What to Buy, and Not to Buy on Prime Day

Also, Apple is expected to unveil its first 5G phones
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2020 6:38 AM CDT
Big Day in Tech: Prime Day, 5G iPhones
An Amazon Prime logo appears on the side of a delivery van as it departs an Amazon warehouse location Oct. 1 in Dedham, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Tuesday is a big day for those in the market for a new iPhone, a tech toy, a vacuum, or pretty much any item under the sun. It's not only Amazon Prime Day, but Apple will unveil its new phone lineup. Coverage:

  • Apple: At the company's 1pm ET launch, CNET expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 12 with fast 5G connectivity. Because of the latter, demand is expected to be high, per the Wall Street Journal.
  • Prime Day deals: The sales run through Wednesday, and guides galore are out there on bargains. CNBC notes that in the early going, the Toshiba 32-inch Smart HD Fire TV is going for $119.00, more than 30% off. Meanwhile, Levi’s, Barbie, and Hot Wheels toys are 40% off, as are Dewalt and Craftsman tools.

  • Tech deals: Wired has a guide, and it includes the Google Pixel 4 phone for $449, or $350 off. On another front, the iRobot Roomba 692 vacuum is $200, or $120 off. Also, Amazon is discounting most of its own products, such as the Echo Dot 3rd Gen, which is $18.99, down from $49.99, per the guide at CNN. The Verge has a comprehensive look as well, including Samsung’s 15.6-inch Chromebook 4 for $240, down from $335.
  • What not to buy: MarketWatch doesn't think it makes sense to buy a TV, because they historically see bigger discounts around Black Friday. Furniture, toys, and winter clothing also are on its wait list.
  • Other sites: USA Today notes that Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Sam's Club, and Bed Bath & Beyond also are rolling out deals to compete with Amazon, so it may pay to shop around if you have a specific item in mind.
  • 10 best: Yahoo has a list of what it sees as the 10 best Prime Day deals, and not all are big-ticket items. It includes the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, half off at $10. The straw makes water from streams, lakes, etc., safer to drink. It also likes the Blink Mini HD security cam for $25, down from $35.
  • Instant Pots: The New York Post likes the deals on Instant Pots. The Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker is $49.99, down from $119.95.
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