Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best Prime Day deals for designers

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is nearly here! The Creative Bloq team is poised and ready to bring you all the best Prime Day deals as soon as they go live, wherever you are in the world. 

This year’s event runs for 48 hours, from 15-16 July. In order to get all the best Prime Day deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. If you’re not a member, sign up for a 30-day free trial now, and you can always cancel if it’s not for you.  

For what we’ve seen so far, there will be a lot of incredible Prime Day deals for designers and artists in this year’s event. If you have been waiting for the moment to shell out for a new laptop or graphics tablet, there’s likely to be an Amazon Prime deal that will make the investment a little easier on the wallet. In past years we’ve also seen discounts on creative software (including Adobe Creative Cloud) and nifty gadgets to make your design life easier. You’ll find all the best Prime Day deals in our roundup below.

Excitingly, we’re seeing other retailers getting involved with the event this year, with people like Walmart offering some top deals too. We’ve also wrangled a few exclusive deals for Creative Bloq readers, which you’ll also find in this list as soon as they go live. 

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?

Prime Day 2019 will run for 48 hours, from Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 July. Prime Day deals will start rolling in at a minute past midnight on Monday 15 and end at 11:59pm on Tuesday 16, wherever you are in the world. In the US, deals start at midnight Pacific time, and 3am on the East coast.

Will there be an Amazon Prime Day 2019 in Australia?

Yes there will. Amazon.com.au has a holding page prepped and ready to go. We’d expect Prime Day Australia to be a bigger event in 2019 than its 2018 debut. Last year Australian shoppers were only offered 340 deals, compared to 2,800 in the US, and the focus was on smart home and gaming devices. In 2019 we’re expecting a wider range of products and many more offers.

Laptops: The best Prime Day deals

Prime Day can be a good day to get the laptop you’ve been promising yourself: last year there was a whopping 34% off the Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3”, with discounts of around 20% on other models. For example, Dell’s Inspiron 7000 17s dropped from $1,299 to a much more affordable $899. 

If convertibles are more your thing, you were offered 33% off the Acer Chromebook R11 Convertible – or for tablet enthusiasts, the Samsung Galaxy S3 tablet – which includes the useful S Pen – was 27% off.

There were decent deals on a wide range of peripherals too: Logitech’s comfy MX Anywhere 2 AMZ was 60% off, down to £27.99 from the usual £69.99. Keep an eye out for discounted monitors too: while Amazon tends to focus on gaming monitors, we saw decent discounts on more sober models too.

If you’ve been hanging on for an iPad Pro, don’t expect massive discounts on the newest ones – but keep your eyes peeled for deals on the outgoing model and for lightning deals on the current line-up. Last year Amazon briefly dropped the iPad 2018 model from £319 to £289. Not a huge saving, we know, but with Apple, you’ve got to take what discounts you can get. This was more than you can usually get off Apple kit.

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Tablets: The best Prime Day deals

Amazon Prime Day 2019: software and apps

Last year we saw 20% discounts on Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions: the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Spark Premium, Adobe Portfolio and 20GB of cloud storage, was down to $95.95 / £79.99 for a year’s subscription. 

This year, we’re expecting more discounts. Keep your eyes peeled for more deals on our Adobe deals page. In the meantime, here’s a top early deal from Walmart.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: cameras

There were some massive discounts on high-end cameras on Prime Day last year. One of our favourites was 54% off the Sony A7 28-70mm OSS lens kit, which plummeted in price from £1,549 to £719. Elsewhere on Amazon you could get $1,000 off a Sony A9, $740 off an A7 II and $300 off the Canon EOS M50. There were really good deals on bundles too: in one Canon EOS 80D bundle you could get a combined discount of $750 across the camera, memory card and external mic. 

Amazon Prime Day 2019: stuff for your studio

Art supplies can be extremely pricey, so it was good to see deals such as 44% off the cost of a 120-pencil tin of Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils. That brought the price down to just under £80 compared to the usual £144.

Fancy some smart lighting to get you in the creative mood? Amazon went big on smart home deals last year, with 1/3 off Philips Hue kits and bulbs. And if you like to listen to music while you create you can expect big discounts on Amazon’s own Echo speakers as well as on Bluetooth speakers and headphones (and check out the early Prime Day deal above to get Amazon Music for a very cheap price!)

If you travel a lot for work (or for pleasure!) or just need to tune out the ambient sound while you work we’d strongly recommend a set of noise-cancelling headphones: they’re brilliant on trains and planes. Last year Amazon dropped the price of Bose noise-cancellers by $50 and JBL ones by a whopping $140.

Prime Day deals: Audio and headphones

How to get the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals

Sticking with us is a good strategy: we’ll spend the days up to and including Prime Day scouring Amazon for the best genuine deals for creatives. 

We’d also recommend doing your homework before the day itself, deciding on what you want and what you want to pay for it, and ignoring any deals that aren’t on your shopping list: a deal is hardly a bargain if it ends up gathering dust in a corner of your studio. 

Beware stunt pricing, too. To see if a deal is really a good deal, we’d recommend using CamelCamelCamel.com to check its Amazon price history and PriceSpy.co.uk to see what other retailers are selling it for: while many deals are genuine, some sellers increase their prices just before big events so that the discounts appear to be much bigger than they actually are.

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