Amazon Prime Day is coming up, a day that Amazon has reserved for some special deals and savings. There is a lot going on. This post will point out some of the better deals for us (people with disabilities) and also for them (our kids with disabilities!). First things first though.
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Details About Prime Day: Who, What, When
What is Prime Day? Prime Day is Amazon’s “Black Friday in July.” They will be discounting more than a million products, but – and this important – the products will not be discounted at the same time, and not for the whole day. Some of them will sell for certain hours, others will sell until they are sold out.
Why Amazon Prime fr People with Disabilities? Amazon Prime costs $120/year now, but it offers a lot to us across the disability community:
- free to-our-door food and grocery delivery
- Alexa – a voice-controlled assistant that can help those of us with mobility issues as well as the blind. You can tell Alexa to do just about anything (“Alexa, turn on the lights”). Echo is the speaker systems that you access Alexa through. Read more about it here.
- free trial of clothes that are shipped to our door
- Audible channels (used to cost $60/year, now free with Prime membership)
- free books, movies, games, music and photo storage
When is Prime Day? Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. For the UK and Australia, it will start at noon on July 16, run for 36 hours. Other countries will vary per country.
Who is it for? It’s technically for Prime Members only… but if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a Amazon Prime Free One-Month Trail .If you sign up now, you will be able to shop Prime Day as a part of your one-month trial period.
EBT and Medicaid Card Holder’s Special Prime Membership
EBT and Medicaid card holders can get Prime for $5.99/month, half of what it costs without. YES! Find out more by clicking here.
Student Special Membership
If you are a student, take advantage of Prime’s partnership with Sprint and get the 6 month trial membership (and only $6.49/month after the trial expires).
Early Prime Day Deals
Prime Day is taking a page out of Black Friday and revealing sneak peaks at the deals that will be available on July 16. You need to download the Amazon App to see what’s being offered – just open it, and search “sneak peek” to see what is new.
As of today (July 12), some of the best deals are:
3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month – Audible subscription is normally $14.95 a month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each. Nothing is being said on Amazon about the deal being for new subscribers only, so if you have subscribed in the past, you might be able to hop on board.
Three different blankets are on sale for all-time low prices, and the deals are available starting now. Just be sure to note the promo codes below, which you need to add in the checkout part in order to get the discount.
20 Pound Weighted Blanket | $95 (normally $145) Promo code H6FXDDZM
15 Pound Weighted Blanket | $79 (normally $109) | Promo code 85YNQOD9
12 Pound Weighted Blanket | $59 (normally $103) | Promo code KQOD5QGL
Echo Show for $130 – The Echo Show is Amazon’s screen-equipped smart-home companion and arguably one of the most useful things at Amazon for a person with limited mobility (or who is blind). It’s voice-controlled, and at $130, it’s $100 off the regular price, the biggest discount I’ve seen on this device, ever. Read more about Alexa here).
Certified Refurbished HD 8 tablet for $40 (16GB): This tablet comes new for $80. At $40, it’s just the ticket for those of us who are on a budget and are looking for a solid option. Also perfect for parents, purchasing for kids.
Note: there are likely to be a ton of Amazon-brand products for sale on Prime Day, so keep your eyes peeled for HD10 and other devices that can be used with Alexa.
Mountains of back-to-school deals, home appliances, furniture, STEM toys, office supplies and more are being rolled out in the sneak peeks. Some of this will be relevant to our community, but that’s going to depend on your disability and what you are looking for (if it’s even disability-specific). For me personally, I’m looking for furniture, so I’m going to stay tuned to what rolls out in the sneak peeks.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.