Let’s be honest. Prime Day is likely much more about Amazon getting Prime Membership signups than selling lots of goods. After all, many of the Prime Day deals I found didn’t topple over the 20% off mark. I did, however, find a few gems that I really needed for the office.
What I ordered…
I only placed a handful of orders. At the top of the list was an Echo Dot for the office so I don’t have to keep running to other areas to tell Alexa to add whatever it is I need to the list. Plus, I plan to connect Alexa with my calendar so I can just ask her how full my day is. The price? Just $35 (and I ordered it using Alexa, so I got $10 back in Amazon money). By the way, I would have paid regular price for the Dot, I simply waiting a few extra weeks for the Prime Day deals.
A dock station for internal hard drives. Every single office and business professional (and, really, everyone else, too) needs to back up laptops, desktops and mobile devices. Typically we purchase external hard drives (desk-standing or portable ones). A docking station like this, though, lets us use internal drives to perform the task.
Teaching moment: An external drive is really an internal drive encased for usage outside of the computer. Thus, internal drives are less expensive.
I can also use the dock to recover data from drives taken out of other systems – like one of my husband’s laptops that crapped the bed years ago due to a screen and board failure.
A USB Hub for the laptop. Typically I have two external storage drives connected the MacBook Pro. One stores all my photos, the other video. That means every time I need to sync or backup other devices, I have to disconnect one of the drives. This hub will allow me to connect additional devices with low degradation of speed.
A photo/video lighting kit. Anyone who takes photo or video of products or people needs a good lighting kit. I’ve been using a table top “box style” lighting kit for years. It works great for small items, like jewelry and prepared foods. When it comes to anything bigger, though, I’m stuck having to use Photoshop to eliminate backgrounds and shadows, and sometimes redrawing edges of things.
For just a few bucks more than I paid for that box kit, I picked up a kit with lamps and umbrellas. Heck of a savings, even at regular Prime pricing.
What I missed…
BESTEK surge protector… This 8-outlet “cube” also boasts 6 USB ports for charging just about everything. Not that I’d use every outlet at one time, it certainly seems to pack a punch. Sleek, stylish and functional – everything you’d want in a desktop charging station.
LOCK LACES. Not that I can’t tie my own shoes, but because I walk a lot and would love to have constant and consistent tension throughout the day.
A wireless endoscope WiFi camera. Because, seriously, who wouldn’t want to be able to look into every nook and cranny of, well, just about anything.
A dash cam. For now I’ll just rely on my iPhone when things get tricky. I’ll put one of these on my Christmas wish list.
Of course, there were thousands of products I didn’t even catch. I mean, who has time to browse through every page of deals? A few items I wanted to pick up as gifts went so fast I didn’t even have time to click the Add to Cart button. Still, a pretty good, affordable haul.
How about you. Did you find any great Prime Day deals that will make you more productive? Let me know what you got.