It’s that time of year again: deal-seeking shoppers, get ready to open your wallets for the second Amazon Prime Day of 2022. Officially called the Prime Early Access Sale, the two-day shopping bonanza is coming just in time for gift-giving season. Whether you’ve got a wish list ready or are new to the retail giant’s Black Friday-like deals, we’ve put together a quick run-down of everything you need to know to make the most of this week’s Amazon sale—including deals to shop today, before the sale officially begins—and highlighted a few top-selling items from July’s Prime Day to consider adding to your travel gear haul.
This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.
What is Prime Day?
In case you’ve been blissfully unaware of the shopping holiday mayhem that is Amazon Prime Day, let’s get you up to speed: Amazon Prime Day is an annual 48-hour event that typically happens once a year, in which Amazon discounts thousands of products across every single category.
Good news for Prime shoppers—Amazon has added a second sales event to the calendar this year, just a few months after the July Prime Day, called the Amazon Early Access Sale. Tech and home sales tend to be the most popular during these events—and amount to the biggest savings—but you can also score deals on clothing and shoes, luggage, beauty products, outdoor gear, and family essentials.
When is this next sale happening?
This year, the Prime Early Access sale, a follow-up to July’s Prime Day, will be held on October 11 and 12—a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Do I have to be a member to participate?
Yes, you do have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of these deals. Membership costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year (college students get a discounted rate), but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here to try it out without committing to a full year. If you do keep your Prime membership account, you’ll have access to same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping on millions of products, two-hour grocery delivery via Whole Foods, Prime’s Try Before You Buy program, and more.
What sales can I expect?
During the Early Access Sale, you’ll find the same types of deals as on Prime Day: Lightning Deals, which only run for a few hours; Deals of the Day, which run for one specific day; and Best Deals, which extend beyond the two-day sale. There are likely to be deals on Amazon devices, like Amazon Echo and Alexa items, Fire TV sticks, Kindles, and Audible subscriptions. In-demand products from Apple, Sony, iRobot, and more are likely to sell out, so if you see something you really want on sale, don’t hesitate to add it to your cart.
How do I sort through the deals?
Keep checking back here for the best Amazon sales and lowest prices on travel gear—we’ll have guides to the best tech deals and outdoor equipment discounts, and will be updating them as the sale goes on. For now, take a look at what our editors’ are hoping to see on sale this week.
Are there any early deals to shop now?
While Amazon’s Early Access Sale officially starts tomorrow, October 11, there are some cart-worthy deals that are already live now. Popular items like Fire TV Cubes and Adidas Cloudfoam running shoes are discounted on Amazon. Other items already on sale include outdoor gear like hiking backpacks and coolers, tech accessories, and kitchen must-haves like Keurig coffee makers.
Are there any competitor deals?
Some brands are holding their own deal days in conjunction with the Prime Early Access event. Here are some of the best competitor deals you won’t want to miss: