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.