Amazon Lightning Deal Tips!

Every day Amazon offers Lightning Deals on everything from toys to electronics to household, clothing and more!

Because these deals are so awesome, they may go really fast!!  We want to help you save, and sort through the deals quickly!  First things first, you need to understand how these lightning deals work… (ps – you can view all of my favorite Amazon Deals right here and make sure you know these 16 Amazon Secrets!

How Amazon Lightning Deals Work:

Amazon puts anywhere from 200 to 2,000 deals on their Lightning Deal Sales. These sales usually last 2-6 hours, and are limited to the stock AMAZON has. They are almost always shipped and sold by Amazon.  So you aren’t likely to find Aunt Flo’s hand knitted caps, but you will find LOTS of name brand items like Willow Tree, Lego, Tonka, Fisher Price and more.

They also tend to have theme days, like Melissa and Doug, Green Toys, or Rachael Ray (to name just a few!) where they put many items by the same company on sale all at the same time!  It’s a great way to get several good deals on your favorite brands!

Benefits of Prime:

  • Prime members get access to many of the deals 30 minutes before non members! (Try a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime Membership by clicking HERE!)  Look for Prime Early Access Deal under the start time for Early Access to TONS of great lightning deals every day!

Things to Know:

  • There is a time limit and a claim limit on every deal.  It can vary from a few of the items to hundreds.  Go into the deals expecting them to go fast.  Especially if it has anything to do with Frozen, Disney, Marvel, Kindle, or Building Toys (like Lego, Mega Bloks, Magformers, etc)
  • An Amazon customer can only purchase 1 of each of the lighting deal items.
  • The deal is gone once the time limit or the claim limit is reached (whichever limit is hit first).  BUT you can still get the deal if you miss it.  Join the waiting list, and hang out on Amazon.  (See Winning the Waitlist War below)
  • Lightning Deals run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  We can’t possibly post them all so be sure to check for new ones right here!
  • Look on the sidebar to filter out what you’re looking for… tick the box “upcoming” to see what is coming up and set your alarm so you don’t miss it!
  • There are different deals starting as often as every 5 minutes
  • Lightning Deals are subject to change!  Sometimes they run out of stock, or other unknown factors, and deals change at the last minute. So be sure to check the deal list ahead of time, get into the right category, and find the deal you want before the scheduled start time, so you aren’t waiting around for a deal that got moved or eliminated.  If deals are ending, the page they are displayed on can change, so sort by category (see how below!) because it is the FASTEST way to sort through the deals.
  • A Lightning Deal must be redeemed by clicking the “Proceed to Checkout” button from your shopping cart. If you try to use the 1 Click To Checkout option, you will not receive the Lightning Deal discount.

Winning the Waitlist War:

When you get a Lightning Deal in your cart, you have 15 minutes to checkout.  If you don’t checkout during that time, it becomes available again, and goes to the first person on the waiting list.  MANY times people click claim before they even check the price or details to make sure they can snag it if they end up wanting it.

  • Be sure to stay on the Amazon website, because you only have 3 minutes to claim the deal when it becomes available to you.
  • Refresh your Amazon page every 2 minutes to make sure it isn’t your turn to claim it.
  • If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you will need to get your cart total up to $25 if you want free shipping. Make sure you have everything you need to get to the $25 shipping level in your cart, so you can check out immediately when it’s your turn.  You don’t want to have to find something to make shipping free and possibly miss the deal.
  • Of course, the easiest way to get around that is to try an Amazon Prime Membership FREE!  You get 30 days of FREE 2-day shipping benefits, so NOW is the perfect time!

Since the deals go so fast…

We won’t be posting individual deals on our blog.  The SUPER hot ones will make our Facebook page!  Make sure you follow us on Facebook! Getting notifications when we post something on Facebook is the FASTEST and best way to make sure you don’t miss a deal!   If you don’t want to get notifications,  consider joining our Facebook group, because you’re a lot more likely to see the great deals we are sharing.  

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6 HOT Lightning Deal Tips:

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  1. Get a Prime account because members get access to many of the deals 30 minutes before non members! (Try an Amazon Prime Membership FREE!)
  2. Know your prices!  Sometimes a lightning deal might not be as good as it seems.  Try to stop by the page of the item you want BEFORE it goes on Lightning Deal, to see how much it’s selling for.  To do that, just click on the picture of the lightning deal, and it’ll take you right there!
  3. Lightning deals do not work on mobile devices unless you have the Amazon mobile app, and even then, there is usually a delay.  We recommend working directly from your laptop.  And if it’s #1 on (insert favorite person’s name here) you might want to kick everyone off your wifi connection just before the deal goes live, so you aren’t battling 15 different devices for the bandwidth!
  4. You can not put the item in your cart ahead of time and hope to get the price, you can only get the deal when you click on the lightning deal button.
  5. Lightning deals go fast so be ready and watch the time. Show up at least 60 seconds before it starts, and then get your mouse ready to click!
  6. You may have to refresh the page to see the deal if it does not show up at first, but count to 5 before you refresh, so you don’t miss it because your page is slow to refresh.

Good luck!  Have you found any other ways to snag those Lightning Fast Deals?



  • Robyn

    My gold box deals didn’t include the nativity set 🙁 Mine was a mother and her boys and an angel.

    • Becky

      Sadly, Amazon changed it after we posted… we are still watching, because it’s an awesome deal!

      • Robyn Price

        Thank you for watching for it!! Please let me know if you do see it – I’m watching as well – I’ll let you girls know if I see any change. I would LOVE to get that willow tree nativity set on gold box. Thank you so much for all you do!!!!!

  • Amy Schwartz

    I just came across your site while searching for my question below. Can’t wait till the weekend when I’ll have time to peruse the site for awesome information!!
    In the mean time, is there a way to sort the Amazon lightning deals from expiring the soonest to the latest? I feel like you used to be able to sort them that way but I don’t see that now – only by price or discount. Thanks so much!

    • Cathy

      Hi Amy! Glad you found us! 🙂 I use the “active” in the filters, but you are right… it doesn’t necessarily sort it by ending soonest. 🙁

  • Rita Montague

    Is there a way to search through lightening deals other than category to get more specific about certain products?

    • Cathy

      If there is, I haven’t discovered it yet! I just use the categories and refine my search using those filters on the left side.

  • Ellen

    When the time is posted for a deal, what time zone are they using?

  • D

    I forgot what I paid for a lightening deal…How do I see what I paid after it is delivered?

    • Cathy Yoder

      Hi D! Just log into your account and view your order history. Then you can find the order and click on “order details” and see the invoice!

  • David

    Is a ‘Lightening Deal’ the same or even related to what I ran across on Amazon earlier today, a ‘Deal of the Day’?
    I ask because the item I was looking at was listed at a significant discount and directly under its price was a ‘Ends In’ timer thingy; said I had 20hrs left. When I went back 4 hours later to place the order, it was no longer listed as a Deal of the Day and was back at its pre-deal price. Still in stock, still sold and shipped by Amazon… any clues? Should have ordered it when I first saw it, that’s for sure.

    • Cathy Yoder

      That is definately odd! Usually the deal of the day can sell out, but it does list as being sold by other sellers. 🙁 What a bummer!

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