Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2017

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If you're a person who's obsessed with getting a good deal, you probably already know what's happening tomorrow. If not, allow me to give you the good news: it's Amazon Prime Day Eve. That means tomorrow, July 11, thousands of products will go on sale on Amazon. Sound overwhelming? Don't worry, I'm about to break it down.

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is essentially Amazon's second Black Friday on which the retailer offers thousands of deals on products ranging from Dustbusters to TVs to crop tops to spatulas. It all starts today, July 10 at 6 p.m. PST (that's 9 p.m. for East Coasters), and goes for 30 hours. A fresh wave of deals hits every five minutes, which means there are tons of bargains in the proverbial hopper. Yes, you must be a member of Amazon Prime ($10.99 monthly or $100 for the year) to take advantage of the deals. Sign up here, if you are not a member. We'll be highlighting the very best deals throughout the day in our Facebook group, but you can also wade through all the deals yourself on Amazon's Prime Day page.

What can I get on Prime Day?

As far as specific products go, the public won't know what's going on sale until the deal goes live. What we do know: (1) no major shopping category is ignored and (2) Amazon is going to be pushing some major deals on their own products and offerings, including Kindle, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Audible. A few divulge-able details:

  • Prime Pantry is offering up to 35 percent off with coupons, which means deals on house wares like pet supplies, paper towels, and snacks.

  • Select movies will be available for $4.99 or less, including favorites like It, The Goonies, and Goodfellas.

  • The Audible subscription service will be available for $8.95 for the first six months instead of $14.95. The audio book purveyor has over 180,000 titles.

  • Four months of Amazon's Music Unlimited is 99 cents. That's a decent deal, especially when comparing to Apple Music or Spotify, which will cost you $10 to $15 a month.

  • Amazon if offering discounts on their Kindle Unlimited subscriptions for 6-, 12-, and 24-month subscriptions ($45, $80, and $144). These discounts will give you access to more than a million books that you can take anywhere.

  • Ask Alexa what her exclusive deals are. Alexa's voice deals begin at 7 p.m. ET, July 9. Just ask "Alexa, what are your deals?" Also, if you purchase your first Echo or Dot, you can get $10 toward Prime Day purchases.

  • If you purchase a product that needs home installation—such as a wall-mounted TV—Amazon if offering 20 percent discounts on its home services. That's not including the potential deal on the product itself.

  • Amazon is offering up to 50 percent off Prime-exclusive phones like the Nokia 6 and the Motorola Moto G Plus.

What are the best deals for Prime Day?

Expect major discounts on most Amazon products like the Echo, Dot, Kindles, and AmazonBasics products.

Keep a close eye on lightning deals, too. These deeply discounted items can sell out quickly. These deals will have a timer that is counting down and will show what percentage of the deal has been purchased so far. Typically, they float around the top of deals pages, but can be interspersed in between normal all day deals.

As a last Amazon pro tip, if you aren't in a rush to receive your items, use the six-day, no-rush delivery option, to receive rewards and discounts on later transactions.

How can I prepare for Prime Day?

Take a deep breath. Download the Amazon mobile app. If you see an item that doesn't go on sale for a while, you can set a reminder in the app to make sure you don't forget to return to it. Most deals won't list the actual discounted price until they go on sale, so these reminders can be a nice way to quickly jump back to those products to see if they are worth it.

Where can I get a rundown of the best deals available, as they come?

We will update this post with links to our Prime Day coverage, and will be publishing a continually updated list of awesome deals we find throughout the day. Also: we'll be posting updates on our Facebook group dedicated to finding deals on the internet.