A Wirecutter primer before Amazon Prime Day

Editor’s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. This is a condensed version of several Wirecutter guides; you can find links to the full guides in the discussions below.

If you’re an online bargain hunter, chances are, you’ve marked your calendar for Amazon’s Prime Day, Tuesday, July 11. The site will have literally thousands of one-day-only deals, so how can you tell which are real deals and which are duds? That’s where we come in.

The truth is, most deals in general aren’t great values and don’t save shoppers money. Some products may actually be priced lower at other points in the year, or manufacturers are looking to offload last year’s models.

To ensure that you get the bargains you want, here are our…

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