5 things you need to know about Amazon Prime Day

Why wait till Black Friday when you can get a great deal today (and tomorrow)?

Starting 6pm today, up to midnight tomorrow, you get 30 hours of deals and offers all over the place - from clothes and travel to phones, and even the Fire TV Stick.

Think of Prime Day as Amazon’s answer to Black Friday or a crazy pre-Diwali sale. And now, for the first time ever, it’s coming to India. Fire up your laptops and charge ‘em mobiles as there’s a 30 hour window of fantastic deals you probably won’t see for quite some time. Be there, or be jealous of your clued-in pals. But first, here’s all that you need to know:

You’ll need a Prime membership to make the most of it

You’ll need to be a Prime member to pick up the best deals. Of course, you’ll still find offers open to the ’general public’, but the coolest stuff is gonna be reserved for Prime members.

But don’t worry. It’s not like Amazon Prime’s some super-exclusive, invite-only club. Fork out ₹499 and you’ll get a year’s membership - which also gets you free priority shipping on many items and access to Prime Video streaming.

There’s cashback if you use Amazon Pay or an HDFC card

Got an HDFC debit or credit card? There’s a 15% cashback on anything  you buy today (You’ll need to spend a minimum of ₹5000 so don’t forget to check out all the terms and conditions). Don’t have an HDFC card? Then use Amazon Pay - you’ll get a 20% cashback (up to ₹200) for loading cash in your account.

Plenty of offers on phones and fitness trackers

That new OnePlus 5 you were eyeing? There’s extra 2000 off on exchange. Redmi 4? A Prime-only sale starts off at 5pm. Need a new FitBit? It might be part of the 40%-and-more-off club.

The best time to pick up a Fire TV Stick

Ah. The Fire TV Stick. Slayer of dumb ‘Smart TV’ interfaces. Your window to Prime Video (and Netflix. And more). Every couch potato’s dream gadget. It normally retails for ₹3999, but you’ll get it for ₹2999 today and tomorrow.

Get discount codes for movie tix, and travel packages

Buy something today and you’ll get discount codes for travel (MakeMyTrip), movie tickets (BookMyShow) and even food delivery (Swiggy).