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10 Tips Everyone Should Know When Shopping On Amazon

10 Tips Everyone Should Know When Shopping On Amazon

These days, there are few among us who don’t indulge in spending sprees online. Without a doubt, one of the best online market places on Earth is Amazon, where you can get everything you could ever need for discount prices. But are there even more ways to save money when you shop on Amazon? There sure are!

10. Some Credit Cards Get You More Benefits Than Others.

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    One of the first rules of shopping is that not all credit cards were created equal, and shopping online is no different! Some credit cards offer rewards for shopping on Amazon, whilst there are other cards created specifically for Amazon shoppers. For those interested in the entertainment sections of Amazon or Foodies the Citi Forward Visa is the best choice, whilst the Amazon Rewards Visa is perfect for every day shoppers.

    9. Use Amazon Trade-In To Sell Your Old Stuff.

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      Using Amazon Trade-In you can trade your old electronics, books and games for Amazon Credit! This may not seem as beneficial as using a site like Gazelle to trade for money, but you are likely to get a significantly larger amount of money in credit than cash. For example, if you trade an iPhone 5 for money you can get around $75, but if you trade for credit you can get $225.

      8. If Your Package Doesn’t Ship On Time You Can Get A Refund.

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        Before you simply accept that your package is late, make sure you check the delivery dates that you were promised when making your purchase. If you package is shipped or arrives late you may be eligible for a refund or an extended Amazon Prime membership. All you need to do is contact Amazon or the seller to receive the rewards for waiting.

        7. Get Amazon Add-Ons When You Spend $25 Or Over, Or Skip The Minimum Entirely.

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          Amazon’s add-on scheme is a particularly crafty piece of marketing as it promises discount prices but only when you spend $25, which may be more than you ever intended to spend in the first place. To get around this $25 minimum and get your add-ons without going overboard, all you need to do is add a pre-order to meet the price. Pre-ordering video games, movies or books is completely free of charge until they are ready to ship, so just make sure you cancel before they’re released.

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          6. Get A Refund If There’s A Price Drop.

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            If the price of an item you’ve bought drops within 7 days of it’s delivery then you may be eligible for a refund of the difference. Sure, sometimes this may only entitle you to pennies, but you never know and it’s always worth checking!

            5. Get Price Drop Alerts Using CamelCamelCamel.

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              An easy way to check for price drops is to use CamelCamelCamel, a price tracking site that will email you or send out a tweet when items you want or have recently purchased are reduced. You don’t necessarily have to sign-up to CamelCamelCamel, but doing so allows them access to your Wishlist and tailored emails.

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              4. Find Anyone’s Amazon Wishlist Using Just A Name Or Email Address.

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                Speaking of Wishlists, when it comes to what someone really wants there are few better places to check than their Amazon Wishlist. All you need is their name or email address and you should be able to get them what they really want for their birthday, christmas or wedding.

                3. Shop On The Amazon Warehouse, Amazon Outlet Or MyHabit.

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                  If you’re looking for seriously discounted goods then you need to take a look at Amazon Warehouse, the home of returned items. You can also check out Amazon Outlet that stores all new items that are 30% or more off or MyHabit, where designer discounts rule.

                  2. Save By Subscribing.

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                    If you buy your toiletries, hair dyes, nappies or any other products regularly, why not use the Amazon subscribe feature? You choose how often the products are delivered and in the long run it will most probably save you a lot of money, time and energy. More so, if you order five or more subscriptions on the same delivery day you save 15% on your order!

                    1. Get A Replacement Item Or Refund If Your Package Is Lost Or Stolen.

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                      Without a doubt, the most frustrating risk of shopping online is that your package may never turn up. This has happened to me a couple of times, however Amazon is always there to help. A short chat with customer service will usually result in either a replacement order or full refund depending on which you’d prefer.

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                      50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

                      50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

                      Most people want a few more dollars in their wallets. But between an employer and family, the time most of us can devote to a second job is severely limited. Running a small side business can provide a few more options: you don’t have to show up at a set time and you can use skills you already have. Not all will be perfect for everyone, of course, and I’m sure that you’ll have a few ideas of your own after reading this list. If you’d like to share any other business ideas, please add them in the comments.

                      1. Selling collectibles — From antique books to teddy bears, there are plenty of opportunities to buy and sell collectibles. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the collectible of your choice but if you choose something that you’ve been collecting for a while, you’ve got a head start.
                      2. Locating apartments — It can take time to sort through apartment listings, but you can make some money by finding the perfect apartment for a renter.
                      3. Baby proofing — New parents often prefer to bring in an expert to make sure their home is safe for a new baby.
                      4. Calligraphic writing — If you’ve got elegant handwriting, you can pick up gigs writing or addressing wedding invitations, holiday cards and more.
                      5. Selling coupons — Search on eBay for coupons right now and you’ll see thousands of listings for coupons. It’s just a matter of clipping and listing what you find in your Sunday newspaper.
                      6. Pet training — A surprising number of people don’t know where to start in training a pet. Even teaching Rover simple commands like ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’ can bring in a few dollars.
                      7. Running errands — A wide variety of people want to outsource their errands, from those folks who aren’t able to leave their homes easily to those who have a busy schedule.
                      8. Researching family trees — Amateur genealogists often call in experts, especially to handle research that has to be done in person in a far off place. If you’re willing to go to a local church and copy a few records, you can handle many family tree research requests.
                      9. Supplying firewood — The prerequisite for selling firewood is having a source of wood; if you’ve got some land where you can cut down a few trees, you’ve got a head start.
                      10. Hauling — As more people trade in their SUVs for compact cars, hauling is becoming more important: people have to rent a truck or hire a hauler for even small loads.
                      11. Image consulting — Image consultants provide a wide variety of services, ranging from offering advice on appearance to teaching etiquette.
                      12. Menu planning — For many people, the trip up in eating home-cooked or healthy meals is knowing what to prepare. Meal planners set a schedule to solve certain dietary problems.
                      13. Microfarming — Cultivating food and flowers on small plots of land allows you to sell produce easily.
                      14. Offering notary public services — Notary publics can witness and authenticate documents: a service needed for all sorts of official documents.
                      15. Teaching music — If you’re skilled with a musical instrument, you can earn money by offering lessons.
                      16. Mystery shopping — Mystery shoppers check the conditions and service at a store and report back to the store’s higher-ups.
                      17. Offering research services — Just by reading up on a topic and compiling a report on it can earn you money.
                      18. Personal shopping — Personal shoppers typically select gifts, apparel and other products for clients, helping them save time.
                      19. Pet breeding — Purebred pets can be quite value, especially if you can verify their pedigree.
                      20. Removing snow — During the winter months, shoveling walks can still be a reliable way to earn money. You might be asked to take care of the driveway too.
                      21. Utility auditing — As people become environmentally-concious, they want to know just how efficient their homes are. With some simple testing, you can tell them.
                      22. Offering web hosting services — Providing server space can be lucrative, particularly if you can provide tech support to your clients.
                      23. Cutting lawns — An old standby, cutting lawns and other landscaping services can provide a second income in the summer.
                      24. Auctioning items on eBay — Want to get rid of all your old stuff? Stick it up on eBay and auction it off.
                      25. Babysitting — Child care of all kinds, from babysitting to nannying, can offer constant opportunities.
                      26. Freelance writing — If you’ve got the skills to write clearly, you can sell your pen for everything from blogs to advertising copy.
                      27. Selling blog and website themes — Do a little designing on the side? Customers that don’t want to pay full price for a website will often pay for a template or theme.
                      28. Offering computer help — Particularly with people new to computers, you can earn money by providing in-home computer help.
                      29. Designing websites — It may require a little skilled effort, but designing websites remains a reliable source of income.
                      30. Selling stock photography — For shutterbugs, an easy way to put a photography collection to work is to post it to a stock photography site.
                      31. Freelance designing — Check with local businesses: you can provide brochures, business cards and other design work and get paid a good fee.
                      32. Tutoring — Math and languages reamin the easiest subjects to find tutoring gigs for, but there is demand for other fields as well.
                      33. Housesitting / petsitting — Stopping in to check on a house or pet can earn you some money, and maybe even a place to stay.
                      34. Building niche websites — If you can put together a site on a very specific topic, you can put targeted ads on it and make money quickly.
                      35. Translating — The variety of translating work available is huge: written word, on the spot and more is easy to find even on a part-time basis.
                      36. Creating custom crafts — No matter what kind of crafts you make, there’s likely a market for it. Etsy remains one of the easiest places to sell crafts.
                      37. Setting up a wi-fi hotspot — With a little bit of equipment, you can set up a wi-fi hotspot and charge your neighbors for the access they’ve been ‘borrowing.’
                      38. Selling an e-book — You can write an e-book about almost anything and put it up for sale online.
                      39. Affiliate marketing — If you’re willing to market other companies’ products, you can earn a cut of the sales.
                      40. Renting out your spare room — From looking for a long-term roommate to listing your guest room on couch surfing sites, that spare room can make you money.
                      41. Offering handy man services — Handling small household tasks can provide you with plenty of work, although you’ll probably be expected to have your own tools.
                      42. Teaching an online class — Share your expertise through a website, an online seminar or variety of other methods.
                      43. Building furniture — For those with the skill to create handmade furniture, selling their creations is often just a matter of advertising.
                      44. Providing personal chef services — Personal chefs prepare meals ahead of time for customers, leaving their customers with a full freezer and no mess.
                      45. Event planning — From planning corporate events to bar mitzvahs, an event planning business can require plenty of work and offer plenty of pay.
                      46. Installing home safety products — Particularly as Baby Boomers age, people able to install handrails and other home safety products are in demand.
                      47. Altering / tailoring — If your sewing skills are up to par, altering garments is coming back as people try to stretch more wear out of their clothing.
                      48. Offering in-home beauty services — Hair cuts, makeup and other beauty services that can be performed at home have a growing demand.
                      49. Business coaching — Helping others to establish and develop their businesses can provide many opportunities to earn money.
                      50. Writing resumes — Writing resumes can provide a reliable income, especially if you can put a polish on a client’s credentials.

                      There are plenty of offers that claim to provide you with the opportunity to make thousands of dollars a week. Unfortunately, none of these businesses will provide that sort of income, but they aren’t scams either. They were chosen because they all require a minimum investment to get started — some require nothing more than a flyer advertising your business. Even better, if you do enjoy any of these businesses, there is a potential with most of them to continue to expand — perhaps even to the point of going full time.

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