26 Secrets To Shopping On Amazon That Will Save You Time And Money


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Amazon is one of the most popular online retailers because of their huge selection. This means that there are plenty of customers across the country, and even the world. While most people simply go on Amazon, search for the item they want, and buy it, there are actually ways to make this process even better.

There are some little known secrets that will save you a great deal of time and money when you shop on Amazon, especially if you are a frequent shopper. In reality, even occasional Amazon shoppers can benefit from some of these secrets. Best of all, most are incredibly easy to follow and don’t require spending extra money upfront or even signing up for anything!

Next time you are thinking about buying something on Amazon, take a look at these tips to save you both time and money. You may even be able to buy an extra item or two with all the money you save!

1. Price Drops After Buying

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One of the worst things is when you buy an item only to have it drop in price right after. If your item is sold and shipped by Amazon and the price drops within a week of delivery, you can get the difference back simply by contacting the company.

2. TV And Phone Price Match Refund

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If you buy either a cell phone or TV on Amazon and then see it for a better deal from another retailer, Amazon will refund you the difference. You simply have to use online chat, email, or the phone to contact Amazon within 14 days following shipping and provide the necessary information.

3. Refunds On Broken Items Without Shipping

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Most of the time when you buy a product from Amazon and it arrives broken, they will just replace or refund it without you having to send the broken item back. This saves a lot of time.

4. Amazon Prime Refund

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It isn’t uncommon to sign up for an Amazon Prime free trial and forget about it. If you forget and are charged the $99 automatically after your trial, contact customer service. They will usually refund it for friendly customers.

5. Fixing Stuck Packages

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Three to four days after ordering something from Amazon, if you think it is delayed, contact customer service. They will either speed up the shipping process or create a replacement.

6. Replacing Stolen Packages

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In some cases, Amazon will be able to either replace or refund a package that was stolen. To increase your chances, be nice to the customer service representative.

7. Guaranteed Delivery Date

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Some items offer a guaranteed delivery date and if this isn’t met, Amazon will help you out. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you will get a one-month extension to your membership and otherwise, your shipping will be refunded.

8. Amazon Student

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If you are a college student, you can take advantage of Amazon Student, which is like Prime, but only costs $49 per year. There is also a free six-month trial that can be cancelled at any time.

9. Amazon Mom

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If you already have Amazon Prime, it’s free to sign up for Amazon mom, or you can get a 30-day free trial, with the option to pay only $49 for Prime afterwards. This provides 15% off items from a baby registry and 20% off diaper subscriptions.

10. Subscribe And Save

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Amazon offers a Subscribe & Save program that saves time and money. Just select how often you want the item delivered and subscribe, getting free delivery.

11. Use MyHabit, Amazon Outlet, And Amazon Warehouse

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Amazon runs a few related sites: Amazon Warehouse has returned and open-box items, Amazon Outlet has 30% off (at least) on new items, and MyHabit has discounts for designer goods.

12. Amazon Gold Box

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To get sales like the Black Friday Lightning Deals anytime of the year, check out Amazon Gold Box. These limited time sales change frequently, so check back frequently.

13. Amazon Coupons

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Amazon has a little-known coupon page that has coupons which are available for a short period of time. Just click to “clip” the coupon and the discount is applied automatically when you checkout the product.

14. Deals And Bargains

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When you log onto Amazon, you will see a “Today’s Deals” link near the top of the page. Click on this to go to the Deals and Bargains page where you will find great discounts.

15. Daily Kindle And Android Deals

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Every day, Amazon will have discounts on a large number of Kindle books spanning all genres. There is also a different free (but normally paid) Android app available from Amazon daily.

16. Opt For Super Saver Shipping

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Super Saver shipping is the best way to save money on shipping if you don’t need an item right away. Just make sure you have $25 of qualifying orders in your cart or wait until you do and you won’t have to pay for shipping.

17. Wait To Checkout

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Although the method doesn’t always work, sometimes you can get significant discounts. Shop on Amazon, but instead of checking out right away, leave the items in your cart. You may get an email with a discount or coupon encouraging you to make your purchase in a few days.

18. Use Two Browsers

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Sometimes you can get a slightly lower price if Amazon doesn’t think you are a current customer. Find the product you want, without adding it to your cart, like you normally would. Then open another browser, with the cookies cleared, and find the item again. It may be cheaper, but not always. Prices may also vary based on where you are located.

19. Take Advantage Of CamelCamelCamel

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CamelCamelCamel is one of the most useful websites for Amazon shoppers. It shows the history of a product’s prices and you can set it up to notify you when the price on a specific product drops.

20. Finding Clearance Prices

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The website Brand Name Coupons can offer incredibly discounts ranging from 10 to 90 percent off. It lets you search for Amazon deals based on departments, making it easy to find the right item.

21. Buy International Textbooks

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To reduce the high cost of buying textbooks, look at Amazon sites from other countries. Prices might be a lot cheaper, but the page numbers may be different. To easily compare, visit Cheap River.

22. Third-Party Sellers May Skip Sales Tax

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Third-party sellers on Amazon have the choice to not charge sales tax. This means that if you are smart about your shopping, you may find a seller who doesn’t, saving you a few bucks.

23. Amazon Trade-In Program

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There are plenty of trade-in programs for old electronics and other items, but Amazon will usually offer you more, as long as you put it on an Amazon Gift Card. They take phones, CDs, DVDs, video games, textbooks, and more.

24. Buy Add-On Items Without A Minimum Order

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If there is an add-on item you want to buy, you may not have $25 worth of purchases, making it seemingly impossible to get the deal. Next time this happens, pre-order a soon-to-be-released item you want to bring the purchase above $25. The add-on will ship right away, even if you cancel your pre-order later on.

25. Share Amazon Prime Shipping

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The biggest benefit of Amazon Prime for most people is the free two-day shipping. You may not realize this, but you can share this free fast shipping with four of your family members.

26. Finding Wishlists

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Next time you don’t know what to get someone for their birthday, search their wish list, baby registry, or wedding registry just by entering their full name or email.

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