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5 Little Known Ways to Save Money at Amazon.com

5 Little Known Ways To Save Money on Amazon

One very well known thing is I love shopping at Amazon.com.  I am a prime member and I shop online regularly.  That doesn’t mean I think Amazon is the best price all of the time. For instance, I just bought a desk (finally) for my home office. While I searched Amazon for a desk, I found my desk at Staples.com.  Amazon and Staples both charge sales tax, but Staples was cheaper and the shipping was free.  Just because you love Amazon, doesn’t mean you always save money.  For this reason, I figured I would show you five (there is one bonus!) little know ways to save money at Amazon.com or make sure you get the best deal.  I am always willing to help others save that cash money, so consider this my gift to you!

This article has 6 ways to save money when shopping on Amazon, but I’ve thought there were more. So, I just published an update to this with 25 ways to save when buying on Amazon. Check it out here.

#1 – Amazon Warehouse Deals

I am only adding this one to my list because people still ask me about it or seem amazed it exists.  Amazon has a little known section of their site which encompass deals from returns or broken boxes during shipments. They analyze their entire stock and inventory and ones they can’t sell as new goes into their Amazon Warehouse Deals section.  I have written a whole article on it before, so go ahead and read it.  Trust me, this is a great place to start looking for items to purchase.  I found my wife a nice digital camera zoom lens which would have been expensive.  I got it for 50% off because the box was busted during shipment to Amazon’s warehouse.  They didn’t want to sell the item as new because of the busted box, but the lens worked perfectly and was in near mint condition.  Ever since that moment, I always check Amazon warehouse deals.

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#2 – Add Items to Your Shopping Cart, but Don’t Check Out

I have to admit this one is a tip many don’t know about, but it isn’t 100% effective. I add it  here because I have seen it work and have done it myself.  This tactic is something I like to call “forcing a promotion.”  Why?  You are trying to push Amazon to give you a promotion for an item you want to buy.  Now, they might not like this, but it can work here and there.  What you do is shop Amazon like you normally would.  When you are done shopping and have all your items in your cart, leave them there.  You have to be signed into your Amazon account for this to work.  Don’t actually buy the items.  Just leave them in your shopping cart and leave Amazon for a few days.  I have found times when Amazon will send you an email about finishing your checkout, but then gives you a promotion or discount code for the items in your cart.  I have saved up to 20% one time when doing this method, but again, this is hit or miss.  You really can’t hurt yourself trying it, so why not?  If you need an item quickly, then you shouldn’t try to force a promotion. It can take a few days and Amazon has to believe you are just sitting on the items.

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#3 – Amazon Outlet

On top of Amazon’s warehouse deals, they also have an outlet section.  You can go there and find deep discounts on new items every day.  Currently, they have stuff up to 60% off! Amazon’s outlet has overstocks, closeouts, markdowns, and last years models.  If they need to get rid of inventory, they go into the outlet section.  Those products are all still new and ready for you to purchase and save! You can even pick a category and the amount of savings associated and shop for the products that meet that criteria.  I like Amazon outlet and have saved good money using it.  I would hope you can find some good savings at Amazon outlet.

Click here to check out the outlet section

#4 – CamelCamelCamel

Now, what in the hell is a name like that?  I for one cannot tell you why a company named their site this, but they have a system which works.  CamelCamelCamel is one of my g0-to tools when shopping on Amazon.com.  You enter the Amazon URL you want or search for keywords and CamelCamelCamel analyzes the price history of said product.  Not only do they analyze the historical prices, but they put those prices into an easy to see chart.  You can also set up price drop notifications to make sure you are getting the best deal at Amazon.com.  CamelCamelCamel analyzes Amazon prices on a constant basis. If you want the best price, then head over to CamelCamelCamel and put in your email and get notified when the price drops on Amazon.

Check out CamelCamelCamel

#5 – Subscribe and Save

Amazon has a subscribe and save section for everyday items.  They have had this program for some time, but many don’t even know about it.  You can shop Amazon’s Subscribe and Save section to see all of the products they have to offer.  This program sends out regular shipments of the items you need on a regular basis.  They offer discounts on said items.  If you have 5 or more subscriptions delivered on your monthly delivery day, then Amazon takes off 15%!  You can setup what you want, then when you want it by each month.  The discounts are identified on the product pages.  You don’t have to worry about buying them each month. Amazon just sends them to you at a discount.  If you don’t like it anymore, you can cancel and the items come with free shipping!

Click here to check out subscribe and save

BONUS – The Two Browser Trick

One of the most secretive ways to save on Amazon is to run your own little price comparison.  First, you log into your Amazon account like you normally would do when shopping on Amazon.com.  Find the product you want to purchase, but don’t add it to your cart.

Next, open a new browser (better if it were a completely different browser, like open Amazon originally in your favorite browser, then open up Amazon.com again in a new browser).  Clear your cache and cookies to make sure you are starting fresh.  Navigate to the same Amazon product page and check the price.  The point of this trick is there are times when Amazon will show lower prices to non-Amazon customers because they want them to buy.  They show slightly higher prices to logged-in Amazon customers because they know you will pay the price for the product.  This trick can be used on a number of retail e-commerce sites.  I have seen it work and have done it myself.  Now, as with the add to cart trick, this is not 100%, but it does work.  You can even sometimes ask a friend in a different city to check the price and they might have a different one.

Don’t forget to check out the 25 best ways to save on Amazon since it has many more methods to get the best deals and money back in your pocket when you shop on Amazon.com!

So, what did you think about these different ways to save money on Amazon? Have you tried any of them?

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I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $75,000 in debt ($50,000 in just credit cards). I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a WordPress maintenance and support company, along with another blog, Eyes on the Dollar, which is another great personal finance blog.

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80 comments
Liz says August 25

These are great tips Grayson.. I am really interested in #4. CamelCamelCamel sounds awesome.

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    You are welcome Liz. CamelCamelCamel is awesome!

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      Lana says April 5

      Hi,
      If you are logged in but open up on a new browser, Amazon will obviously know your a customer and show you the same high rice, right?

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        Grayson Bell says April 5

        You have to use a browser in incognito mode (Chrome or Firefox do this). This is easier if you can get a friend in another town to look at the same product. That is when the price is usually different.

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AverageJoe says August 25

These are timely with holiday season approaching. Can you believe it? I just took my kid back to college and I’m talking about the holidays. Shiver…..

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Laurie says August 25

We’ve used #2 and #5 successfully but I wasn’t aware of the warehouse or the outlet. Thanks, Grayson!!!

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    #2 and #5 are good ones, but you will enjoy the Warehouse and Outlet section.

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MoneyMiniBlog says August 25

So I have been working on a very similar article and I planned to post it this week. I think I’ll wait! lol. What timing. These are great tips though. I didn’t even think about adding items to your shopping cart and waiting, even though I have been offered discounts that way before. That’s a great tip! It’s not 100% effective, like you said, but it’s worth a shot.

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    This seems to be a common topic lately. Sorry for taking your thunder, but I am sure the article will still rock.

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Kassandra @ More Than Just Money says August 25

I’ve used the cart trick and it’s worked several times but like you said it’s a hit or miss situation. But I learned something new about the Camelx3 site (too lazy to copy paste) – thanks for the post Grayson!

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    It definitely doesn’t hurt to try the shopping cart trick. Glad you found Camelx3 and hopefully it works for you!

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DC @ Young Adult Money says August 25

I’ve heard of CamelCamelCamel but haven’t checked it out yet. I’ll have to give it a try sometime soon.

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    It is a great service that doesn’t take you any time, but can save you some serious dough.

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Kim says August 25

I’ve never gotten a deal from Amazon and leave things in my cart all the time. You’d think they could show me some love! I had no idea about the outlet, so will check that out.

I want to start a website called Zebrazebrazebra. No idea what it would be about, but what a cool name!

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    Really! That is sad to see. I have used the add to cart trick many times and tend to get discounts. While it doesn’t work all of the time and as you show, it can work.

    I would go to that site, but who knows what you would put on it.

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Natalie @ Financegirl says August 25

It’s things like this that I’m shocked to learn I didn’t know! I love shopping on Amazon because of the deals and free shipping, but I had no idea that leaving things in my cart would force a promotion. I’ve done it before but never noticed. I am going to try this intentionally now. Thanks!

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    Now, leaving items in your cart won’t always force a promotion. Sometimes it can take a week or two to get a promotion. It really depends if Amazon needs to get rid of the item or if they are feeling generous.

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Even Steven says August 25

Do these same warehouse deals pop up when you are doing a regular search for an item?

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    Not necessarily. While you can find the warehouse deals when you are searching as they are actually located in the Used section when on a product page. If you just want to search warehouse deals, then you can click on that category in the search box and then type in your search term.

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Emily @ evolvingPF says August 25

I never knew about the shopping cart trick, thanks! We often shop and then wait a few days before pulling the trigger on a purchase so using that tip wouldn’t really impact our timeline. I’m not sure if my husband uses CamelCamelCamel but he does track prices for large purchases so I’ll mention it to him.

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    It doesn’t work all of the time, but the longer you leave the item in the cart, the better to chance to get it.

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Lance @ Healthy Wealthy Income says August 25

Awesome details on Amazon. Thanks for the tips. Going to start today!

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Alexis says August 25

I do that with almost all sites I go onto. I will put things in the checkout bag and not buy the items for days/weeks. I’ll get promotions and coupon codes for days and this even goes to my tanning salon! When I don’t go back to certain places they will send me things to get me back in their facility.

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    Grayson Bell says August 25

    It is a good method to use beyond Amazon for sure. I have used this at bigger stores with much success.

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Holly@ClubThrifty says August 26

Nice Grayson! I like these ideas =) I shop on Amazon occasionally so I will definitely check it out.

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jefferson says August 26

I love me some amazon and look forward to our subscribe and save shipment each month.
I always make sure to have enough items in each shipment to get the max discount.

We get snacks, cleanings supplies, dog food, and much more..

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    Grayson Bell says August 26

    Subscribe and Save is awesome. Nice work on maximizing the discount. Sure you love the 15%!

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Renaud says August 27

That goes into my top 5 blogposts for sure! Wow, great lifehack. Thank you!

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Mrs. Frugalwoods says August 28

Oh, this is great! We buy most of our stuff either from Amazon or Costco, so I will definitely be checking out the warehouse and outlet. Thanks for sharing!

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Jess says August 29

Be careful with warehouse. Many, many items come in terrible condition, even when listed at the top levels of condition. I’ve ordered about 50 items over the past year and maybe 40 of them had some kind of issue, half of them being pretty bad. Lots of people have the same problems. If you only buy “like new” and are willing to deal with some returns/problems then its worth looking.

Warehouse items also have no warranty, and many cc’s wont extend the warranty of used/refurbed items.

S&S prices are not locked in from month to month.

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    Grayson Bell says August 29

    I have purchased close to 100 items through the warehouse and never had any issue with them. I don’t really care much for the warranty, especially for the items I bought, but you still bring up a good point.

    This is the game you play with warehouse items though. They were returned, used, or didn’t make the “new” cut, so you have to be careful. That being said, it is still a great way to save at Amazon.

    Did I indicate S&S was locked in? If I did, that was not my intention. While that would be awesome to have it locked in, I don’t think any business would do that for a subscription plan like this.

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Jerry Vandesic says August 29

The best part of camelcamelcamel is the Chrome browser extension. Whenever you are on an Amazon product page, you can click on the little icon at the top of the browser and see the pricing history for that item. That’s great info, and can help decide whether the current price is a bargain or not.

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    Grayson Bell says August 29

    You are correct. That browser extension is awesome. My default, I don’t put any extensions on my browser, but that is because I don’t like it being loaded down. Nothing against the extension though, it does work.

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Eli Inkrot says August 29

Nice tips, thanks. Additionally, I would surmise that CamelCamelCamel is a play on the “humps” that the website’s graphs create, but that’s pure speculation.

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Rochelle says August 31

Great article! Thanks for the tips. I left something in my cart a few months ago and came back a day or two later to find that it had been marked down. At the time I thought it was a bit too coincidental, but I didn’t realize it was “a thing.” I just can’t help but pass along a couple of grammar tips in return. Please note that “setup” in #4 should be two words, and “everyday” in Bonus #1 should be “every day.” The one-word version of “everyday” is an adjective, for example “These are my everyday shoes.” If the phrase “each day” would also work in the sentence (i.e. “I do this each day”), then it’s “every day” that you want to use. I see this mistake online almost every day. It’s apparently contagious.

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    Grayson Bell says August 31

    Hello Rochelle,

    Thank you for the tip, I will update the article. There are times when I’m writing quickly and don’t think those two through.

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Lori says September 4

Thank you! I use many of the aspects you’ve listed. Lately, I’ve noticed many items have a lower price before I click on the item. When the items info page opens, the price is higher. I’m wondering if that has something to do with your bonus #2 info. Which brings me to a question about bonus #2. if you found an item, by using a second browser, and add it to your cart there, does they discounted price hold once you log into your account to make the purchase? Thanks!

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    Grayson Bell says September 9

    The price depends on the merchant selling it. You can see a lower price before you click in, but sometimes Amazon will switch the merchant selling the product. If you want to look at all prices, make sure to head over to the area on the right side where it shows more merchants.

    I have added items to my cart at the lower price and gotten it when logging into my account.

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James says September 6

I think you should probably mention that you’re giving affiliate links to Amazon.

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    Grayson Bell says September 6

    You are right, I am using affiliate links and there is a nice disclaimer of my amazon affiliation in the footer on every page. I get compensated for my time and providing information. Affiliate links or not, the information is still the same.

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Poor Student says October 7

A while ago I was looking for a new DSLR camera. The price was still too high so I ended up just going to the page almost every single day. Then on Sunday morning after I hadn’t checked it for a while, the price surprisingly went down quite substantially. I thought it was a good deal, since I couldn’t find anything better than this, so I bought it. The next morning, the price went up again. Could it possibly be the time of the week also matter?

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    Grayson Bell says February 3

    That’s hard to tell. Timing of sales is entirely up to Amazon and I haven’t seen any definitive answer there.

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Chris says October 10

As an alternative to PriceJump, try PriceBlink. It can be installed as an extension in a Chrome browser. Whenever you find something you like on Amazon, or any website, PriceBlink will list other places where the same product could be purchased cheaper. It appears as a pop up at the bottom of the browser tool bar. No need to copy and past URLs, just search for items normally, and PriceBlink alerts you.

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    Grayson Bell says October 11

    Thanks for the suggestion Chris. I appreciate any tool which helps me save money and I am sure my other readers will as well!

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noah cooper says October 28

Hi Grayson, Such a great post and Thanks for the tips.. when i buy from amazon want to get discount then i normally visit CamelCamelCamel, but sometime i also use one of your tips Subscribe and Save..

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Matt D. says November 10

These are some pretty useful tricks. Actually, I didn’t know any of these. They’ll be pretty handy… so thanks.

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Jessica says November 11

Wow these are awesome tips! I knew about Camel Camel Camel (nice name? lol) and recently started using so do not have an opinion on that yet. However I did not know about Price Jump and am totally going to check it out!

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    Grayson Bell says November 12

    I don’t mind you putting your site in the URL section, but when you put a comment out that talks about an Amazon savings widget which is actually built by BeFrugal.com, I have a problem. I am well aware of the widget and can put the same thing on this site.

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Jessica says November 12

I just thought it was a cool little widget and a great way to save (which is why I put it on my site) and thought I would share. I apologize if i offended you. You can remove my comment if you like.

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    Grayson Bell says November 12

    It is a cool widget, but your comment was more about promoting your site than actually commenting on my article.

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Jessica says November 12

I am sorry it came across that way as that was not my intention. I really enjoyed your article.

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Lora says December 26

#6: Woot.

I stumbled across them by accident. They’re a side branch of amazon like warehouse or outlet that feature discount deals and savings.

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    Grayson Bell says December 26

    Woot is good, but I don’t consider that Amazon. Amazon bought Woot and you can only score deals on very specific items. While it is a good site, it’s not Amazon.com and you can only save on a small, very small subset of products.

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Jonathan Craig says February 10

Ha! These are interesting. I like the “add to cart and wait” strategy. Will give this a try!

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Joseph M says March 31

Price history is only part of the equation, you should also comparison shop between stores.

I’ve been using price zombie for both. The browser extensions are where its at. If an item is $90 at Bestbuy, I can see what it costs at Amazon, as well as the historical price ranges at each store.

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    Grayson Bell says March 31

    This post is to show how to save on Amazon.com. It’s for those who shop on Amazon for a majority of their products and want to save while shopping there.

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Elaine says April 13

Wow, thanks so much! I didn’t know about any of these. I’m going to add the thing I want to buy next to my cart right now! =D

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    Grayson Bell says April 13

    Good luck with that trick. Out of all of them, that is the least likely to work, but it has worked for me in the past. It just has a lower success rate.

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Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank says May 19

I actually used your advice on ways to save money when buying products in Amazon. I found great deals on Amazon Warehouse Deals. I was lucky to have gotten a refurbished laptop! Thanks Gray!

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Pyper says June 11

I have accidentally left items in my cart without thinking about it and have gone back to find the price of an item lowered. I will have to start doing that on purpose now! 🙂

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Chella says June 13

These are amazing tricks that i must try. I am a frequent amazon shopper but honestly, i did not know any of these. I will try all of these. They sound interesting Bell.

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lyle logan says July 30

Great Article!

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Manuel says August 9

I just checked with Amazon Prime, I’ve shared my prime with my wife and she can have all my benefits but I can choose what I would like to share with her, as well, we can’t see each other orders information but payment methods.

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    Grayson Bell says August 19

    That is good to know, but you still need to share payment methods. Most people won’t do that with friends just to save a little money.

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James says August 25

Oh my gosh! I did not think anyone had found out about that. Yes, I have found that amazon will give people a promo if they look at an item, usually a re-targeted ad on Facebook( which is where I usually see them). Nice share!

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Carel van den Boogaart says November 11

Don’t forget free websites like ‘Fast Discount Finder’ to find the best (mostly hidden) discounts on Amazon. Saved me thousands!

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Erin says February 3

I actually use the amazon wish list to save myself a lot of money… I tend to make impulse purchases because I see something I like, but then I’m afraid it’ll be gone before I can get it. For instance, a few years ago, there was a special necklace I wanted that was $300 because it was pure silver. I didn’t want to spend that much on it for fear of losing it. I pinned it on one of my boards. A couple of years later, I checked etsy.com and found a very similar necklace for only $15.00. By waiting a while, I saved myself over $300.00 by waiting for the best value. Also, I often realize I didn’t really want the item, and I delete it from my list. That has saved me a ton of money.

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Stephanie says March 5

Huh, I leave stuff in my cart all the time. I will get an email saying that I still have something in my cart but have never been offered a discount. I leave stuff in carts all the time, it is kind of like buying it but without the remorse. I figure that if I still really want it after the initial “excitement” has worn off then I actually want it and will use it. Sometimes stuff sits in the cart for weeks, until I go in to add something else and delete it. I’m not feeling the love from Amazon now!😢
I did not know about the warehouse and stuff, thanks for that info!

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    Grayson Bell says March 6

    It doesn’t work all of the time. Amazon puts certain products on sale at random times and you never know when they need to sell more of a certain item. It does work, but it’s not full-proof.

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Curtis Root says June 15

Some good tips!
Even though the article is already a few years old, everything is still valid.
I would add to the warehouse deals section that there are now tools to track warehouse deals like WareWolf so that you never miss out on the newest warehouse deals.
Thanks for the article.

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