Everyone knows about and loves Amazon because it has everything a consumer could want, and usually at competitive prices. But did you know there are even more ways to save on Amazon? Here are a few tips you may not have known were available.
1. Many websites offer coupons and promotional codes for Amazon purchases. Some customers download individual sites that enable them to see an available certificate for use on Amazon when they are shopping. Some of the most often used and trusted sites are:
• Dealio (includes Secret Amazon Discount Finder)
The Honey site delivers coupons and promotions to you and saves you the time it often takes to dig up these useful money-savers.
Some Amazon regulars say if a customer places an item in their online cart and it is not purchased, but stays in the shopping cart for several days, the price will sometimes drop.
2. Amazon has an Amazon Family program that costs nothing to join if you already have an Amazon Prime membership. The program offers terrific deals on baby essentials and gear, often at a 20% discount, along with, of course, free shipping. Along with that feature, families can get 20% off a diaper subscription when they join Amazon Mom.
Much like the Amazon Family program is the Amazon Student offer, which is more or less a less expensive version of Amazon Prime. By paying half of what you would pay for Prime, students get all the same benefits of Prime along with exclusive student promotions and offers. All you need is your email that ends in “.edu” or any other way you can prove you are in college.
3. Another way to save is with Lightning Deals published on the Today’s Deals or Prime Day pages. The process allows customers to purchase only one of the items during the promotion period for this sale or before all inventory of the item has sold. These deals last for a particular duration, so be sure to sign up for (“Watch this Deal”) on the page of an upcoming Lightning Deal. First, you must download the Google extension Amazon Assistant; then future Lightning Deals will include the Watch this Deal option. Click on this request and all your watched items will appear on one page and you will receive an email notification when the deal is about to start.
4. If you don’t mind gambling on items that have been returned or used, you can get some of Amazon’s best deals in the Amazon Warehouse Open Box & Used pages. An article by BusinessInsider’s Brandt Ranj, says there are reasons for buyers to give these products a chance.
• They are going to be priced lower, of course.
• Open box and refurbished products are returnable.
• Mr. Ranj says he has never had a problem with anything he has bought in the open box area.
• All items in the Amazon Warehouse section are eligible for Prime.
• Amazon’s grading systems appear consistent and honest.
5. Amazon Outlet sells markdowns, overstocks, closeouts, and last year’s models. These products are not damaged or used and to make shopping easier, you can pick a category and the amount of savings related to the item for efficiency and speed of shopping.
6. Use CamelCamelCamel.com., an Amazon price tracker you can set up at no cost. The app tracks prices on millions of products and then sends an alert when the prices on the items drop. When the price gets close to what you are willing to spend, you can make your decision to purchase or not. The site also lists popular products that are on sale, top products that have had price drops, and the price watches you have chosen for an alert.
TheTraktor.com is another site that unearths products that are falling, trending, or changing on Amazon and other retail websites once you enter the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) or URL of the item you want to watch.
7. If a customer decides to sign up for Amazon’s Subscribe and Save offer, the company will send regular shipments of discounted products you purchase on a regular basis. If five or more of these subscribed items arrive on your monthly delivery day, Amazon lowers your products’ prices by 15%. The products come on an automatic monthly schedule, which you can cancel at any time. There are no shipping charges included with this program.
8. If you shop on Amazon often and if you love to binge-watch television series for which you have missed a few seasons, Amazon Prime is for you. Membership costs $99 annually, and you receive two-day free shipping.
Other perquisites include:
• hundreds of Kindle library offerings to borrow
• streamed video at no charge
• free streaming music
• unlimited cloud picture storage
Now that you know you can find even better bargains on Amazon, it’s time to try out some of these suggestions and start that shopping spree!