So I know we’re all eagerly glued to the Amazon Lightning Deals this week, so I thought I’d give you a couple of quick tips about ‘em.
First of all, many of the deals are visible in advance of their “live” times (not the price, but the item itself), and even the “mystery” items can often be decoded based upon the descriptions, ahead of time. I know that scrolling through a hundred pages of deals first thing in the morning isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re wanting a particular item, it may be worth it to check ahead to see if something you want is coming up. And if you see an item you want, decide well before deal-time what you’re willing to pay for it. As with everything else, some of the deals are better than others.
When you want a deal: Make sure you’re signed in to your Amazon account and sitting at your computer, ready to click, as soon as it goes live. I have a friend who was trying to snag a deal on a Touch yesterday and both of us clicked for it the minute it went live and neither of us got it. Some deals (particularly the good ones) are available in extremely limited quantities and sell out in a flash. That’s the bad news. The good news is that when you miss out—don’t panic! Many of these deals are showing up more than once. The deal you miss today may be back on Friday. Be patient. Stalk your prey like a lioness, my pretties. Persistance pays off.
Remember, once you add a Lightning Deal to your cart, you only have 15 minutes to check out before you lose the deal price. If you’re on the fence about an item for some reason, you are better off clicking to add it to your cart immediately and then taking those 15 minutes to decide after you’ve secured your shot at it. And if you decide not to buy it? Take it out of your cart—there are people on the waiting list, most likely, and it’s the courteous thing to do.