It might be easier to ask, "Who among us does not use Amazon.com?" Let me tell you, shopping on Amazon the right way is more than clicking items and loading up your cart.
Once you learn a few tricks, you’ll find sales and price cuts that you never imagined possible. Here are five insider secrets to save money on Amazon.com.
1. Shop the Amazon Warehouse and Outlet
Some of us like to browse. We prefer used bookstores, vintage clothing shops, and second-hand furniture stores. Amazon Warehouse is just that kind of place. Here you’ll find returned and lightly used products that are still functional but don’t qualify as "new."
Conditions range from "Refurbished," "Like New," "Very Good," all the way down to "Acceptable" and the product information includes notes on what defects or blemishes to expect on a particular item.
As you might expect, you’ll find a treasure trove of electronics from video games and widescreen TVs to smart watches and Bluetooth speakers.
For example, Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones have $400 MSRP and are currently on sale for $300. But check the used section for this item and there is "Used - Good" Amazon Warehouse Deal for $213.39. The used headphones have small cosmetic imperfections, but at a 44-percent discount, it’s a bargain.
This marketplace does have its risks. On the one hand, the items aren’t in perfect condition, and most electronics do not come with warranties. Amazon does honor a generous return policy, and you can sometimes procure a warranty or protection plan from Square Trade, depending on the item.
Amazon Warehouse lets you use Amazon Prime for free deliveries. You can also visit Amazon Outlet, a similar market for clearance and overstock items. Click here to learn more about Amazon Warehouse and Outlet deals and gotchas.
2. Find Amazon coupons
The word "coupon" conjures up images of cutting apart newspapers at the kitchen table. Amazon coupons are much simpler than that. You don’t have to collect and organize little slips of paper the way your grandmother does. Instead, you can just visit Amazon’s coupon site, collect the ones you want, and redeem them with a click. Your savings will be applied automatically to the final bill.
You can also use the coupons’ subscription service to keep the discounts flowing. The word "subscription" may sound suspect, but there is no additional fee. Amazon will help you keep track of your coupons on products you regularly buy. This is particularly convenient for cyclical household items like diapers, toothpaste and tortilla chips.
Just like old-fashioned coupons, Amazon offers a wide range of savings, and Prime members receive especially appetizing offers that others do not. Click here to get instant savings by using Amazon's coupons.