It’s another Amazon sales bonanza. That’s right: Amazon has confirmed it’s hosting another Prime Day-esque event, slated to take place next month. Details are sparse so far, but I’ll be walking you through what we do know below.
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1. It’s official: Amazon is hosting a second “Prime Day” sales event. Confirming a report by Insider’s Eugene Kim from earlier this year, Amazon has announced it will be holding another mega sale for Prime members in October. Here’s what we know so far:
- The “Prime Early Access Sale,” will be held on October 11 and 12. According to a press release, it’ll feature tons of “popular and giftable items” — right before it heads into its busy holiday season, known internally as “peak.”
- As with Prime Day, the Prime Early Access Sale is exclusively available to Amazon Prime subscribers. But as long as you sign up before the event ends on October 12, you’ll be able to partake.
- Amazon has kept details to a minimum, but it did offer a list of brands to expect, including Peloton, New Balance, Philips Sonicare, Lego, Samsung, and iRobot — and we’re expecting the same quality of deals you’d find on Prime Day, if not better.
Everything you’ll want to know about the sale.
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