For a good reason, Amazon has become synonymous with online shopping. The world’s largest retailer, which debuted more than 20 years ago, now sells nearly every mainstream product across all categories, with brands ranging from niche sellers to global labels.
But, aside from the novel promotions and gimmicks, Amazon is an excellent choice for shoppers of all types. There is so much to choose from, but finding the best prices can be difficult. We’ve compiled a list of 12 tips to help you save money and find the products you really want to help you streamline the purchasing process.
1. Sign up for Amazon Prime
If you shop on Amazon frequently, Amazon Prime is a must-have. For $99 per year, you’ll get unlimited two-day shipping on millions of items as well as exclusive discounts. Even better, Prime Video includes thousands of movies and TV episodes, Prime Reading provides access to thousands of books and periodicals, Prime Music has over 2 million ad-free songs, video game pre-orders are 20% off, and Prime Photos provides unlimited online photo storage.
2. Shop Amazon’s Best Sellers for Gifts
Want to know what’s popular with kids or what’s hot in the tech world? For answers, go to Amazon Best Sellers. Amazon Best Sellers, similar to a year-long gift guide, offers a selection of top products in over 30 categories. The hub also includes handy red and green arrows that show which products are increasing and decreasing in popularity. The dynamic page also includes tabs for Movers and Shakers, which are items that have increased in popularity in the last 24 hours, Hot New Releases, Top Products, Most Wished For, and Gift Ideas.
3. Pay Attention to Today’s Deals
The deals page provides shoppers with limited-time product discounts. There, you’ll find the day’s most important deals, Lightning Deals, and even a deals newsletter. What’s more, the best part? Prime members have early access to exclusive deals. If you’re looking for cheap new gear, this is a great place to start.
4. Warehouse Sales on Amazon
The constantly changing section includes discounts on products that have been returned, warehouse-damaged, used, or refurbished, as well as discounts on products that are technically new but do not meet Amazon’s normal standards. Before they are listed, all products are tested and graded. Many Amazon Warehouse Deals purchases qualify for Amazon Prime and free shipping, and some are covered by Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee; however, an actual warranty must be purchased separately.
5. Broaden Your Category Offering
While Amazon is best known for selling books and electronics, it also has a surprisingly wide range of products in other categories. Amazon caters to shoppers looking for virtually any mainstream product online, from Michelin tyres to fresh flower bouquets. There’s no reason to limit yourself to e-books and gadgets when Amazon Wine has excellent vintages and Amazon Art has tens of thousands of masterpieces.