Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sales are scheduled for Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22; and if you feel like it hasn't been a year since the last event - you're right, it hasn't. Last year, Prime Day fell on October 13 and 14, three months later than usual, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this year, we're back on schedule, and as before, Amazon will lower the prices of many of its products for its Prime members.
If you're drawn to the freebies on offer, but haven't signed up for Amazon Prime, don't worry, Amazon makes it easy for you. (As you'd expect, it's the sorry seller who makes it hard for people to become new customers.)
In addition to providing access to Prime Day deals, Amazon has come up with a bunch of features to entice people to sign up for its Prime service. These include:access to Main Video, its video streaming service; free and faster delivery on purchases (with two-day delivery for many items and even same-day delivery for some); deals on Whole Foods Market shopping; Amazon Music Prime audio streaming (not to be confused with the more extensive Amazon Music Unlimited, which is an additional $7.99/month for Prime members); Top-notch gaming, which includes a free Twitch channel subscription; online photo storage; and Main Reading, which provides access to a library of comics, books, and magazines.
You can share your Prime account – and all of its features – with another adult. And you get a 30-day free trial, so you can try it out (along with Prime Day specials) to see if it's right for you.
Here's how to register.
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We should probably state the obvious:you can sign up for a Prime membership, take advantage of the 30-day free trial, then cancel it once the Prime Day sales end. But you can only do it once – and you might regret that decision next year when Prime Day returns.
Updated June 9, 2021 3:30 PM ET: This article was originally published on July 10, 2019 and has been edited to reflect updated information on Amazon Prime.