Great Last Minute Amazon Prime Deals…or not

It’s Way Past Midnight & Prime Day Hasn’t Ended Yet!!!

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There should be less than 1/2 hour left for Prime Day…but its still going strong.

I think that perhaps Amazon has decided to extend the closing time a bit because of all the webste glitches that customers experienced throughout the sale.

I got my order in just under the wire because I was attempting to write this post at the same time as I placed my order. The title reflects the fact that many of the things I ended up purchasing aren’t really Prime Day Deals at all…rather they are just good prices for a plethora of my favorite Amazon tech.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies

Spring and Summer means that there are many more thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms mean power fluctuations…most notably power surges.

We’ve had far too many devices ruined by power surges. Overall we’ve been lucky in that our warranty’s and extended coverage programs have resulted in our spending less than we would have had otherwise. But the number of incidences has been high…much higher than anyone we know!

Right now I need to replace a few year old Mac Mini, its Time Machine hard drive, its 2nd Time Machine Hard Drive which I’ve already replaced once before, an HP Tower Windows 7 computer, and the clock circuit board for our oven which I’ve also replaced twice.

Why All The Surges?

That’s a really great question that I’ll leave until after Prime Days…so I can get this published. But the short answer is…I think that old outdated power lines from our electrical utility supplier are to blame.

These Are 2 of the Best UPS’s That I Know Of

An Uninterruptible Power Supply both protects your devices  from power surges as well as conditions the power so that a steady supply is provided which causes less wear and tear on them.

This is the closest model to what we purchased from APC roughly 11 years ago because our model is no longer sold.

APC UPS BE650G1  $81.77

The older model this replaced is a tried and true favorite amongst APC customers. APC is widely recognised as the top power supply protection supplier in the US.

I bought 2 of the model shown below around 2 weeks ago to test out and now I am getting 3 more of the same. These are replacing old APC UPS’s which have protected all of the devices in our home for much longer than they should see have. Each time a UPS takes a power surge hit (in lieu of your device taking the hit) its life is reduced a little bit.

This is the model we’re getting today.

APC UPS BX1500M $149.99

This model is much larger than our previous ones. It conditions the power going into devices better and will protect more devices for longer as well as handle more surges before it stops protecting against surges, for longer too.

Alexa Enabled & Echo Devices

This what I’m ordering right now beforehand the sale ends.

Echo Show $129.99

I gave one of the original 2 Shows that I got when they were first launched to my elderly (in their 90’s) parents last week to use as an intercom and for a method of communications with their Grandkids. Since this price is so great I think we need another one too. Did I mention that I LOVE Echo show?

Echo Show with 2 Echo Buttons $145.00

7 Echo Spots $99 x 7 = $700

These are Xmas presents for nieces and nephews so that they can video chat with Grandma and Grandpa who’ll use their new Echo Show.  According to CamelCamelCamel this is the best price that the Spot has ever been made available at.

Echo Connect $29

Echo Connect transforms your land line telephone calls into hands free calls which work with your Echo devices.

I also got a miscellaneous assortment of other devices…some Alexa enabled and some not. Here’s some of them:

Apple Watch Charging Cable $24.99

Echo Spot Stands $19.99

Alexa Enabled Remote with a Fire TV Stick $19.99

I really just wanted the voice remote to use with our Alexa devices, but since St the same price with or without the Fire TV Stick, I’m getting the Fire TV Stick too.

A Techmate iPad stand. This a really solid, weighted, iPad stand. I’d just purchased this for myself a few weeks ago but when I was visiting my 92 year old Dad I realized that he should have it. So I gave him mine intending to order another one on Prime Day.

Deals for Readers

Hurry Prime Day Deals End at Midnight

I’m sorry to be sharing this so late. Prime Day ends at midnight and I hadn’t planned on sharing anything. But then I ran across this amazing deal for anyone with a Prime account that convinced me to write this as quickly as possible.

If you’re a person who loves to read then having an Amazon Prime account can provide a lot of additional benefits beyond the normal saving and shipping ones which everyone knows about and loves.

Some of the reading programs we belong to include:

  • Kindle Unlimited

This program lets us borrow up to 6 titles at a time to read or listen too, and it’s saved me a small fortune beyond the savings of free shipping. Anytime I write some in-depth piece a do a lot of research first. More often than not I find content in Unlimited that helps me more quickly grasp all the nuance of the situation I happen to be writing about.

But what helps even more is having the ios Kindle app read these out loud to me as I do other work. It’s a huge time saver too because the Kindle app works so well with ios accessibility features. If it’s an audio book, I can even turn my iPhone or iPad or iPhone off….and the Kindle app will continue reading to me if the book is an actual audio book not being converted to text.

  • Amazon First Reads

Truly I don’t know much about 1st reads. I use Kindle Unlimited a lot. But some of the other programs I constantly forget the names of I use less often. For example I just borrowed the below book with Unlimited and didn’t pay attention at first to the First Reads deal that I almost missed.

A Highly Reviewed New Audio Book

Link to the Product page for all versions of the book ‘A River in Darkness’.’

It’s Free on Kindle Unlimited, so I just borrowed the audio version for free.

Prime members get to participate for free in Amazon’s First Read’s program.

Get Prime Free for 30 Days

To learn more about Amazon’s First Read’s Program use the link below.

First Reads + Amazon Prime Programs

Get 3 Months of Kindle Unlimited for $.99

Save 66% on 3 Months and of Audible for Reading Audio Books

Anytime we download an audio book it’s an Audible One…but we don’t have and Audible account.

That’s because Audible and Amazon merged many years back. It’s also because I’m cheap…I reacher use Siri to read to me for free. But my husband prefers real audio books from Audible…so we’re leaning more and more in that direction.

Today Only the First Reads Program let’s all Prime Members Download 7 Great Books for Free

So, that deal includes the one borrowed using Unlimited.

Conclusion

Prime Day only comes once a year. It’s been by far the best day ever for picking up Alexa enabled devices because you can’t beat Prime Day prices.

About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouThe channel. I use it to better illustrate some of the posts from vsatips and for other random 'How To' topics. I'm a huge fan of YouTube because I think you can learn pretty much anything in the world there. Sometimes I search for something I can't do and don't find anything. A lot of my videos come from that influence...if I do eventually figure out how to do something :-)
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