Amazon was already big, then came the pandemic. Many people who were devoted to shopping local found their commitment wane. Not only did they start to buy more stuff through Amazon, but some shoppers even became Amazon Prime members. As such, many new members are about to experience their first Amazon Prime Day in 2021. Is it possible to support local businesses while being an Amazon Prime member? Here’s what you need to know for Prime Day.
First of all, when is the event? Amazon has announced that it will take place June 21-22. Traditionally Prime Day has been in July, although last year it was postponed until October due to the pandemic. Amazon is looking at June rather than July this year because of possible transportation slowdowns or Olympics interference. Prime members will be able to take advantage of two days of flash sales and slashed prices.
To shop as locally as possible on Amazon, you can shop by region. Pick between Pacific, Rocky Mountains, Northeast, Southwest, Midwest and Southeast. For example, click on the Pacific region and you’ll find a featured product like Bellevue, Washington-based nutpods — a flavored, dairy-free coffee creamer. Click on Southwest, and you’ll find Houston-based Minimo Skin Essentials’ turmeric skin brightening scrub.
Take your eco-shopping a step further by shopping local and handmade products with this nifty tool. This section is also divided by region. Shoppers might discover companies like BannorToys, based in Madrid, Iowa, that makes handcrafted wooden toys, or This Joyful Home, which creates burlap home décor and sustainable home accessories in Ranchester, Wyoming.
Only Amazon Prime members can get the deals on Prime Day. Membership currently costs $12.99 per month, and you can get a 30-day free trial. But be careful, you might get hooked. If you do, try to support some businesses near you.
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