Amazon has always been a major player in the e-commerce industry. There are a huge variety of product categories listed on their website, with in-stock products numbering in the millions. Along with all these products come several ways to save money while shopping on Amazon. We’ll look at a few of these methods and see just how easy it is to save cash and find Amazon bargains.
Amazon Discount Codes
Amazon sometimes provides coupon codes that you can apply to your purchases to save money. Although these are not regularly advertised by Amazon, a quick Internet search will reveal a plethora of coupons. One of the great things about these discounts is that they are deducted from the total price of your shopping cart. This will sometimes allow you to get free shipping on items which cost less than $25. Amazon coupon codes usually apply to certain products or categories only.
When you find a coupon code for a product you are interested in, all you do is enter it in the “Promotional Codes” box when you’re checking out. The discount will then be applied directly to your shopping cart and you’ll see the savings instantaneously.
Cash Back Rewards
Another way to save money on Amazon is by using their new Platinum credit card. This will allow you to save money on every purchase you make. For every dollar you spend at Amazon you will obtain three points on your card. These points can be accumulated and transformed into Amazon gift certificates which you can use towards your purchases. For every 2500 points you collect, Amazon will provide you with a gift certificate valued at $25. If you do the math, it turns out you get about 3% cash back on all your purchases. This is a great reward especially considering most other cards only give you 1% cash back. On top of that, your first purchase with the card will receive an immediate $30 discount. All the gift certificates you earn with the card can be used during your checkout process.
Free Shipping Offer
One of the fantastic things about Amazon is its Super Saver Shipping. What this means is that most items purchased directly from Amazon or from one of its third-party retailers are eligible for free shipping as long as the order total is over $25. Although the Super Saver Shipping is generally slower than other shipping methods available on Amazon, in our experience orders still arrive very quickly. Because the shipping costs on many online purchases can normally be quite expensive, this is a fantastic way to save money.
Amazon Price History Tracker / Price Drop Alerts
Another excellent way to find Amazon deals is by being aware of upcoming sales. If you are like many other people and lead a hectic life, this can normally prove to be a very difficult task. Fortunately, there are Amazon price tracking tools available which will keep an eye out for sales on your behalf, and alert you when prices drop. How does this work exactly?
Well, suppose you are looking to purchase a new color printer. You would visit a price tracking website and enter the name of the printer you wanted into the search box. This would bring up a list of printers available on Amazon. You could then set up a price drop alert for the particular printer you are interested in and the price tracking website would send you an e-mail the next time that printer goes on sale. This is a brilliant way to save loads of money on those big-ticket items you’re saving up for.
Adding it all up
Now that we have explored some of the ways to save money on Amazon, let’s take a look at a real-world example of how much you can save. Suppose that color printer you are looking to purchase normally sells for $300. The first step would be to track the price of the printer on an Amazon price history tracking website. When the printer goes on a 1-day sale for 50% off (which you’ll be alerted to immediately, lucky you!), the price drops down to $150. Next, doing a quick Internet search we’ll see that there is a $25 coupon code available for all color printers on Amazon. Using this coupon code along with free shipping and 3% cash back (obtained when using the Amazon Platinum credit card), here’s what the savings would look like:
- Normal retail price is $300.
- Get it at 50% off by setting up a price drop alert. Subtract $150.
- Subtract $25 using the Amazon discount code.
- Subtract $30 with the first purchase on an Amazon Platinum credit card.
- Subtract $2.85 for the 3% cash back.
- Get free shipping on orders over $25.
- The total: $92.15 – a total savings of 70% off the retail price!
Obviously, if you make a lot of purchases on Amazon these savings will really add up. Fortunately for us, Amazon makes it really simple to save money. It’s just one of the many ways they like to reward their valued customers.
Chintzee is an Amazon price tracker which will alert you of price drops and upcoming sales on Amazon.