, July 15, 12:30 PDT: The big Amazon Prime Day
-challenging eBay sale is seemingly underway, and... let's just say we expected better. Granted, Amazon hasn't crashed yet, so that "fresh batch of too-good-to-be true deals" has yet to drop. That being said, here are some of the lowest prices on popular gadgets we've been able to dig up after sifting through the offers of many top-rated sellers:
- Samsung Galaxy S10e - $499.99 brand-new
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - $519.99 brand-new
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ - $324.95 seller refurbished in good cosmetic condition
- Google Home Hub - $59 brand-new
- Apple iPhone 7 in good cosmetic condition - $179.95
- Apple iPhone 6 in good cosmetic condition - $99.95
- Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard - $69.99 open box with 1-year warranty
- New Google Pixel XL - $199.99
- New JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod - $34.99
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus - $299.99 seller refurbished with 90-day warranty
- New Apple HomePod - $259.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 - $179.99 open box with 1-year warranty
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch - $109.99 open box with 1-year warranty
- Samsung Galaxy Watch (42mm with LTE) - $209.99 manufacturer refurbished
- Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS running watch - $99.99 certified refurbished with 1-year warranty
- New Garmin Vivofit 3 with warranty - $46.99
- Microsoft Surface Go - $314 certified refurbished with 1-year warranty
Everyone knows the best time to buy a new mobile device or gadget of any sort is during the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy of late November, when the nation's biggest retailers typically offer top deals and rare doorbusters on their most popular products under the Black Friday and Cyber Monday banners. But Amazon has been trying to shake things up for the last few years, launching and rapidly expanding an artificial holiday to convince Prime members to spend more money during the shopping "off-season."
Due to the incredible success of the first four annual Prime Day editions, the e-commerce giant decided to turn this year's festival of deals
into a 48-hour affair for the first time. While that tactic has already proven effective in prolonging Amazon's time in the spotlight this month, a number of rivals are vying for the attention of bargain hunters over the next week or so as well.
We're primarily talking about Target
, although you probably shouldn't rule out other retail giants (we're looking at you, Best Buy and Walmart) joining the discount party soon enough. Until (or rather if) that happens, let's discuss the tongue-in-cheek eBay Crash Sale for a minute and do a quick roundup of the top deals available right now.
A full month of substantial savings on top brands
Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of doing a single 24 or 48-hour event to compete against Prime Day 2019 and Best Buy's Prime Day
, eBay kicked off a series of sales on July 1, planning to ramp up the discounts on Monday, July 15, and keep the "hot deals for hot days" going until the end of the month.
Will Amazon's Prime Day parade be overshadowed by the stuff eBay has up its sleeve?
That being said, you should still absolutely save the July 15 date and set your alarm for midnight, as eBay intends to do something special if Amazon crashes when the Prime Day extravaganza starts. In addition to "doorbuster savings" of more than 50 percent off on "top brands" like LG, Apple, Samsung, and Garmin, a "fresh batch of too-good-to-be-true deals" will drop if Amazon runs into the same technical difficulties as last year.
That's certainly a unique and arguably hilarious concept, even though eBay is yet to reveal specific deals prepared for Amazon's prospective crash.
The beginning is very promising
While it's rarely a good idea to get excited when retailers make bombastic promises like those exemplified above, it's also hard to stay calm when browsing the "eBay deals" section and seeing so many great discounts on excellent devices from top-rated sellers already available. Here's a pretty long list of cool ultra-affordable stuff we've managed to compile without claiming it to be exhaustive, as that would be an outright Sisyphean task.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro - $335.99 brand-new from Newegg
- Moto G6 - $87.20; Moto G6 Play - $71.20 in refurbished condition with 90-day warranty from VIP Outlet
- Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones - $199.99 refurbished with 90-day warranty from Secondipity
- Bose QuietComfort 35 Series I wireless headphones with noise cancellation - $199 from Bose in factory renewed condition with 1-year warranty
- LG V40 ThinQ - $429.99; LG G7 ThinQ - $339.99; LG V35 ThinQ - $299.99; LG V30 - $269.99 brand-new from Amazing-Wireless
- Google Pixel 3 XL - $419.99 in "excellent" refurbished condition with 60-day warranty from BuySpry
- Like-new Jabra Elite 65e Alexa wireless earbuds - $29.99 with 180-day warranty from Jabra
- BeatsX wireless earphones - $35.20 refurbished with 90-day warranty
- Google Home Hub - $55.99 brand-new with 90-day warranty
- Beats Powerbeats3 wireless earphones - $39.99 refurbished with 90-day warranty
- Samsung Galaxy S10 - $579.99 brand-new
- Samsung Galaxy S10+ - $679.99 brand-new
- Samsung Galaxy Watch - $171.99 open box with 1-year warranty
- Apple iPhone X - $609.99 in "excellent" refurbished condition with 60-day warranty from BuySpry
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus - $359.95 in "good" cosmetic condition from BidAllies
More to come
It may seem hard to believe, but all of the above is merely the beginning of a beautiful Amazon-crashing deal bonanza. We'll be sure to update the list as we discover new promotions on smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, mobile accessories, smart home devices, and more at top-rated eBay sellers you shouldn't hesitate to trust with your hard-earned money. Stay tuned!