Amazon Prime Day 2018 announced with big deals

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The company is boasting that Prime Day 2018 will feature 50% more Spotlight Deals and more than a million deals globally-and there will even be exclusive savings at Whole Foods Markets. New for this year, Amazon is opening its Prime Day deals to Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Amazon Prime Day is an annual mega-deal extravaganza that might as well be an official holiday. Apart from the US, Amazon Prime members from this countries can take advantage of the deals: Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the US. Amazon Prime is a paid membership programme - costing $2.99 a month, with the option of a 30-day free trial - that offers members exclusive shipping, shopping and entertainment benefits. Last year's sale lasted 30 hours while this year Amazon's Prime Day event will go on for 36 hours.

To drum up excitement for the day, Amazon is placing giant "Smile boxes" in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Milan. Members will receive additional 10% discounts on hundreds of Whole Foods items and get first dibs on exclusive new products, including the first Alexa-enabled kitchen faucet.

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If you're not an Amazon Prime member, the price to join is $119 for a year subscription, which is 20 percent higher than a year ago. You're also eligible if you're now on a 30-day trial period. Luckily, Amazon has already started releasing a few deals-read on for how to prepare for Prime Day and what you can buy now.

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Do you need a Prime membership to participate? Prime Day will run until midnight on the 17th, making it the longest Prime "Day" ever at 36 hours.

Now that you what to expect, time to put a strategy in place so you can seek out and snatch up the best deals before they disappear.

For example, Lightning Deals are promotions on specific items. You can also access your smart home cameras, photos, weather forecasts, and more. Whenever you're ready to make a purchase, Amazon will alert you to whatever the new price is.

These were some of the best deals on the site a year ago.

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