After more than a few rumors of a second Prime Day-style sale in 2022, it’s finally been confirmed by Amazon. The retail giant will host another Prime exclusive event in October, officially titled the Prime Early Access Sale. According to Amazon, this is a new Prime members event that offers “Black Friday deals” for anyone who starts shopping in the fall.
It starts on October 11 and runs until the end of the day on October 12. Name aside, this sale doesn’t look much different from the usual Prime Day deals Amazon would usually offer; it’s a two-day event, with Black Friday-style deals, and exclusive to Prime members. For now, here’s everything you need to know about Prime Early Access Sale, or ‘Prime Day 2’; including early deals, tee times, what to expect and more.
Prime Early Access Sale: How Does Prime Day Work?
30 days free trial
After that, $14.99 per month.
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The most recent “Prime Days” usually last 48 hours, during which all sale items are only available to those with Prime membership. It’s easy to sign up for a subscription, but it’ll also cost you $14.99/month, or $139 if you pay annually. Otherwise, you can always sign up for the 30-day free trial available.
If you create an account now with a 30-day trial, you’re covered for most of October and the Prime Early Access Sale. You should expect typical Amazon devices like Echo speakers or Fire TV sticks to be heavily discounted, in addition to other typical items like video games, 4K TVs, and more.
Early, Prime Early Access Deals (Yeah, Really)
Amazon is already kicking off some early deals for its Early Access sales (I didn’t miss the irony). Right now you can get a four-month free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited, in addition to an Echo Dot for $0.99 for new Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers (paid, not the free trial, $8.99/month for Prime- members). There’s also a 1-year Grubhub+ membership for Prime members up for grabs. I leave the links for this one below.
Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited Subscription
Music Unlimited costs $8.99 for Prime members + $0.99 for Echo Dot. The Echo Dot’s suggested retail price is $49.99.
See on Amazon Prime Early Access Sale: Is It Prime Day 2?
So it looks like a Prime Day, it feels like a Prime Day – is it a Prime Day? Officially no. Unofficially… sort of? It only makes sense to be honest, it’s a two day sale, with Black Friday equivalent deals and exclusive to Prime members – you can draw your own conclusions. Personally, I’m going to treat this sale as I would Prime Day, and I expect many others to do the same.
Overall, it looks like a sales event that matches the caliber of deals Prime Day or Black Friday usually have, and you can start shopping just a little earlier for the holidays. So, finally, Amazon isn’t calling it Prime Day 2, but you can certainly treat it exactly like that.
Where is Prime Early Access available?
Prime Early Access deals are available for Prime members living in the US and UK as well as several other countries such as Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.
When will the Prime Early Access Sale take place? (Great day 2)
Prime Day 2022 was officially held on July 12-13, but not long after, we started seeing rumors speculating about the possibility of a second Prime Day event in 2022.
The Prime Early Access Sale, or Prime Day 2 as many call it, will start on October 11 at noon PDT time and end on October 12 at 11:59 PM.
How much does Amazon Prime cost?
Amazon Prime now costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month. You can get a 30-day free trial of the service, or a 6-month free trial if you’re a student with an .edu email address. If you pick up a 30-day trial now, that also covers you for the Prime Early Access Sale event.
What is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale?
The Prime Early Access Sale is Amazon’s brand new holiday shopping event, available exclusively to Prime members. Taking place on October 11-12, it will introduce exclusive holiday and Black Friday equivalent deals (slightly earlier than you’d normally expect).
Is Amazon Prime Worth It in 2022?
Prime comes with a whole host of perks if you think it’s worth it. There are, of course, Prime early access deals to take advantage of in October, alongside ever-faster same-day to two-day delivery times, and then there’s access to Prime Video and Amazon Music services.
Prime Video also features plenty of incredible TV shows and movies to watch, including The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Boys, Jack Ryan, Good Omens, The Wheel of Time, The Expanse, and Reacher. But it’s all up to you, $14.99 a month is a lot of money at the end of the year, and you’ll definitely want to feel like you got the most out of it. If you want more updates on Prime Day 2, follow @IGNDeals on Twitter.
Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.