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4 Amazon Prime Day mistakes (and how to avoid them)


Amazon (AMZN) – Get the report from Amazon.com Inc. Prime Day offers a sort of adult Christmas in July. The annual event offers Black Friday-like sales in the heart of summer – at a time when nothing else is going on and when back-to-school and the holiday season still seem a little far away.

It’s a chance to buy things you need or items you’ve been coveting for a long time at a good price. You can save a lot of money if you plan well, know what you’re buying, and really do your homework. Of course, like the holiday season, it’s also a time when you can wake up a few days later, look around and realize you’ve made a terrible mistake.

Saving money on Prime Day is possible, but wasting money is even more likely. And as someone who wasted more money on Prime Day than they have (or probably never will), there are a few tough lessons you should consider before you consider opening your wallet.

Here are four common pitfalls (I’ve done all of them) that even a buyer with the best of intentions can fall victim to.

Know what you are buying

Amazon sells a lot of electronics on Prime Day, and it’s very easy to not get exactly what you think you’re getting. Check the features, specs, and model numbers very closely, because the laptop you buy may look like the one you saw, but the one on sale has a 2016 processor.

This can be especially true when buying a big screen TV. A small change in the model number may mean lower resolution or missing features.

Do I really need this?

As my wife and I were packing our bags to move from a rental to the house we had just purchased, she asked me why I had so many tripods? That’s a fair question, as there seemed to be at least a dozen of them and the short answer is that the price was right, I never seem to have the right tripod when I need them, and I kept getting them to buy.

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I didn’t share that I also had about 100 extra cables and connectors that I might need at some point but couldn’t find even though I had a use for them. Add in at least three fancy coffee makers that were great bargains, and you’ll see why price alone isn’t the only factor in deciding whether you should make a purchase.

Am I going to use this?

Seeing a really good deal on rollerblades, a stand-up paddle board, or one of those kits that lets you brew beer always makes me think I’m the type of person who does those things. And, some people might be one of those items far from an entirely different person, but before you hit the “buy” button, ask yourself, “am I really just a ukulele or a unicycle far from a musician or a unicyclist?

The answer for some of you might be yes, but the multiple guitars I’ve owned over the years suggest that I’m probably not one pair of hiking boots away from being truly into hiking.

Do I have room for that?

We go from a 2,600 square foot condo with a huge kitchen to a 1,500 square foot house with a much nicer, but much smaller kitchen. In anticipation of the move, I downsized my fancy office coffee maker to a still-fancy espresso machine about 20% the size. It was a smart move considering our counter space. I also bought a grill and a small smoker because our new place has a covered outdoor area where the use of those two is legal (which was not the case in our previous two homes).

The ice cream maker I bought (on Amazon, but well before Prime Day) makes less sense, but it’s not a device you leave out. The drink maker I had my eye on, the Bev from Black and Decker, which uses Bartesian pods, makes much less sense to me because it pretty much has to be left on the counter.

I want one it’s 1/3 off but if I buy one I just don’t have space to use it and I’d probably be frustrated with the counter space it takes busy every time I go to cook dinner.

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