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Posted: June 12, 2018

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Here’s what you should know

Amazon Prime Day 2018

By Najja Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t the only days consumers can snag online deals. They can begin their shopping spree in July thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day. 

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The event, which allows customers to take advantage of a plethora of discounts on a wide variety of popular items, starts on July 16.

Need some help sifting through the bargains? Here’s what you need to know about the huge sale. 

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is the corporation’s yearly one-day sales event exclusively for Prime members. It offers tons of deals on an array of products over a 30-hour period. 

When is it?

The annual event will start on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, and continue through midnight Tuesday, July 17.

>> Related: Amazon HQ2 jobs: Atlanta's headquarters odds better than thought

Who can participate?

It’s only for the site’s Prime members. For $119 a year or $12.99 a month, Prime members can receive a ton of benefits including free two-day shipping on eligible purchases, unlimited movie and TV streaming with Prime Video, and book borrowing from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. 

You can even try out the service for free with a 30-day trial, which will qualify you for Prime Day. 

>> Related: Amazon Prime increasing membership fee 20% to $119 in May for new members

What’s for sale?

Several items from music and books to tablets and smart devices will be offered for a discounted price. You can also expect deals on jewelry, housewares and other electronics. 

The e-commerce site usually organizes its big ticket items into categories, giving shoppers a preview of the special offers the days leading up to the big day. The preview schedule hasn’t been announced, but stay tuned.

What are some of the biggest deals this year?

While Amazon hasn’t released its list of deals just yet, electronics are usually a big steal.

Last year was the company’s biggest year for Amazon devices, according to CNN. The smaller-sized Echo Dot smart speaker was the most popular item sold, which was available for $35 instead of the usual $50. The brand also saw record sales for its classic Echo, Fire tablets and Kindle devices. 

>> Related: Amazon Prime Now offering Whole Foods goods in Atlanta

What incentives should I know about?

You can earn Amazon credit if you’re a first-time Amazon Cash user. Score $7.11 by adding $30 to your Amazon account at 7-Eleven. Get $15 by loading $60 at participating stores, such as CVS, Gamestop and others. 


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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Here’s what you should know

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Here’s what you should know

A close-up of a packaged Amazon Prime item in the Amazon Fulfilment centre on November 15, 2017 in Peterborough, England. A report in the US has suggested that over half of all online purchases this Christmas will be made with Amazon. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Here’s how to find out how much you’ve spent on Amazon

Amazon has a ton of items available for purchase, from clothing and groceries to electronics and books. Ever wonder how much you’ve spent on all those Amazon goodies?

Here’s a way to find out

» READ: Amazon jobs: How to protect Atlanta and other cities seeking HQ2

First, log into your account and click “Accounts & Lists.” From the dropdown menu, select “Your Account.” 

The next page will include order, security and payment options. Under the “Ordering and Shopping Preferences” section, choose “Download Order Reports.”

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From there, you can request a variety of reports, including ones for returns and refunds. To see how much you’ve spent on purchases, click “Items” from the “Report Type” drop down box. You can choose a start date as far back as Jan. 1, 2008, and an end date as current as today. You can also name your reports to distinguish them from others. 

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After filling in all of the blanks, push the “Request Report” button to process your order. The length and extent of your information will determine how long it will take to complete it. Once it’s done, you will get a CSV file, which downloads automatically. In some cases, you will receive an email with that document if it takes more than a few minutes to complete. 

Once you have it, you can then open it in an Excel or Google spreadsheet, which just lists the values of all of your purchases. However, highlight all of your items in the “AD” or “Item Total” column and click “AutoSum” from the home ribbon to calculate the total. Then you’ll know exactly how to much you’ve spent on Amazon in a given time.

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Too many returns lands some Amazon customers on banned list

Amazon is now following the lead of traditional retailers. 

The online shopping giant is banning customers who return too many purchases, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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And in some cases, the company didn’t tell its customers why they were banned.

Nir Nissim told The Wall Street Journal that his account was closed earlier this year, claiming that he violated the conditions of use agreement. The email advised Nissim that he would not be permitted to open a new account or use another one to order with Amazon.

Nissim said he returned one item this year, a computer drive, and four last year. He also said he had a $450 gift card that became worthless. After contacting Amazon, even Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, he was eventually reinstated. He was told by an Amazon employee on behalf of Bezos, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Shira Golan was another customer who unexpectedly lost access after she was told she “reported an unusual number of problems.” Golan said she spends thousands of dollars a year with the retailer and that she has asked for refunds on clothing and shoes when they were damaged or wrong.

Amazon wouldn’t release how many customers have been banned because of having too many returns. But bans are not new for the retailer. In 2015, Paul Fidalgo was banned for returning smartphones over a short period of time. During the ban, Fidalgo not only couldn’t shop on the site, he also was not able to purchase any new content for his Kindle e-reader. Fidalgo though could read past content he had downloaded.

“It was dizzying and disorienting,” Fidalgo told The Wall Street Journal. “You don’t realize how intertwined a company is with your daily routine, until it’s shut off.”

Fidalgo was allowed back on Amazon after he received credits and asked the company how he could redeem them.

CNBC reached out to Amazon on how it picks accounts for closure after The Wall Street Journal report.

The company said:

We want everyone to be able to use Amazon, but there are rare occasions where someone abuses our service over an extended period of time. We never take these decisions lightly, but with over 300 million customers around the world, we take action when appropriate to protect the experience for all our customers. If a customer believes we’ve made an error, we encourage them to contact us directly so we can review their account and take appropriate action.

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Here’s what you should know

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t the only days consumers can snag online deals. They can begin their shopping spree in July thanks to Amazon’s annual Prime Day. 

>> Read more trending news 

The event, which allows customers to take advantage of a plethora of discounts on a wide variety of popular items, starts on July 16.

Need some help sifting through the bargains? Here’s what you need to know about the huge sale. 

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day is the corporation’s yearly one-day sales event exclusively for Prime members. It offers tons of deals on an array of products over a 30-hour period. 

When is it?

The annual event will start on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, and continue through midnight Tuesday, July 17.

>> Related: Amazon HQ2 jobs: Atlanta's headquarters odds better than thought

Who can participate?

It’s only for the site’s Prime members. For $119 a year or $12.99 a month, Prime members can receive a ton of benefits including free two-day shipping on eligible purchases, unlimited movie and TV streaming with Prime Video, and book borrowing from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. 

You can even try out the service for free with a 30-day trial, which will qualify you for Prime Day. 

>> Related: Amazon Prime increasing membership fee 20% to $119 in May for new members

What’s for sale?

Several items from music and books to tablets and smart devices will be offered for a discounted price. You can also expect deals on jewelry, housewares and other electronics. 

The e-commerce site usually organizes its big ticket items into categories, giving shoppers a preview of the special offers the days leading up to the big day. The preview schedule hasn’t been announced, but stay tuned.

What are some of the biggest deals this year?

While Amazon hasn’t released its list of deals just yet, electronics are usually a big steal.

Last year was the company’s biggest year for Amazon devices, according to CNN. The smaller-sized Echo Dot smart speaker was the most popular item sold, which was available for $35 instead of the usual $50. The brand also saw record sales for its classic Echo, Fire tablets and Kindle devices. 

>> Related: Amazon Prime Now offering Whole Foods goods in Atlanta

What incentives should I know about?

You can earn Amazon credit if you’re a first-time Amazon Cash user. Score $7.11 by adding $30 to your Amazon account at 7-Eleven. Get $15 by loading $60 at participating stores, such as CVS, Gamestop and others. 

  Here’s how to find out how much you’ve spent on Amazon
  Too many returns lands some Amazon customers on banned list
  Amazon Prime Day 2018: Here’s what you should know
  When is Amazon’s Prime Day 2018?
  Jeff Bezos now worth $141.9 billion, tops billionaire list
  Target competes with Amazon with own prime day promotions

When is Amazon’s Prime Day 2018?

Amazon has announced that its popular Prime Day will start on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, and continue through midnight Tuesday, July 17. 

>> Read more trending news

Prime Day is a midsummer mad rush of deals from the world’s third-largest retailer. It began four years ago and has grown more popular each year. Prime Day 2017 saw the busiest day of online sales in Amazon’s history, even outdoing Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Amazon is promising more than a million deals online, and this Prime Day the company is offering deals at Whole Foods stores. By downloading the Whole Foods or Amazon app, Prime members can get an additional 10 percent off certain items. 

You must be a Prime member to get the deals at Amazon and Whole Foods. You can become a Prime member by clicking here.

You can also get a trial 30-day membership to shop on Prime Day if you do not want to commit to a year-round membership.

Deals on Prime Day often include deep cuts on electronics, home goods, laptops and phones.

On Prime Day, Amazon will post previews of deals before they start. You can watch the ones you like and be notified when they go live so you never miss a deal.

If you just can’t wait until the 16th, here are a few deals available now:

Click here for more details on Prime Day. 

Jeff Bezos now worth $141.9 billion, tops billionaire list

The difference between a billionaire and a BILLIONAIRE is growing wider now that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is said to be worth $141.9 billion, up $5 billion from the last check, CNBC reported

Bezos is now worth about $49 billion more than Microsoft founder Bill Gates and $60 billion more than Warren Buffett, CNBC reported.

Looking at the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is listed at No. 5 with $75.6 billion, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is No. 11 with $52.2 billion and the Koch brothers each come in at No. 12 just, behind Bloomberg, with $51.6 billion. Tesla Inc. founder Elon Musk is No. 42 with $21.8 billion.

Click here to see the complete list from Forbes.

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2018 has been Bezos’ year after he was officially named the richest person in the world and Amazon was named the second most valuable company. Only Apple ranks higher, CNBC reported.

Bezos is said to have come up with the idea of an online bookstore when he was 30, The Daily Mail reported. At the time, the internet was growing at 2,300 percent a year. He was working at a hedge fund in New York, and despite the stability that his boss and the job offered, Bezos, with the urging of his wife, MacKenzie, decided to launch his idea. The rest, they say, is history, as his dream of an online bookstore launched in 1994 and has evolved into an online retailer that threatens top seller Walmart, CNBC reported.

But selling books isn’t Bezos’ only focus.

He founded Blue Origin, a private space flight company that will offer space tourism. Amazon also is at the forefront of the cloud storage. Companies such as Netflix and government organizations such as the CIA use Amazon’s storage through cloud services, CNN reported. In 2013, Bezos moved from books to newspapers when he bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Amazon doesn’t own the iconic paper; Bezos himself does, CNN reported

Target competes with Amazon with own prime day promotions

We’re hours from the beginning of  Amazon’s Prime Day -- the day (and now half) that bargain shoppers will scour the online retailer for one or more of its million deals worldwide. 

But Amazon isn’t alone in the discount day.  

Related: When is Amazon’s Prime Day 2018?

Target has announced its version of the shopper’s online paradise called “red-hot summer savings.” 

Some of the deals include 30 percent off Target-exclusive home brands, 25 percent off beauty and personal care products and 30 percent off top Google products, Fortune reportedThe company also promotes that no membership is required to cash in. 

Related: Target offering 15% off school supplies for teachers

Target is also giving customers the chance to try out its same-day delivery program free for six months. Free same-day delivery is eligible to shoppers whose online order is more than $100, Fortune reported

Target’s red-hot summer savings deals start Tuesday morning through 11:59 p.m. CDT.

>> Read more trending news 

The same cannot be said for Amazon’s Prime Day, which is exclusively for Prime members.

Other companies are also riding Amazon’s discount coattails. 

CNBC reported that eBay announced it will have “thousands of exclusive deals” Tuesday, with no membership required.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowes, Jo-Ann Stores and J.C. Penney have said that they will price match Amazon’s prices, but items must be in-stock, identical items and sold by Amazon, not a third-party seller, USA Today reported.

Best Buy will price match “a non-Prime Day offer that is available to any shopper,” according to USA Today.

Related: 

  Target offering 15% off school supplies for teachers

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