And so it begins — Amazon Prime Day deals are here. Reader James has tweeted us with the first of what are sure to be many great finds over the next ~24 hours — an Amazon Echo for $72 + tax.
USPS Movers Coupon
As you can see, to get the price down to $72, James used the USPS Mover’s discount — which is taking 10% off of the original price of $179.99 after the current half price deal at $90.
As a reminder, it’s possible to change your address for a temporary move of a minimum of 15 days if your house is undergoing a renovation or you’ll be out of town for a bit. See this post for more on that.
James even provided us with a screen shot of the deal in action. See below:
Amazon Gift Cards through MPX
If you haven’t pre-purchased Amazon Gift Cards from an office supply store or PayPal Digital Gifts for 5X, remember that you can buy Amazon gift cards through the Mileage Plus X app for 0.5 United Miles per dollar with instant delivery (in increments of $25, $50, $100, etc). United MileagePlus Explorer cardholders receive a 25% bonus for a total of 0.625 miles per dollar. However, using gift cards will prevent you from being able to take advantage of things like extended warranty and loss/damage/theft protection from your credit card. Weigh the pros and cons before using gift cards.
There are sure to be some quick deals over the next 24 hours — but this deal on the Echo is about as good as it gets. I bought an Echo for my parents when they first launched and they have really enjoyed it for the most part (and fewer of these moments than you’d think :-). I think they’ve found it most useful for synching a grocery list to their phones — and if one of them is at the store and the other at home, it’s easy to instantly add something to the list without even a phone call. It’s a niche product for sure, but at this price many people might find it worth it for some of the Alexa offers alone. If you haven’t yet signed up for Amazon Prime, see this post for a link to sign up for a free trial membership.