New Sephora Chatbot Aids Customers in Finding the Right Beauty Products

Sephora's Virtual Artist app is giving customers a chance to see how makeup and other cosmetics will look on them with the help of a chatbot.

Trying a new lipstick or make up on your face is so yesterday! A new chatbot from Sephora Virtual Artist powered by Modiface will let you see every imaginable color combination without ever touching your face.

This type of collaboration for product discovery using Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a first for a large retailer. With this new application, Sephora can connect and interact with its customers in a new way. From now on, Sephora customers can virtually try-on actual lipsticks, glosses, shadows, mascara and foundation products on their own photograph, without setting foot in a store.

The Modiface patented technology has been integrated with Sephora Virtual Artist to analyze a picture taken by a camera or smartphone. After it analyzes the image, the chatbot can find relevant products based on the user’s selection.

Modiface is a technology based on automatic face analysis research that started at Stanford University in 1999. Today it is used by dermatologists, dentists, hairstylists, make-up artists, nail salons and consumers to see how they will look without actually undergoing any procedure or style change.

A Look at How Sephora’s Virtual Artist App Works

The Mirror device is its augmented-reality technology that shows makeup, hair, skin, and anti-aging changes in LIVE 3D.

The use of AI and chatbots is not reserved for large retailers like Sephora. Small businesses can use this technology to engage with their customers for a more personalized experience.

Huge corporations aren’t the only businsses that benefit from using chatbots. There are numerous ways a small business can benefit from using chatbots. You can deploy your own chatbots to boost your small business strategy and add to your overall marketing mix. The bots you create can be used as a consumer resource, streamline sales, influence buying decisions, answer customer queries, boost social media engagement, and simplify payment.

You can try the Sephora Virtual Artist right here.

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30 Cool New Products from Amazon Launchpad

Check out these 30 new hot crowdfunded products getting a lot more visibility on the Amazon startups marketplace, Launchpad

If you happen to be browsing on Amazon’s site and you’ve wondered how many items are available from the online mega retailer, click right here. As of this posting, there were 366,874,689 items being offered for sale, which is quite daunting if you’re looking to introduce a new product and compete with the hundreds of millions out there. Granted there are many departments, but even a simple search for watches turns up more than two million items.

In order to give startups a leg up when breaking into this vast online marketplace, Amazon introduced Launchpad last year.

Crowdfunding sites like such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo and accelerators like Y Combinator have partnered with Amazon to identify products with the greatest potential and placed them into the Launchpad product listing.

Unlike other listings, Launchpad products get in-house advertising, a widget on Amazon’s storefront landing page, and a more user friendly format for potential buyers. The creators of the products also get videos and a larger space to describe their items in detail allowing them the potential for a greater personal connection with customers.

To give a better idea of the kinds of products the platform accepts, here are 30 items available on Launchpad with a bit about each.

Amazon Startups Products You Can Buy on Launchpad

Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

The Aura sleep-tracking system monitors and improves your sleep quality by waking you up at the best time in your sleep cycle with dedicated light and music programs. The device works with Spotify and over 10,000 web radio stations. After you set it up under the mattress, you can track your sleep on your smartphone (though only on iOS devices so far).

Amazon Startups Product - Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

The product follows a trend in sleep and other personal fitness and health tracking products. The system is available for $299.95.

ICE Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker

Like something out of science fiction, this floating Bluetooth speaker orb spins above a magnetic base in the air with 10mm of ground clearance. And its creators say it is capable of reproducing music at very high volumes without distortion.

Amazon Startups Product - ICE Portable Wireless Floating Bluetooth Speaker

The novelty factor alone is a great selling point, but this product also highlights the connectivity theme in so many tech products with its use of near field communication (NFC) and a cost of just $149.99.

Bluesmart One – Smart Luggage

Unlike the Modobag, which you can ride, the Bluesmart One must still be pulled. But the carry-on connects wirelessly to your smartphone so you can keep track of your luggage, and check to be sure it’s locked and underweight all from your mobile devie. And it has a charging dock, with two USB ports that has up to six charging cycles for your phone.

Amazon Startups Product - Bluesmart One - Smart Luggage

The compact design, the connectivity, charging option and 3G + GPS tracking makes this suitcase an attractive item for the business and weekend travelers at $439.99.

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

Nucleus uses the functionality of Alexa and a wide-angle HD camera to allow video chats throughout your home. It lets users see the entire room and everyone in it so the whole family can participate.

Amazon Startups Product - Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

By adding Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, this product no doubt improved its chances for being accepted. Additionally, it is portable, very functional and goes beyond chatting because of the Alexa integration. And again the product is available for just $242.

GOLF TAGS Real-Time Golf Tracking and Game Analysis System

This product brings the trending technology of metrics to the game of golf. Golf Tags tracks club distances, shot dispersion, greens in regulation, course strategy putting and performs scoring analysis. You can check the stats on Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear and Magellan Echo as well as other phones and other smartwatches.

Amazon Startups Product - GOLF TAGS Real-Time Golf Tracking and Game Analysis System

Golf is not for everyone, but the people that play it are extremely passionate and they are known for spending on tools to improve their game. This product requires no batteries to replace or recharging and provides the engagement needed to improve a player’s game all for a cost of just $99.99.

Remocam RMCU-1508 Smart Home Security Camera

Using what the company calls patent-pending infrared Smart Home technology, the product monitors with HD live streaming, records with a motion sensor and uses a Smart Home feature to control your electronic devices.

Amazon Startups Product - Remocam RMCU-1508 Smart Home Security Camera

Security is in huge demand, whether in the physical or digital world. And the Remocam uses its Smart Home technology to monitor your home day or night at a cost of just $199.

Modular Robotics MOSS Zombonitron 1600 Kit

The product represents modular robotics at its best. Each MOSS block is a different part of a robot, and what you get depends on the combination of blocks you put together. The kit is powered by a rechargeable LiPo battery and an extended battery block, along with motors, light and proximity sensors.

The product could potentially appeal to parents, kids, tinkerers, technology buffs and others. So adding it to Launchpad was probably a no brainer because of its broad potential customer base. The price of $199.95 also likely made it a logical inclusion.

Boosted Dual+ 2000W Electric Skateboard

Until very recently, the skateboard has pretty much been powered by the rider. But Boosted has 2,000 watts of power to help skateboarders coast effortlessly along. And that’s not all. According to the company, the new skateboard has the world’s only dual-drive system, meaning riders can accelerate up any hill and brake to a complete stop on the way back down. It has a maximum speed of 22 mph with a range of 7 Miles.

Amazon Startups Product - Boosted Dual+ 2000W Electric Skateboard

Skateboarders have always been passionate about their sport, and many are eager to try new innovations. This product was obviously a good choice for Launchpad. Even at $1,499, it has already sold out on Amazon and the company site. (Don’t you wish this had been your product?)

 gLink Garage Door Remote

Garage door openers are meant to add convenience, but too often they are just one more piece of tech to fret over. gLink turns your iOS and Android phone into a remote without having to worry about battery, power cord  or other maintenance. Each unit supports up to 10 permanent users with AES128, bidirectional authentication and dynamic password.

Amazon Startups Product - gLink Garage Door Remote

The price, convenience — at $44.99– and functionality gLink provides makes it an ideal product for Launchpad. Again, the potential customer base is huge.

CreoPop Cordless 3D Printing Pen

Finally 3D printing is in the mainstream. CreoPop is extending the popularity of this technology to a cordless, handheld device that lets your draw with filaments to create 3D objects.

Amazon Startups Product - CreoPop Cordless 3D Printing Pen

The selling point of CreoPop is proprietary photopolymers that cure under LED lights instead of PLA melted plastic. This means it is cool to the touch when finished. And, at $84, it represents an affordable way to get into 3D printing.

TORCH APPAREL T2 Bike Helmet

The Torch helmet has two very large surfaces of light that wrap around to the sides for greater visibility. It can run for up to 6 hours on steady beam setting or 36 hours on flash. The lens has an explosion proof 9h hardness tempered glass and oleo phobic coating to prevent oil stains and fingerprints from smudging it.

Amazon Startups Product - TORCH APPAREL T2 Bike Helmet

With more people riding bikes, the helmet appeals to both fitness and safety. And at $149.99 it will be hard to resist.

Brushee PocketSized Toothbrush 1 Pack

What about a throwaway toothbrush, pre-pasted, with floss and pick, and already FDA-Approved to boot. A cheap and convenient product, customers will likely be unable to resist these for their car, gym bag, travel bag and elsewhere at a cost of just $3.49 per pack.

Amazon Startups Product - Brushee PocketSized Toothbrush 1 Pack

Oral hygiene is never a hard sell, so Brushee has that going for it. The reviews for this product are not bad, with most people liking it, and a lot of suggestions that should make the next generation even better. 

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

This smart thermometer is FDA-cleared, doesn’t need batteries and works with iOS and Android devices. All you have to do is plug Kinsa into your smartphone and you get accurate readings in seconds. It creates profiles for everyone in the family, time stamps the temperature, tracks health history and offers real-time guidance on what steps to take.

Amazon Startups Product - Kinsa Smart Thermometer

An invaluable tool for parents, or anyone else for that matter, the device is reasonably priced at $19.99, and the fact that it doesn’t need batteries makes it highly practical.

QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

This is a clinically validated monitor that meets both US and European Standards. It measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels and heart rate with irregular heartbeat detection. The device works wirelessly with the free Qardio App allowing you to upload, store and share data on iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

Amazon Startups Product - QardioArm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

There’s a trend toward being more proactive with healthcare, and the QardiArm provides the hardware and software to make that possible. The technology is easy, accurate and useful at a cost of just $84.35.

EcoWasher Pro Detergent Free Laundry System

The EcoWasher Pro cleans your dirty laundry without detergents. An oxidation process turns cold water into a powerful cleaning agent that even gets rid of bacteria and germs detergents and hot water miss. Not to mention, you will no longer have to use chemicals that have caused a wide range of reactions on toddlers and others to wash your clothes.

Amazon Startups Product - EcoWasher Pro Detergent Free Laundry System

An environmentally friendly product for something we all do, the laundry, the $230.76 price tag might give customers pause. But when you take into account how much detergents cost, the onetime price definitely seems worth many of the benefits it provides.

Ride Scoozy Electric Bike

The Scoozy is a 350 watt direct drive electric bike that gives you 20-40 miles per charge with a cruising speed of 20 mph.

Amazon Startups Product - Ride Scoozy Electric Bik

For people who work and shop close to home and want to contribute to improving the environment, this is a great product — even at $1,399. Not having to deal with traffic, parking and gas are also great selling points.

Soylent Ready to Drink Food, 12 Pack of 14 oz. Bottles

Sometimes you are so busy you forget to eat. That is where Soylent comes in with a 100 percent vegan replacement meal you can drink. You can use it as a base for a smoothie. The carbs come from beets, protein from soy, and healthy fats from renewable algae sources.

Amazon Startups Product - Soylent Ready to Drink Food, 12 Pack of 14 oz. Bottles

The market is full of protein bars and shakes with questionable ingredients. Soylent is a better alternative when you want a quick and healthy replacement meal, for vegans and carnivores alike — and the $32.30 cost for a 12 pack makes it seem cost effective too.

Rocketbook Notebook

Here’s the world’s first smart, microwave-to-erase-and-reuse notebook. That alone should be enough to get most people’s attention. The Pilot FriXion pens are essential for the best outcome when it comes to erasing what you write with your microwave. If you want to share your notes, you can use the app with your iOS or Android device to send your notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, OneNote and more.

Amazon Startups Product - Rocketbook Notebook

Rocketbook has a novelty factor along with being practical. However, with tablets and phablets essentially doing the same thing without the need for a “nuking” and a $27 price tag, it remains to be seen how the product will do with customers.

Automatic: Connected Car Adapter

Automatic, a connected car adapter, decodes the check engine light, gets a live insurance agent in case of an accident, promotes good driving habits, monitors speed, coaches teen drivers and is compatible with Amazon Echo.

Amazon Startups Product - Automatic: Connected Car Adapter

Going to the mechanic to find out what that check engine light means can be costly. And the adapter, at $79.99, is likely to also get the attention of a lot of DIY’ers and weekend mechanics.

Osmo Coding Set

Osmo Coding introduces your child to code early so he or she can learn a very practical language in our technological world at an early age. But the product also improves problem solving and logic skills, which have applications beyond computers.

Amazon Startups Product - Osmo Coding Set

Being multi-lingual is more important than ever, and coding is becoming a very useful language to learn. At $49.95, this is a timely educational tool likely to appeal to many.

Canary All-in-One Home Security Device

Canary provides real-time video stream of your home with 1080p HD camera, automatic night vision, 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and instant access to local authorities, all for $174.43. It also monitors the air quality, temperature and humidity all connected to the internet and available on your iOS or Android device.

With connectivity a prevailing theme with many Launchpad products, the Canary adds even more functionality for monitoring your environment.

RIF6 Cube 2-inch Mobile Projector

The Cube is a 2-inch portable mobile projector with 20,000 Hour LED light and 120-inch display. It works with phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles and costs $245.49.

With remote work and collaboration now part of almost all organizations, the Cube has potential beyond entertainment.

Dacuda PocketScan

Tagged as the world’s smallest wireless scanner for your smart phone, tablet, PC or MAC, PocketScan was conceived of after one too many trips to the library by the creator.

Amazon Startups Product - Dacuda PocketScan

Just like the Cube, this device has great potential in today’s workforce and is reasonably priced at just $149.

Petnet SmartFeeder iPhone

If you leave a big bowl of food out for your pet, your furry friend will more than likely eat all of it. The Petnet SmartFeeder and app provide remote and scheduled feedings, manage portions, notifications and food delivery for the feeder.

Amazon Startups Product - Petnet SmartFeeder iPhone

Obesity is as much of a crisis for pets as it is for people, and the SmartFeeder can help combat this problem though at $314.98 certainly not without cost The fact that you can control it remotely ensures your pet gets the right amount of food all the time.

Revolights Eclipse Bicycle Lighting System ($199)

The popularity of biking has inspired many innovations. The Revolights system puts lights on the biggest thing on the bike (beside the rider), the wheel. The light is visible from 360 Degrees, and a smart rear brake light blinks when you are slowing down.

Men’s Journal Magazine voted it, “The Best Bike Lighting System in the World,” and if you see the video, it makes a great case for the product. According to the National Bicycle Dealers Association there were 17.4 million bikes sold in 2015, so there is a big market for Revolights which seems priced right at just $199.

GlocalMe G2 Global Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

GlocalMe is the world’s first 4G global mobile WiFi hotspot with support in more than 108 countries. It has 4G/3G speeds with cloud SIM technology that doesn’t require a local SIM card.

Amazon Startups Product - GlocalMe G2 Global Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

The tool might not be for everyone, but at just $159 for power users it is a great backup when you can’t find the right connection. The built-in 6000 mAh power bank also charges your smartphone.

ActiveDesk Electric Adjustable Height Standing Desk

ActiveDesk is a DIY frame for an adjustable standing desk with automatic smart memory keypad. The DIY kit, priced at $499, only includes the frame without a top, memory pad and height motors.

The full version of this desk is used by people at Google, Uber, Quora, HubSpot and AppSumo. The company has a strong customer base, but the DIY version might be a great way to add to it.

Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter

Alter Ego has a proven technology that has been used for more than 10 years. The bottle filters up to 750 liters or 198 gallons of water by getting rid of urban contaminants such as chlorine and arsenic, as well as 99.9 percent of Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

Amazon Startups Product - Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter

Since it is aimed at a somewhat niche market, the $194.97 price may be too much for some. 

CUFF Lisa Smart Necklace

The CUFF Lisa necklace is a beacon that lets you create a community of people you want to alert in case of an emergency.

Amazon Startups Product - CUFF Lisa Smart Necklace

This is a great safety product anyone can use, but especially seniors and individuals that may have dementia or related disorders such as Alzheimer’s. The $46.98 price tag should be reasonable given its important use.

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone

Unlike cheap drones you find listed elsewhere, the Autel X-Star is a premium drone priced at $899 with a 4K Ultra HD video camera capable of live view up to 1.2 miles away and a flight time of up to 25 minutes.

Amazon Startups Product - Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone

The drone market is saturated, and it will take exceptional features to get the attention of consumers. The X-Star has noteworthy specs, but it will face great competition from the likes of DJI Phantom.

URB-E Black Label Electric Folding Scooter

With a 20 mile range and a top speed of 15mph, the URB-E scooter also charges your smartphone. At $1,699, it is 100 percent built in America with quality materials, including carbon fiber and American aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum.

Amazon Startups Product - URB-E Black Label Electric Folding Scooter

The company says it is the world’s most compact, foldable electric vehicle. The sooter created by an award winning industrial designer and a former lead engineer at Porsche. For people that want quality and are willing to pay for it, this might be the scooter for them.

If you have the next great item and you want to sell it on Launchpad, you have to register as an Amazon vendor and provide details about the product. The company then determines if there is demand for it based on an initial order shipped to Amazon’s fulfilment centers. If you are approved, you will pay a five percent incremental referral fee in addition to the regular referral fee Amazon charges for sold items.

Images: Amazon.com

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5 Ways To Use Video To Showcase Handmade Products

handmade products video

When it comes to showcasing a product, there is nothing like the power of video. But if that is the case (and it is), then why is it that video seems to be the domain of people who are either selling services or the supplies used to make products?

If you make the products you sell, handmade products videos that showcase your work should be readily available all over the Web. After all, you have an endless stream of Made In America action that your customers want to see. So why deny them?

If you make the products you sell, you have a huge advantage over the people simply selling information or services. Who wants to watch a video of someone creating an information product? When you make soap or shoes or cupcakes or perfume, it’s a whole different ball game. Nothing can showcase the color and texture of your product the way a handmade products video can.

Below are ways to use a handmade products video to showcase handmade products and compel people to buy more of them.

Creative Video To Showcase Handmade Products

Show Everyone How You Make Your Product

People love learning about how things are made. It’s interesting to see raw materials come together to form a useful product that enhances people’s lives.

Here is an example of Kendra Renee at Kendra Renee Jewelry Design using an Instagram video to show how she carves a mold for a wedding ring out of wax.

Demonstrate How Your Product Should Be Used

One of the best ways you can positively influence people to buy your products is to show them how they perform in the setting in which they will use them at home.

Here is an example of Chelsea Selby at Witch Baby Soap using an Instagram handmade products video to showcase how one of her bath bombs perform in a bathtub. Even more clever, the video she is using is actually one made by one of her customers. See, sometimes, you don’t even have to create the video yourself!

Make a Video that Reflects Your Target Customers Using Your Product

One of the things that sets a product apart from the pack is that the customers who buy it can see themselves using and enjoying the product. Help facilitate this positive branding experience by sharing a handmade products video that shows your customers happily using your products.

Here is an example of how Stacia Guzzo at Handcrafted Honey Bee used a promotional launch video to show how her target customers can “dream big” as they enjoy using her DIY cosmetic kits.

Share Information About the Ingredients and Components in Your Products

While a fragrance is difficult to capture in an online environment, with video, you can describe it well enough to allow viewers to engage their olfactory system in a fun way.

In this handmade products video, natural perfumer Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume Company shares exactly how she builds a perfume from scratch, from start to finish. For anyone interested in the art of perfume, this is a fun video to watch because you can almost smell the aromas as she describes them.

Use Video to Encourage People to Support Your Next Project

Whether it’s crowd funding or an awards contest, using video to showcase your handmade products can help attract everything from votes to funding. When you want people to support you by giving a vote or donating their hard earned cash, the least you can do is entertain them a little. No one wants to read seven paragraphs of text before submitting a vote. But everyone will watch a fun video.

Here is an example of Anne-Marie Faiola at Handmade Beauty Box using a handmade products video to encourage people to fund her Kickstarter campaign, which, by the way, was fully funded within 24 hours of its release.

Using Video Leverages the Power of the Internet

No matter what you make, and no matter the size of your business, you can use a handmade products video to engage customers and prospects and tell the world about your products in living color. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

I’m sure you can think of tons of ways to make your business shine using video to showcase handmade products! Share your ideas and experiences, and links to your most successful videos, in the comments.

For additional reading:

29 Places to Market Craft Tutorial Videos to Attract Buyers

25 Places to Sell Handmade Crafts Online

5 Reasons Your Handmade Business is Not Gaining Traction

Pottery Photo via Shutterstock

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Almost Half of Small Businesses Marketing Products on Social Media (INFOGRAPHIC)

According to this infographic that reveals how small businesses are using social media, About half are marketing their products.

Small businesses are waking up to the potential for using social media to market their products, a new study has found.

How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media

According to the report by SCORE, a nonprofit association for small businesses, 45 percent of these small companies use social media marketing to promote a specific product or service.

Apart from product promotion, small businesses use social media marketing for the following purposes:

  • To share information about sales and discounts (38 percent).
  • To gain likes and fans (38 percent).
  • To solicit/respond to customer feedback (34 percent).

Other purposes include providing videos to highlight products or services (29 percent), sharing a company blog post (20 percent) and establishing their personal expertise (23 percent).

Facebook: Top Choice of Small Businesses

Unsurprisingly, Facebook is the most preferred social networking site for a majority of small businesses (70 percent). Twitter (38 percent) and LinkedIn (37 percent) are a distant second and third choice.

Facebook’s unparalleled popularity among small businesses can be attributed to its massive user base, which allows businesses to connect with more customers. On top of that, the social networking giant has made its platform more business-friendly to help smaller firms leverage it for marketing purposes.

From time to time, Facebook introduces new tools and features to support small businesses’ marketing initiatives. Take the recently launched Lookalike Audience tool, for instance. Designed to help small businesses reach a global audience, the tool makes it easier for firms to expand their customer base.

“What I hear from small businesses around the world is their time and their money is precious, and we want to be the best minute and the best dollar that they spend every day,” Facebook’s VP of global SMB Dan Levy told Forbes. “We want to be number one growth driver for their business.”

Social media is all about creating that personal bond with your audience. Therefore, to make the most of it requires adopting a more personalized tone of voice. Humor works really well and any information presented in a simple to understand language gets maximum audience attention.

How can you make it simple for your audience to understand what you’re talking about? That’s the question you must always answer when you develop your content strategy for social media marketing.

Check out the infographic below for more information.

According to this infographic that reveals how small businesses are using social media, About half are marketing their products. 5

Image: Score

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Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon is promoting Prime Day as bigger than Black Friday
  • All deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members
  • Deals will go live throughout the day

Amazon Prime Day is here. A wide range of products have got massive discounts across categories on the online retailer’s website. All of these deals are only available for Amazon Prime members, so if you want to get these discounts, you’ll have to buy a Prime subscription. We picked the best deals we found on Amazon US, though other Amazon stores like the ones in Canada and UK, among others, are also marking Prime Day 2016 with discounts of their own.

Note that most of these deals will not ship to India directly from Amazon US, though you may be able to find many other Prime Day deals that do. But don’t worry, here’s how you can order these products from the US and get them shipped to India. Before you go ahead make the purchase though, remember even if you get a fantastic deal you will have to pay taxes and Customs duties on the goods you order. This can increase the price significantly so you should factor that in before ordering. Note that companies may not honour the warranty locally either.

If the product you select can be delivered by Amazon to your home in India – it will tell you before you order – then the e-commerce company will take care of duties and taxes for you.

Here are the best deals from Amazon US Prime Day 2016 sale. If you already have an Amazon Echo, be sure to check out this page for all Alexa deals. The first purchase you make via Alexa gets you an additional $10 discount.

In addition to these, there are plenty of limited time, lightning deals as well, so keep checking the Prime Day deals page to make sure you don’t miss out on something.

1. Huawei Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P (Review) 64GB and 128GB variants are available at over 25 percent off on Amazon. If you want a smartphone that runs stock Android, this is a good bet.

Buy Nexus 6P 64GB at $404 (approximately Rs. 27,200) [usually $550 or Rs. 36,900].
Buy Nexus 6P 128GB at $479 (approximately Rs. 32,200) [usually $649 or Rs. 43,560].

Amazon India Nexus 6P 64 GB price: Rs. 39,499

2. Xbox One
The Xbox One will soon be replaced by the new Xbox One S but the “old” console has almost all the features of the new one in a bulkier package. While the price is great, you should know that the US unit of the Xbox One won’t work in India without a step-down transformer – otherwise you could end up damaging your console. The deal offers an Xbox One, a $50 Amazon gift card, an extra wireless controller, and a digital code for Forza Horizon 2.

Three bundles are on sale. The Name Your Game Bundle ships with Halo 5: Guardians – Limited Edition physical disc and offers a download code for one of Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle comes with the game in the name of the bundle and Fallout 4 Standard Edition. If you buy the 1TB The Division bundle, you also get Rainbow Six: Siege.

Buy Xbox One 1TB The Division Bundle at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,000) [usually $470 or Rs. 31,500]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]

Amazon India Xbox One price: Rs. 32,490

3. Moto G4 with lockscreen ads
If you are in the US and don’t mind buying an unlocked phone that shows ads on the lockscreen, theMoto G4 (Review) is available only for Amazon Prime members with a big discount. There’s not much point in shipping it if you’re in India though – once you factor in the extra costs to get it here, you’ll find a better deal inside the country itself.

Buy Moto G4 with lockscreen ads at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) for 16GB; $180 (approximately Rs. 12,000) for 32GB
Amazon India Moto G4 price: Rs. 12,499

4. Blu R1 HD
Blu is a relatively unknown brand in India, but its unlocked R1 HD smartphone is available at just $50 (roughly Rs. 3,400) if you’re willing to tolerate lockscreen ads.

Buy Blue R1 HD with lockscreen ads at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) for 8GB storage/1GB RAM; $60 (approximately Rs. 4,000) for 16GB storage/2GB RAM

Not available in India

5. Honor 5X
Another decent Android smartphone available on Amazon Prime Day, the Honor 5X (Review) has a big discount.

Buy Honor 5X at $120 (approximately Rs. 8,054) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,400]
Amazon India Honor 5X price: Rs. 12,987

6. Amazon Echo
The Echo is a speaker that you can use to access Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. This is a nifty gadget that helps you get a lot of things done just via voice commands. Right now it has a huge price cut. Amazon Tap, Dot, and other Amazon devices are on sale as well.

Buy Amazon Echo at $130 (usually $180 or Rs. 12,000)

Not available in India

7. Bose headphones
If you want in-ear headphones, Bose SoundSport has a big discount, while if you’d like a pair of around-ear headphones, then the SoundTrue is on sale.

Buy Bose SoundSport at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Amazon India Bose SoundSport price: Rs. 6,210

Buy Bose SoundTrue at $100 (approximately Rs. 6,700) [usually $179 or Rs. 12,000]
Amazon India Bose SoundTrue price: Rs. 14,513)

8. SanDisk SSDs and other products
As part of Prime Day 2016, Amazon US is offering various SanDisk products at up to 40 percent discount including SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter at $14.99 (approximately Rs. 1,000) – usually $19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,350) – and SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SATA III 2.5-Inch SSD at $164.99 (approximately Rs. 11,000)- usually $224.57 (approximately Rs. 15,000). There are discounts on various other products including pen drives.

Check out the full range of SanDisk products discounted as part of Prime Day.

9. Amazon Kindle discounts
Amazon has discounted some of its Kindle range of ebook readers for Prime Day. In case you want to pick up one, click one of the links below.

Buy Amazon Kindle at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $80 or Rs. 5,200]
Amazon India Kindle price: Rs. 5,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Paperwhite at $90 (approximately Rs. 6,100) [usually $190 or Rs. 12,600]
Amazon India Kindle Paperwhite price: Rs. 10,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Voyage at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,200]
Amazon India Kindle Voyage price: Rs. 16,499

10. Amazon Fire TV
If you want a nice, portable box that streams content to your TV, Amazon Fire TV is a decent option. All variants are on sale.

Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $25 (approximately Rs. 1,700) [usually $40 or Rs. 2,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV at $70 (approximately Rs. 4,700) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $110 (approximately Rs. 7,400) [usually $140 or Rs. 9,400]

Amazon Fire TV range is not officially available in India yet.

Which are your favourite Amazon Prime Day deals? What did you buy? Let us know via the comments.

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Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and More

Amazon India Sale Continues With Deals on Fitbit Range, Audio Products, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon india’s 48 hour sale kicked off on Thursday
  • Deals include discounts on Fitbit products, audio products, and more
  • Thursday saw Amazon discounts on popular mobiles

Amazon India is continuing its 48 hour sale with deals on popular electronics and other products. The second and final day of the Amazon India 48 hour sale sees deals on Fitbit products as well as host of other electronics, including audio products from the likes of Skullcandy and other vendors. There is also 5 percent discount on Amazon India gift cards. Check out all the deals here.

In addition to these deals, consumers shopping on Amazon India until Friday can also get an additional 10 percent extra discount on every purchase made via Standard Chartered debit and credit cards. Notably, users can avail the deals via Amazon India’s website as well as mobile app.

On Thursday, some of the smartphones available under the Amazon India’s 48 Hours Sale were theLenovo Vibe K4 Note which was available at Rs. 10,999, with the Ant VR headset available at just Rs. 699. The Coolpad Note 3 was also available at Rs. 7,999, down from the earlier price of Rs. 8,499, andIntex Aqua Star 4G was available at Rs. 4,599, down from the launch price of Rs. 6,499.

Other electronic products available via Amazon India’s 48 hour sale were the Micromax 32-inch HD ready LED TV which was available at Rs. 13,640, down from earlier price of Rs. 17,000; Samsung Evo Plus 16GB microSD card which was available at Rs. 299, down from earlier price of Rs. 353; D-Link (DSL-2750U) Wi-Fi router available at Rs. 1,619, down from the price of Rs. 3,140, and Logitech MK215wireless keyboard and mouse combo available at Rs. 949, down from the earlier price of Rs. 1,645.

Check out all products discounted as part of the Amazon India 48 hour sale.

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Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

Prime Day Deals: Nexus 6P, Xbox One, Amazon Products, and a Lot More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon is promoting Prime Day as bigger than Black Friday
  • All deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members
  • Deals will go live throughout the day

Amazon Prime Day is here. A wide range of products have got massive discounts across categories on the online retailer’s website. All of these deals are only available for Amazon Prime members, so if you want to get these discounts, you’ll have to buy a Prime subscription. We picked the best deals we found on Amazon US, though other Amazon stores like the ones in Canada and UK, among others, are also marking Prime Day 2016 with discounts of their own.

Note that most of these deals will not ship to India directly from Amazon US, though you may be able to find many other Prime Day deals that do. But don’t worry, here’s how you can order these products from the US and get them shipped to India. Before you go ahead make the purchase though, remember even if you get a fantastic deal you will have to pay taxes and Customs duties on the goods you order. This can increase the price significantly so you should factor that in before ordering. Note that companies may not honour the warranty locally either.

If the product you select can be delivered by Amazon to your home in India – it will tell you before you order – then the e-commerce company will take care of duties and taxes for you.

Here are the best deals from Amazon US Prime Day 2016 sale. If you already have an Amazon Echo, be sure to check out this page for all Alexa deals. The first purchase you make via Alexa gets you an additional $10 discount.

In addition to these, there are plenty of limited time, lightning deals as well, so keep checking the Prime Day deals page to make sure you don’t miss out on something.

1. Huawei Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P (Review) 64GB and 128GB variants are available at over 25 percent off on Amazon. If you want a smartphone that runs stock Android, this is a good bet.

Buy Nexus 6P 64GB at $404 (approximately Rs. 27,200) [usually $550 or Rs. 36,900].
Buy Nexus 6P 128GB at $479 (approximately Rs. 32,200) [usually $649 or Rs. 43,560].

Amazon India Nexus 6P 64 GB price: Rs. 39,499

2. Xbox One
The Xbox One will soon be replaced by the new Xbox One S but the “old” console has almost all the features of the new one in a bulkier package. While the price is great, you should know that the US unit of the Xbox One won’t work in India without a step-down transformer – otherwise you could end up damaging your console. The deal offers an Xbox One, a $50 Amazon gift card, an extra wireless controller, and a digital code for Forza Horizon 2.

Three bundles are on sale. The Name Your Game Bundle ships with Halo 5: Guardians – Limited Edition physical disc and offers a download code for one of Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay. The Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle comes with the game in the name of the bundle and Fallout 4 Standard Edition. If you buy the 1TB The Division bundle, you also get Rainbow Six: Siege.

Buy Xbox One 1TB The Division Bundle at $299 (approximately Rs. 20,000) [usually $470 or Rs. 31,500]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Gears of War Ultimate Edition Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]
Buy Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle at $279 (approximately Rs. 18,800) [usually $430 or Rs. 28,900]

Amazon India Xbox One price: Rs. 32,490

3. Moto G4 with lockscreen ads
If you are in the US and don’t mind buying an unlocked phone that shows ads on the lockscreen, theMoto G4 (Review) is available only for Amazon Prime members with a big discount. There’s not much point in shipping it if you’re in India though – once you factor in the extra costs to get it here, you’ll find a better deal inside the country itself.

Buy Moto G4 with lockscreen ads at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) for 16GB; $180 (approximately Rs. 12,000) for 32GB
Amazon India Moto G4 price: Rs. 12,499

4. Blu R1 HD
Blu is a relatively unknown brand in India, but its unlocked R1 HD smartphone is available at just $50 (roughly Rs. 3,400) if you’re willing to tolerate lockscreen ads.

Buy Blue R1 HD with lockscreen ads at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) for 8GB storage/1GB RAM; $60 (approximately Rs. 4,000) for 16GB storage/2GB RAM

Not available in India

5. Honor 5X
Another decent Android smartphone available on Amazon Prime Day, the Honor 5X (Review) has a big discount.

Buy Honor 5X at $120 (approximately Rs. 8,054) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,400]
Amazon India Honor 5X price: Rs. 12,987

6. Amazon Echo
The Echo is a speaker that you can use to access Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. This is a nifty gadget that helps you get a lot of things done just via voice commands. Right now it has a huge price cut. Amazon Tap, Dot, and other Amazon devices are on sale as well.

Buy Amazon Echo at $130 (usually $180 or Rs. 12,000)

Not available in India

7. Bose headphones
If you want in-ear headphones, Bose SoundSport has a big discount, while if you’d like a pair of around-ear headphones, then the SoundTrue is on sale.

Buy Bose SoundSport at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Amazon India Bose SoundSport price: Rs. 6,210

Buy Bose SoundTrue at $100 (approximately Rs. 6,700) [usually $179 or Rs. 12,000]
Amazon India Bose SoundTrue price: Rs. 14,513)

8. SanDisk SSDs and other products
As part of Prime Day 2016, Amazon US is offering various SanDisk products at up to 40 percent discount including SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter at $14.99 (approximately Rs. 1,000) – usually $19.99 (approximately Rs. 1,350) – and SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SATA III 2.5-Inch SSD at $164.99 (approximately Rs. 11,000)- usually $224.57 (approximately Rs. 15,000). There are discounts on various other products including pen drives.

Check out the full range of SanDisk products discounted as part of Prime Day.

9. Amazon Kindle discounts
Amazon has discounted some of its Kindle range of ebook readers for Prime Day. In case you want to pick up one, click one of the links below.

Buy Amazon Kindle at $50 (approximately Rs. 3,350) [usually $80 or Rs. 5,200]
Amazon India Kindle price: Rs. 5,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Paperwhite at $90 (approximately Rs. 6,100) [usually $190 or Rs. 12,600]
Amazon India Kindle Paperwhite price: Rs. 10,999

Buy Amazon Kindle Voyage at $150 (approximately Rs. 10,000) [usually $200 or Rs. 13,200]
Amazon India Kindle Voyage price: Rs. 16,499

10. Amazon Fire TV
If you want a nice, portable box that streams content to your TV, Amazon Fire TV is a decent option. All variants are on sale.

Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $25 (approximately Rs. 1,700) [usually $40 or Rs. 2,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV at $70 (approximately Rs. 4,700) [usually $100 or Rs. 6,700]
Buy Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition at $110 (approximately Rs. 7,400) [usually $140 or Rs. 9,400]

Amazon Fire TV range is not officially available in India yet.

Which are your favourite Amazon Prime Day deals? What did you buy? Let us know via the comments.

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