Amazon Prime Day happens on July 11. It’s a day of deals on pretty much anything you could buy on Amazon.
Prime Day comes on the heels of some other big Amazon news. This includes its planned acquisition of Whole Foods Market. Other big news is that Amazon is opening its first brick-and-mortar Amazon Books stores in seven states, including New York, New Jersey and, not surprisingly, Washington, where Amazon is headquartered. It is a huge departure for this online company that started more than two decades ago to disrupt how people bought books.
“What we’ll be watching next is whether Amazon makes a second big bet in brick-and-mortar by buying another established player, one that sells clothing and other items for example,” says Bankrate.com senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick. “It still has the option to stand up its own Amazon-branded stores from the ground up.”
With all of these expansion plans, who knows what the answer to “What can I buy on Amazon?” will be in the future? In the meantime, I’ve put together a list of seven products and services that Amazon.com offers, some of which you may not even realize existed or were available on Amazon, and which you might want to check out on Amazon Prime Day.
Note: Portions of this article “7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy on Amazon” originally appeared on Parade.com.
1. Gift registries
Both new parents and new couples can create gift registries on Amazon. What makes these registries unique is the fact that you don’t have to limit your guests to buying products from Amazon.com only. You can link in selections from other online stores, too. Each registry comes with a bonus of one kind or another. For example, when you create a baby registry, you could end up qualifying for $100 worth of free diapers and wipes. Shop Amazon – Create an Amazon Baby Registry
2. Original TV programming
If you haven’t yet watched Transparent or The Man in the High Castle, you’re missing out on some amazing original TV programming. Of course, the only way to watch these Amazon programs is to have a Prime membership. You can try Prime for free for 30 days, by the way. That’s plenty of time for binge watching, right?
3. Music-streaming service
To compete with Pandora, Spotify and even iTunes, Amazon now has its own music service called, what else, Amazon Music. Here’s how Amazon describes it: “Tens of millions of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening.” There is a fee for the service but, like Prime, you can try for free for 30 days. Try Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial
4. Home services to buy on Amazon
Hey, Alexa, find me a cleaning lady or handyman. No, really, now Amazon can refer you to these kinds of service providers and more through its new Home Services program. Looks like Amazon is trying to take on the likes of Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor.
5. Amazon Handmade Marketplace
Yup, Amazon seems to be going after the Etsy.com market now, too. So in addition to being able to buy pretty much everything else under the sun on Amazon, now you can find one-of-a-kind items from craftspeople across the country on Amazon Handmade. I currently buy gifts from time to time on Etsy. Now I’m definitely going to be checking out the handmade marketplace here, too.
6. Trading in electronics
Previously, whenever I had an old cell phone or table to sell, I would turn to Gazelle.com to get cash for my electronics. If you like shopping on Amazon and are OK receiving Amazon Gift Cards for your old devices, you can check out the trade-in service there.
7. Automotive parts
Fixer-upper types and tinkerers, listen up: Amazon now has a whole section of the site devoted to automotive parts. You can even shop for new cars on Amazon—mostly reading reviews and getting advice on different car brands and models. Who knows? In the near future Amazon just might snap up one of those car-buying sites like Autotrader or CarMax, and one day you could legit buy a car on Amazon.com
If I’ve missed any eye-opening products and services you’ve purchased on Amazon, let me know!