When Is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon.com locks down two days in July for Amazon Prime Day 2022.

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Bargain hunters know the annual Amazon Prime Day retailpalooza as an opportunity to score a bevy of deals on all manner of merchandise. That's why they eagerly await the two-day event.

So here it is: Amazon Prime Day 2022 is July 12-13, a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Amazon Prime Day dates back to 2015, when it was debuted in July to juice sales during retail’s summer doldrums. But even when Amazon Prime Day was moved to October in 2020 because of pandemic issues, Amazon posted record Prime Day sales and ended up kicking off the holiday shopping season a month early.

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Amazon Prime Day returned to its summer slot in 2021, but in June, not July. And it was another resounding success, culminating in sales exceeding $11 billion.

That gave a boost to Amazon's second quarter earnings in 2021. That won't happen this year; the July date falls in Amazon's third quarter. To that end, the retailer offered lower-than-expected second quarter revenue guidance in part because of the plan to move Prime Day 2022 from June to July. Amazon's first-quarter revenue rose 7% on a year-over-year basis – the slowest pace in 20 years.

What to Expect from Amazon Prime Day 2022

Prime Day in 2022 should offer better deals than ever as Amazon responds to stepped-up competition from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and even Costco (in some cases) offering free shipping and same-day in-store pickup.

Another reason Amazon might beef up its Amazon Prime Day offerings: to mollify customers irked by rising Amazon Prime fees. Membership fees for Amazon Prime rose by 17% this year, to $139 a year and $14.99 a month (a $180 hit for monthly subscribers).

In past years, Prime Day has offered its biggest discounts on Amazon’s proprietary gadgets — including Echo personal assistance devices (“Alexa…”), Fire TV sticks, Kindles and their ilk — plus a flea-market array of baubles, gewgaws and bric-a-brac from other vendors large and small, as well as items from Amazon’s Whole Foods supermarket chain. That range has led naysayers to dub Prime Day as Amazon’s version of a garage sale: a lot of (sometimes silly) unsold inventory with an occasional true treasure mixed in.

Many Prime Day deals are already live (opens in new tab), and some can be preordered by Prime members. Nonmembers can sign up for a free 30-day trial to tap the sales on Amazon Prime Day 2022. Not satisfied? Cancel the membership before you have to start paying for it.

We'll have our own takes on the best Amazon Prime Day deals as well; check back here.

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.