Amazon started out as a major seller of books. While the online giant still sells a majority of books it has added other items to sell as well. You can find just about anything you want to buy on Amazon, from music to fashions, kid’s toys to gift baskets. They usually offer the best prices on just about everything they sell, but many of the items that they retail come from other companies.
While you can always go online and compare the prices and find many great deals at Amazon, there are other ways to get discounts that you may not even be aware of. Here are some ways that you can start saving even more money when you make your next purchase at Amazon.
You can check out Amazon's Outlet Store. While it is not advertised outright, it is there. If you want to check out the deals there, simply do a search for Amazon outlet store and up will pop a page that has an assortment of items all at the lowest prices you will find anywhere. A recent search pulled up Nautica Classic cologne for men that normally retails for $47.50 on sale at the outlet for just $10.19.
Amazon has a paid program that will give you two-day shipping for free as well as Amazon discounts on overnight shipping and Saturday deliveries. The service used to be $79 for the year but has just increased in price to $99. Students can get the prime membership for $49. The best part is you can sign up for a free 30-day trial membership. During this period you can use all the benefits that a paid member can use – free Kindle downloads, shipping discounts, and many other benefits. If you do a lot of shopping, even with the increased membership fee the cost is worth it. Shopping during the holidays will save you time from going to the shopping malls, save money with the best prices online, and have everything delivered right to your door for free – and within two days. You can try out the Prime Membership for free every 13 months.
If you are a mom you can sign up for a program where you can save on diapers. You can save 20% on your diaper purchases when you order them through this special savings plan.
If you know what it is you want to purchase but you want to make sure that you are getting the very best price on the Internet, you can sign up for Online Price Alerts. Find the URL of the item that you are interested in, put in your email address, and put in the price that you are looking to pay. When the item is available at the price you have listed you will be notified by email.
If you buy an item on a regular basis, you can sign up for the Subscribe and Save option. This means that you will receive your item at a discounted price and it will be automatically sent to you on a regular basis. You choose how often you want to receive the items and it will be sent to you on that basis and you will save up to 15% on your order. As a bonus, your Subscribe and Save order will be shipped for free.
Another great way to save when shopping on Amazon is checking out their Deal of the Day. Every day Amazon offers a different item and offers a deep discount. There is also a Kindle Daily Deal as well where you can enjoy a discounted price on a Kindle book.
If you spend a lot of time shopping online you may be aware of the many Internet sites that offer coupon codes for different stores and sites. You can do a search for "coupons for Amazon" and you will be able to check out sites that will offer coupon codes that you can enter when you check out to save even more money on your order. Some deals can even be for free shipping or just alert you to special clearance items.
You can always save money at Amazon. With a little bit of research you can save even more.