Amazon Australia has now officially wrapped up its surprise October sale, but plenty of deals are still available. While there’s a few that have gone up a bit in price (and some that have actually gotten a tiny bit cheaper), the majority are still available at the same price as they were at the peak of the Big Smile Sale last week. Don’t want to wait until Black Friday to score a bargain? Shop all sale the highlights on this page.
Best deals from Amazon’s Big Smile Sale
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2022) | M2 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD |
AU$1,899 AU$1,717 (opens in new tab) (save AU$182)
If you’re tossing up between a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro, we reckon the MacBook Air is actually the better choice, at least when it comes to the 2022 models. It’s slimmer, lighter, and has a slightly bigger screen than the M2 Pro (also discounted below). Not only that, the M2 Air will get you similar performance at a cheaper price.
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2022) | M2 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD |
AU$1,999 AU$1,797 (opens in new tab) (save AU$202)
This is the latest version of the MacBook Pro, and it comes with the new M2 chip, which again offers incredible performance and excellent battery life. Our review (opens in new tab) found that it’s practically silent in use, with the fans rarely kicking in. Note that this 2022 model of the MacBook Pro only has a 13-inch Retina display, and it keeps the Touch Bar.
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook | 8GB RAM / 256GB eMMC |
AU$999 AU$677 (opens in new tab) (save AU$322)
This is one of our picks for the best Chromebooks (opens in new tab) you can get in the Aussie market, mostly because it has a better processor (a Gen 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c) than older IdeaPad Duet models. The better performance comes with a very decent amount of system memory and storage for anyone looking for an everyday laptop for homework or browsing. Now with a 32% discount.
Deathloop PS5 |
AU$79 AU$34 (opens in new tab) (save AU$45)
If you enjoy a thrilling game of cat and mouse, Deathloop (opens in new tab) might be a great game for you. Play as Colt, an assassin stuck in a time loop that he's desperately trying to break out of, or as Julianna, another assassin trying to keep him in it. You could pick up a copy for the PS5 for only AU$29 in the peak of the sale, but the price has since gone up to AU$34.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Nintendo Switch) |
AU$79.95 AU$45 (opens in new tab) (save AU$34.95)
Can't wait for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (opens in new tab)? Bide your time with another adventure as Link in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. This Nintendo Wii classic also has Link sky bound as he navigates through floating islands and faces fearsome foes. Grab a copy for only AU$45 and start swinging your sword across the land of Skyloft.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons |
AU$119.95 AU$99 (opens in new tab) (save AU$20.95)
Pick up a new set of Joy-Cons for your Nintendo Switch for only AU$99. We've seen them lower before, and they were down to AU$95 in the peak of the sale, but 17% off for a pair of these brightly coloured controllers is still a nice saving. Compatible with both the original console and the OLED version, you can grab a set in purple/orange (opens in new tab) or red/blue (opens in new tab) for this price.
Razer Basilisk X wireless gaming mouse |
AU$109.95 AU$49 (opens in new tab) (save AU$60.95)
We loved the Basilisk X (opens in new tab) gaming mouse in our 2020 review, giving it 4.5 stars and applauding its long-lasting battery and excellent performance. Note that this one uses a user-supplied AA battery rather than having a built-in rechargeable one – that should theoretically increase its lifespan, as integrated batteries are often the first thing to go in wireless mice.
Nintendo Switch OLED |
AU$539.95 AU$489 (opens in new tab) (save AU$50.95)
This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch OLED (that would be Prime Day’s AU$399 Lightning Deal), but this deal knocks AU$50 off the hybrid console if you want it now and want to avoid paying full retail price.
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB M.2 SSD with Heatsink |
AU$249 AU$208 (opens in new tab) (save AU$41)
If you're looking for a speedy M.2 SSD to add extra storage to a PlayStation 5 or your next PC gaming rig, this PCIe 4.0 model is just the ticket. It includes a heatsink so it's ready-to-install out of the box in a PS5, and with transfer speeds of 7,000/5,000MB/s (read/write) you'll get some of the quickest load times possible. This was down to AU$169 earlier in the sale, but it's since bumped up to AU$208.
Prism+ PG270 Ultra LCD monitor (3840 x 2160, 144Hz, IPS panel) |
AU$1,199 AU$887 (opens in new tab) (save AU$312)
The PG270 Ultra is a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor that delivers an excellent clear and sharp picture thanks to its 163 ppi density. Add to that very good responsiveness, colour reproduction, a great set of inputs and high quality stand and its an excellent gaming option at this price. Our colleagues over at PC Gamer have a full review. (opens in new tab) You'll just need to apply the coupon before you head to checkout.
Alienware 38-inch curved monitor (AW3821DW) |
AU$2,499 AU$1,749.30 (opens in new tab) (save AU$749.70)
Save a massive 30% off this 38-inch curved monitor from Alienware. Featuring a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 21:9 aspect ratio, you'll feel fully immersed in your favourite games with this massive screen. Pick up this massive monitor for only AU$1,749.30.
Phones & tablets
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (128GB) |
AU$1,849 AU$1,548 (opens in new tab) (save AU$301)
The S22 Ultra is a powerful Android device. It’s got a 6.8-inch OLED screen, so we wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re happy to use a phone of that size. You can get full use out of that mega screen with the phone’s built-in S Pen stylus, making this a truly versatile phone. The cheapest we’ve seen this phone was AU$1,295 via Samsung Education, but this deal is still good and open to anyone.
Apple iPhone 13 (512GB) |
AU$1,749 AU$1,626 (opens in new tab) (save AU$123)
If you want a slightly bigger phone than the mini model, you could go for the standard iPhone 13. Keep in mind that Apple dropped the RRP of its iPhone 13 range after the launch of the new iPhone 14, so the actual discount isn’t as good as Amazon’s listing suggests. The 512GB model comes with AU$123 shaved off the price, available in all colours.
Garmin Venu 2S |
AU$629 AU$448 (opens in new tab) (save AU$181)
The Venu 2S is the smaller version of the regular Garmin Venu 2 (opens in new tab), and it has a 40mm case and 27.9mm display. We gave this sports watch a full five stars in our review, and we particularly love its high-res AMOLED display, which allows you to see a whole heap of data at once. Rounding out the package are its serious fitness tools and accurate GPS. Now down to AU$448 in black (opens in new tab), grey (opens in new tab), white (opens in new tab) and beige (opens in new tab).
Bose QuietComfort 45 |
AU$499 AU$400 (opens in new tab)(save AU$99)
You can still snatch up a pair of the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones for AU$400 – that's 20% off. They are the follow up to the popular Bose QuietComfort 35 II (opens in new tab), and they come with top-notch noise cancellation in a comfortable set of headphones. Their sound quality is lacking a little clarity, but we think most people will be satisfied with them.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds |
AU$399 AU$320 (opens in new tab) (save AU$79)
If you prefer earbuds over headphones, Amazon has also discounted the QuietComfort Earbuds. They pack seriously good noise cancellation, with rich and clear sound that you’ll be able to enjoy with outside noise largely muted – though you’ll find they’re a little less bassy than Sony. Amazon’s offering a AU$79 discount on the black (opens in new tab) model, which is slightly better than the AU$75 discount that was offered during the Big Smile Sale.
Apple AirPods Pro |
AU$399 AU$299 (opens in new tab) (save AU$100)
While this isn't the cheapest the first generation AirPods Pro have been – that was AU$278 for Prime Day in June – there's currently only a very teeny tiny discount on the second-gen model. So if you're not fussed about all the upgrades in the new AirPods Pro, you can save a lively hundred bucks on the older model right now.
Philips Hue Bluetooth-enabled smart bulbs | from AU$29 (up to 35% off)
If you're keen to get started on a smart home setup, the easiest thing to do is to get a smart bulb or two. And the best is business is Signify's Philips Hue range. All the new Hue bulbs are now Bluetooth enabled, so you don't need any other paraphernalia to get started – just screw the bulb into a holder (be sure to check whether you have bayonet or Edison screws) and use the Philips Hue Bluetooth app to complete setup over Wi-Fi. There are a few options we think are worth checking out:
• Philips Hue White and Colour Ambiance candle smart bulb (E14) |
AU$79.95 AU$59 (opens in new tab) (save AU$20.95)
• Philips Hue White Filament smart bulb (B22) |
AU$44.95 AU$29 (opens in new tab) (save AU$15.95)
TVs & home entertainment
Google Chromecast (3rd gen) |
AU$59 AU$35 (opens in new tab) (save AU$24)
While the Fire TV Stick 4K Max offer is Prime exclusive, this streaming device is available to buy for every shopper. And at 41% off, it's a right steal! Sure, there's no 4K streaming resolution here, but you'll get access to the Google Play Store on your telly, getting you all the streaming apps you need, plus allowing you to cast to your TV from your phone, tablet or laptop.
Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar |
AU$279 AU$235 (opens in new tab) (save AU$44)
If you'd like to improve the sound quality of your telly, but don't have the budget to invest in a premium Sony, Bose or Sonos model, consider Yamaha. This particular option is "deceptively powerful" for an affordable soundbar, according to our colleagues at What Hi-Fi (opens in new tab). While a AU$44 discount may not seem like much, it's still a saving on a great soundbar.
Philips Premium Air Fryer XXL |
AU$499 AU$395 (opens in new tab) (save AU$104)
The Philips Premium Air Fryer XXL is currently only AU$395 – that's 21% off. Decked out with a 1.4kg capacity and the ability to adjust your settings on its touch screen panel, this air fryer is a great option for those who want to enjoy some crispy delights.
De’Longhi Nespresso Vertuo Next |
AU$249 AU$170 (opens in new tab) (save AU$79)
When we reviewed (opens in new tab) this coffee machine, we were surprised at how easy it was to use, and it consistently made smooth coffee with a thick crema every time. Unfortunately it’s not a great choice for latte drinkers, as it doesn’t come with a milk frother (though you’re able to buy one separately). Amazon has sliced AU$79 off the RRP.
Miele Triflex HX1 3-in-1 |
AU$799 AU$509 (opens in new tab) (save AU$290)
We haven’t reviewed this particular model at TechRadar, but we’ve spent some time with the Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog (opens in new tab) model and came away thoroughly impressed. This is Miele’s first cordless vacuum and it’s the standard model, with three different configurations: one for everyday cleaning, one for maximum reach and one compact. At AU$509, it’s not far off its historical low of AU$488.
Toys & hobbies
Lego Marvel Goat Boat (76208) |
AU$90 AU$70 (opens in new tab) (save AU$20)
This boat, I like it! Build this epic spacefaring ship straight out of Thor: Love and Thunder (opens in new tab). Helmed by two massive goats and manned by five mini figures including Thor, the god of Thunder himself, you'll be able to sail directly into Olympus with this 564 piece set. It was AU$63.20 earlier in the Amazon sale, but it’s since gone up to AU$70.
Lego Orchid (10311) |
AU$100 AU$80 (opens in new tab) (save AU$20)
If you struggle to keep your indoor plants alive, why not pick up this Orchid set from Lego that’ll never wilt. It comes with 608 pieces, and we can say from experience that it’s super-relaxing to build. It was first discounted down to AU$63.20, but it’s now going for AU$80.
Will there be another Prime Day this year?
While Amazon is hosting a mini Prime Day – called Prime Early Access Sale – in some other markets it operates in, Australian shoppers are being treated to a Big Smile Sale instead. The difference here is that instead of being just a two-day sale like the Prime Early Access event, Big Smile Sale goes on for a whole week!
This is what everyone was so excited about as Prime Day 2.0 and it would be interesting to see whether this trend continues in the years to come. After all, there is some sort of precedent for an Amazon sale in October – Prime Day 2020 was that late in the year, if you recall, pushed back from the usual July timeline due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For now, Big Smile Sale seems to be a preview for what's to come from Amazon during Black Friday 2022.
Amazon Prime Day 2022: everything you need to know
When did Amazon Prime 2022 take place?
Amazon Prime Day ran from 12am AEST on Tuesday, July 12 to 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday, July 13 in 2022. And that was just the official local sale. We Aussies have the advantage of being able to shop select items available on Amazon UK and Amazon US, so our Prime Day goes on until the sale finally finishes on the US West Coast. So, in Australia, we got to shop until 5pm AEST on Thursday, July 14 – a full 65 hours!
Fifth: July 12-14, 2022
Fourth: June, 21-23, 2021
Third: Oct 13-15, 2020
Second: July 15-17, 2019
First: July 16-17, 2018
For the first time, we actually saw Amazon jump the gun a little bit and drop some juicy Prime Day deals ahead of the actual event itself, mainly on its own devices. So, if you're planning on shopping during the next Prime Day, you might want to keep an eye out for bargains a day early.
A few of these 'warm up' Prime Day deals this year also included really great promotions on popular subscription services such as Audible, Music Unlimited, and Kindle Unlimited. Prime Day isn't just a great time to be picking up cheap tech, it's also a good time to be thinking about trying out new streaming platforms or services with a range of extended free trials on offer.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day began in the US in 2015 as a celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, with more deals on offer than Black Friday back then. Prime Day then quickly transformed into Amazon’s mid-year sales event where members of Amazon Prime get exclusive discounts on a wide range of items.
While it began as a one-day sale, by 2018 it had expanded to two days, and that meant that in Australia we could shop for 36 hours – i.e. until the sale ended in the US. In 2019, however, it got even bigger and Aussie shoppers were treated to a whopping 65 hours of discounts. 2020 brought 66 hours of the shopping spree only because of daylight savings in October, and it was back to 65 hours in 2021.
Why does Amazon have Prime Day? It's presented as a neat ‘thank you’ to its paying members, but one that involves giving Amazon more money and shifting a lot of stock at the same time.
Prime Day isn’t just about selling Amazon-branded products – many other brands and third-party sellers also save their best deals for Prime Day, completely aware that thousands of extra shoppers will be hitting the online store.
To make the most of Prime Day you’ll need to get yourself an Amazon Prime membership (opens in new tab) which, in Australia, will set you back just AU$6.99 a month or AU$59 a year – half the cost of the US subscription.
While you’re primarily paying for the privilege of free, swift delivery, signing up for Prime means you’ll also have free access to Amazon’s streaming services, including Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and Twitch.
If you'd like to know more about how a Prime membership can benefit you, head to our dedicated page on Amazon Prime in Australia where we explain it all.
How to prepare for Prime Day 2023: pro tips
How do you find the best Prime Day deals?
If you're keen to go bargain hunting during the next Prime Day – whether that's in October this year or some time next year – here are a few tips you can try.
1. Grab an Amazon Prime free trial
If you're not a Prime member yet you're not out of the running for this year's Prime Day deals. You can sign up closer to the event and Amazon will give you a 30-day free trial of its Prime service, which means you'll be able to take part in the savings event and enjoy some extra time with Prime Video as well.
2. Know what you want to buy, but stay flexible
Having a good understanding of exactly what you want to get out of Amazon Prime Day will be key to winning. That way you'll be able to quickly recognise how good that discount really is, but stay flexible enough to know whether you should opt for another model.
For example, if you need a new camera, take a look at what features each brand offers, perhaps take a look at a few in person (Ted's Cameras is great for displaying side-by-side comparisons in-store), and find a few options you would be happy to pick up. Get to know their prices and how cheap they can be so that you can identify a good deal quickly on the day.
However, it's also worth identifying the features that you could sacrifice in order to boost the specs that you really care about – you don't want to miss out on the best Prime Day deals just because the specific model you had in mind isn't taking part.
3. Keep some of that flexibility in your budget
Obviously, it's never a good idea to get caught up in the heat of the moment and spend crazy money for the sake of a good deal. However, a little room above your maximum spend will be helpful in securing the best value deals available.
Sometimes the best Prime Day deals aren't on the cheapest items available, but on the next level up that offers so much more without boosting the price too much. For example, if you're looking for a laptop you might be tempted by a super low price on a 32GB Chromebook. However, if the 64GB model is just AU$50-AU$80 more expensive, it's a far better investment.
4. Get in there early, but stick around for the full event
When the day itself comes, we'd recommend heading to Amazon as early as possible. This will give you first eyes on the biggest discounts Amazon is offering on the first day. And because many of the hottest Prime Day deals sell out particularly quickly, you may need to move fast.
However, just because you've managed to secure an incredible discount straight away shouldn't mean your work is done. Amazon releases plenty more high profile savings throughout the course of the two-day event, so it's worth checking back in throughout as well.
5. You're not limited to Amazon – price check and price match
Prime Day isn't strictly limited to Amazon. We see more and more retailers offering competing discounts these days, and that extra competition often drives prices even further down. It's worth checking other shops aren't running their own version of Prime Day deals. Even if they aren't, some may offer price match guarantees and you may snag additional extras for shopping elsewhere.
5 top deals from Prime Day 2022
Nintendo Switch |
AU$469 AU$339 (AU$130 off)
The Nintendo Switch dropped to AU$348 during Prime Day 2021, so this was a better deal. Whether Amazon will take this even lower during the next Prime Day is anyone's guess, but we're keeping our fingers crossed as other retailers are now matching this low price during specific sales.
Apple Watch 7 (GPS, 41mm) |
from AU$599 from AU$497 (AU$102 off)
It's been very rare to see the Apple Watch 7 get discounts at any retailer. So when Amazon dropped the price by over AU$100 during Prime Day 2022, we were ecstatic. Perhaps we'll see discounts on the Apple Watch 8 after it launches, or a much bigger and better discount on the Series 7 instead.
Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 Ti |
AU$4,499 AU$3,279 (AU$1,220 off)
The Razer Blade 14 remains one of the best lightweight gaming laptops you can buy. And a whopping discount like this on a machine boasting an RTX 3070 Ti GPU was one heck of a deal on a beast. Here's hoping we see more of this, if not better, next time round.
This model comes stacked with a Ryzen 9 6900HX CPU, an RTX 3070 Ti GPU and 16GB of RAM. It’s all housed in a luxurious-looking laptop that’s easily portable too.
Kobo Libra 2 |
AU$279 AU$219 (AU$60 off)
Our pick of the best ereaders on the market got a decent discount on Amazon for the last Prime Day. In fact, Kobo ereaders, until then, weren't even available on Amazon Australia. Perhaps we'll see a deeper discount on this model that offers plenty of bang for buck even at full price.
ErgoTune Supreme ergonomic office chair |
AU$749 AU$454 (AU$295 off)
To make sure you get the best support while you work, ErgoTune developed its Supreme office chair to support your head and the lumbar region, offer breathability and the promise of precision tilts. It's relatively new to Amazon and it got a very decent 39% off last time. The ErgoTune Supreme V3 (opens in new tab) has just been announced, so perhaps we'll see a great discount on a better version.
Are Prime Day deals competitive?
Amazon has a plethora of offers on its site each day and those are usually some of the best prices you can find on consumer tech. Whether you’re after a Samsung Galaxy S22 or a Nikon Z 7II camera, chances are you’ll get them cheaper on Amazon than any other Aussie retailer. It’s even more the case with Prime Day deals.
Leading the raft of deals during Prime Day 2022 was Amazon’s own products, including all the Echo and Kindle products, not to mention Ring security devices, and that's not going to change any time soon. Amazon is also one of the most convenient places to score a discount on the Oculus VR headsets and, now, lay your hands on official stock of Samsung devices, Xiaomi phones, Instant Pots, Nikon and Canon photography gear, and Apple products, whether iPhones, MacBooks, Apple Watches or iPads.
You can easily score about 35% off on Amazon’s own devices during Prime Day which, for the rest of the year probably don’t drop more than 28% or thereabouts. If you’ve managed to score a AU$500 discount on Samsung or Huawei devices during one of Amazon’s regular deals, then it’s highly likely that the discount will be much deeper come Prime Day. It’s the perfect time to snag a Nintendo Switch or find the lowest prices on the best premium headphones – cheaper than any other retailer who will likely be scrambling to price-match.