As you shop for the best deals during Amazon Prime Day Early Access (opens in new tab), you should be aware of an Amazon Prime perk that doesn't get enough attention. Prime members can save 20% on eligible open box items at the Amazon Warehouse (opens in new tab), where Amazon sells all things pre-owned, used, and open box.
Open box products are items that have been returned to Amazon which are tested and resold without their original packaging. The item description details the exact condition of the product. I'd recommend sticking to 'like new' since those items are the closest thing to buying something right off the shelf.
The price difference between new and open-box products can often be pretty impressive. Throw another 20% on top, and you'll get a sweet discount. For example, this HyperX Cloud II headset (opens in new tab) is $75 brand new, though the open box model with the discount applied brings it down to $49.43, nearly $30 off. The only note is it may have a "cosmetic imperfection" somewhere on the headset. Amazon actually offers a breakdown (opens in new tab) of what each Warehouse product condition description means, so you'll know what you're getting.
The Prime Day Warehouse deals extend beyond headsets; you can get an Xbox Series S for $211 before tax, and we even found an Asus AX1800 WiFi 6 Router gaming router for $51 after the discount. There are dirt cheap 4K HDMI cables (opens in new tab) and microSD cards (opens in new tab). Other popular items you should consider shopping through the Amazon Warehouse are TVs or gaming monitors. Suppose you don't mind losing out on the original packaging or instruction manuals—in that case, it's a really easy way to save some money on newer products that often don't go on sale this deep, as long as you don't mind them showing up in a nondescript brown box (or one that's a bit beat up).
HyperX Cloud II | 7.1 surround| $75 $49.43 at Amazon (save $26) (opens in new tab)
One of our longtime favorite gaming headsets, this one supports 7.1 surround and works with consoles as well as PC. Plus it's comfy.
ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 Router | Dual band | Gigabit | 1800 Mbps| $130 $51.5 at Amazon (save $79) (opens in new tab)
A capable midrange router from Asus with some nice extra features, like being able to enter into a WiFi mesh if you need to extend its range.
You don't have to worry about getting stuck with dead pixels: All open box items are covered under Amazon's return policy (opens in new tab), meaning the same rules apply to these items. Amazon can't guarantee replacement stock in the same condition if you decide to return it, though, so, that's something to keep in mind.
Again, be sure to read the details of the product to see what's missing or for cosmetic damage. Even if you don't take advantage of the current 20% discount, remember to keep an eye on Amazon Warehouse, especially after Prime Early Access has ended. You might be able to save some money on PC gaming gear someone impulsively bought and returned a week later.