Prime Day is here, and Amazon is paying people to buy a Dash button

By midian182
Jul 12, 2016
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  1. When Amazon first introduced its Dash buttons back in March 2015, they were considered a bit of a novelty gimmick that few people would want to buy. But last month the company added 50 new brands to the program, bringing the total over 160, and right now there’s a major incentive to try them out: Amazon is paying you to buy one.

    The buttons normally cost $4.99, and you get $4.99 in Amazon credit after you use one for the first time. Now, the buttons are available for only 99 cents but the credit offer still applies, so you’ll make $4 each time you purchase and press a Dash.

    For those who don’t know, the small gadgets allow people to create an order for a specific Amazon product just by pushing the button. The range of items available covers common household goods such as toilet paper and coffee pods right through to condoms and even Play-Doh.

    The Dash buttons are available exclusively to Prime members. The deal is part of today’s Amazon Prime Day, which features more than 100,000 discounts for members of its $99 per year/$10.00 per month program.

    Last year’s inaugural Prime Day may have been a success for the company, but it wasn’t the Black Friday or Cyber Monday rival that was promised. Most of the discounted products weren’t exactly essential buys, and the best items sold out very quickly.

    Amazon has assured people that Prime Day 2016 will be different, with increased stock and a wider range of reduced items available. It appears that the company has kept its word; there are more high-end electrical items on sale and fewer beard trimmers and Tupperware boxes.

    If you’re not a Prime member but would like to take advantage of the deals, you can always sign up for the 30-day free trial.

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Yeah, I took a look earlier today at the deals at the time, and it seems like a much wider selection of decent products this time, but not in a "lets sell every third rate item china knockoffs has to offer" kind of way like last year.
  3. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 747   +357

    Also, a lot of the 'sales' seem to be hidden. I didn't save money until I actually finished checking out - when I was informed I saved almost $7 on what would have been a $75 order (things like undershirts, toiletries, etc - nothing special)
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    They weren't hidden in so much as not consistent in presentation. I bought a couple things I was gonna get anyways, which was clearly marked savings on the item page. It threw me off to then see that they took off the advertised savings so everything in the checkout page was full price. Then at the bottom, they mention all the savings I was getting (deal of the day, prime day, etc) as a combined dollar amount and that is subtracted from to subtotal.

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