Monday, July 16, 2018

Outside Tells Us How to Save Money on Gear on Amazon Prime Day

On last week's episode of The Adventure Podcast we dedicated an entire show to tips on how to save cash when buying outdoor gear. Two of the tips we shared included buying strategically and buying online. Today's a day where you can do both, because it is Amazon Prime Day, which means big savings on tons of things on Amazon.com, including products we can use on our outdoor adventures. To make the most of this once-a-year occasion, Outside magazine has put together some helpful hints of their own, explaining what makes Prime Day so special and how you can use it to your advantage.

Before we jump in too far, it is important to point out that Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. In other words, you need to be a Prime Member to take advantage of the big deals. A Prime subscription costs $119, so the barrier for entry is a little price from the get go. But, members receive free shipping and better deals throughout the year, making it a very good option for regular Amazon users. Plus, you get access to Prime Day, where you can easily save that money back depending on what you order.

The Prime Day deals are hidden until the event actually launches, which won't take place until about 3:00 PM ET here in the U.S. today. But, as Outside points out, some of the deals from last year were pretty outstanding. For instance, the Garmin Fenix 3 HR watch –– which normally sells for $450 –– went for $385. Luggage was also on sale for 30% off and there were great deals to be had on a variety of fitness products, tents, backpacks, and more. The hardest part is actually trying to sort through everything, as the deals do start to come fast and furious.

As this post publishes on the blog, there will still be two hours to go before Prime Day officially begins, but it is your cue to start getting ready. There is no telling what Amazon has in store for us, but chances are there will be saving on drones, electronics, clothing, and a host of other things that can come in hand during our travels. To find out what will be available at a discount, watch the official Prime Day webpage. If I come across any especially great deals, I'll be sure to share them here as well.

Update: Here's a link to all of the sales going on in the Outdoor category. Some big brands have good specials going on, including Yeti, Garmin, and others.

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