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Amazon Prime Day Returns on October 13 and 14 in Canada

Amazon Prime Day Returns on October 13 and 14 in Canada

By Simon Hung

Amazon has officially unveiled the dates for Prime Day 2020, as their annual shopping event will take place this year on October 13 and 14.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 will take place on October 13 and 14.

Originally launched in 2015, Amazon Prime Day is a global shopping event with deals available exclusively for Amazon Prime members. Prime Day typically takes place in July, but the popular event was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Day 2020 will start on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:00 AM ET with over one million deals across almost all product categories until Wednesday, October 14. Here's a short breakdown of Amazon Prime and a few details from previous Prime Day events in Canada.

What's Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a service that grants free shipping with no minimum and access to other perks like Prime Video, exclusive discounts at Whole Foods and more. Subscriptions are available on monthly or annual terms and free 30-day trials are available – all subscription levels will have access to Prime Day deals.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

The most popular benefit of Prime is free shipping, including same-day delivery in some regions, but Prime members also get services including Prime Music, Prime Video and Prime Reading with access to a library of streaming music, movies and books (respectively) – click here to read our overview of what else Amazon Prime offers in Canada.

What's Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon's worldwide shopping event held exclusively for Prime members. Over the past five years, it's quickly grown to become the #3 biggest shopping event on RedFlagDeals after Black Friday and Boxing Day. Here's a look at the top deals from previous Prime Day events to give you an idea of what was available.

  • 2015 – 50% off all Huggies diapers, PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight Bundle for $449.99, Kindle e-reader for $49.00
  • 2016 – 35% off all AmazonBasics products, Instant Pot DUO60 Cooker for $94.99, Crucial 750GB SATA SSD for $179.99
  • 2017 – 30% off Subscribe & Save orders, Instant Pot DUO80 Cooker for $99.99, Sennheiser HD598 SR Headphones for $109.00
  • 2018 – Fire 7 Tablet for $39.99, Instant Pot DUO60 Cooker for $78.88, Nintendo Switch Gift Card Bundle for $379.99
  • 2019 – Fire TV Stick 4K for $44.99, Crucial 2TB SATA SSD for $182.99, PlayStation 4 Spider-Man Bundle for $299.99

What's the deal?

Prime Day deals are a mystery until the event starts, but Amazon usually releases a sneak peek before the event starts. In recent years, it's been a near-certainty that you'll find discounts on first-party devices like Echo speakers, Fire tablets and Ring home security, along with annual staples like Instant Pot cookers.

Look for more Prime Day updates on RedFlagDeals and don't forget to visit on October 13 and 14 – we'll have the best coverage of all Prime Day deals in Canada throughout the event.

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Source: Amazon Canada

39 Comments

    • Did they think people aren't interested in buying these days or delivery service is not working?
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    • divx wrote: Did they think people aren't interested in buying these days or delivery service is not working?
      Isn't there some sort of pandemic going on right now that's putting an additional strain on shipping? Something like that? Haven't been paying close attention to the news :)
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    • Yeah, makes sense. Most of the Prime-eligible items that I can normally get in 1–2 days are still showing as unavailable or won't ship for a month, typically consumables I buy monthly. Less issues with big one-off purchases like new appliances.
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    • Konowl wrote: Isn't there some sort of pandemic going on right now that's putting an additional strain on shipping? Something like that? Haven't been paying close attention to the news :)
      Pretty much it. If they can hardly handle shipping now... imagine a Prime Day. Fahgetaboutit. Weird you can get outdoor BBQ stuff and accessories in 1-2 days prime yet other more pressing items take week - 10 days. :rolleyes:
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    • I'm reasonably sure that their courier company partners have told them they aren't willing to take on a Prime Day surge in volume right now.
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    • Konowl wrote: Isn't there some sort of pandemic going on right now that's putting an additional strain on shipping? Something like that? Haven't been paying close attention to the news :)
      There is a backlog in shipping but that just means amazon can't guarantee their 2 day prime shipping, it will be like a week or even two weeks. I can't see how the situation will be back to normal by September.
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    • Beginning of April they cancelled the Mother's and Father's Day sales and said Prime Day was delayed until August. We had that amazing fashion sale instead. (What amazing fashion sale? Indeed.)

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN21L2S6

      If they are shooting for September now, that's slightly less optimistic than they were 3 months ago, and way more optimistic than I would be now.

      I don't have faith that Amazon's logistics problems will be ok by September. A lot of US brands are not warehoused in Canada and while some US products have still arrived for me < 7 days, I have identical items originating from the same US Amazon Hub that have been stuck in cross-border purgatory for weeks. That's Amazon not CP clearing them across the border too. I think a lot of Amazon's own brands are exclusively US-warehoused. Now the US is facing another massive downturn due to corona restrictions, they are either going to have to delay again or have some very dissatisfied Canadians waiting weeks for their goods. The last corona peak in the US, Amazon Logistics stopped shipping to certain swaths of cities. No reason to believe that situation will not be upon them again soon.

      Domestically, last week I had two packages by Amazon Logistics become lost within hours of being shipped. I waited a week and they were really truly lost. No trouble to get replacements, but shipping is still pretty kooky even in Canada.

      Colour me skeptical.
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    • aznnorth wrote: Pretty much it. If they can hardly handle shipping now... imagine a Prime Day. Fahgetaboutit. Weird you can get outdoor BBQ stuff and accessories in 1-2 days prime yet other more pressing items take week - 10 days. :rolleyes:
      You think September will be better? Just look at US case number

      They are still in wave 1 lol
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    • Does Amazon need to invest in a Prime Day this year?

      The de facto first stop for online shopping is already Amazon.
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    • smartie wrote: You think September will be better? Just look at US case number

      They are still in wave 1 lol
      Look for items fulfilled by amazon.CA. For me in TO that wud mean their warehouse in mississauga.
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    • aznnorth wrote: Look for items fulfilled by amazon.CA. For me in TO that wud mean their warehouse in mississauga.
      Amazon currently has 7 warehouses in Ontario, and 13 across Canada, and earlier this week, they announced their 2nd warehouse for Ottawa. Each warehouse has a selection, not the entire website, so it depends on what you order where it comes from (might even come from elsewhere in the world).
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    • djeffery wrote: Amazon currently has 7 warehouses in Ontario, and 13 across Canada, and earlier this week, they announced their 2nd warehouse for Ottawa. Each warehouse has a selection, not the entire website, so it depends on what you order where it comes from (might even come from elsewhere in the world).
      As long as it doesnt come from the states, right?? That's what you want to void. However, where items are located in nearby warehouses whether in US or vice versa, amazon has their own cargo airline that travels between major warehouses. Normally this is only 1-2 days delay max. However with the beer virus, this will also be a cause of delays for certain prime items. Each major warehouse has an air travel radius in which a prime item will still be delivered on time if available at nearby warehouses within that radius.
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    • aznnorth wrote: Look for items fulfilled by amazon.CA. For me in TO that wud mean their warehouse in mississauga.
      There's no way to know where your stuff is coming from in advance of shipping. There's no distinction on Amazon.ca for products shipping from the US (and extremely rarely, through Amazon Logistics from Mexico) vs. from Canada.

      I buy a lot of clothing and shoes on the site and the majority originates in the US. Grocery, household, health & beauty and so on will certainly ship out of Mississauga for you, but not every category is like that.
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    • aznnorth wrote: As long as it doesnt come from the states, right?? That's what you want to void. However, where items are located in nearby warehouses whether in US or vice versa, amazon has their own cargo airline that travels between major warehouses. Normally this is only 1-2 days delay max. However with the beer virus, this will also be a cause of delays for certain prime items.Each major warehouse has an air travel radius in which a prime item will still be delivered on time if available at nearby warehouses within that radius.
      From US to Canada, they will generally fly it into the Canadian gateway (Hamilton, Mirabel, Vancouver, probably Calgary) and move it via whichever ground carrier. If it's coming from another Canadian warehouse by air, they typically just give it to Purolator and they will fly it and deliver to destination.
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    • aznnorth wrote: As long as it doesnt come from the states, right?? That's what you want to void. However, where items are located in nearby warehouses whether in US or vice versa, amazon has their own cargo airline that travels between major warehouses. Normally this is only 1-2 days delay max. However with the beer virus, this will also be a cause of delays for certain prime items. Each major warehouse has an air travel radius in which a prime item will still be delivered on time if available at nearby warehouses within that radius.
      I'd say to have a US origin order picked, transported to the nearest Amazon Air hub, cross the border, and show up in Mississauga is a minimum of 5 days. If they pick INTELLCOM then I get it the next day, and if last mile is done by CP...well I have stuff that hasn't scanned for a couple weeks in Amazon tracking and that's because it's waiting to be acknowledged by CP.
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    • Early fall would make sense for BTS.
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    • What happens if you get a refund from Amazon for a package that never arrived (over 3 months) .
      Do they redirect the package so it's returned to Amazon if ever found or could it show up at my doorstep one day? ( Maybe for Xmas ☺️)

      I'm not looking for a freebie but just want to know what Amazon does.
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    • wra45mon wrote: What happens if you get a refund from Amazon for a package that never arrived (over 3 months) .
      Do they redirect the package so it's returned to Amazon if ever found or could it show up at my doorstep one day? ( Maybe for Xmas ☺️)

      I'm not looking for a freebie but just want to know what Amazon does.
      First with replacement:

      All of the items in the missing order are marked "Return requested" and processed as a return/exchange but obviously you do not have to send what you don't have back.

      The order is marked "Replacement ordered," and linked to one or more new replacement order #'s, or new exchange order #'s.

      The new order(s) contain(s) everything you originally ordered at a price of $0 each. I don't know what they do if you want to return or replace again? You must go through Customer Service not the self-serve options at any rate.

      They neither refund not charge your credit card (because it has already been charged for the lost order).

      In the case of Replacement or Refund:

      They will make an insurance claim against the shipper. The shipper will then prove that it has been delivered (and then likely pirated) or accept that it is in another way lost and pay off Amazon, at which point the shipper has no motive to return anything to Amazon. So whether it is sold off as unclaimed freight or something, or ends up with you, who knows. Once you get your return/replacement processed, Amazon is done with you.
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    • IMO, Amazon's decision is mainly due to availability of new stock not to delivery (shipping) logistics.
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    • Amz and everyone else is struggling for inventory in many categories. Amz impacted more than others because customers started ordering everything online with stores closed. With stores reopening things are getting better but nowhere close to normal. There were products lined up for Prime that had to be sold 'now' because there was no other inventory. Latest rumor (which I believe) is that Prime in US and Canada will be in Oct.
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    • ha ha you are right, fresh news..

      October at the earliest. I told you guys that they are in no shape for this.

      Amazon Prime Day might be set for the week of October 5
      https://mobilesyrup.com/2020/07/02/amaz ... october-5/
      It appears Amazon is pushing back its annual Prime Day sale until early October. The news comes from a leaked email, according to a CNBC report. The online retail giant is likely using the week of October 5th as a placeholder for Prime Day as it worries the second COVID-19 wave will affect its day-to-day operations. The leaked email is from Amazon to third-party sellers, and it mentions that the date could change. The date will likely only move further back, depending on how much longer the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues. If you’ve been paying attention to how the coronavirus is affecting the U.S., I wouldn’t hold your breath for Prime Day anytime soon. The email even uses the wording “place holder date,” according to CNBC, so this seems like a very tepid move on Amazon’s part. Amazon is likely just trying to give companies a heads up so they can work on marketing materials and other businesses related to the sales event.
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    • From the second link in the thread opening post:
      When is Prime Day 2020?
      Once expected to run from July 15 through July 16, Amazon Prime Day 2020 won’t arrive until at least August due to COVID-19, according to internal meeting notes obtained by Reuters, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that the event will take place in September and Business Insider claiming that it could happen as late as October — a month before Black Friday.
      Guesses for APD 2020 are all over the place:
      Reuters: August
      WSJ: September
      BI: October

      IMO, late October is kind of late and would not differentiate from early BF promotions. Such late date wouldn't allow Amazon capturing most of the demand because competitors might join with their own pre-BF or pre-Single's Day promos (CSD is slowly capturing a market share abroad China). Having APD in September, it would overlap with BTS. Having Prime Day sale during July had the advantage of Amazon having the demand for itself alone.
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    • Assuming there is a BTS. In Ontario it looks like they are going to be starting with 2 days a week and alternate Fridays to keep class sizes down. Parent have the option to keep the kids home full time. If kids are home even 2-3 days a week, a parent or caretaker needs to be there, which could take a parent out of work, which limits income, which makes people less enthusiastic about spending money for BTS. You don't need to buy your kids a pile of new clothes if they are home at least half the time. Schools are buying laptops for the kids so there won't be the same kind of demand for electronics from parents.

      I don't think there is going to be a great amount of interest around BTS.

      If they don't fit Prime Day in by October as some kind of pre-BF event, I think they will just skip it for 2020. I am not convinced that it is going to happen.
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    • divx wrote: There is a backlog in shipping but that just means amazon can't guarantee their 2 day prime shipping, it will be like a week or even two weeks. I can't see how the situation will be back to normal by September.
      No one said it would be back to normal by September.
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    • Konowl wrote: Isn't there some sort of pandemic going on right now that's putting an additional strain on shipping? Something like that? Haven't been paying close attention to the news :)
      They need extra time to keep increasing prices, so they can offer a minor decrease for a future Prime Day.
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    • shikotee wrote: They need extra time to keep increasing prices, so they can offer a minor decrease for a future Prime Day.
      Yeah I don't think that's the reason LOL.
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    • Prime is worthless nowadays.
      "2 day shipping" that takes a month, uh, ok.. what am I paying you for?!
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    • IIRC it was not that good last year anyway and this delay makes sense considering the current situation
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    • blexann wrote: IIRC it was not that good last year anyway and this delay makes sense considering the current situation
      I thought Prime Day was pretty good last year. I liked the switch to it being a 2-day event.

      I'd be ok with a rescheduled Prime Day in September.
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    • The latest: still no date but Prime Day India (where they are full of COVID) is early August.



      Amazon Canada confirms that Prime Day is delayed to later this year
      https://mobilesyrup.com/2020/07/21/amaz ... this-year/

      Below is a statement from an Amazon spokesperson regarding the delay:

      “Over the last five years, Prime Day has become a special celebration and time for Prime members to shop incredible deals for themselves and for friends and family – and it’s something we look forward to every year. This year we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual, while ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our customers and selling partners. We are excited Prime members in India will see savings on August 6-7, and that members all around the world will experience Prime Day later this year. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”

      Last year, Prime Day started on July 15th and ran for 48 hours straight. While we know when Prime Day India will occur, there’s no word for when it will run in North America, as Amazon U.S. has also delayed Prime Day.
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    • I'm glad that they're still planning on having a Prime Day this year (instead of just cancelling it). Hopefully we find out when it'll be soon.
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    • Retail is being shaken up big time. Walmart is even CLOSED on Thanksgiving day in the states for the first time since the 80's. Not sure we have seen the bottom of the economy yet and it seems the big retailers are sketchy as well.
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    • aznnorth wrote:
      As long as it doesnt come from the states, right?? That's what you want to void.
      There's 2 cases, none of which I avoid:

      1) It gets fulfilled out of the US but looks "normal". This you wouldn't even notice unless you check the shipping label.
      2) It gets fulfilled out of the US but has an import fee on it. This isn't even that bad either since the landed cost can be cheaper than buying an item that's fulfilled domestically.
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    • Prime Day 2020: October 14 ?
      The next Amazon Prime Day in the US is rapidly approaching so bargain shoppers won't have to wait much longer. Prime Day 2020 in the US is postponed until October, which means the best Amazon deals are just a stone's throw away.

      Thanks to a recent leak, we know at least one of those two days falls on October 14. Despite acknowledging Prime Day's delay, Amazon has yet to announce the dates of the 48-hour shopping event.
      2020/09/18, Laptopmag: Amazon Prime Day 2020: Date, deals and what to expect
      Great news if you're eagerly waiting for Prime Day 2020's date announcement. Although Amazon hasn't made it official yet, this year's Prime Day date may fall on October 14.

      As sister site, Tom's Guide reports, a PR pitch they received refers to a Prime Day "Deal of the Day" scheduled for Wednesday, October 14. Albeit this leak conflicts with reports of an October 5 placeholder given to Amazon vendors via email, the company advised that it was not set in stone.

      “A definitive date will be announced as we get closer to the event. We are looking forward to seeing submissions that offer the most delight to customers during one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Prime Day!” Amazon told vendors.

      ^ 2020/09/18, Laptopmag: Amazon Prime Day 2020 date revealed in deal promo

      Both pieces by same author, so take it with a heap grain of salt.
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    • Cool. There is always a big kitchenware sale. Gotta think about sheet pans now.
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    • Guesses for the date of APD2020 are quite varied.

      The Verge is betting on October 5th as the date for Prime Day 2020 due to issues arising from overlapping APD2020 and Black Friday 2020 (Nov. 27, 2020).

      For instance, return period at Amazon is still 30 days since delivery. Going back 30 days, it'd mean Amazon deliveries after Oct. 28th could be returned to Amazon if a better deal appears for BF (at Amazon or elsewhere). Currently Amazon is running late on deliveries one week or two. That'd imply that items ordered on Oct. 14th risk being returned if deliveries run late and a better deal is announced for BF or pre-BF. A non desirable situation for Amazon. In addition nothing stops Amazon's competitor from releasing or hawking their best deals well in advance of the actual BF date.

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      Amazon postponed its annual Prime Day from July to a date TBD, but new rumors — with a hint of evidence — suggest it may be happening in mid-October. The latest rumor mill was set off after tech site T3 discovered a promotional poster from Braun, titled “Braun x Prime Day,” which reads, “In mid-October Braun will be taking part in Amazon Prime Day.” The T3 post has since been removed.

      An Amazon spokesperson told The Verge in an email, however, that the company hasn’t made any announcement regarding the exact timing of the event. “We can confirm PD will take place in Q4,” the spokesperson says.

      The fiscal year’s fourth quarter starts October 1st, but, according to Tamebay, a publication for Amazon third-party sellers, Black Friday deals are likely to begin showing up on Amazon somewhere around October 26th and run for several weeks. If one assumes Amazon would want to keep Prime Day and Black Friday sales separate, an October 12th or October 19th Prime Day, seems a bit late in the game. CNBC reported in July that Amazon told third-party sellers to expect Prime Day to happen on October 5th, which seems like a more likely date.
      ^ Amazon won’t confirm latest rumors of mid-October Prime Day - The e-commerce giant says only that the event will take place in Q4, The Verge, Sept. 18, 2020

      Hedge your bets.
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    • wra45mon wrote: What happens if you get a refund from Amazon for a package that never arrived (over 3 months) .
      Do they redirect the package so it's returned to Amazon if ever found or could it show up at my doorstep one day? ( Maybe for Xmas ☺️)

      I'm not looking for a freebie but just want to know what Amazon does.
      In my case, stuff I ordered beginning of April arrived sometime in August. I got refunded around the end of June. It was stuff out of China, and it was never touched by Amazon, so they had no way to stop it from being delivered. I emailed the contact back in China that had contacted me when I originally filed the report with Amazon earlier in June about the missing shipment, saying I got the item and I would pay for the shipment (less than $30) and they said not to worry about it, sorry about it taking so long.
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    • Rumor mill working hard today suggesting APD2020 will start on Oct. 13.
      Amazon's Prime Day is finally coming. The annual sale event will kick off in the US on Tuesday, Oct. 13, according to four people with knowledge of Amazon's plans.

      In preparation for the sale, Amazon has already blacked out vacation for its full-time warehouse workers from Oct. 13-20. The news fits with earlier statements from Amazon that confirmed the closely followed online event would take place in the fourth quarter.
      ^ CNET, Sept. 22, 2020: Amazon's Prime Day 2020 will start on Oct. 13

      Techspot, Sept. 22, 2020: Prime Day 2020 may take place on October 13, sources say

      Amazon’s delayed Prime Day 2020 reportedly set for October 13th

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      US$6B industrial secret! It'd be funny that Amazon trolled everybody speculating and set APD2020 for other date (an earlier date).
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