Black Friday means something special to us here at Shopping In Your PJ’s – Amazon Lightning Deals. These limited-time, deep-discount offers can be both exciting and a bit frustrating. In preparation for this wild ride of good deals, here is a quick primer so that when the time comes you’ll be prepared for battle. If you’d like to read more about Lightning Deals, Amazon has an overview page here.
What is a Lightning Deal?
A Lightning Deal is a promotion in which a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period of time. Lightning Deals can be found throughout Amazon.com, including the Gold Box page and the Black Friday Deals Week page, and are available, one per customer, until either the promotion period for the deal expires or all the available promotional discounts are claimed.
How do I claim a Lightning Deal?
Once it is time for a deal to appear, click on the Add To Cart button that pops up. We recommend doing this the instant it comes on the screen – even if you aren’t sure you want the item. If it is in your cart you’ll then have a limited amount of time to complete your purchase or it will be removed it from your cart.
Why does it say “Join a Waitlist?”
The deal you wanted sold out. However, it is possible someone will not complete their purchase in time or remove the item from their cart which means it goes to the people on the waitlist. Should you join? Yes, always, although this is no guarantee you’ll get one. Note: if you put yourself on the waitlist don’t wander too far from your computer! If the item becomes available Amazon will send an alert on your screen and you’ll have a limited time to complete your purchase.
Why does it say “Checking Deal Status?”
For all Lightning Deals, Amazon verifies eligibility on a first-come first-served basis before applying the promotional discount to an account. Please don’t reload or refresh the page in your browser while this status appears. If promotional discounts are still available for the item when Amazon gets to your request, you’ll see the status change to “in your cart” and the item will appear in your cart. If all promotional discounts are claimed before that, you won’t be eligible to receive the promotional discount.
These deals go quickly – do you have any tricks?
There are no real tricks, except to say click as fast as possible. Sometimes if you click in the space where the Add to Cart button will appear – but a split second before it actually appears – you can get lucky and claim an item, but there’s no guarantee.
We look at Lightning Deals as a challenge! While it can be frustrating when something sells out almost immediately, there’s also nothing more exhilarating than getting that Kindle Fire in your cart for $100. Whether this is your first time conquering Lightning Deals or you’re an old pro, we wish all of you good luck and enjoy the ride!