Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sales will take place on Monday, June 21st, and Tuesday, June 22nd, and if you think it hasn’t been a year since the last one, you’re correct.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, Prime Day was held on October 13th and 14th, three months later than usual. But we’re back on track this year, as Amazon will be slashing prices on a variety of things for Prime members, just like last year.
If the freebies entice you, but you haven’t joined up for Amazon Prime yet, don’t worry: Amazon makes it simple to do so.
Amazon has come up with a number of features to attract consumers to sign up for its Prime subscription, in addition to Prime Day deals.
These include access to Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming video service; free and faster shipping on purchases (with two-day delivery for many items and even same-day delivery for some); deals on Whole Foods Market purchases; Amazon Music Prime audio streaming (not to be confused with Amazon Music Unlimited, which is an additional $7.99 / month for Prime members); and Prime Gaming, which allows Prime members to play online games for free.
Your Prime account — and all of its benefits — can be shared with one other adult. You also receive a 30-day free trial to determine if it (and the Prime Day offers) are right for you.
Here’s how to get started.
SELECT A PLAN
Go to https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime and select “See More Plans” from the drop-down menu.
Choose your preferred plan. You may sign up for the service for $12.99 per month or $119 per year, which works out to just under $10 per month. You can sign up for Prime Video on its own for $8.99 a month, but you won’t be able to participate in Prime Day.
If you’re a student, sign up for Prime Student by clicking on the “Are you a student?” link. You’ll get a six-month free trial and then only have to pay $6.49 each month after that.
Showtime for 99 cents a month (up to a year), Amazon Music Unlimited for 99 cents a month, and a two-month trial of Kindle Unlimited are also included.
You can also join for $5.99 a month if you’re on government assistance or use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
Is your birthday approaching? If you have a kind friend or relative, they can give you a Prime membership for three months ($39) or a year ($119) as a gift.
SET UP AN ACCOUNT
You’ll need an Amazon account once you’ve picked the plan you want to go with. You’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one.
Click “Try Prime,” then “Create an Amazon account,” and fill-up the form with your name, email address, and password. We also strongly advise you to enable two-factor authentication for your account.
Amazon will authenticate your account on the following page by sending an OTP (one-time-password) to your email address. Copy the OTP from your email, paste it into the Amazon website, and click “Verify.”
After that, you’ll be prompted to input your credit or debit card details.
And that’s it!
We should definitely state the obvious: you can sign up for Prime, take advantage of the free 30-day trial, and then cancel your subscription after the Prime Day sales have ended. But you can only do it once, and you might come to regret it next year when Prime Day rolls around.