This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 officially arrives next week. Unofficially, though? It’s happening right now, as Amazon has been trotting out early deals since last week. The long-awaited two-day event kicks off at midnight PT on Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 14, but some sales on popular products have already launched.

Below you’ll find some of the best discounts — and there are some darn good ones — as curated by yours truly. Here’s the important caveat: To take advantage of these, and most other, Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber.

Assuming you’re already a subscriber, you should think seriously about applying for Amazon’s Prime Rewards Visa card. Right now, that will net you a $100 Amazon gift card you can use for any upcoming purchases. You also get 5% back on nearly everything you buy from Amazon, and for a limited time you can get 10% back on select electronics. That includes the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, which effectively drops to $269 when you preorder it using that card.

Meanwhile, you can get a $10 credit to use on Prime Day when you spend at least $10 at a select US-based small business. And there are several other ways to spend $10 at Amazon and get $10 from Amazon. Be sure to check out my six ways to win Prime Day for additional money-saving strategies.

I’ll update this post as more early Prime Day deals roll in. You can also sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via text message. Use that link or send a text to 415-878-5807. Only one text per day, opt out anytime.

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The all-around great MyQ (I’ve used one for years) is only a few dollars below its regular selling price — already a great deal, because this thing used to be over $100. But here’s the real deal: If you decide to use it for Amazon In-Garage Delivery, you can get a $30 credit after your first order by applying promo code KEY30 when placing that order. That just about covers the cost of the MyQ itself.

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Amazon Prime subscribers already get a pretty decent deal on the music-streaming service: $8 per month, which is $2 less than Spotify, Apple Music and the like.

However, if you haven’t yet tried the service, here’s your chance to enjoy four months for just a buck. Don’t have Prime? You can get three months for a buck. And if you were already a Music Unlimited subscriber in the past, you can come back for $3 per month for the first three months.

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At this price, the Blink Mini is within spitting distance of the CNET-favorite Wyze Cam ($20 plus shipping). Both models work quite well, though the latter includes free cloud storage, which the Blink does not.

However, you get a free Blink cloud-storage trial through the end of 2020, and the forthcoming Blink Sync Module 2 will afford you subscription-free local storage for just $35.

Another great option: Get the Blink Mini bundled with an Echo Show 5 for just $50. These two have a combined retail value of $125!

Read our Blink Mini review.

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This appears to be a 2020 version of the Toshiba Fire TV Edition that David Katzmaier reviewed last year. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s different here, but the verdict then was “great prices, great voice features, great Fire TV app selection.” The picture quality, however, didn’t measure up to similar Roku TVs — and Katzmaier noted his preference for the latter’s interface, a sentiment I share.

That said, a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $300? With mostly stellar user ratings (from Best Buy customers)? At the very least it’s worth a look.

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This is the lowest price to date, and it can get even better: Use the aforementioned Prime Rewards Visa card and you’ll get 10% back, effectively bringing your price down to $40.50.

As noted above, you can also get the Echo Show 5 bundled with a Blink Mini Indoor Camera for just $5 more. I don’t think the 10% cash-back option applies, but that’s still a stellar bundle.

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Amazon wants to put Alexa in your car. Is that worth $50? No. Is it worth $20? Maybe. Echo Auto reviews have been fairly mixed, in part because the price feels too high and in part because you can accomplish a lot of the same voice-powered things with your phone’s Google Assistant or Siri. (Can’t say I’m wild about the wires, either.)

That said, if you’ve been curious to give this a try, I believe this is the lowest price on record (by a lot). 

Read more: Amazon Echo preview

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Ooooh, wee! Although you can stream Rick and Morty on Hulu and HBO Max, here’s your chance to own each season for half the regular price.

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That’s basically like buying one and getting one free, because right now a single Dot is selling for $40. This deal is for the third-generation models.

More interested in the brand-new Echo Dot with Clock that Amazon announced just last week? There’s already a deal to be had there, too: It currently sells for $60, but you can save $20 on a Dot with Clock two-pack with promo code DOT2PACK. (That same code will save you $20 on a pair of new no-clock Echo Dots as well.) 

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Cut the cord! This deal ties the lowest price on record. In fact, it hasn’t been that low since around the holidays last year. For $130 you’re getting the two-tuner, 500GB model. If you want the four-tuner, 1TB version, it’ll cost you just $50 more.

Read our Fire TV Recast review.

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Another “lowest price ever” deal, the Insignia is a current-generation 4K UHD TV (it was released this year) built around Amazon’s Fire TV interface. That means you get all the compatible apps and streaming services, plus an Alexa-powered voice remote. There are three HDMI inputs as well, the better to accommodate your game consoles and whatnot.


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