Amazon Prime Day 2017: Thoughts & Best Deals

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It is no secret that Amazon’s inaugural prime day suffered a few bumps. Heavily hyped as what would be the greatest online shopping day of the year, Prime Day 2016 was supposed to be the new Black Friday. Amazon Prime members logged onto their laptops, tablets, and phones in the wee hours of July 12, 2016 searching for once-in-a-lifetime deals. Most were disappointed. Reports of flat sales flooded the internet. Being an Amazon junkie myself, I searched and searched for my shopping opportunity. I too was disappointed and walked away from the sale with just a few household staples that were priced competitively owing to the Subscribe & Save special. That’s why when Amazon announced that they were coming back with Prime Day 2017, I wasn’t enthused. Would I waste my time on world’s largest garage sale again?

When the adverts for Prime Day 2017 started to pick up, however, I began to spot some interesting deals and figured I would poke around. And I like some of the things I’ve found. I didn’t find much that was earth-shattering, but here’s what I think may be worth it.

Amazon Echo AKA Alexa for $89

I am crazy about my Alexa. News, music, weather! I can even play Jeopardy on her. It’s definitely not a necessity, but Alexa has made our home a bit smarter and our lives a bit easier.

iRobot Roomba 652 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $249

I hate vacuuming, especially not being able to get into those small spaces with my old clunker. I have wanted a Roomba forever. I may take the plunge with this special at $125 off normal retail. That’s a 33% savings!

Various Magazine Subscriptions for less than $1

Six-month or more subscriptions to Elle, Martha Stewart Weddings, Country Living and more can be had for 99 cents! With magazine subscriptions running upwards of $20, this is a major steal.

Bottom Line: There are some great deals to be had, but I wish Amazon would stop propping up Prime Day 2017 and beyond as the greatest shopping day ever. It’s not. Buy what make sense for you and shop around the find the best deals.

If you want to check out Prime Day 2017, but don’t have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial by clicking this link: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

Happy Prime Day 2017!

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