Amazon Prime Day 2020 delayed, Summer Sale on NOW

Amazon Prime Day 2020 has moved from its traditional July date. Here's what you need to know about this year's event

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is the next sale in the retail giant's annual Prime Day event, following Amazon Prime Day 2019 which took place last July. That 'day' actually lasted 48 hours, which is a bit of a stretch of the definition of a day, but we're not complaining because it gave us more time to shop for some great deals.

This year, Amazon Prime Day looks set to move from its traditional month of July to September or even October, but there's no need to be disappointed because to fill that deals gap, here at T3 we have teamed up with our sister site Tom's Guide for a deals extravaganza which we're calling Summer Savings, a week-long event which runs through Monday July 6 – Friday July 10, 2020.

And as luck would have it, Amazon UK is also running its Summer Sale from Monday July 6 to Sunday July 12. So who needs Prime Day?

Summer Savings: the best deals on the web

For five days, starting on Monday July 6, we'll be hunting down the best deals from around the web.

So whether you're shopping for a summer staycation or to be more productive and healthy whilst working or studying from home, we'll have you covered with great products at discount prices.

You'll find all the deals on the T3 and Tom's Guide homepages and we'll also collate them for you on our dedicated Summer Savings page, which is linked below. Happy shopping!

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Get ready for a week of unmissable deals

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?

The Amazon Prime Day 2020 date is likely to be October 5, 2020, if a report from CNBC is correct.

Previously, a report in The Wall Street Journal from May 2020 had said that this year, the Amazon Prime Day 2020 date will be in September. However, on July 3, CNBC reported that Amazon Prime Day is now set for October. CNBC says that it obtained an email that Amazon sent to third party sellers to use October 5 as a "placeholder date" for Prime Day 2020, but the email also reportedly said that "exact Prime Day dates have not been announced" and that "a definitive date will be announced as we get closer to the event".

Personally, I can't see the date slipping much later than that or it's going to cause Amazon some problems with planning for its Black Friday sale (Black Friday is on Friday November 27) and having two big sales events too close together will just give people sale fatigue.

So, for now, I'm predicting the Amazon Prime Day 2020 start date as either Monday September 7, 2020 (if the WSJ report is correct) or Monday October 5, 200 (if the CNBC report is correct and because I don't think Amazon will want the date to slip any closer to Black Friday).

At the start of the year my prediction was that Amazon Prime Day 2020 would start on Monday July 6, 2020, and run through to the end of Tuesday July 7, 2020. But of course, this is not a normal year and so a delayed Amazon Prime Day seems almost certain.

Will Amazon Prime Day 2020 be delayed?

Almost certainly. On March 27, 2020, leaked emails obtained by Business Insider suggested that Amazon Prime Day was still going ahead in July as usual.

Then on April 3 Reuters reported that Amazon Prime Day would be delayed, "until at least August". Reuters said that it had seen internal meeting notes confirming the likely delay.

That was followed by a report on the WSJ which said that Amazon Prime Day will take place in September. 

And on July 3, CNBC said that the "placeholder date" was now October 5.

So September or October seem like the most likely dates for Amazon Prime Day 2020 but there is one more possible scenario – that Amazon Prime Day 2020 just gets cancelled altogether, which is what I think will happen if Prime Day does not take place in September or October.

Watch this space...

Will there be an Amazon sale before the postponed Prime Day?

In June, there was a sale on Alexa-powered Amazon devices, a summer fashion sale and a home living week, which saw discounts on home furniture and furnishings. Those three sales have now ended. The next sale on Amazon US is likely to be as part of the July 4th sales which many retailers will be running. If you're in the UK, keep an eye on Amazon UK's daily deals to see if there's a corresponding sale for Brits.

What will the best Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals be?

If Amazon Prime Day goes ahead this year it's almost guaranteed that Amazon will discount its own devices heavily – and if 2019 is anything to go by some of those discounts will appear in the weeks leading up to Prime Day 2020 and some will continue after Prime Day has ended but the lowest prices will be reserved for Prime Day itself.

As happened on Black Friday 2019, we'd expect the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock to be a) heavily discounted for Prime Day and b) a hugely popular purchase as a result. For Black Friday 2019 it dropped from £59.99 down to £34.99 so if we're lucky we might see it selling for £29.99 over the Prime Day sale period this year. And even if it doesn't drop that low, it's almost certain it will at least match its Black Friday 2019 £34.99 sale price.

As for the Echo Dot WITHOUT a clock? That dropped to £22 for Prime Day 2019 and it dropped to £22 again for Black Friday 2019, so deal hunters will be looking to see if it hits a new £20 low this year.

Prime Day 2020 should also be an great time for anyone looking to snap up the current generation consoles – the PS4 and the Xbox One. That's because the PS5 and new Xbox Two will be coming in time for Christmas 2020 so you can expect stock of the current consoles to get some hefty price cuts in the months leading up to the release of the new consoles. That should please gamers as console deals were rather thin on the ground over Prime Day 2019 and Black Friday 2019.

What sold well on Amazon Prime Day 2019?

We know from our own data that Amazon devices were hugely popular over Prime Day 2019, which is hardly surprising given the massive price drops they saw. The Echo Show hit its cheapest ever price, so that was a big hit in the sale as was the Echo Dot, which hit a £22 Prime Day low (and that price has not been beaten since). 

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Other products that proved popular were 4K TVs, coffee machines, headphones and fitness bands.

According to Amazon, Prime members worldwide purchased more than 175 million items throughout Prime Day, making it the largest shopping event in Amazon history. Top-selling deals in the US included iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301, and Amazon Smart Plug. Top selling deals worldwide were Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, and Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote.

We also have some interesting data about Prime Day 2019 from market intelligence firm Numerator who surveyed Prime Day 2019 shoppers to get a picture of how the event went.

We know that shoppers looking to buy into the Amazon ecosystem (that's Amazon devices like the Echo, Kindle, Fire TV sticks and tablets and Ring Video Doorbells) were offered some really good deals. According to Numerator, the depth of discount on Amazon ecosystem products averaged 45% this year, compared to 37% in 2018. Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle products were all offered at the deepest discounts seen to-date. Additionally, Alexa-enabled products averaged a slightly higher discount of 32%, and many deals on these products – like an Alexa-enabled Instant Pot – included the Echo or Echo Dot as a bundled package.

In relation to other retail holidays, Numerator found that this Prime Day 2019 shoppers ranked Prime Day #2 in terms of deal quality, behind Black Friday and ahead of Cyber Monday. In 2018, Prime Day ranked below both Black Friday and Cyber Monday in terms of perceived deal quality, so 2019’s shake-up proves Prime Day’s growing popularity. 

Numerator adds that  for 36% of Prime Day shoppers, 2019 was their first time shopping Prime Day – that’s down from 2018's year’s 44%, but still a significant number of newcomers to the day of deals. 58% of Prime Day shoppers participated in 2018 as well, and 12% of this 2019’s shoppers participated in the first ever Prime Day back in 2015, showing that Amazon has succeeded not only in attracting first-timers, but also in maintaining loyal enthusiasts. 

Hitwise provided further information as to the success of Prime Day 2019, suggesting that it's a shopping event that Amazon is not going to abandon any time soon. According to the market intelligence firm, online visits, transactions, and sign-ups all spiked in key markets.

In the US Amazon's share of transactions among the top 50 retailers was 72% during the 2018 holiday season and rose to 86% on Prime Day. In the UK, Amazon’s focus was on growing the number of Prime subscribers, and it worked. Over 80,000 people signed up to Prime each day over the 48-hour period. That's a +147% rise compared to Prime Day 2018. 

Hitwise says that in the US, the Nintendo Switch was the most searched product, overtaking the still popular Instant Pot. Searches for the Ring doorbell grew significantly this year due to a deal which bundled it with the Echo Show (both Amazon products). In the UK, the Nintendo Switch was also the top searched product followed by laptops, Fitbit, Audible and PS4. They weren't the most purchased Prime Day products, though: Hitwise said – as did Amazon – that the most purchased products in both the US and UK were Fire TV Sticks and Echo Dots, which is not surprising given the massive discounts they got.

Interestingly, it seems that the Amazon Prime Day effect extended to bricks and mortar stores, too. Placer Labs analyses footfall in locations such as shopping malls and retail outlets and it found that the offline impact of the Prime Day sale didn't just affect Amazon, where Amazon’s Whole Foods storesaw visits around 25% above what they were during summer 2018. Walmart saw higher than average in-store traffic over the Prime Day period as did Target and Best Buy. "If Prime Day 2019 is any indication, expect greater levels of crossover between offline and online pushes," Place Labs concludes. "And this doesn’t just mark a significant event for Amazon, but for the retail community as a whole."