What’s not to love about Amazon?
OK, I am sure someone can tell me why they don’t love Amazon, but I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I’m a fan. In fact, thanks to Amazon, my husband and I did 99 percent of our Christmas shopping for the kids last year while sitting in bed watching “Fringe.” They even offer Sunday deliveries, so it’s terrifically convenient.
Amazon pricing can often be lower than that of brick-and-mortar stores, but there are even bigger bargains to be found. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson is about to clue you in on the secret ways diehard Amazon shoppers shave even more money off the store’s prices.
Watch the video and then keep reading for more details.
1. Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates is the website’s affiliate program, meaning every time you send someone to Amazon, you get paid a percentage of whatever they spend. It’s really geared toward bloggers and small businesses, but anyone can sign up.
The key to making it work is to find a friend who is a regular Amazon shopper and also willing to sign up. You can’t earn an affiliate commission on your own purchases but you can on someone else’s.
So you and your friend both sign up as affiliates. Then, when you shop on Amazon, you use their affiliate link and when they shop, they use yours. It’s an easy way to make up to 10 percent cash back on each other’s purchases.
2. Subscribe and Save
Basically, it works like this. You agree to receive regular, automatic shipments of certain products and in exchange you get free shipping and a discount. The discount starts at 5 percent for a single item and climbs to 15 percent if you subscribe to five eligible items.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret. Since you can cancel at any time, some people sign up for Subscribe and Save, receive one shipment at the reduced price and then cancel.
3. Amazon Prime
For heavy-duty Amazon buyers like me, Amazon Prime is the way to go. It costs $99 for an annual membership but you get free two-day shipping, which can more than pay for the price of the membership.
Plus you can borrow from an extensive Kindle library for free. And that “Fringe” my husband and I were watching while Christmas shopping? Yup, that was streaming free compliments of Amazon Prime. There’s also free streaming music and free unlimited cloud picture storage.
Maybe you aren’t sure you spend enough at Amazon to justify shelling out $99. You’re in luck. Amazon gives you a free one-month trial before they charge you — a one-month trial that may be perfect for, say, the month right before Christmas.
4. Deal tracker sites
Regular Amazon shoppers know that prices at the online store fluctuate all over the place.
That’s where deal tracker sites come in handy. Websites such as CamelCamelCamel.com and TheTracktor.com can show you historical Amazon price data as well as send alerts when a price on a certain item reaches a preset amount.
You can price watch on your own by clicking “Save for Later” on the items that interest you. Creating a wish list is another option. Sometimes, if you put an item in your cart and leave it there for a few days, the price will drop, assumedly to entice you to buy.
5. Amazon Mom
Moms are big business for retailers. All those diapers and wipes and baby supplies add up quickly, but you can get 20 percent off with Amazon Mom.
Amazon Mom is free to join and gets you 20 percent off diapers and wipes, as well as all the benefits of Prime membership. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you’ll receive all Amazon Mom benefits free. If you’re not, signing up will get you a free 30-day trial, but when it ends you’ll be charged the regular $99 charge for Prime.