When is Amazon Prime Day 2024?

With summer nearing, shoppers are eagerly awaiting Amazon Prime Day 2024. This major sales event is renowned for offering some of the most attractive discounts of the year. Here’s everything you need to know to gear up for the big day.

Expected Dates for Amazon Prime Day 2024

Amazon hasn’t officially announced the dates for Prime Day 2024 yet. However, if we go by the schedule of previous years, it’s likely to take place in mid-July. In 2023, Prime Day occurred on Tuesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 12, showcasing a vast array of deals across all categories. If Amazon continues its tradition of starting the event on a Tuesday, we can expect similar dates this year.

Staying Informed on Prime Day

To stay updated with all the significant news and deals for Prime Day, make sure to follow CBS Essentials. For a comprehensive understanding of the event, you can check out our detailed guide: What Is Amazon Prime Day?

Is Amazon Prime Still Worth It?

Amazon Prime 2024

Absolutely—most of the time, the benefits far outweigh the cost. If you’re still undecided, here’s a breakdown of the biggest perks and how often you need to use them to justify the membership fee.

Free Shipping and Fast Delivery

If you frequently order products from Amazon, the Prime membership is a great value. Without Prime, you’d need to spend over $35 per order to get free shipping, otherwise, you’re looking at $6.99 per shipment. For regular shoppers, the shipping savings alone can cover the cost of the membership. Plus, the one-, two-, and same-day delivery options are much faster than most other retailers, adding a lot of convenience.

Grocery Delivery with Whole Foods

Prime members also enjoy perks at Whole Foods, including discounts and, more importantly, grocery delivery. If Whole Foods is your preferred grocery store and you use delivery services often, having a Prime membership is beneficial.

Prescription Benefits

With Amazon’s Rx Pass, Prime members can get select medications for a flat fee of $5 per month. Additionally, you receive two-day free shipping for prescriptions from Amazon Pharmacy, which is a huge time-saver. Prime members can also compare prescription prices at over 60,000 pharmacies, potentially saving up to 80% on medications.

Prime Day Deals

Prime Day is the crown jewel of Amazon’s sales events, and it’s exclusively available to Prime members. This event offers some of the best discounts of the year, and members also enjoy exclusive deals throughout the year, along with early access to Lightning Deals. The savings from these deals can easily cover the cost of the membership.

Prime Day 2024 is expected to happen sometime in mid-July, based on past trends. Stay tuned for the official announcement and start preparing your wish lists!

Is Prime Video Still Worth It?

Is Prime Video Still Worth It?

We believe so. Recently, Prime Video introduced ads, and the only way to mostly eliminate commercials is by paying an additional $2.99 per month. This brings the total monthly cost of Amazon Prime to nearly $18. While any price hike can be frustrating, the extra fee might be worthwhile for many users.

Extensive Content Library

Prime Video provides access to a vast selection of movies and TV shows, including acclaimed Amazon Originals like “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” the Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Fleabag.” You can also stream Oscar-nominated films such as “Manchester By The Sea” and “Sound Of Metal.”

Competitive Pricing Compared to Other Streaming Services

When compared to other popular streaming platforms with ad-free options, Prime Video without ads is competitively priced. Netflix’s ad-free plans range from $15.49 to $22.99 per month, and Hulu’s ad-free plan costs $17.99 per month. Prime Video ad-free at $17.98 per month offers a comparable experience.

How to Go Ad-Free

To switch to the ad-free experience, you can adjust your settings within your Prime Account or the Prime Video app on devices like Fire TVs, smart TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes. However, ad-free does not eliminate trailers before shows or movies (which can be skipped) nor ads from live events, Amazon Freevee, or third-party streaming services without ad-free subscriptions.

Ad Frequency and Experience

Amazon hasn’t specified the exact number of ads viewers can expect without the ad-free upgrade, but ads will appear before and during playback. According to The Wall Street Journal, the average ad load per hour is projected to be between two and three-and-a-half minutes.

Is the Extra Fee Worth It?

If you frequently use Prime Video and strongly dislike ads, upgrading to the ad-free option may be beneficial. However, if the additional $2.99 monthly fee strains your budget—especially if you already subscribe to multiple streaming services costing over $45 monthly—consider staying with the ad-supported version to see how you adjust.

For those who only use Prime Video occasionally, the ad-supported version might suffice. If there’s a particular series or movie you want to watch, you can always subscribe temporarily and cancel afterward.

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