says:

    I am going to get this ap….thank you!
    You looked so beautiful in that gorgeous dress you posted from the wedding! Amazon Prime is fabulous because of the free shipping on quick delivery on most items and Amazon Prime streaming is included. We order so many things for us and our families all over the U.S. and always with free shipping. Returns and reimbursements are easy. Also we receive most things we buy in 2 or 3 days.

  9. judy says:

    I followed the link and wound up at free forms something with the hair raising caveat =this thing can read everything,change everything and once you are asleep a claw like hand will slowly creep up the side of your bed and aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg.

    I didn’t get the app-did I do something wrong?

    • Kate says:

      Judy,

      I think you clicked on the big green button that said “Start Now.” That is actually an ad on CamelCamelCamel’s site (and a LOT of other sites). It takes you away from the page you were on and into their own site. If you go back to the CCC website and scroll down past the green button, you should be able to either create an account or get the CCC browser add-on that Karen was talking about (to get it, click “Browser Addons” next to the wrench symbol). Hope that helps- this happened to me all the time until I caught on to the Big Green Button Conspiracy (TM)

      P.S. Sometimes the button is blue… just be leery of all big buttons 🙂

    • Karen says:

      You probably just clicked the wrong button on the site Judy. You must have clicked an ad on their site. ~ karen!

  10. R says:

    Funny you should mention it….. I have noticed Prime day/s in the past, and nothing ignited me enough to really poke around.
    This week, the offers that came were lame: not mazing deals on things I was not thinking of buying.
    I read your piece, went to camelx3, and went thru 10…..TEN pages of mostly stuff I didn’t know what they were. Mostly, not all. Some I knew, but did not seem a life changing deal. There was 7th Gen TP: but it’s too environmentally off to have a truck deliver one item to me. Better to buy when out and about in the car anyway. And I’d rather support our local shops. Retail may not be a Great Job but it’s a job.
    So 10 pages later, nothing I saw I needed Amazon to supply.
    Thanks for all your writing/photos/fun. I wish I knew who turned me on to you so I could thank whoever!

  11. Tina says:

    My DIL helps me with my garden and is very Type A as a gardener and I often mention her. So her birthday was recently and she let me take a pic of her, weeding and watering. So now, just because I’m a proud MIL, I attach a pic of her in one of her gardens.

  12. Christine Campbell says:

    Hi Karen
    So again, you are in my head!
    I have been researching “Amazon Deals” today to see what is really a deal!

    I was also trying to find out what is eating my zucchini. I have little nibbles around the ends and the after a couple of days they are gone. Boo. And I was just thinking, I should ask Karen.

    And for a giggle for all fellow gardeners. I have a squash arch and they are growing great! But I was having to put the squash in nylon slings because they are starting to get heavy and I already lost one.

    Have any of you done this? I got it into my head that it was a lot like putting on a condom which I haven’t done in a long time. I’m sure my neighbors or my kids were wondering why that weird gardening woman was laughing her head off in the garden as she was doing something to her squash!

    Anyway, I thought you and your readers would understand!

    Christine in BC

    • Jennifer says:

      That image is priceless!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine! The sooner you put the nylons on the melons/squash the better. They just slip over small ones and then expand as they grow. If they’re too big, don’t try to fit the entire nylon over the squash, just use it like a sling to support the underneath of the squash then tie it to the vine or arbour. 🙂 ~ karen

  13. gbc says:

    Save some $ with your haunted dryer, and many other things, by going to your local Habitat for Humanity Restore. You can get working/exorcised dryers for about $100. 😉

    • Tina says:

      Yes! LOVE Restore!

    • Karen says:

      I wish I could do that but I definitely cannot. :/ My laundry room is literally a closet. So the only dryer that will work in my house is a high end dryer. (23″ wide and it also has to be self venting because there’s nowhere to vent it.) Those tend to not show up at Habitat. Although I’ve seen great ENTIRE kitchens there! ~ karen

    • Elizabeth says:

      Check out Kijiji, LetGo, Facebook Marketplace and Varagesale too. Aside from underwear, socks and groceries, we rarely buy anything retail any more.

    • jo foster says:

      I wish all Restore’s were the same. The one in our area is very expensive. Prices are usually above retail. Drive 1.5 hours in any of the 3 directions to the other Restore’s and there are great deals / options. Frustrating!

      Now to look up camel x 3. Thanks.

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