From Amazon vouchers and free trials of Amazon Prime to flash sales and tricks for free delivery.
Let’s face it, Amazon is probably the one website that most people will use at some point each year, so it helps to have a voucher or discount stored up. Here are the best deals at the moment. Read on, and use these quick links to get an idea of the offers I’ve found:
- Amazon Black Friday offers, including:
- Black Friday – deals start 16th November 2018
- Amazon device discounts – big savings on Echos, Kindles, Fire TV and Fire tablets
- Lightning deals
- Extra offers for Prime members
- Amazon gift voucher and top up offers, including:
- Amazon Prime offers, including:
- Amazon sales and offers, including:
- Amazon Prime Day – early July each year
- Amazon money savings tricks including:
- Always get free delivery
- Earn up to 1.5% cashback on every penny spent
- How to get Lightning deals
- Where to find Amazon coupons
- Up to 15% off with Subscribe and Save
- Amazon discount finder
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Amazon Black Friday 2018
Amazon Black Friday 2018 deals
The Black Friday week of deals is already underway, but the biggest deals are likely to be on 23rd November. It’ well worth having a Prime membership at Black Friday. This costs £79 a year, or £7.99 a month. But if you’ve not tried it before, then the 30-day free trial is an easy win.
I’ll list the best Black Friday deals in November on my Black Friday deals page, but it helps to know how Amazon does Black Friday.
First are the big deals on Amazon devices. This time around they’re pretty good and include:
- Echo speaker for £54.99 (down from £89.99)
- New Echo dot speaker for £24.99 (down from £49.99)
- Echo Plus speaker for £109.99 (down from £139.99)
- Echo Spot for £89.99 (down from £119.99)
- Echo Show for £169.99 (down from £219.99)
- New Kindle Paperwhite for £89.99 (down from £119.99)
- Fire TV Stick for £24.99 (down from £39.99)
- Fire TV 4k Stick for £34.99 (down from £49.99)
- Also lots of offers on Fire Tablets, and bundles on the above and smart technology
Then there are the daily and lightning deals. These are limited offers and when stock runs out or the time runs out, the deal ends. You can see what’s coming up a few hours in advance and “watch” them so you get a notification before they go live.
Finally you’ve got some special promotions, usually for Prime members. I don’t know what there will be this year, but I’d hope for extra savings on Amazon services and maybe some special voucher codes too.
Amazon gift voucher and top-up offers
There are some decent offers throughout the year to watch out for.
Free credit when you top-up your account or buy a gift card
It’s worth trying each of these, though you can normally only qualify for one and some may have expired. Check the offer is displayed when you click through. If not, it could mean it’s ended or you’re not eligible.
Save £5 and more on Amazon vouchers at Zeek
Zeek is a handy app and website to get a little money off someone’s unwanted gift card, and Amazon occasionally features.
Though the discount is usually only a couple of quid, this is a must buy for first-time users of the app as you can save an extra £5 with the code CLEVERCASH. There’s a minimum spend of £45.
At the moment there are quite a few £50 or £100 Amazon vouchers. They don’t have a discount, but the code above will save you money – 10% on the £50 gift code. Watch out though for any added processing fees.
If Amazon codes aren’t available, have a look at the other retailers including John Lewis, iTunes and ASOS.
Amazon Prime offers
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s big membership scheme. I’ve got it thanks to the deals listed below and use it a lot for free delivery and to stream film and TV. You can learn more in my comprehensive Amazon Prime review.
Get a 30 day free Amazon Prime trial
You know the drill here. You get free next day delivery, Amazon Prime Instant Video, access to Amazon Prime Now and loads of other goodies. It’s normally £79 a year but you can get a free 30-day trial. You used to be able to do this every 12 months, but it’s recently changed to once per account. You can always try your luck (you never know), but if you’ve not yet taken out a trial, I’d wait until you’ve a lot of spending coming up, or a big sale such as Prime Day or Black Friday (more on these below).
£10 off a £50 Amazon Prime Now order
Amazon Prime Now offers one or two hour delivery via the Amazon Prime Now app.
If you’ve got Amazon Prime (you can get a 30-day free trial) you can use the service, though it’s not available in every part of the country. Eligible cities include London, Liverpool, Sheffield and Glasgow.
Once you’ve got Prime and found out if it’s available where you live, use the code PRIMENOW10 to get £10 off. Min spend is £50 – though you can buy gift cards.
Amazon Prime Now has less on offer than the normal online store but does have groceries.
I used this when it launched and bought some nice gin – though sadly I’ve been informed by a few readers that the deal now excludes booze.
£1 “No-rush” credit to spend on digital music, film, books and apps
If you’ve got Prime, instead of selecting next day delivery, look for free no-rush delivery. It’ll take three to five days, but in return, you’ll get credit to spend elsewhere on Amazon.
Right now it’s £1 to spend on MP3s, Kindle books, digital movies and TV shows and apps.
You can get a £1 credit per delivery, so order things separately rather than together to get the most credit. However it appears Amazon has cottoned on to this and only seems to offer this if the basket is worth more than £20.
Free Kindle book every month
Prime members can also nab one of six titles every month for free. There’s normally a mix of genres and once you pick your book you can send it to your Kindle.
10% off books
If you were able to nab a student card and activate your Prime Student membership before the loophole closed then you can save 10% on books until the 21st October. The discount should appear at checkout.
Amazon sales and coupons
Black Friday & Prime Day 2018 deals
Prime Day – Amazon’s biggest sale – happens each year around July 11th (Amazon’s birthday). In 2018 it took place over 36 hours from 16th July until midnight 17th July. Meanwhile the Black Friday week of deals is at the end of November,
You need to have a Prime membership to get the best deals, but the 30-day free trial will give you that.
I’ll list the best Black Friday deals in November on my Black Friday deals page.
How good are Prime Day and Black Friday on Amazon?
In 2017 and 2018 there were some great offers on Amazon tech on Prime Day such as the Amazon Echo (47% off), Amazon Fire TV and Kindles. You could also try additional Prime services such as Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Dash for far less than normal. There were also decent offers on TVs, stand mixers, booze, DVD, clothes and much much more. There are also hundreds of special Lightning Deals. You can see some of the 2016 deals here. Black Friday 2017 however wasn’t as good, even though there were deals to be found.
With both sales it’s important to remember that not all the deals are the best price. Some are simply old stock that needs clearing, while other items are often as cheap throughout the year. I’d recommend using uk.camelcamelcamel.com to see the price history before making any purchase
My top Amazon money saving tricks
I’ve written a separate article about how to save even more money at Amazon, including the following:
Hundreds of coupons to use at Amazon
This page lists loads of coupons you can use to save at Amazon. You “collect” the voucher and the discount is automatically added to checkout. When I added this there was a typically random collection of products including chocolate, WD40 and hair straighteners.
Get free delivery every time
These little tricks will give help you save money on delivery if you’re shy of the £20 minimum order.
Amazon discount finder
Use this tool to refine your search for a bargain. Use the box “keywords” if you’re looking for something specific, eg NOW TV, Echo, Kindle and so on.