16 Amazon Secrets You Should Know
Take a look at our favorite Amazon secrets and tips. You might learn something new! We love Amazon because we find lots of great online deals, Amazon Prime offers all sorts of wonderful benefits, and they have great customer service.
1. Get an Amazon price adjustment.
You can receive a partial refund or price adjustment if the price drops on something you recently bought from Amazon. See the step-by-step instructions for how to get a price adjustment.
2. Trade in items for Amazon gift cards.
3. Great deals on new and used items from Amazon Warehouse, Amazon Outlet, and MYHABIT.
Warehouse Deals offers deep discounts on thousands of open-box and used products. Shop outlet prices, clearance items, overstocks, and markdowns on electronics, clothing, jewelry, and more in the Outlet.
4. Find deals on local restaurants, spas, entertainment, and more with Amazon Local.
Amazon Local offers a variety of discounted deals on local services, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and more. You can save up to 75%!
5. Work around the Add-on Item minimum order with a pre-order.
Add-on Items ship with orders that include $25 or more of items shipped by Amazon. Since I have no problem finding things to buy on Amazon, this is usually not an issue for me. 😉 But if you need a way to get an Add-on Item without ordering $25 worth, there is a way to work around the minimum. (It is also helpful to note that the Add-on Item itself counts toward the $25 total.)
Amazon doesn’t charge your card for a pre-ordered item until it is released, but it still counts toward your $25 total. Add your add-on Items and a pre-order video game or pre-order movie to your cart to get your order to at least $25. Place the order. The Add-on Items will ship out to you right away, and if you decided you don’t want the pre-ordered movie or game, you can simply cancel the order.
6. Get a refund or replacement for a broken item without shipping it back.
If something you bought from Amazon arrives broken, you can contact Amazon customer service and get a refund or have a replacement item shipped – without the hassle of returning the broken item. They might even send the replacement with a free next-day shipping!
7. Save with the limited-time deals from Amazon Gold Box, Lightning Deals, and Amazon Coupons.
If you follow our blog, you probably already know about the great daily deals and coupons! See all of the current Amazon Coupons – diapers, personal care, grocery, beauty, office supplies, and more. Just click on each coupon to “clip” it. Stack the coupon with a great price for a fab deal.
This is where you can view all of the Amazon daily deals, including Gold Box, lightning deals, top coupons, digital deals, and more. That’s right, lightning deals happen all year long, not just during the holiday shopping season.
8. Share your Amazon Prime free two-day shipping and more with your family.
Amazon allows you to share the benefits of Prime with another adult in your household and up to four children. This also allows you to use the Family Library to share Amazon content with each other! Go to your account and “Your Prime Membership.” Scroll down to “Share your Prime benefits.” Then follow the instructions to set up your Amazon Household.
9. Free six-month trial of Amazon Prime for college students with Amazon Student.
Score free two-day shipping, exclusive deals and promotions, earn credit for referring friends, and unlimited photo storage. You just need a valid .edu email address to sign up. After the free trial, the Prime membership will upgrade to Amazon Prime for 50% off – only $49 a year! Sweet deal!
10. Save 15% on your baby registry and 10% on your wedding registry with Amazon.
Amazon has an amazing selection of baby items and things any newlywed would want. Create a baby registry and you will save 15% off the items you didn’t receive as gifts – if you are an Amazon Mom (if not, you save 10%). Create a wedding registry and you will save 10%! Returns are free for 90 days too! (Some restrictions apply.)
11. Find anyone’s Amazon Wishlist or Registry.
You can search Amazon with an email or name for anyone’s wishlist, wedding, or baby registry. Find friends and family, remember their wish lists, give the gifts they want! (People may adjust the settings on their lists to make them private though.)
12. Get a discounted Kindle book and a free Android app every day.
There are new deeply discounted Kindle book deals every day in many different genres. Find even more free Kindle books. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read Kindle books on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and so on with the FREE Kindle Reading App.
13. Save on diapers and more with Amazon Mom.
Amazon Mom is open to anyone, whether you’re a Mom, Dad, grandparent, or caretaker. Amazon Mom with Prime includes the many benefits of Prime, a 20% discount on Subscribe & Save diaper orders, 15% off your baby registry, and member-exclusive coupons.
I think the diaper prices are comparable, if not better, than Costco prices. Plus, Amazon has a much better selection. Try a free trial of Amazon Mom with Prime. (If you are currently the primary account holder of an Amazon Prime membership, joining Amazon Mom is completely free.)
14. Use Subscribe & Save to save up to 20%.
We love using Subscribe & Save to save more on everyday items. You save 5% on any eligible order, but save 15% when you subscribe to 5 or more items arriving in the same month. Amazon Moms save 20% on diapers with Subscribe and Save! No obligation, cancel subscriptions any time. Plus, you can combine any applicable Amazon coupons with the Subscribe & Save savings. Learn more about Subscribe and Save.
15. How to deal with delayed shipping.
If an item you ordered is being delayed, politely contact Amazon customer service. They realize that the timeliness of shipments is important and may be able to upgrade the shipping of an item not yet shipped or create a replacement order with next-day shipping.
If an order does not arrive on the guaranteed delivery day, contact Amazon customer service to get a refund on shipping costs or possibly a free extension on your Prime membership.
Keep in mind that you need to provide a valid shipping address and that Amazon packages may travel through multiple carriers. If you believe your package has been stolen, be sure to check around the delivery location, see if someone else accepted the package, then contact Amazon customer service.
16. Free return shipping on eligible clothing, shoes, and more.
Shop Amazon Fashion. On the product detail page, select your size and color, then look for “Free Returns” next to the price to confirm that the item is eligible. Not all items, sizes, or colors will be eligible, but there are tons that are!
I have utilized this many times! Buy a pair of jeans that is eligible for free returns. Receive the item, keep the box and packaging on hand, keep the items tags in place, and try the jeans on. If you don’t like the fit or whatever, go to your account and request a return for the item. Print the UPS label, repackage the item, and drop it off at a UPS location. It makes shopping online for shoes and clothing a lot easier!
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