Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Amazon Prime Day

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Are you ready for one of the year's biggest sales outside of Black Friday? Amazon Prime Day is finally here!

This year it takes place on Tuesday, July 12, and we've got everything you need to know about the event — along with some of the deals you can expect.

What is Amazon Prime Day?
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Amazon held its first-ever Amazon Prime Day on July 15 last year. It's a 24-hour day of sales, (mostly) only available to Amazon Prime subscribers (might we suggest you start a 30-day free trial today?).

Is it just one day?
The main event is taking place on only one day, Tuesday, July 12. But actually, you can take advantage of themed Countdown Deals, which are going on now.

What are the deals like?
Unlike a traditional sale, where items are marked down for the entirety of the sale, Amazon Prime Day is filled with rotating "lightning sales." These are bargains that only last for a short time, changing as fast as every 10 minutes. This means you've got to keep checking back on the site to see if there's something new you might be interested in snagging (luckily, the site usually offers a peek at what deals are coming up). Amazon will also feature a variety of daily deals you can shop from, too.

How do I make sure I don't miss a good sale item?
Using the Amazon app, you can set up alerts to watch a deal and get notified when it's available, so you don't miss out.

What if I own an Amazon Echo?
If you own an Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap, you can save $10 on your first Amazon Prime Day purchase of $20 or more. If you take advantage of Amazon's Countdown Deals, you could save $20 or more. You can ask your device, "Alexa, what are your Prime Day deals?" on July 12 to get a rundown of what's on sale — and check out the Alexa-based exclusive deals here.

For a few of the sale items you can look forward to TODAY, read on.
This post originally published July 8, 2016.
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Even with Night Shift, reading on your phone can feel disruptive right before bed. An e-reader such as the Kindle Voyage can make that feel more natural — but still conveniently house thousands of books on its 6-inch, glare-free screen. Its adaptive front light finds the ideal brightness whether your reading in bright sunlight or at night.

Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader, $149.99 (25% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Having photos live on our handsets is fine, except when you actually want to frame one and hang it on a wall in your home. With Polaroid's pint-size Zip printer, you can print smudge-free 2-by-3-inch photos. The photo paper even has a sticky back, which makes it easier to slap onto a dorm room or cubicle wall.

Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer, $88.98 (44% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Chances are you haven't touched your car's CD player in months — or years. Make it more useful by transforming it into a mount for your smartphone. iOttie's mount works with a variety of phone models.

iOttie Easy One Touch Mini CD Slot Car Mount Holder Cradle, $19.95 (25% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Bose's slim SoundTrue headphones fit around your ears, so you get full, rich sound — minus the discomfort of on-ear headphones, for those of us with pierced ears. The ear cups fold flat, and the headphones come with a matching carrying case, for portability.

Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II, $99.95 (44% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Summer wouldn't be complete without backyard barbecues, but without a grill, that pastime is a little difficult. Grab Coleman's portable on discount. It folds up compactly and has wheels in case it needs to be transported; multiple cooking settings; and cast-iron and porcelain-coated surfaces and a removable grease tray, making cleanup easy.

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE, $99.99 (33% off), available at Amazon.com.
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If you want your TV to do more than just play what's on NBC or Food Network, grab an Amazon Fire TV set-top box. It gives you access to Amazon Video (unlimited access, we might add), Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and other apps, and you can use the buttons on its remote to navigate around, or just your voice.

Amazon Fire TV, $69.99 (30% off), available at Amazon.com.
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The Cube is probably the cutest and most space efficient way to project video in your home or backyard. It comes with an HDMI cable, if you want to hook it up to a computer, and a tripod, so it's securely mounted for your streaming pleasure. Being so petite, its battery only lasts 90 minutes, though.

RIF6 Cube 2-inch Mobile Projector, $189.99, available at Amazon.com.
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If you need a fun toy robot in your life, Wowwee's MiP could be a very pink source of entertainment. The bot can roll around, dance, stack and balance objects, or be programmed. It can also recognize hand-gesture commands.

Wowwee MiP Deluxe Pack, $49.99 (79% off), available at Amazon.com.
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If you ask your Amazon Echo, “Alexa order a Philips Hue starter kit," you can get this connected home lighting solution, complete with three bulbs to outfit your abode with. Light switches are so 20th century, right?

Philips Hue White And Color Starter Kit, $125 (37% off), available at Amazon.com through Alexa.
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If you're worried about misplacing your keys, your wallet, or your luggage, just connect a Trackr Bravo to it. You can then use your phone to locate the missing item in a snap.

Trackr Bravo, $15 (50% off), available at Amazon.com through Alexa.
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If you wish you had the ability to turn something — anything — in your home off and on, whether you're there or not, you can use a smart plug such as TP-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug. Using its accompanying Kasa app, you can control a lamp, a kitchen appliance, or anything else that normally plugs into the wall.

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug, $15 (49% off), available at Amazon.com through Alexa.
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If you already own an Amazon Echo, you can use Alexa to order a smaller Amazon Tap for another room in your home (or to take on the go) for cheap today. It's a small connected speaker you can use to stream music, hear the news, or even order a pizza.

Amazon Tap, $79 ($50 off), available at Amazon.com through Alexa.
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No space for a grill outside? No problem. Cuisinart's 5-in-1 Griddler works as a panini press, contact grill, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle, so it's useful whether you're making burgers, lunchtime sandwiches, or breakfast flapjacks.

Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, $40 (47% off), available at Amazon.com through Alexa.
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LSTN headphones don't just look slick (we love the rich color of this cherry-wood model, pictured), they do good, too. With each purchase, LSTN works with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to restore hearing to a person in need.

LSTN Headphones and Speakers, $75 (50% off), available at Amazon.com.
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If your family has its own Gob Bluth, he may be in need of a two-wheeled, self-balancing way to get around. If you pool together, you could grab Segway's latest, the miniPro, a smaller version of Segway's original sidewalk-friendly vehicle.

Segway miniPRO, $999 (20% off), available at Amazon.com.

Read on for some of this month's past Amazon Prime-related deals.
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When you want to keep your smartphone tucked safely away, you can bring out this cute cube-shaped camera to capture the action. It pairs with a variety of mounts, has an integrated magnet so it sticks to any metal surface, and captures high-definition photo and video with its 124-degree wide-angle lens.

Polaroid Cube 1080p Lifestyle Action Camera, $64 (35% off), available at Amazon.com.
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To ensure your face is properly illuminated no matter the lighting situation you're currently in, grab a Lumee case. It positions a string of bright LEDs on either side of your phone's screen. You can adjust their brightness with a button on the back of the case.

LuMee iPhone 6/6s Case, $38 (30% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Snap the Flir One into your phone to transform it into an infrared thermal imager. Thermal imaging has a couple uses: For one, it creates really cool photos based on the heat in the image area; you can use it to gauge general temperature without a thermometer; and you can use it to detect problems in your home, such as which windows are leaking hot outside-air into your air-conditioned apartment, or to identify the source of a water leak.

Flir One Thermal Imager, $180 (28% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Your posture isn't just a matter of spine health. How you carry yourself can also affect your mood and how others perceive you. You can monitor — and improve — yours with Lumo Lift, a posture tracking device and activity monitor.

Lumo Lift Posture Coach and Activity Tracker, $49.99 (50% off), available at Amazon.com.
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With a pair of wireless earbuds like the Jaybird X2, you don't have to worry about yanking your earbud cord out of your phone when you inevitably forget that the two of you are tethered. We've found this is especially useful when working out and listening to tunes.

Jaybird X2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $79.99 (47% off), available at Amazon.com.
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Who has time for sweeping or vacuuming these days? Let a robotic Roomba do the dirty work for you. Its three-stage cleaning technique agitates, brushes, and then suctions floors clean no matter the floor type (and without needing your supervision…for the most part).

iRobot Roomba 614 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, $250 (34% off), available at Amazon.com.
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If you're in the market for a new TV, you could save big on Samsung's 55-inch 4K TV. It's got built-in Wi-Fi and a smart hub, so you can also use it to stream Netflix and Hulu, or even to play games.

Samsung UN55KU6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, $549.99 (35% off), available at Amazon.com.
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This 11.6-inch Lenovo notebook features a quad-core 1.6GHz Intel processor inside for speedy performance, and 8 GB of RAM so you're never left twiddling your thumbs waiting for apps to load. It runs the latest version of Windows, Windows 10.

Lenovo Thinkpad 11E (3rd Generation) 11.6-Inch Notebook, $250 (34% off), available at Amazon.com.