The best early Prime Day deal gives $10 Amazon credit with a $40 gift card

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The best early Prime Day deal gives $10 Amazon credit with a $40 gift card

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Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a handful of special offers Amazon has set live ahead of its upcoming Prime Day sales event, which the company recently announced for June 21-22. The best early deal of the bunch is one we also saw during last year’s event: Prime members who buy select Amazon gift cards worth $40 or more will get a bonus $10 Amazon promotional credit applied to their account at no extra cost.

To get the deal, you’ll have to use the code “GIFTFORPD21” at checkout or tap the “Apply code to your account” button located on the offer’s landing page. You should then see a notice at checkout that confirms your eligibility for the credit, which Amazon will then email to you and apply to your account within two days. The company says you’ll have to use the credit before August 8, and the credit itself can’t be applied to items sold by third-party vendors on Amazon’s store. You can only utilize the offer once per account, and again, the deal is only for Prime members, since Amazon’s aim here is to generate more users and sales activity ahead of Prime Day. All that said, if you buy a card for yourself, the deal effectively gives $50 in Amazon money for the price of $40. Amazon says the offer will run through June 20 or while supplies last.

If you don’t feel like taking advantage, though, our weekend deals roundup also has early Prime Day deals on Audible and Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions, plus good price drops on PlayStation Plus, the recently-released Resident Evil Village, wireless Logitech mice, noise-canceling headphones we like, and much more. You can check out the full curated roundup below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

  • Prime members only: Get $10 promotional credit when you spend $40 or more on select Amazon gift cards at Amazon (use code: GIFTFORPD21 or hit “Apply code to your account” button).
  • Prime members only: Audible Premium Plus 4-month membership for $27.80 ($6.95/month) at Amazon (auto-renews at $14.95/month after first four months—normally $60).
  • New subscribers + Prime members only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for free at Amazon (auto-renews at $8/month after first four months, three months free for non-Prime members—normally $24).
  • Resident Evil Village (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $49.94 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $60).
  • Sony PlayStation Plus (digital) 12-month membership for $44.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $60).
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $59 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $65).
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $59.99 at Amazon (clip $20 coupon—normally $80).
  • Anker PowerPort PD 1 18W USB-C PD wall charger + Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable for $15.99 at Amazon (clip $9 coupon—normally $25).
  • Logitech Ergo M575 wireless trackball mouse for $40.99 at Target (normally $48).
  • Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control for $199 at Ecobee and Amazon (normally $249).
The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.

Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.

Samuel Axon

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB for $599.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $670).
  • HP Spectre x360 (13t-aw200) 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 13.3-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1,079.99 at HP (select Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD at config and use code: HP21MD10—normally $1,300).
  • HP Spectre x360 (15t-eb100) 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 15.6-inch 3840×2160, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1,232.99 at HP (select 512GB SSD at config and use code: HP21MD10—normally $1,550).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 13s (Gen 2) laptop—Intel Core i5-1135G7, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $724.99 at Lenovo (use code: THINKMEM21—normally $850).
  • Dell G5 15 (5510) gaming laptop—Intel Core i7-10870H, 15.6-inch 1080p 120 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 6GB for $1,099.99 at Dell (use code: STUDENT100—normally $1,400).
  • 27-inch Gigabyte G27Q gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 144 Hz, FreeSync for $249.99 at Amazon (normally $300).
  • 27-inch LG 27GL850-B gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 144 Hz, FreeSync for $386.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $450).
  • 32-inch LG 32GK650F-B gaming monitor—2560×1440, VA, 144 Hz, FreeSync for $296.99 at Amazon, B&H, and BuyDig (normally $350).
  • Samsung 870 Evo (500GB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $59.99 at Samsung, Amazon, and Adorama (normally $67).
  • Samsung SSD 980 (500GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $65.99 at Newegg (use code: EMCXEXEU2—normally $71).
The voice acting in this argument is top-tier diva material.

Enlarge / The voice acting in this argument is top-tier diva material.

Capcom

Video game deals

  • Resident Evil Village (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $49.94 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $60).
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4, Xbox, used) for $19.99 at GameFly (free next-gen upgrade—normally $40).
  • Tell Me Why (Xbox, PC, digital) for free at Microsoft and Steam (normally $20).
  • Prime members only: Battlefield 4 (PC, Origin) for free at Amazon (normally $20).
  • Prime members only: Batman: The Telltale Series (PC) for free at Amazon (normally $15).
  • Epic Mega Sale 2021: $10 off various PC games priced $14.99 or more at Epic Games Store (coupon renews upon use, discount seen at checkout).
  • Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) for $39.99 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $60).
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $29.88 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $40).
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $19.99 at Target, GameStop, and Walmart (normally $30).
  • God of War (PS4) for $9.88 at Amazon, Target, and GameStop (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $18).
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4, PS5) for $39.88 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $50).
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Enlarge / In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Eivor reps the Raven Clan while storming 9th-century England the only way a Viking knows how: By swinging axes, making pals, and drinking mead.

Ubisoft

  • Demon’s Souls (PS5) for $59.99 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $70).
  • MLB The Show 21 (PS5) for $59.99 at Target, GameStop, and PlayStation Store (PS4 version for $50—normally $70).
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS4, PS5) for $49.59 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $60).
  • The Nioh Collection (PS5) for $59.99 at Amazon, Target, and PlayStation Store (normally $70).
  • PS Plus only: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4, digital) for $29.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $55).
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—GOTY Edition (PS4, digital) for $29.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $45).
  • Batman: Arkham Collection (PS4, digital) for $11.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $50).
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4) for $29.99 at GameStop and PlayStation Store (normally $35).
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition (PS4) for $9.99 at Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart (normally $15).
  • The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) for $9.88 at Amazon, Target, and GameStop (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $15).
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Enlarge / The Demon’s Souls remake for PS5.

  • Gran Turismo Sport (PS4) for $9.88 at Amazon, Target, and GameStop (normally $15).
  • Until Dawn (PS4) for $9.99 at Amazon (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $20).
  • Ratchet & Clank (PS4) for $9.99 at Target and Walmart (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $15).
  • Bloodborne (PS4) for $9.99 at Target and Walmart (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $20).
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) for $9.99 at Target (also on PS5 PS Plus Collection—normally $20).
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4) for $9.99 at Target and Walmart (normally $20).
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) for $9.99 at Walmart (normally $20).
  • God of War III Remastered (PS4) for $9.88 at Walmart (normally $15).
  • Spelunky 2 (PS4, digital) for $11.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $20).
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (PS4, digital) for $27.99 at PlayStation Store (PC version for $20 at Epic Games Store with Epic Coupon—normally $40).
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Enlarge / Disco Elysium is one of the most well-written RPG in recent memory.

  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Switch) for $49.94 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Judgment (PS5, Xbox Series) for $29.99 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Hitman 3 (PS5) for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (PS5, Switch, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $35).
  • PS Plus only: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (PS5, PS4) for $23.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $50).
  • Xbox Live Gold only: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War—Cross-Gen Bundle (Xbox, PS5, PS4, digital) for $45.49 at Microsoft and PlayStation Store (last-gen version for $36—normally $65).
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age—Definitive Edition (Xbox, PS4) for $26.47 at Microsoft and PlayStation Store (also on Game Pass—normally $35).
  • It Takes Two (Xbox, PS4) for $29.83 at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and PlayStation Store (normally $40).
  • Xbox Live Gold only: Tomb Raider: Definitive Survivor Trilogy (Xbox, PS4, digital) for $19.99 at Microsoft and PlayStation Store (normally $50).
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Enlarge / The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Gaming deals

  • Sony PlayStation Plus (digital) 12-month membership for $44.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $60).
  • Sony PlayStation Now (digital) 12-month membership for $44.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $60).
  • Sony PlayStation Now (digital) 3-month membership for $19.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $25).
  • Sony DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment for PS4 controllers for $14.99 at Target, Adorama, and GameStop (not compatible with PS5 games—normally $20).
  • Sony PlayStation 5 HD Camera for $49.99 at Amazon, Target, and GameStop (normally $60).
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (digital) 3-month membership for $39.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $45).
  • New subscribers only: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (digital) 3-month membership for $1 at Microsoft (normally $31).
  • HyperX Cloud Stinger S wired gaming headset for $39.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $55).
Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets you access to a lot of games for a monthly fee.

Enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets you access to a lot of games for a monthly fee.

Microsoft

  • Planet board game for $21.74 at Amazon and Target (normally $29).
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $59 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $65).
  • FastSnail Grips Joy-Con holders for Nintendo Switch for $10.16 at Amazon (clip 5% coupon—normally $14).
  • Razer DeathAdder V2 wired gaming mouse for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • Fnatic Streak mechanical gaming keyboard—Cherry MX Red switches for $49.99 at eBay via Best Buy and Best Buy (normally $110).
  • SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL mechanical gaming keyboard—SteelSeries Brown/Red/Blue switches for $99.99 at SteelSeries (requires free SteelSeries account—normally $130).
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro mechanical gaming keyboard—SteelSeries OmniPoint switches for $159.99 at SteelSeries (requires free SteelSeries account—normally $200).
  • Arcade1Up X-Men vs. Street Fighter Arcade Cabinet—22.75x19x57.8 inches (with riser), Wi-Fi, includes four games for $349 at Walmart (normally $399).
Sony's DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment. It adds two programmable buttons to the back of your PS4 controller.

Enlarge / Sony’s DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment. It adds two programmable buttons to the back of your PS4 controller.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Prime members only: 50-inch Toshiba Fire TV Edition 50LF621U21 (2020 model) 4K LED TV for $309.99 at Amazon (normally $350).
  • 50-inch Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model) 4K LED TV for $399.99 at Amazon (normally $470).
  • 65-inch LG CX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,849.99 at Amazon (normally $2,000).
  • 75-inch Sony X950H (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV + $100 Visa gift card for $1,998 at BuyDig ($2k w/o gift card at Amazon and Best Buy—normally $2,650).
Anker's Soundcore Life Q30 is an impressive wireless noise-canceling headphone that costs less than $100.

Enlarge / Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30 is an impressive wireless noise-canceling headphone that costs less than $100.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $59.99 at Amazon (clip $20 coupon—normally $80).
  • Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth noise-canceling on-ear headphones for $149 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $235).
  • Logitech Ergo M575 wireless trackball mouse for $40.99 at Target (normally $48).
  • Logitech MX Master 2S wireless office mouse for $49.99 at Lenovo (use code: MXMASTER50—normally $60).
  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $549 at Amazon and B&H (normally $570).
  • Apple Watch Series 6 (Red, 40mm) smartwatch for $329 at Amazon and B&H (normally $350).
  • Fitbit Charge 4 activity tracker for $99.95 at Amazon, Kohl’s, and Walmart (normally $130).
  • Garmin Forerunner 245 Music GPS running watch for $299.99 at Amazon, Target, and Garmin (normally $340).
  • Garmin Forerunner 45 GPS running watch for $149.99 at Amazon, Target, and Garmin (normally $185).
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) Starter Pro Kit—Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM), aluminum case, Samsung EVO+ (64GB) microSD card, power supply, USB-C power switch, micro-HDMI to HDMI cable (6ft) for $94.99 at Amazon (clip $15 coupon—normally $110).
The Beats Solo Pro are a solid pair of on-ear noise-canceling headphones

Enlarge / The Beats Solo Pro are a solid pair of on-ear noise-canceling headphones

Jeff Dunn

Smart home device deals

  • Prime members only: Amazon Echo Studio (refurb) smart home speaker for $124.99 at Amazon (normally $180).
  • Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control for $199 at Ecobee and Amazon (normally $249).
  • iRobot Roomba 614 robot vacuum for $199 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $224).
  • Eufy Smart Scale P1 wireless digital bathroom scale for $29.99 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $159.99 at Amazon (normally $225).
  • Eufy RoboVac 11S Max robot vacuum for $169.99 at Amazon (normally $230).
  • TP-Link Kasa KP303 smart Wi-Fi power strip—3x AC, 2x USB-A for $24.99 at Amazon (normally $29).
  • TP-Link Kasa HS103 smart Wi-Fi outlet for $7.49 at Amazon (clip 50% coupon, 4-pack for $25—normally $15).
Ecobee's SmartThermostat with Voice Control.

Enlarge / Ecobee’s SmartThermostat with Voice Control.

Ecobee

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Prime members only: Get $10 promotional credit when you spend $40 or more on select Amazon gift cards at Amazon (use code: GIFTFORPD21 or hit “Apply code to your account” button).
  • Prime members only: Audible Premium Plus 4-month membership for $27.80 ($6.95/month) at Amazon (auto-renews at $14.95/month after first four months—normally $60).
  • New subscribers + Prime members only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for free at Amazon (auto-renews at $8/month after first four months, three months free for non-Prime members—normally $24).
  • Instant Pot Duo Nova (6qt) 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $69 at BuyDig (normally $90).
  • Anker PowerPort PD 1 18W USB-C PD wall charger + Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable for $15.99 at Amazon (clip $9 coupon—normally $25).
  • Anker PowerPort Cube (5ft) USB power strip—18W, 3x USB-A, 3x AC for $14.99 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon and use code: ANKERA1499—normally $18).
  • Anker USB-C to HDMI Cable (6ft) for $11.99 at Amazon (use code: ANKERHDMI—normally $18).
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro (128GB) SDXC card—UHS-I, V30, U3, Class 10 for $29.99 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H (normally $34).
Amazon has set a handful of deals live for Prime members ahead of its Prime Day sales event later this month.

Enlarge / Amazon has set a handful of deals live for Prime members ahead of its Prime Day sales event later this month.

Amazon

  • Vava VA-UC020 8-in-1 portable USB-C hub—100W USB-C PD, USB-C 3.2 Gen 1, 2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, SD, microSD, 3.5mm, HDMI ([email protected]) for $33.99 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $40).
  • iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless 2 (Dashboard) car phone mount + wireless charger—10W Android/7.5W iPhone for $34.95 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • Apple Leather Case for iPhone 11 Pro Max for $20 at Amazon (normally $34).
  • Apple Smart Folio (White) case for 10.9-inch iPad Air (4th gen) for $39 at Amazon (normally $79).
  • AmazonBasics USB-C to USB 3.1 Adapter (10-pack) for $42.80 at Amazon (normally $70).
  • RavPower RP-PC112 61W USB-C PD GaN wall charger for $19.99 at RavPower (use code: 112GAN—normally $27).
  • Nekteck 5-Port 111W USB-C Wall Charger—111W total, 87W USB-C PD, 4x USB-A for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $48).

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