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Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Prime Day 2018: How to get the best deals, starting Monday

Prime Day 2018: How to get the best deals, starting Monday

Amazon Prime Day is more than just a "day" of savings, though - it's actually a 36-hour event. Amazon says last year's Prime Day was its biggest sales day ever.

Amazon Prime Day has finally arrived, offering huge deals all through today and the rest of tomorrow.

WHOLE FOODS IN THE MIX: The Seattle-based company is offering Prime members who spend $10 at Whole Foods from July 11-17 a $10 Amazon credit to use on Prime Day.

Other retailers like Best Buy, eBay and Microsoft are also cashing in on the tech side of the shopping day.

"We were humbled by the fantastic response to our first Prime Day past year and are delighted to bring it back for Prime members in India". So they are incentivizing the makers of Wi-Fi connected lights, locks, thermostats and cameras to drop their process this Prime Day.

Amazon (AMZN) created the event as a way to spark interest in its Prime membership, which comes with an $119 annual fee.

Customers reported that the retailer's website experienced issues at exactly the same time as the deals were scheduled to begin in the United States, at 3 p.m. ET, with the site appearing to be down and responding with a 404 error. That might be because Amazon's storefront is down - according to many of us at CNET and a host of reports on social media - at a rather unfortunate time for the company.

About half of Amazon's sales are from its Marketplace, which hosts third-party sellers, and it's been trying to add more of them to its mix to broaden its selection. Some deals went live over the weekend for Prime members in advance of Prime Day. Here's a look at all the deals that you can take advantage of. To stay competitive, several other retailers are doing sales of their own. Amazon typically charges $150 per Lightning Deal on normal shopping days. Amazon this morning unveiled deals on its devices, and it is offering deep discounts on various Echo products, the Fire TV Stick and Fire tablets and home security products like the Amazon Cloud Cam and Ring Video Doorbell.

If you are an American Express card holder, you can save an extra 20-percent if you pay with Membership Rewards points. Amazon is driving traffic to Whole Foods by lowering prices and increasing Prime discount benefits.

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