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Amazon secret money-saving tips: Find cheaper prices on warehouse deals

We all know that Amazon is a great place for hunting the lowest prices anywhere for a particular product. But did you know you can get even more savings if you look through Amazon Warehouse Deals as well?

If you don't mind used, refurbished, open-box, warehouse-damaged and returned goods, then Amazon Warehouse Deals is your ticket for big, big discounts.

Warehouse Deals sell markdowns of everything from computers, TVs, a whole range of electronic and home appliances, cellphones, and even used books, video games, DVDs/Blu-Rays, CDs, and vinyl records.

If you're worried about the state the items are in, don't worry, Amazon Warehouse Deals strictly adheres to Amazon's General Condition Guidelines and provides each Warehouse Deal item's condition on its information page.

Conditions range from "Refurbished," "Like New," "Very Good," all the way down to "Acceptable" and the information even includes notes on what defects or blemishes to expect on a particular item.

For your added peace of mind, Amazon claims that they "thoroughly test the functional and physical condition of each item and give the product a specific grade before selling it."

They are also completely backed by Amazon's return policy so you can always ship back an item within the return timeframe window if you are not satisfied. Additionally, all Warehouse Deals qualify for Amazon Prime or FREE Shipping.

I have purchased quite a number of electronic items from Amazon's Warehouse Deals myself and it has yet to disappoint me. Items were well packaged, they work as expected and conditions always match the provided descriptions. Honestly, I have yet to return any Warehouse Deals I have chanced upon since the savings are substantial and I always end up with a great used item anyway.

Amazon Warehouse deal

For example, these excellent Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones (pictured above) are listed as $400 MSRP and currently on sale for $300. If you check the used section for this item, you'll see a "Used- Good" Amazon Warehouse Deals item for $213.39. The used item has small cosmetic imperfections but for a 44 percent off discount, it's well worth the purchase especially if you're in the market for these headphones.

Before you dive into the wonderful world of Amazon Warehouse Deals, there are a few caveats to keep in mind.

  • Since the items are considered "used," they do not come with the standard manufacturer's warranty. If you want protection for an item, you will have to rely on third-party companies like Square Trade.
  • Also, prices and availability of the products are always in flux. Since Warehouse Deals rely on pre-owned or warehouse damaged goods, they can't predict future inventory and Amazon advises deal hunters to "check back often and order quickly."

How to check for Amazon Warehouse Deals

To check if there are any Warehouse Deals available for an item, go to the product's Amazon page and click on the "Used & new" section. In this section, look for the seller "Amazon Warehouse Deals" (the items are always marked as Prime-eligible) and check if there are any "Used" or "Refurbished" prices that are within your price range.

Another way to browse for general Warehouse Deals items is by visiting the main Amazon Warehouse Deals Storefront.

Bonus: Amazon Outlet

Amazon Outlet

For even more deal opportunities, there's a lesser-known Amazon section called Amazon Outlet.

Instead of used and open-box items, this is the place for clearance and overstocked inventory. Like Warehouse Deals, bargains include computers, electronic items, jewelry and even clothing.

If you hit it at the right time, the discounts on Amazon Outlet are worth the trouble, as they range from 10 to 70 percent off the suggested retail price and the items are brand new! Think of Outlet as Amazon's version of the clearance and bargain bins of regular brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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