If you’re reading this, you probably love shopping on Amazon just like I do. And if you’re anything like me, you also want to buy as much as you can and save money in the process. Well, you could wait for the sales season to do all of your shopping. But if you want to save money on Amazon right now, there are ways to do it. And here are six ways you could do just that.
1. Amazon Warehouse Deals
Not many people know this even exists! But hey, you could save a lot of money by going to this page and browsing through the deals.
You probably haven’t seen this page before, and I won’t blame you. It’s carefully hidden in the Today’s Deals page. It’s the sixth link on the top link bar, right beside the Deals and Bargains link.
I found a great HDTV here at almost 30% off, which I now use for console gaming. Sure, there were some dents and scratches, but they were in places that were not visible anyway. I still enjoy playing my NBA2K15 with my friends in HD quality. And yes, they don’t notice the scratches at all!
2. Amazon Outlet
This is another one of those hidden links in the Today’s Deals section. Amazon places their products on markdowns, clearance items and overstocks in this Outlet section.
You can’t find every type of product you want here, but what’s really neat is you could browse item categories depending on how much savings you want. For example, you could go to the Television and Video section and choose products that would give you a 50% discount.
3. Add Items to Your Shopping Cart, but Don’t Check Out
A pretty unusual trick to save more money: put all the items you want to purchase in your shopping cart, and then don’t check out. After a few days, Amazon might just e-mail you an offer for a discount or with an offer of coupons for the stuff you just left in your cart.
Of course, this doesn’t always work. You kind of have to hope that Amazon’s computers identify you as one of the lucky buyers. It did work for me once, and I got a 10% discount for the items in my cart.
Word of advice: don’t use this trick when you’re in a hurry. Otherwise, though, if you can afford a few days of waiting, then trying this out won’t hurt you.
4. Savings.com’s PriceJump
One of those really neat tools you can use is Savings.com’s PriceJump. This online tool will tell you whether or not you are getting the best deal on Amazon, or if you can get better prices elsewhere.
It’s pretty straightforward to use. Once you find the item you want to buy in Amazon, copy its URL from the address bar. Then paste it to the space provided in the PriceJump tool. Results will vary, though. Just recently I was shopping for a new MacBook Pro. I checked the price with PriceJump and it told me that I could save at least $150 dollars if I were to buy it from another site.
5. Snag Discounted Amazon Gift Cards
Another source of savings I found while browsing online are discounted Amazon gift cards. You could search for people who are selling the discounted cards in Google to find a list of sites that offer this service.
Personally, I use the GiftCardGranny.com as my go-to site for finding discounted gift cards. The cards they sell here are from Ebay, so you would also need an Ebay account to make this work.
A weird name for a highly useful service, CamelCamelCamel allows you to track the price history of a particular item on Amazon. You even get to see all this data in a neat chart. You could use this tool by entering the URL of the Amazon product you want to buy in the space provided at the top of the site. It will then display the price history of all the purchase options (Amazon, 3rd Party New, or 3rd Party Used).
You save money by using this tool through its Price Tracking option. Set up an alert by indicating your desired price, then put in your e-mail or Twitter account to get a message once that price is reached. Then, you can keep on saving!
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