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5 Little Known Ways to Save Money at Amazon.com

5 Little Known Ways to Save Money at Amazon.com shopping 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 a 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 money cash, so consider this my gift to you!

#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.

#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.

#3 – Savings.com’s PriceJump

The PriceJump is a relatively new tool, developed by Savings.com.  I have been lucky enough to use it on multiple occasions.  This tool is really easy to use.  You just find an item you like or want on Amazon.com.  Copy the URL and then head over to PriceJump.  Once there, paste the URL in the box and hit “Go.”  This tool will compare the prices on Amazon to other retailers. It will then tell you if you are getting the best deal on Amazon or another retailer.  I have tested PriceJump with many different products and it works well.  Sometimes Amazon is the clear winner and other times that is not the case.  Now, PriceJump is working on integrating shipping costs and Prime shipping into the price equations. This will just make the tool that much better.

#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.

#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!

BONUS #1 – Amazon Outlet

Yay for bonuses!  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.  Amazon’s outlet has overstocks and last years models.  If they need to get rid of inventory, they go into the outlet section.  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.

BONUS #2 – The Two Browser Trick

I can’t believe I forgot to add this onto the regular list, but a reader brought it up to me. I feel like an idiot.  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 you 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.

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About Grayson Bell

I am an average Joe, who built up over $50,000 worth of credit card debt and had to learn how to break it back down. It took 4 years of learning budgets, secrets, and many other personal finance tricks in order to cut the debt to $0. Now, I push to teach others not only how to get out of debt, but how to use credit wisely and how to start growing their wealth. You can view my other site, Sprout Wealth for ways to grow your money. I am also a freelance personal finance writer who provides staff writing and ghost writing services.

44 comments

  1. These are great tips Grayson.. I am really interested in #4. CamelCamelCamel sounds awesome.
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  2. 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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  3. We’ve used #2 and #5 successfully but I wasn’t aware of the warehouse or the outlet. Thanks, Grayson!!!
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    • 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.

  8. 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!

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  10. 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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  11. Awesome details on Amazon. Thanks for the tips. Going to start today!
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  12. 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.

  13. Nice Grayson! I like these ideas =) I shop on Amazon occasionally so I will definitely check it out.
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  14. 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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  15. That goes into my top 5 blogposts for sure! Wow, great lifehack. Thank you!
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  16. 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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  17. 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.

    • 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.

  18. 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.

    • 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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.

  21. 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!

    • 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.

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

    • 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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