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Finding the best Prime Day deals is tough, but you can make it easier with these tips

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Today is Amazon’s first “Prime Day Sale” and things are off to a rough start. Customers who stayed up till 3am on the east-coast in order grab some of the first deals being offered on the website, soon realized that Amazon would be saving the big-ticket items for later on in the day.

The standard “all-day” sales, or the sales that aren’t part of the lighting deals section, are still going on and are relatively easy to find.

Those deals include the Kindle Fire tablets and the iRobot vacuum and Amazon keeps those deals snuggly at the top of the main Prime Day sales page. The other deals mentioned earlier this week, like the big-ticket TVs are still incoming and you will have to be quick to grab them.

Searching through all of the categories and weeding through the lightning deals can be really annoying and somewhat tedious, more so if you are shopping online while you are at work (we won’t tell).

If you are pro-shopper on Amazon you may know some tips and you are already awesome, if not, we have some tips for you.

First of all, you will want to sort all of your categories on the main Prime Day page (link below). That’s the first thing you have to do in order to cut down on the clutter from the thousands of smaller deals going on in every category.

The rows are set to “All” by default, meaning you will have to flick through hundreds of items for each flash sale every ten minutes. There are three rows of Lightning Deals on the main page under the “Day-Long” deals at the top, so set those to whatever categories you will be shopping for thought the day as shown in the image below.

Amazon Prime Day tips

For our shopping today, we chose “Electronics,” “PC and Video Games” and “Computer and Accessories” for the tech-geeks at the office and because that seemed to be the largest concentration of discounts on Amazon’s preview, while new parents might want to set “Toys & Games,” “Clothing,” “Home & Kitchen,” but you get the idea.

There are also “waiting lists” for upcoming deals. So be sure to check on what’s coming-up in the appropriate tab so that you can join the waiting list and be one of the first to “claim” the lightning deal. Space is limited so be sure you check often.

Also, check the “missed deals” from time to time to see if the hot-topic item that you are looking for has already passed. Another tip is to read-up on items in the “upcoming” section BEFORE they go on sale.

Make sure the TV listed has the right connections or resolution, read reviews for products and check the price of the product before it goes on sale so you can get an idea of just how good the bargain really is. Sometimes when you do a little pre-shopping, you might notice that there were cheaper versions from other manufacturer’s in-stock this whole time. Reading the reviews and product specs before the flash sale is key to making sure your won’t regret your purchase.

You don’t have to refresh your page every two-minutes thanks to the countdown timers on the three rows of lightning deals, but right-click the products and open them in a new tab or window to read-up on them without having to leave the current main page. This will help you stay on-top of each category and you won’t have to change your settings every ten minutes depending on your browser and flash settings.

The sorting really takes a lot of the grunt-work out of shopping, and a little pre-reading on products can save you a lot of time and money. It will also most likely cut down on your impulse buys down the road and you will get what you came for.

You can checkout the current Prime day sales right now on amazon.com/primeday