Amazon has announced a new Alexa capability that can alert you, up to 24 hours in advance, if an item in your shopping cart, wish list, or “saved for later” list is about to go on sale. The alert arrives in the usual manner of Alexa notifications, which is a pulsing yellow light on Echo speakers or a popup on Echo Show devices. Once you receive one of these deal notifications, you can even ask Alexa to automatically buy the item on your behalf once the sale price goes live.
To enable this feature, open the Settings menu in the Alexa app and look for the “Notifications” menu. From there, tap on “Amazon Shopping” and turn on the “Deal Recommendations” option. Then the next time a known sale is clode to happening for a product on your wish list, in your shopping cart, or your “saved for later” list, you should get a notification through your Alexa device.
After listening to (on an Echo speaker) or viewing (on an Echo Show) your deal notification, you can say “Alexa, buy it for me” to have Alexa automatically buy the item once the discounted price is available. Amazon says that “Alexa will use the default payment and delivery address in your Amazon account to make the purchase.”
Currently, this new Alexa capability is only available to Prime members in the US. It also requires that you own a fourth generation or newer Echo device.