Amazon’s annual Prime Day is just round the corner, and it’s worth your while to know what it entails. It’s only a few years old, but gets much of the same hype one would expect from Black Friday. In fact the inaugural Prime Day in 2015 broke all sales records for Back Friday. While many speculate that it’s an excuse for Amazon to get rid of a whole lot of old stock, and the hype gets many people signed up to Prime, the truth is, if you’re in the market for something, it may be worth your while to hold off a few days and see what’s on offer.

So what does this all mean for the smart home enthusiast? If you’ve been umming and ahhing about a purchase, now is probably a good time to take note. The format of Prime Day is that certain products will go on sale for a limited time, and new items will be put on sale every 5 minutes for the full day. Scheduled for 11 July, the deals will start rolling out at 9pm (EST) the night before. This leads to a total of 30 hours of deals. The best way to take advantage of this is to identify products that you want to buy ahead of time, and add them to your watchlist.

Whenever the price of an item on your watchlist changes, Amazon notifies you. But you better have mobile notifications activated, otherwise the item might be sold out before you get a chance to buy it. If you haven’t settled on a specific product, then the Spotlight and Lightning deals are the way to go. These deals will have major savings, and larger stock, but you never know what you’re going to get.

Leading up to Prime Day, there are also a number of specials on offer. Kindle Unlimited and Audible memberships are currently on offer at a 40% discount. You can get access to Amazon Music Unlimited for four months, for less than a dollar! Along with this you can earn yourself some vouchers by installing the Amazon app, as well as streaming a Prime Video. Amazon are also advertising that you can find special offers before Prime Day. Of special interest to the home automation enthusiast would be July 5th, which will have a focus on voice shopping. What this will entail is yet to be determined, but the Echo and related products will definitely be at the centre of it all.

You can read more about Prime Day here, and if you haven’t already, maybe it’s time to checkout Amazon Prime. A 30 day no obligations free trial is available to all: