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Amazon 'free' £5 off £20 for some Prime members
You might be eligible if you've never signed into the Amazon Music appCheck eligibility
If you've an Amazon Prime account (including student, but excluding free trial), there's a chance you could get a 'free' £5 promo code. You'll need to sign in to the free Amazon Music app for Android or iOS for the first time, but check you're eligible first...
Visit this Amazon link to check if you can claim this offer
Above the '£5 for you' banner, you'll see either 'Great news, you are eligible for the below offer' or 'Unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer'.
Even if you haven't signed in to the app before, there's a chance you still might not be eligible as with previous similar offers, Amazon has randomly selected eligible accounts.
How to claim the 'free' £5 if you're eligible
Download and sign in to the Amazon Music app by 11.59pm on Sun 30 June (though this offer may end earlier if 60,000 codes are claimed). You'll then be emailed a £5 promo code by Sun 7 July which you can enter at checkout on a qualifying purchase.
How to use the £5 code
You can use the £5 code until Thu 25 July on orders of £20 or more that are sold and dispatched by Amazon – not third-parties – this is clearly marked on screen. There are some item exclusions, see 'More info' below.
Amazon's 'Prime Day' (it's annual discount event) is happening on Mon 15 and Tue 16 July, so if there's something you're after, especially if it's an Amazon device, it could be worth waiting till then.
Amazon says you'll be eligible if you haven't downloaded and signed into the Amazon Music app before, though when we asked 18 people at MSE Towers to check if they were eligible, four said they weren't, even though they haven't signed in (or don't remember signing in) to the Amazon Music app before.
Eligible items are those sold and dispatched by Amazon (not third parties), excluding books, digital content, alcohol, delivery and handling charges, gift-wrapping, baby and infant formula, Amazon gift cards, and Warehouse deals.
If it's past Sun 7 July and you still haven't received a code, you should contact Amazon's customer service department*.
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Amazon will be pumping out thousands of flash deals from 00.01am on Mon 15 July until 11.59pm on Tue 16 July for its annual Prime Day* discount event.
How to get access for free
As the name suggests, Prime Day is aimed solely at Amazon Prime customers (next-day delivery plus other perks), which normally costs £79 a year or £7.99 a month. You’ll need to be logged in to take advantage of any deals – though you'll be able to browse as a non-member.
However, if you've not had an Amazon Prime account before, sign up to its free 30-day trial* at any time and you'll be eligible for Prime Day deals. Just make sure you cancel before the trial is over if you don't want to continue membership (set yourself a reminder), otherwise you'll be charged. Students get six months free Prime and 50% off full membership.
What Prime Day 2019 deals can I expect?
Amazon isn't likely to reveal many of its deals in advance, but we'll be analysing how good they are here, as soon as they're posted. It says it will include the "biggest Prime Day deals ever on Alexa-enabled devices", and will also have offers on fashion, furniture, beauty, electronics and smart home products.
Some deals will last for the duration of the promotion, while others – 'Lightening Deals' – will be launched as often as every five minutes and last for a limited time.
Last year, we saw some strong discounts on Amazon products including the Echo, Fire, and Kindle ranges, as well as other items. However, there were also plenty of duds.
Below are some of the strongest deals we saw last year, that were the cheapest they'd ever been at Amazon. We've included the price they were on Prime Day last year, and the current price (checked on Tue 25 June):
- SodaStream Crystal sparkling water maker* - £72.99 (current price £97.49)
- Echo Spot* - £89.99 (current price £119.99)
- Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones (rose gold)* - £149.99 (current price £199)
- Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS running watch* - £154.99 (current price £162.98)
Important: Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the hype and sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you're getting the best deal possible.
How to work out if it's a good deal
Amazon's not always cheapest for every item – so do your research before buying. If there's an item you're looking for, use a 'shopbot' comparison tool to find its cheapest online price. However, shopbots can leave out or favour some retailers.
Amazon prices go up and down regularly, so it's also worth checking if a price is at its lowest using the Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel – that way you’ll see if it is actually a deal at all.
Also look out for potential price-matching from retailers such as AO.com, Argos, Currys and John Lewis, who may offer free extras such as a longer guarantee on some products.
FREE Kindle comic books & graphic novels*
100s to choose from incl Star Wars, Doctor Who, Stranger Things etcOngoing
If you go via this Amazon* link, you can find totally free comic books and graphic novels to download for your Kindle. The link will take you to the 'Top 100 Free' in the Comic Book & Graphic Novels section, where there are many popular comics and TV show-turned-graphic novels.
These aren't the only free ones though, and you can view the full selection* via this link, including new releases for Comic Book Day (2 May).
We've asked Amazon for more information on how long these popular books will be free, but we've yet to hear back, so if there's something that catches your eye, download it quickly as prices may change. We'll let you know here as soon as we know more.
Top titles we spotted on Tue 4 Jun include:
- The Amazing Spider-Man*
- Doctor Who (2018)*
- Stranger Things (2019)*
- Marvel Avengers Alliance (2016)*
- Star Wars: Obsession (2004-2005)*
- Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake*
- The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion Ashcan*
If comic books aren't your thing, there are free Kindle books in other genres too (see Top 100 Free Kindle books* on Amazon). You can also check out our top 10 novel MoneySaving tricks to get must-read Kindle books for FREE (or just 99p).
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EE mobile customers can get Amazon Prime Video free for six months, which gives access to Amazon's video streaming services.
Important: After the six-month trial ends, you’ll be charged the usual £5.99 a month unless you cancel, which you can do at any time.
Any data used to stream Prime Video during the first six months won’t be taken from your usual monthly allowance, though only if you’ve got some data left.
How do you sign up for the Amazon Prime Video offer?
You must be a pay monthly customer (including Sim only and tablet contracts) requesting Prime Video from EE for the first time – you'll need to do this by 11.59pm on Wed 11 Sep.
From your EE mobile, text PRIME VIDEO to 150 and reply ‘yes’. You’ll then receive instructions of how to activate your subscription.
While the first six months are free, this is a subscription offer, so if you don't want to keep it, you'll need to diarise to cancel or you'll be charged once the trial ends – though EE says it will text you in month six to remind you. To cancel, text STOP PRIME VIDEO to 150 from your EE mobile.
Students can get free Amazon Prime for six months, which includes next-day deliveries plus access to Amazon's video and music streaming services, Kindle lending library and photo storage (usually £79 a year for non-students) when you sign up to Amazon Student*. After the trial ends, you can get 50% off full Prime membership (£39 a year).
How do you sign up for Amazon Student?
You must be a UK student aged 18+, with a .ac.uk email address, or if you've not got one of those, send an email from the address that's linked to your Amazon account to email@example.com giving proof of enrolment (see the full terms and conditions). Even if you've already had an Amazon Prime or Amazon Family free trial, you can still take up this offer.
While the trial is free, this is a subscription offer, so you'll need to enter card details and diarise to cancel or you'll be charged once the trial ends. There's no obligation to continue with the paid subscription. Once you graduate or after four years (whichever's first) the price for Prime will jump to £79 a year. To cancel, go to Your Prime Membership.
If you're missing Lovefilm – a service where you used to get DVDs in the post, which was bought by Amazon in 2011, did you know your Prime membership gets you access to free films and TV series via Amazon Prime Video*?
It’s available to all Prime members, including those on the free 30-day trial, which is where the trick comes in (see how to get it below).
What is Amazon Prime Video?
You can buy or rent titles as well as watch those included free, such as TV shows The Grand Tour*, Vikings* and Lucifer*, and movies such as Gone Girl*, Inception* and Your Name* on any compatible internet-connected device, eg, games consoles, smart TVs, most smartphones and some set-top boxes. You can only access it in the UK, though –except for selected 'Amazon Originals' titles which you can watch abroad.
Trick to get it for free if you're not a Prime member
You can get a free one-month Amazon Prime Trial* (usually £7.99/month or £79/year) if you're a Prime newbie, though a few previous trialists may be offered another trial. To check, log into your Amazon account, follow the link and see if it says "try Amazon Prime free". However, if you don't cancel before the trial ends, Amazon will take £7.99 or £79 from your account, depending on whether you chose to pay monthly or annually - so diarise to cancel if you don't want to continue your membership. See how to cancel in our full Amazon Tips guide.
How to use Prime Video
You can browse the Included with Prime* list and select a title. If the title is available via Prime Video, it will show a cost of £0.00 with the Prime symbol next to it. Once selected, it will appear in your watchlist in the same way as other film/TV purchases.
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Amazon often offers 75% and better reductions, yet it directs people to other areas, sending them to higher profit margin products instead. This tool manipulates Amazon's web links to display all heavily-reduced bargains.
Go to the Amazon Discount Finder and choose your department.
Next, pick your discount and price range and choose whether you want free delivery.
The tool will then generate a bespoke page full of discounts which fit your search terms.
Though the Amazon Discount Finder is great for finding hidden bargains, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's the cheapest you can get them. Read the Amazon Buying Guide below the tool before buying.
Amazon Prime members can now read selected magazines and e-books for free with its new digital 'borrowing' service, Prime Reading*. It’s available to all Prime members, including those on the free 30-day trial - which is where the trick comes in (see how to get it below).
What is Prime Reading?
It's available for Kindle and Fire tablets and via the Kindle app (iOS and Android). It offers 1,000+ titles on a rotating basis - including books, magazines and comics – which Amazon says will be 'regularly' updated.
‘Borrowing’ basically just means adding the book to your library as though you’d bought it – but it’s only yours for as long as you’re a Prime member (or on a trial). You can borrow up to 10 titles at once per Amazon Prime account (across multiple devices), but if you end your Prime membership, they’ll disappear.
Trick to get it for free if you're not a Prime member
You can grab a free one-month Amazon Prime Trial* (usually £7.99/month or £79/year) if you're a Prime newbie, though a few previous trialists may be offered another trial. To check, log into your Amazon account, follow the link and see if it says "try Amazon Prime free". However, if you don't cancel before the trial ends, Amazon will take £7.99 or £79 from your account, depending on whether you chose to pay monthly or annually - so diarise to cancel if you don't want to continue your membership. See how to cancel in our full Amazon Tips guide.
Screenshot of Vogue available via Prime Reading
How to use Prime Reading
To add a book to your library, find the title in the Kindle store or browse the Prime Reading list* (the list can only be viewed by Prime members) and select a title. If the title is available via Prime Reading, it will show a cost of £0.00 with the Prime symbol next to it (see image). Once selected, it will appear in your Kindle library in the same way as other e-book purchases.
Examples of books included:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
- Holy Island by LJ Ross
Examples of magazines included:
- Good Housekeeping
- National Geographic
- Men’s Health
Examples of comics included:
- Star Wars
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Attack on Titan
Buy CDs or vinyl from Amazon and its Autorip service* lets you stream or download the MP3 version for free, yet this can also apply to music you've bought from Amazon at any time since 1999.
You can potentially recover 17 years of forgotten music - from CDs you've lost, damaged or thrown away, and MP3s you downloaded that have since been wiped from your electronic devices.
How do I reclaim my old music?
Check your Amazon Music* library to see if you've any past albums available to stream and download. Bear in mind, it can take a while for Autorip to locate your music. It's also worth noting only CDs and vinyl with the Autorip logo displayed alongside them are eligible to be reclaimed.
The biggest musical treasure trove at MSE Towers belonged to MSE Darryl, who had 150 albums going back 13 years - they took about 10 minutes to get.
Success stories from the MSE Forum:
"Wow! 11 albums equating to 118 songs. How fab is that? Thanks MSE" - Elliesmum
"21 albums and 386 songs - brilliant!" - Shezzieh
"Thought this was brilliant, then realised I'd bought the mother-in-law a Susan Boyle CD last year... ugh" - GingerJuice (who clearly got a lot more than they bargained for)
The odd CD or vinyl album might slip through the net. Amazon currently has more than 350,000 titles and is always expanding its collection.
There are always ways to save money at Amazon*, so even if there isn’t a cracking deal out there that works for you, don’t assume you can’t cut your costs further.
Ways to save include:
- Daily deals. Amazon offers two types of one-off deals: "Deals of the Day", running daily for 24 hours from 00.01am to 11.59pm and "Lightning Deals", posted as often as every 15 minutes and lasting between two and six hours. We'll be updating this article and on Twitter @MSE_Deals with Amazon's strong one-off deals, especially over Black Friday and Amazon's flash sale events.
- 75%+ off bargains. Check our Amazon Discount Finder tool to find Amazon's secret price reductions.
- Check out similar retailers, eg, Rakuten and any other major retailers that sell what you're looking for. If you're not committed to buying from Amazon, check out our deals from Rakuten, Argos, John Lewis, Currys, where there may be a better offer.
- Want more? Check out our 22 Amazon Buying Tips.
- Had a problem with Amazon? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Amazon*.
Latest Expired Deals
Get an Echo Dot for £16 or 99p
By signing up to the Amazon Music streaming 'Family' plan
New and existing subscribers to the £15-a-month Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan* can get an Amazon Echo Dot 'Alexa' voice-activated smart speaker for 99p (currently £49.99) when signing up/in via the link above by 8.59am on Mon 24 June, or while stock lasts.
You can only claim the massively-discounted Echo Dot once you've paid for at least one month of the Family Plan – if you're given a 30-day free trial, you'll have to wait until after your first payment has been taken. Amazon will then email you instructions on how to claim your promotional code within seven days, so don't forget to look out for this.
Once you've got your code, add an Echo Dot* device to your basket, and enter the code at the checkout stage by 8.59am on Wed 31 July to get it for 99p.
When we asked on Twitter who'd done it, we received several successes, including these...
If you don't want to keep paying for the music service, remember to cancel after your first payment has been taken. You'll pay only £14.99 and still be eligible to claim the Echo Dot for 99p. So you'd be getting two-months' music streaming (or one month if you've previously had a free trial) and an Echo Dot for £15.98 all in – much cheaper than you'd normally pay for the Echo Dot alone.
If you're a regular Amazon shopper, see our 24 Amazon Buying Tips guide.
If you haven't got a general Amazon account, you'll need to set one up.
The Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan allows up to six people within the same household to get Amazon's music streaming service.
Only the person who sets up the Family Plan can claim the cheap Echo Dot – not others linked to the same Family Plan – and the code can only be used once per account. Additional Echo Dots and bundles won't receive the discount.
Amazon hasn't told us how many 99p Echo Dots are available, but has said the offer "is valid while supplies last", so go quick if it's something you want as it could end this promotion early. It means there's an element of risk as Amazon has the right to pull this offer at any time, though you would still get a month or two's music streaming.
The cheapest we've ever seen the Echo Dot was £24.99 during Black Friday in November 2018, though we usually see it for £30-£50 throughout the rest of the year.
Amazon spring sale - how good is it?
Including £25 Fire TV stick, £109 Fitbit Charge 3
Online retail giant Amazon is pumping out thousands of flash deals until 11.59pm on Mon 15 Apr for its 'spring sale' which began on Mon 8 Apr.
Some deals will last for the duration of the promotion, some for only a day, and others – 'Lightning deals' – are posted as often as every five minutes and last for several hours, depending on stock.
Important: Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you're getting the best deal (see how to work out if it's a good deal below) – don’t just take Amazon's word for it.
How good are the deals?
So far we've seen some strong discounts on Amazon products and other items, with some being the cheapest we've seen them, though others were cheaper during Black Friday last year. Some products are also being price-matched at other retailers such as Currys.
Here are some examples of popular items in the sale, last checked at 11.03am on Tue 9 Apr:
- Fire TV stick* - £24.99 (norm £39.99). Next cheapest, £34.99 at Currys. This is the cheapest we've ever seen it at Amazon.
- Echo Dot* - £29.99 (norm £49.99). Same price at Currys*. The cheapest we've ever seen it was £24.99 in November 2018.
- Fitbit Charge 3* - £109 (norm £149.99). Next cheapest, £119 at John Lewis and Currys. This is the cheapest we've ever seen it at Amazon.
If you've never signed up to Audible, Amazon's audiobook subscription service, you can get two completely free books when you sign up to a free trial before 10am on Mon 29 Apr – see Audible deals for the full info.
If you're looking for a voice-activated smart speaker, you may be able to get a Google Home Mini (norm £49) for 'free' of £15 via this Spotify Family deal.
How to work out if it's a good deal
Amazon's not always cheapest for every item, so do your research before buying.
- If there's an item you're looking for, use a 'shopbot' comparison tool to find its cheapest online price. However, shopbots can leave out or favour some retailers.
- Look out for potential price-matching from retailers such as Argos, Currys and John Lewis, who may offer a longer guarantee on some products for free.
- Amazon prices go up and down regularly, so it's also worth checking if a price is at its lowest using the Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel – that way you’ll see if it is actually a deal at all.
See our full guide for more Amazon buying tips.