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Amazon Prime Day: Here’s what to expect at this year’s delayed shopping bonanza

Amazon started Prime Day in 2015 as a strategy to enroll more members in its shopping club — and ramp up sales in July. But with the event delayed until October 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the online retailer will test whether shoppers are willing to open their wallets even as the economy remains weak.

Despite that shakiness, there are signs that Americans are ready to spend: About two-thirds of consumers indicate they plan to shop on Amazon Prime Day, more than either Black Friday or Cyber Monday, according to coupon site RetailMeNot. 

That explains why some experts predict that Amazon Prime Day — not Black Friday — will serve as the early kickoff for the 2020 holiday shopping season this year, generating as much as $10 billion in total sales during the October event, according to some retail analyst predictions. 

Some consumers may prefer locking in deals early

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Lakers-Heat NBA Finals betting odds: Expect LeBron James, Anthony Davis to lead L.A. to a title in style

This is somewhat premature, but in the past several days, 2021 championship odds have begun to circulate. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers are the early favorite, and with the 2020 championship now likely in hand, it’s never too early to start thinking about future profits. So here’s something to ruminate on as the Lakers fight to win their 17th championship: if LeBron James plays at this level next season (a big “if”), the Lakers will almost certainly be better next season than they are now. 

Unlike most of their fellow contenders, there is a good chance they’ll be able to use the full Mid-Level exception in free agency. Given the lack of cap space around the league, that should net them a quality starter. Almost all of their leftover salary is expiring, so if they want to package a few players with either Kyle Kuzma or some draft picks, they could add

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Black Friday 2020: eCommerce Sites Can Expect a 28% Increase in Online Shopping from 2019

As with most events and gatherings in 2020, Black Friday shopping is predicted to look a little different this year. A recent survey was conducted with 2,000 U.S. consumers to compare changes from the 2019 holiday shopping season to 2020.

These findings can help eCommerce and brick and mortar stores understand what to expect for the busiest shopping day of the year.

Key findings from the Black Friday 2020 Survey included:

  • Only 16% of U.S. shoppers plan to shop in-person for Black Friday 2020.
  • There will be a 28% increase in 2020 online Black Friday shopping from 2019.
  • 57% of U.S. shoppers will avoid Black Friday shopping due to health and safety concerns.
  • For those planning to shop in-person, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are among the top stores.

In 2019, 1:3 Americans Shopped In-Person for Black Friday

Black Friday Shopping 2019

In 2020, 1:6 U.S. Shoppers Plan to Shop

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: What to expect, plus our shopping tips

Prime Day deals — what will be on sale?

3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot

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Amazon Prime Day is chock full of deals across the entirety of Amazon’s catalog, meaning no one person can sift through them all alone. Discounts and sales will also go live throughout the 48-hour event, so while some products may be on sale for a full day, others may only be discounted for a few hours (or while supplies last). That means you won’t want to wait too long after seeing a price drop to buy an item on your list.

As far as deal variety goes, Prime Day is always unpredictable. There’s no guarantee that a certain item will go on sale. However, the devices that are most likely to go on sale during Prime Day are — you guessed it — Amazon devices. Echo speakers, Fire TV devices, Kindles and other Amazon-made products typically fall to all-time-lows during

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