Prime Day 2018: How to Hack the Amazon Event and Get All the Deals

Wanna save even more? Here's how.

by Catie Keck

Amazon Prime Day is now fully upon us, with the 36-hour event offering big savings on a wide array of products and services, including electronics, subscriptions, entertainment, and even eats. And with Amazon touting an extra six hours of deals this year, there are more than just a few ways to stay on top of some of the event’s most noteworthy offerings.

Offered exclusively to Prime members, this year’s event is Amazon’s fourth and longest event to date. During the event, sales across the site rival even November’s Black Friday, some reports have claimed. For those looking for extra savings during this year’s event, consider these four hacks for optimized shopping.

Prime Day Sneak Peek in the Amazon App

To make the most of Prime Day’s’s sneak peeks, Prime members need only download the free app. Don’t have the app already? Visit Amazon’s deals page to be sent an email link to download the app from your smartphone.

Shoppers can also use the app to score additional savings, the company said in a press release:

Simply open the app, tap on the camera icon, and try the AR View, Product Search, Barcode Scanner, or Package X-Ray feature to get an additional $5 off select Prime Day deals purchased through the app.

The above features can be used every six hours in-app over the course of the event for additional savings of $5, the company said.


Prime Day Deal Notifications

Bookmarking items ahead of when the when the sales begin is another way to ensure that shoppers are making the most of Prime Day. While in the app, Prime members can set notifications to get a heads up from Amazon when deals begin.

From the “Settings” menu, select “Notifications,,” and then enable “Personalized Notifications,” which will surface deals based on your shopping. Amazon also notes that Prime members can navigate to this page by searching “Sneak Peek” in-app.


Prime Day for Whole Foods Market

There are several ways Whole Foods Market shoppers can save during the Prime Day madness, with Amazon boasting deals both in the form of coupons and rewards:

Through July 17, Prime members who spend $10 in a single transaction in store and scan their Prime Code or provide their linked phone number at checkout will receive a $10 credit that can be used on Amazon during Prime Day. Plus, eligible Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardmembers will enjoy double the rewards — 10% back — when shopping at Whole Foods Market on up to a total of $400 in purchases.

Members should download the Whole Foods Market app and scan their Prime Code to take part in Prime Day savings, the company said.


Prime Day Treasure Truck

Amazon’s Treasure Truck is a new arrival to this year’s event. With locations in 25 cities nationwide, the company calls it “a new way for customers to shop this Prime Day.” Participating locations include:

Los Angeles
Minneapolis-St. Paul
New York
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose

The truck will include “games, giveaways, tasty treats, and other surprises,” according to Amazon’s FAQ page. Through the Amazon app, information about the Treasure Truck will be available on its main menu as well as in its “Programs and Features” section from the navigation menu.

To find out what the truck has to offer each day of the Prime event, members can text “TRUCK” to 24193 or enable in-app notifications through the Treasure Truck homepage.

Happy savings!

Be sure to check out our updated list for the best deals throughout the 36 hours.