Amazon Confirms New Prime Exclusive ‘Early Access’ Sale for October

After more than a few rumors concerning a second Prime Day-style sale in 2022, it has finally been confirmed by Amazon. The retail giant will host another Prime exclusive event in October, which is officially titled: the Prime Early Access Sale. According to Amazon, this is a new Prime member event, offering ‘Black Friday-caliber deals’ for anyone starting to shop in the fall.

It will start on October 11, and run until the end of the day on October 12. Besides the name, this sale doesn’t look too different to the usual Prime Day offerings Amazon would usually serve up; it’s a two-day event, with Black Friday-style deals, and exclusive for Prime members. For now, we’ve got everything you need to know about Prime Early Access Sale, or ‘Prime Day 2’, right here; including early deals, start times, what to expect, and more.

Prime Early Access Sale: How Does Prime Day Work?

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$14.99 per month thereafter.

Most recently ‘Prime Days’ tend to last for 48 hours, within which all sale items are only available to those with a Prime membership. It’s easy to sign up for one, but it’ll also cost you $14.99/month, or $139 if you pay annually. Otherwise, you can always sign up for the free 30-day trial available.

If you set up an account with a 30-day trial now, you’ll be covered for most of October and the Prime Early Access Sale. You should expect typical Amazon devices like Echo speakers or Fire TV sticks to be heavily discounted, alongside other typical items like video games, 4K TVs, and more.

Early, Prime Early Access Deals (Yes, Really)

Amazon is already kicking off some early deals for its Early Access sale (the irony isn’t lost on me). Right now you can get a four-month free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited, alongside an Echo Dot for $0.99 for new subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited (paid, not the free trial, $8.99/month for Prime members). There’s also a 1-year Grubhub+ Membership up for grabs for Prime members. I’ll leave the links for these below.

4-Months of Amazon Music Unlimited
Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited Subscription

New Subscribers

Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited Subscription

Music Unlimited is $8.99 for Prime members + $0.99 for Echo Dot. Echo Dot MSRP is $49.99.

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Prime Early Access Sale: Is It Prime Day 2?

So, it looks like a Prime Day, it feels like a Prime Day – is it a Prime Day? Officially, no. Unofficially… sort of? It only makes sense to be fair, it’s a two-day sale, with Black Friday equivalent deals, and exclusive to Prime members – you can make your own conclusions. Personally, I’m going to be treating this sale just like I would Prime Day, and I expect many others to do the same.

Overall it looks like a sale event that will match the caliber of deals Prime Day or Black Friday tend to have, and you’ll be able to start your holiday shopping just that little bit earlier. So, in conclusion, Amazon isn’t calling it Prime Day 2, but you can certainly treat it exactly like that.

Where is Prime Early Access Available?

Prime Early Access deals will be available to Prime members living in the US and UK, as well as several other countries such as Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

When is the Prime Early Access Sale Happening? (Prime Day 2)

Prime Day 2022 was officially held on July 12-13, but it wasn’t long after that we started to see some rumors speculating about the possibility of a second Prime Day event in 2022.

The Prime Early Access Sale, or Prime Day 2 as many are calling it, will start on October 11 at 12 AM PDT time, and end on October 12 at 11:59 PM.

How much is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime now costs $139/year or $14.99/month. You can get a 30-day free trial for the service, or a 6-month free trial if you’re a student with a .edu email address. If you pick up a 30-day trial now, that’ll also cover you for the Prime Early Access Sale event.

What is the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale?

The Prime Early Access Sale is Amazon’s brand new holiday shopping event, exclusively available for Prime members. It will take place on October 11-12, introducing exclusive holiday and Black Friday equivalent deals (a little bit earlier than you’d usually expect them).

Is Amazon Prime Worth It in 2022?

Prime does come with a whole host of benefits if you think it’s worth it. There are obviously Prime ‘early access’ deals to take advantage of in October, alongside increasingly quick same-day to 2-day delivery times, and then there’s access to Prime Video and Amazon Music services.

Prime Video also includes plenty of incredible TV shows and films to check out including The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Boys, Jack Ryan, Good Omens, The Wheel of Time, The Expanse, and Reacher. But, it’s all up to you, $14.99 a month is a lot of money at the end of the year, and you’ll definitely want to feel like you’ve gotten the most out of it. If you want any more updates on Prime Day 2, make sure to follow @IGNDeals on Twitter.

Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.

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