Amazon Prime Day Deals: Are they worth paying $2.99 for?
Prime Day is coming up on July 15 and 16, a 48 hour sale that Amazon promises will be “epic” for its Prime Now members. If you are wondering if those deals will be worth the $2.99 for the Amazon Prime Now membership, then you are in the right place.
For the uninitiated, Amazon Prime Now is the Singapore iteration of the Amazon Prime membership programme. That means they want you to sign up for a monthly fee in exchange for free shipping (above S$40 spend for Singapore items and above S$60 spend for international items) and big discounts. It also gives you access to Amazon Prime Video – a video streaming service that offers popular movies, tv series, and exclusive original productions – and Twitch Prime for the gamers.
As a heads up, Amazon Prime Now is only available via the Amazon Prime Now mobile app, and cannot be seen on the website. (Why would they do that? Not a clue.)
Why would I sign up for Amazon Prime Now?
Redmart and Lazada already has its LiveUp subscription, handy for time strapped professionals, and homemakers with young children who would rather not attempt to make a trip to the store but desperately need a shot of coffee, chocolate, or retail therapy.
In many areas, Amazon Prime Now pales in comparison to LiveUp. The selection of fresh food and groceries is sorely lacking, compared with Redmart’s offerings, as are its Singapore ready stock of electronics, household items and beauty products that are available for the same day 2-hour free delivery.
If you are an Amazon US shopper, the selection available on the International tab in Prime Now would bring you just a wee bit closer to the wide selection you are already accustomed to, with the promise of free delivery above a S$60 spend. If you had items that you were already planning to order from Amazon, finding them on Prime Now International is a bit like winning the lottery.
Even then, the search is a bit fiddly on the Prime Now app. I could search for the exact name of an item on Amazon Prime Now today and not see anything, then see it appear miraculously as a suggested item the next day. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s the Amazon Prime app algorithm.
The same day 2-hour delivery is, however, genuinely true to its word, and a very nice feature to have for a rainy day.
Behind the Amazon Prime Now paywall
Here’s the thing. While you are able to download the Prime Now app on your Apple or Android mobile phone and browse through the items anytime, its checkout and most of its items are hidden behind the paywall. So in order to see the full available selection and the Prime Day sales, you have to sign up for Prime Now.
Sidenote: Prime Now offers a 30 day free trial period where you can gain access to all its deals without paying the $2.99, but you have to remember to cancel your subscription before the 30 days are up. If you’ve not used Prime Now before, then there’s no (monetary) harm in signing up in time for Prime Day.
But what if you’ve already used up your 30 day trial? Then consider this my contribution to the betterment of humankind, because I signed up, for you, for online shopping research.
Amazon Prime Day Early Deals
This would be the very first time I am checking out Prime Day, and I honestly don’t know what to expect. According to my Amazon Prime Now e-mailer, I should be getting excited about some lightning deals. “Look forward to mega savings in PC, Electronics, Home, Kitchen, Toys, Beauty, Baby and many more”, they say.
Well, I have prepared a full shopping cart all ready to take advantage of any possible discounts, but with my luck, none of the discounts would apply to the stuff I hope to get.
On the other hand, the Prime Day Early Deals have given me a hint of where the discounts will be found, like the “Up to 50% off in Beauty” deals, the “Up to 50% off Toys” deals, and the “Up to 50% off Health and Personal Care” deals. Other Prime Day early deals also included up to 50% off electronics, up to 35% off Baby, and up to 35% off Bakeware. Coming up soon, is a sale of up to 40% beverage and alcohol.
Here are just some of the current deals I’ve found.
Prime Now Early Deals in Beauty
Prime Day Early Deals in Toys
Prime Day Early Deals in Health & Personal Care
I was quite happy to spot the L’Oreal Paris Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover going for $14.45 for a twin pack. I found the same item on another pharmacy chain’s online store, being sold individually at $11.90 after a 30% discount. Both stores offer free shipping above a S$40 spend. That amounts to savings of $4.60 per bottle, and more than makes up for my $2.99 Prime Now subscription.
I may have also spotted some heavily discounted wooden toys for babies in preparation for birthday and Christmas gifts.
Even without the Prime Day sales, there are a couple of good deals on Prime Now that makes it worth my while. I could easily grab a case of Merries Walker Pants XL for $62.85 ($69.85 on Redmart), claim free my free shipping and call it a day.
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