We Know When Amazon Prime Day Is Happening This Year

If you’re starting to seriously think, “When is Amazon Prime Day?” Well, mark July 12 and 13 on those calendars for the biggest summer sale event yet. Amazon officially announced its dates and Prime Day, the online retailer’s enormous flagship shopping event, is coming back around again for its eighth-annual reprise. That means we’ll be seeing a veritable deluge of sales across a variety of categories: fitness, fashion, beauty, tech, outdoors, sex toys, you name it. 

Every Prime Day, members can shop hundreds of unique deals from top-rated brands, including Apple, Olaplex, Dyson, and more. Some of the best deals, of course, are Amazon devices, like its Alexa voice-enabled smart speaker Echo Dot or the Fire TV Stick streaming device.

The two-day event plays host to a cornucopia of goodies that essentially acts as a summer kickoff sale. And while it’s meant only for Amazon Prime members, you can sign up to become one at any point thanks to a free 30-day trial during the sale, so you never have to miss out. So, if you’re ready to get Prime Day 2022 under way, we’ve got everything you need to know about diving headfirst into the sale and capitalizing on one of the biggest shopping events of the year. Find answers to some of the most frequently asked Amazon Prime Day questions below—and check out some of the early deals we’ve already spotted. 

When is Prime Day 2022?

Prime Day 2022 will be on July 12 and 13, so mark your calendars for the two-day shopping extravaganza now. There may also be a series of early-access deals for Prime members on select items that drop before the official Prime Day date, so keep an eye out for those as well. 

Is Prime Day free to shop?

Yes, Prime Day 2022 will be free to shop for anyone with a Prime membership. All you’ll pay for are the deals you decide to take part in, and if you’re purchasing Prime-enabled items, you should also be getting free shipping too.

Do you need an Amazon Prime membership to shop for Prime Day deals?

Yes and no. While Prime Day savings are exclusively reserved for Amazon Prime subscribers, many brands competitively drop their prices, and if your cart is full enough you should be able to get away with free delivery. The one thing you might miss out on is Prime Day exclusive early deals. If you want to get a Prime Day membership, it’s $14.99 per month ($139 per year) to sign up for the service, though there are lower-cost options for students and seniors. Plus, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime as long as you’re a first-time subscriber. Just remember to cancel before the 30 days have elapsed if you don’t want to keep your subscription at the end of the trial. 

How will Amazon Prime Day be different this year?

Much of what we can expect from Prime Day 2022 remains unconfirmed at this time. As with last year’s Prime Day and the year before that, we’ll likely see a special Prime Day concert, though there has not yet been an announcement as such. We may also see Prime members given a $10 credit to use toward Prime Day in support of small businesses as we did in 2021, but only time will tell. Right now, we do know that Prime Day will be extended to 20 countries this year, as announced in Amazon’s press release.

How can I prepare to shop on Prime Day?

Aside from setting multiple alarms to remind you about Amazon Prime Day 2022, there are a number of ways to prepare for the occasion:

1. Download the Amazon app.

You don’t even need to open your laptop to take advantage of the awesome deals this Prime Day. Shoppers can use the Amazon app on mobile and tap “Watch This Deal” to keep tabs on a few of their favorite items. If you already know what you want, you can also press and hold the heart icon on products and add them to a curated list so that you can shop faster on the day of. You can also use this Shopping List function on a desktop to organize your picks ahead of time, and quickly check for price drops.