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Here's why Amazon Prime Day 2020 will outshine Black Friday

Amazon (AMZN) Prime Day 2020 is now the de facto start of the holiday shopping season.

The two-day event beginning on Oct. 13 shifted from its usual July date due to the pandemic, and with its closer proximity to the holidays, it’s expected to dethrone Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the fourth quarter’s top shopping day, according to new data from RetailMeNot.

More than two-thirds of people (67%) plan to make a purchase during Amazon Prime Day this year, according to the RetailMeNot data, while 65% plan to spend money on Cyber Monday and 59% intend to buy on Black Friday this year.

“The 13th and 14th of October will be the unofficial—frankly the official— kickoff to the holiday shopping season,” said Sara Skirboll, shopping & trends expert at RetailMeNot.

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Record-making sales

The popularity of the event is too big to ignore. Last year, the e-commerce giant broke its own Prime Day records and surpassed the sales it had recorded for the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

Sales estimates for this year’s two-day event total nearly $10 billion worldwide, with over $6 billion generated from U.S. sales alone, according to research firm eMarketer. Even when set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, Amazon is still forecast to smash its previous sales record by $3 billion.

“Since Prime Day’s 2015 debut, Amazon has expanded the scale and spectacle of the event in a mostly predictable fashion,” said Andrew Lipsman, eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence. “The generally incremental changes from year to year gave customers and sellers a better sense of what to expect, with Lightning Deals and heavily discounted Echos and Fire TVs taking center stage.”

Competition heats up

Entrance to Wal-Mart Store
Entrance to Wal-Mart Store

The day also places added pressure on other retailers to get a piece of the spending extravaganza by offering steep discounts in an attempt to siphon customers away from Amazon.

The fanfare surrounding Prime Day might overshadow the competition, but Skirboll said there will be “hundreds of other brands and retailers who are participating and offering sales and discounts to shoppers on those two days.”

Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Overstock, Zales, Macy’s, QVC, and Ray-Ban have already announced competing sale days. Retailers are also significantly more likely than they were in 2019 to say they will offer their deepest discounts during Amazon Prime Day rather than Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, according to RetailMeNot.

Stephanie is a reporter for Yahoo Money and Cashay, a new personal finance website. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.

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