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Amazon Prime Day 2022 in Australia: the official date and pre-Prime Day deals already live

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How to shop during Prime Day 2022

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It's official – Amazon Prime Day 2022 has a confirmed date and it all kicks off at 12am AEST on Tuesday, July 12. That's pretty close to what we had anticipated (we thought it would start on Monday, July 11) and now we have just two weeks to prepare.

Aussies will get a whopping 65 hours to shop, and this includes offers from Amazon US and Amazon UK, so there's going to be a staggering number of deals to check out. Prime Day is when Amazon offers the biggest discounts on thousands of items, and some are likely to be the lowest price.

However, to shop during Prime Day, you'll need to be a Prime member (opens in new tab). A few deals will slip through the paywall cracks but, for the most part, the offers will be exclusive to Prime members. The good news is, if you sign up now, you get a 30-day free trial with Prime Day 2022 falling right in the middle of that. If you cancel before your trial ends, you get all the benefits at no cost.

Best pre-Prime Day deals

Nintendo Switch Lite | AU$329 AU$248 (opens in new tab) (save AU$81)

The Nintendo Switch Lite is the handheld-only version of the regular Switch, so you can’t play this device docked to the TV. It’s compact and light, which makes it infinitely more portable and easy to play anywhere. Amazon has discounted all colours, though we’d caution against buying the dark blue version from Amazon (it’s cheaper on eBay (opens in new tab)).

Nintendo Switch (Animal Crossing edition) | AU$469 AU$398 (opens in new tab) (save AU$71)

Want to be able to play your Switch docked to the TV? Then the regular Switch is a better choice for you. This is the Animal Crossing edition, so it comes in a sweet pastel green and blue colourway, but note that the actual Animal Crossing: New Horizons game isn’t included in this deal. The cheapest we’ve seen it for was AU$370, so this AU$398 deal is pretty good.

Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure | AU$124.95 AU$89 (opens in new tab) (save AU$39.95)

The Ring Fit Adventure is an exercise-focused peripheral for the Nintendo Switch, and it’s now 29% off at Amazon. It fits in some exercise under the guise of an RPG, with games targeting specific muscle groups to get you moving. There’s also mini-games galore.

PS5 DualSense wireless controller | AU$109 AU$68 (opens in new tab) (save AU$41)

If you’ve managed to get your hands on a PS5, you might be keen to get an extra gamepad for you or your mates. Amazon has dropped the price of the black controller (opens in new tab) down to AU$68, which is one of the lowest prices we can remember seeing. The standard white controller (opens in new tab) is going for one dollar more at AU$69.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook | AU$499 AU$297 (opens in new tab) (save AU$202)

We rate this among the best student laptops (opens in new tab) you can buy, and it’s now available for the insanely low price of AU$297, which is 40% off. While it’s certainly not the most powerful unit, we’ve found Chrome OS to be great, and it’s particularly well-suited for those already using G Suite apps such as Gmail.

Apple AirPods Pro | AU$399 AU$298 (opens in new tab) (save AU$101)

The AirPods Pro offer solid noise cancellation, great audio performance and a better fit thanks to silicon tips. If you already own an iPhone, then these buds are a good shout, even more so when you can get them discounted like this. While this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen – that was AU$278 earlier this month – this deal is pretty close.

Apple AirPods (2019) | AU$219 AU$174 (opens in new tab) (save AU$45)

If you’re not fussed on noise cancellation and you just want an affordable pair of true wireless buds, you could opt for the second-gen Apple AirPods. They’ve got excellent connectivity for iPhone users, and offer quick access to the Siri voice assistant. Sound quality is good but not great, and bass can be a little underwhelming.

Nikon Z fc + Nikkor Z 28mm lens | AU$1,899 AU$1,398 (opens in new tab) (save AU$501)

The Nikon Z fc combines a retro design with mirrorless shooting power, and the result is a beautiful piece of kit. It comes with a vari-angle screen, bringing some modern flair to a classic-looking camera. It comes with an APS-C crop sensor, so its selection of native lenses isn’t as large as Nikon’s full-frame models. This deal includes a Nikkor Z 28mm lens.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2022 in Australia?

Amazon Prime Day is traditionally held in the middle of July each year, and typically starts at midnight on a Monday. This year, that date is July 12, which is actually a Tuesday. The last time – and only time – Prime Day has started on a Tuesday was the 2020 edition due to the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kicking off at midnight (Australian East Coast Time) on July 12, the sale will continue on till 5pm AEST on Thursday, July 14.

Note that all domestic (aka Amazon AU or local third party) offers will end at 11:59pm AEST on July 13, with deals from the US and UK continuing on the next day. All told, it's a total 65-hour shopping marathon.

There's still a few weeks to go before Prime Day 2022 kicks off, but in the meantime, Amazon continues to offer some excellent discounts (opens in new tab) each day if you're looking for a quick bargain.

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.

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What to expect from Prime Day 2022

We’re not expecting shopping trends during Amazon Prime Day 2022 to change very much. The Nintendo Switch is still going to disappear within minutes of being discounted, and this could happen to the Switch Lite too if you aren’t quick enough. And given the stock issues still plaguing the next-gen game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we're not sure you'll be able to score a PS5 or an Xbox Series X – although we can hope. You can, however, try your hand at virtual reality, as we're quite sure the Oculus Quest 2 will have a sweetener to tempt and it's been a very popular purchase the last couple of years.

Of course, Amazon’s Echo devices will likely be flying off the shelves like before, and we’ll still see the Paperwhite beating out the other Kindle ereaders in terms of sales despite its now-higher price tag. That's because it's an all-new Kindle Paperwhite sporting a bigger screen, bigger battery and USB-C charging port. You can even expect to pocket some decent savings on Ring’s range of security devices, including the Doorbells and the cameras, or get into smart lighting by snapping up a Philips Hue starter kit – they all get very good discounts on Prime Day. In fact, chances are quite high they'll be available at record low prices as Amazon proved possible on its Echo devices last Prime Day.

Premium headphones have been very popular on Amazon over the last couple of years and 2022 will likely see that continue, particularly for Sony and Bose headphones. With the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 one of the more expensive ANC cans on the market, Prime Day will be a great time to get a set for less, especially if Amazon offers a bigger discount than last year's AU$200 off.

More interestingly, Amazon now has an Apple Store on its shopping site and it's all official. We've seen some excellent offers on AirPods, including the 2021 AirPods, so keep your eye out of those again. There's been discounts on the 2020 MacBooks on Amazon, with up to 10% off, but we're yet to see any significant offers on the 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, although stock issues could be putting a spanner in the works there.

As of early December 2021, Amazon began stocking iPhones as well, so here's hoping Prime Day 2022 sets an interesting precedent for finding significantly discounted iPhones.

If you're keen on updating your home entertainment system, keep an eye out for some truly spectacular soundbars to pair with your TV, or you could even consider setting up a new turntable for less if you're serious about vinyl. And the best part is you can even grab some records at a deep discount on Amazon.

It will also be a good time to get yourself a new fitness wearable, be it from Garmin’s very premium GPS sports watch range or more affordable options from Fitbit – while Garmin watches see up to 55% off during big sales, we're hoping Fitbit will get a similarly large discount in 2022. Likewise, cameras and drones will see a price drop, too, so keep that credit card handy – and it will mostly all be official stock considering the likes of Canon, Nikon and Panasonic have their own stores set up on Amazon Australia.

Home cooks can pick up Instant Pots and air fryers for less too, and we've seen plenty of big-brand robot vacuums getting deep discounts too and we're quite sure that trend will continue into 2022.

What happened during Prime Day last year?

Despite last year's Amazon Prime Day deals occurring barely 8 months after the 2020 edition, Amazon put on quite the show. According to Amazon Australia (opens in new tab), more Prime members shopped during the 2021 sale "than ever before", with small businesses listed on the Aussie site benefitting from the big sale thanks to the 'Shop Local' campaign hosted by the retail giant.

Amazon said that the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick 4K and the Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) were its top sellers in Australia, followed closely by the Oculus Quest 2 and Ecovacs' robot vacuums. Philips Hue smart lights and Yamaha sounds systems also were in big demand last year.

Other top tech items, as per Amazon Australia, were Soundpeats true wireless headphones, DualSense controllers for the PS5 and Philips XXL Air Fryer.

Want to know more? Here are a few of the best tech offers we saw during the most recent Prime Day deals event.

Nintendo Switch console | AU$469.95 AU$348 (AU$121.95 off)

After hitting a low of AU$348 during the peak of Prime Day, the ever-popular Nintendo Switch saw its sale price get bumped up to AU$375 towards the end of the sale. While we didn't see anything better than that during Black Friday 2021 (although the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle was just AU$399 in November), we're hoping we see a better discount in 2022, or perhaps the first big discount on the OLED model.

Lenovo, Asus and Acer Chromebooks | up to 30% off

Whether you're a student looking for an affordable laptop or you're just chasing a solid, portable computing solution, Chromebooks are a great option. Amazon has been discounting a huge range of popular Chromebooks lately, with up to 30% off a select few models during Prime Day 2021, including the highly-praised IdeaPad Duet (opens in new tab). We saw something similar during Black Friday and are quite sure that the Chromebooks will be up for grabs for less in 2022 as well.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$599 AU$339 on Amazon (AU$269 off)

While its lowest price ever was AU$330 in June 2021, that was just a few days before Prime Day last year. It wasn't matched during Black Friday 2021, so here's hoping there's a far better discount on one of the best noise-cancelling cans on the market today during Prime Day 2022.

Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar | AU$299 AU$199 (AU$100 off)

The SR-C20A is already quite affordable even at full price, but last year's AU$100 discount made it one of the best value soundbars during Prime Day 2021. While we at TechRadar haven't gotten a chance to test it, our colleagues over at What Hi-Fi? praised it in their Australian review, (opens in new tab) where they were wowed with the unit's clarity in dialogue, Bluetooth connectivity, and overall amazing sound for the size and price of the unit (even competing with the immensely popular Sonos Beam).

Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire | AU$1,299 AU$649 (AU$650 off)

The Garmin Fenix 6 is the best multi-sport watch money can buy, but the range usually doesn’t come cheap. Amazon had slashed the price of the premium wearable in half, saving you a massive AU$650. That was just a stupendous offer on a top-notch wearable featuring adventure tracking and GPS-based mapping for when you’re off the beaten path. As the Sapphire version, it features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

Canon EOS R5 (body only) | AU$6,999 AU$5,319 (AU$1,650.20 off)

The headline-making EOS R5 is an expensive beast but it justifies the cost in its performance. While it's available for a lot less now, this was a massive discount in June 2021 on Canon's powerhouse of a flagship. Here's hoping we can get it for lesser in 2022.

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 S21 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 will be Amazon’s own products, including all the Echo and Kindle products, not to mention Ring security devices. 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.

How to shop on Prime Day in 2022

1. Check out our deals predictions and, eventually our Prime Day deals list

There are too many deals available on Prime Day. It's never a problem finding discounts, it's always an issue of figuring out what deals are worth your money. That's why we always set up a curated list during the sales marathon. 

We spent some good time last Black Friday thinking about smart ways to shop on Amazon – they're still some great Prime Day tips and tricks.

2. Amazon Prime Day has historically required being a Prime member, so be sure to have a subscription on Prime Day

Amazon started Prime Day as a clever way to drive up its Prime subscription count, and this online shopping marathon – conveniently opposite Black Friday – accomplished just that. 

You'll need to sign up for Prime (you can get a free 30-day trial) (opens in new tab), which comes with free shipping and Prime Video access, among other smaller perks.

3. Create a wish list to curate what you want, as there will be loads of deals

You're also going to want to create a wish list ahead of time, which will let you sort out what you want and how much everything costs. This will give you a head start. You'll be able to see which deals dropped in price and which did not. 

4. Snap up the best Prime Day 2022 deals before they're gone

We often find the best deals to go in a matter of minutes, at which time Amazon rolls out a waitlist for those who were just behind the curve.

Sharmishta Sarkar
Sharmishta Sarkar

Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (yes, she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing cameras and lenses, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She also contributes to Digital Camera World and T3, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines in Australia.

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