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We Want to Know! What Do You Think About Prime Day 2016?

We're already seeing an increase in Editors' Choice deals from Amazon this week. But we want to hear your stories! Is this year just another #PrimeDayFail?
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Prime Day is here again! Last year, Amazon promised the event would have more deals than Black Friday. There was a lot of disappointment surrounding Prime Day 2015, but this year it's supposed to be better. So we want to know: what do you think of this year's Prime Day deals?

Prime Day 2015 FAIL

There was a ton of backlash directed towards Amazon for Prime Day last year. Many complaints focused on items that were gone in the blink of an eye, but the majority of moans arose from Amazon's selection of items.

Some Amazon devices were obviously included in the savings, but there were also some seemingly random products. Some "deals" included plates of ham and family packs of brass knuckles. The (understandable) disappointment launched a handful of related hashtags on Twitter, including #PrimeDayFail. According to some, those tweets generated more entertainment than the sale itself.

SEE ALSO: Prime Day Strategy Guide: How to Make the Most of Amazon Prime Day

Our Take So Far for 2016

This year, Amazon is taking Prime Day one step further by hosting a week's worth of deals. So far, there's been a better selection (read: things people might actually want), including watches, jewelry, DVDs, high-end blenders, Amazon devices, and more. Plus, we even saw deals like Audible memberships and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions. Maybe Amazon is listening to customers after all?

Of all the Amazon deals we posted last week, approximately 14% were Editors' Choice picks. As of this writing, about 43% of Amazon deals from Monday and Tuesday have earned the distinction. By comparison, only 32% of Amazon's deals last year during the same two-day period were Editors' Choice.

One of the most noteworthy deals so far has to be shopping via the Alexa app, which could save you $10 off a purchase of $20 or more. The eligible items are pretty great, including a camera drone for $15, a Cuisinart griddler for $30, and an Amazon Tap for $69.

What Do You Think?

Readers, we want to know what you think about Prime Day 2016. Check out the deals we've posted so far, and leave your thoughts here throughout the day. And let us know what kinds of deals you're finding!


Staff Writer

As a college student, Julie wrote for the college newspaper and freelanced for the website College Candy. Since then she has worked as freelancer through Textbroker and has written press releases, feature pages, and other miscellaneous pieces for a software company. She enjoys writing both as a hobby and a career, and is always working on some kind of story.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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21 comments
cgmck
HUGE disappointment !! Insufficient number of items, no explanation of how Prime Day works (1st timer, no explanation of rules: i.e., 1 item allowed/no multiples, purchase immediately /:15min requiring numerous purchases all day...irritating!, layout and selection of items tedious, 9 pics per page ??? ridiculous! NO good deals. wt*?!, AND multiple calls to amazon reps for help in unresolved website issues (inaccurate displays, prices, rules, orders not going through in time, etc) creating missed opportunities due to their inability to speak English/ understand the problem, or American reps copping an attitude and YEP... acting like 5yr olds and hanging up on you. Totally unacceptable!! Why have they, like to many other phone reps, put their 'feelings/perceptions' ahead of DOING their jobs? Why not train them to pass on the call to someone else if they were not able to assist the customer satisfactorily? Improper training or entitled attitudes, Neither professional!!!
edchuy
I tried last year's Prime Day and couldn't get anything. This year was by far better organized and I was able to place watches on the upcoming items I was interested in. I didn't have much to spend on, but I got myself the DN Editor's Choice wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse for $13.38 shipped. Had I had more money to spend I would have considered getting a few more things and would probably have been successful in doing so.
igotthisone
I took advantage of a few of the deals I thought were very good. First I used my amazon echo to take advantage of the $10 off $20 and the Alexa discount on the Amazon Tap. With tax I own the new Amazon Tap for $74, and I really do like the thing! I also got into the home automation with Philips Hue Starter Kit for $135. Cliff bar 24 pack for $6 and a 16-pack of Philips 60w Equivalent Soft White LED's for $20. So overall, it was a worthwhile event to me.
zucchinibrain
I saw a toilet seat night light, built in to the seat, after other non-desirable items. Thats when I knew it was a waste of time to continue looking.
Got a couple deals in the days leading up to it though with the pre-sale.
JonDas
Not anything near Black Friday sales, and most stuff was the undesirable items that hadn't been selling anyway, seems to me.
cheapa_ss_for_the_people
Meh

Near cost or no sale. Return savings from bland sales rep and bricks waiting for your credit card.
RudeVader
Found a few goods deals on Games/Anime, but mostly "meh" on everything else.

Does appear to be slightly better than last year.

The warehouse deal is hit or miss, Amazon is not offering on all open box stuff, especially higher priced items. If they really wanted to "clean out the closet", they should have offered it on everything in the warehouse. At least that may have gotten a buzz for attention.
danmc9
Their idea of a sale is so bloated, I'd rather spend 24hrs @ a used car lot or flea market to find a better deal
t austinson
Disappointing, like last year.

And just like last year, I've only purchased things like $50 Amazon gift card with $10 additional credit, or free Prime Pantry when you spend $60 (stacked with a previous No-Rush Pantry credit, the PANTRYJUL promo code credit for purchasing five selected items yields $17.97 off the entire Pantry order). I haven't had the opportunity to use the VISA30 credit since I haven't seen anything worthy of my $150.

And mobile checkout hangs whenever it needs to fetch prices, add to cart, or enter promo codes; desktop site runs fine.
joe1512
Ok seriously. Amazon is just gonna piss people off with stuff like this: So a grill set with tongs, scraper. They jacked up the price to 140 bucks!!! So we can "save" 82%.


Price: $139.99 Sale: $36.99
With Deal: $24.99
You Save: $115.00 (82%)
Luke
Great deals and with my Amazon Echo you can even save more :-)
joe1512
I see a giant list of "Up to 20% off on blah", Up to 15% off on blahhh. etc.
WTF?
There may be a few good deals but the majority is utter crap.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
We've heard some people were having trouble adding things to cart. Any issues for DealNews readers?
BuffaloDenny
Last year they bumped up the no rush digital credit from $1 to $3 per order. Haven't seen that yet but was hoping to accumulate some credits quickly using that method again. Don't know if that will be activated at some point today or not, but here's hoping, I have my list ready to go!.
deliboi281
Got myself the Moto X Pure using the $30 Amazon Visa discount and $50 gift card purchase that credits back $10. Overall paid $223 for a new cell phone. Stupid $13 tax ate away at some of my savings.
jim-1
An old MTV ad said "Too much is never enough!", but there are way too many sale listings. While rummaging through a huge haystack in search of a needle I might want, I clicked a keyboard & mouse that said only that it was a "Prime Day Deal", with no price listed. I was happily surprised to see it was marked down from $21.50 to $12.50 (link below). Now I am searching the rest of the haystack.

https://www.amazon.com/...ailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
My Kindle was acting up this weekend, and I was worried I'd have to buy a new one. It miraculously came back to life, but now the Kindle is on sale so I'm debating whether to buy it. My luck is that I'd decide I don't need it because mine is working again, but then it'll die tomorrow when the sale is over.
petraholden
Way better than last year. I got a sweet Chromebook for $150 off, plus the cheaper tablets and great storage deals.
jonathan_gleich
so far - sucks with a capital "S" - i see no real "deals"

Jonathan
albert81014
I think it's pretty good so far. There are very good discounts on phones and storage. We'll see later in the day.
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