Whether it’s holiday shopping or you’re just buying something special for yourself, always make sure your getting the best deals on Amazon. The online retail giant offers incredible deals, but you have to know how to find them. Once you know how to shop, the savings are limitless.
Take Advantage of Prime
If you’re a frequent shopper or you love getting more for your money, getting the best deals on Amazon is as easy as signing up for Amazon Prime. You might think it’s just about getting free two-day shipping, but it’s much more.
You also get access to:
- Streaming shows and movies
- Over two million songs (plus a discount on Amazon Music Unlimited)
- Free access to thousands of Kindle books and magazines
- Unlimited photo storage
- Free game content
- 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals (perfect for scoring great prices)
It’s only $10.99 per month or $99 per year for all of these benefits and deals.
Track the 12 Days of Deals
Forget about turtledoves and maids a milking. Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals is ideal for scoring the best deals on Amazon. Every year Amazon offers 12 days of amazing deals, but you have to act fast. Amazon offers several ways to track the deals, including email and Twitter. Get ready now so you don’t miss out.
Use the Amazon Mobile App
You probably already have your smartphone next to you, so take advantage of the Amazon mobile app. Get notifications on deals and instantly see when items on your wishlist go on sale. The app is free and you’ll be able to score deals with just a few taps.
Add the Amazon Assistant for Browsers
If you don’t want to miss out on the best deals on Amazon while you’re using your desktop computer, don’t worry. Amazon has you covered. All you need is the Amazon Assistant extension. Get special notifications on upcoming deals, compare products, and much more. The extension is free for all major browsers.
Keep Track on Social Media
As with most major brands, Amazon’s on social media. If you’d rather not download another app, keep track of Amazon’s deals via Facebook and Twitter. You’ll find Lightning Deals, 12 Days of Deals, Deals of the Day, and other special discounts. To make sure you don’t miss anything, visit their pages directly or you might not see all of Amazon’s posts.
Check Out the Daily Deal Emails
Every day, Amazon offers special deals. You just have to keep track of what’s on sale and when. It’s actually easier than you might think. Get the best deals on Amazon simply by signing up for the Daily Deals email. You’ll receive emails daily about all types of special deals.
If you check your email more than social media or you just want to have all the daily deals in one message, make sure you get on Amazon’s Daily Deals email list now.
Add to Your Wishlist
Want a specific item, but the price isn’t right just yet? No problem. You can still score a deal if you’re patient. Keep track of the items you’re wishing for by adding them to your wishlist. Simply hover over the List drop-down menu when you’re viewing an item and choose Create List to create a new list. Add items by clicking Add to List by an item’s Buy box.
You can easily track price changes and keep your entire shopping list organized by monitoring your wishlists. Plus, others can see your lists if you want, meaning someone might just get you the perfect gift.
Use the Amazon mobile app or the Amazon Assistant extension to better monitor your wishlist items. As an added bonus, Amazon lets you add items from other sites if you’re using the Amazon Assistant extension.
Look at Available Reviews
Buying online means you don’t get to check out an item in person before buying. You don’t have to worry too much because Amazon’s full of unbiased reviews. Check which products are great and which ones aren’t worth the money. Many reviewers also recommend alternate or cheaper products.
To ensure a review is legitimate, look for Amazon Verified Purchase reviews. Amazon only allows this label when they can verify that the customer did purchase the reviewed product.
Have questions about a product? Make sure you’re getting the best possible product for your needs by asking questions. Actual customers answer your questions. You can also view other questions and answers to see if someone else has already asked what’s on your mind.
Use Coupon Apps & Extensions
The Amazon Assistant extension isn’t the only way to receive notifications about the best deals on Amazon. Coupon apps and extensions also help you hunt for deals and notify you about discounts on the items you’re searching for.
Some great extensions and apps to try include:
- Honey – Browser extension that automatically applies coupon codes and shows you the lowest prices available on Amazon
- Invisible Hand – Browser extension that automatically compares prices for you, so you never wonder if Amazon’s the lowest or not
- CamelCamelCamel – Extension and site that tracks Amazon pricing for items you search for or add to a wishlist
- Paribus – Connects to your Amazon (and other retail) account to monitor price changes on purchases and automatically files price adjustment claims (during the eligible time period) – takes a 25% fee from your savings
- PriceAlarm.net – Tracks Amazon and eBay pricing and notifies you of price changes and desired pricing – available for desktop and as an app
Wait for Prime Day
While Amazon offers deals for the holiday shopping season, such as Black Friday and 12 Days of Deals, you can still score the best deals on Amazon in the middle of the year. All you have to do is wait for Prime Day. It’s exclusive to Prime members, but you’ll have access to special deals all day long.
It typically happens in July, so make sure you’re ready. If you’ve signed up for Amazon emails, you’ll be notified when it happens next. In 2017 alone, Prime Day surpassed Amazon’s sales for Cyber Monday and Black Friday, so you know there are great deals to be had.
Use these tips to ensure you always find the best and latest deals on Amazon.
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Contribution by Crystal Crowder
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Crystal lives and breathes tech. She’s spent over a decade writing tutorials, reviews, and more on tech, business, and lifestyle sites. Her idea of fun is settling down with the latest tech and gadget news.