10 Things That Really Are Free on Amazon

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If you love Amazon, you already know about the many great deals you can find there. But did you realize you can get many items for free by shopping at the online retail giant?

These items are available to anyone who shops through Amazon. You don’t need to be a member of Amazon Prime — although joining that program allows you to access an ever-increasing number of perks, as we detail in “These Are the 9 Best Benefits of Amazon Prime.”

Following are some of our favorite examples of the free stuff anyone can get at Amazon.

1. E-books

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You’ll find free e-books for Kindle — which is Amazon’s line of e-readers — on Amazon’s “Free Books and Low Priced Reading Options” webpage.

Don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader? Don’t worry — just check out “This Trick Lets You Read E-Books Without an E-Reader.”

2. Anything you can buy with a gift card

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Yes, it’s possible to snag an Amazon gift card for free, as we detail in “5 Ways You Can Score Free Amazon Gift Cards.” Then, anything you “purchase” with free gift cards is effectively free.

3. Anything you can buy with points

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If you have one of the Amazon Rewards Visa credit cards or the Amazon.com Store Card, you can use accumulated points to buy things on Amazon. And anything you “purchase” with those points is effectively free.

These cards also come with freebies: You will get a free Amazon gift card worth $10, $50 or $70 — depending on the rewards card — upon signing up and being approved.

Of course, it’s generally unwise to sign up for any new credit card based on the sign-up bonus alone. First, do a little comparison shopping using a free online resource like Money Talks News’ credit card comparison tool to identify the best plastic for you.

Also, if you have a cash-back credit card that is not affiliated with Amazon, note that you can still use the cash back you earned from that card to buy things on Amazon. Anything you “purchase” with any kind of cash back is still effectively free.

4. Music

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There is plenty of free digital music on Amazon — if you know where to look.

You might have trouble finding it by searching Amazon’s site. But do a web search for a phrase like “amazon digital music free,” and you will quickly discover Amazon’s free albums and free songs.

5. Mobile apps

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Amazon’s “Apps & Games” section includes plenty of free mobile apps.

To view just the free ones, select “Free” under the “Price” menu on the left. You can also filter the apps based on various other preferences using the menus on the left.

6. Shipping

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Prime members can get free and fast shipping for just about anything, but nonmembers can also get free shipping for many purchases.

Amazon’s “Order with Free Shipping by Amazon” webpage explains:

“Order $25 or more to qualify for FREE Shipping on eligible items.”

7. Photo storage

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Amazon Prime members get unlimited photo storage and 5GB of video storage on Amazon Photos at no extra cost — which is among the best Prime perks. But folks who aren’t Prime members also get free storage on Amazon Photos — up to 5GB worth.

To get even more free photo storage without a Prime membership, see if any of your friends or relatives with Prime use the Family Vault feature.

The Family Vault is basically online storage space that Prime members can share with five other people. And those five invitees also get unlimited free photo storage — even if they are not Prime members.

8. Bonus wedding gifts

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If you create a wedding registry on Amazon, you will enjoy numerous perks — including the ability to score what Amazon calls “bonus gifts” for free.

Here’s how it works: If you add certain items to your registry and your guests purchase them, you’ll get something for free. Visit Amazon’s “Bonus Gifts” webpage to view the freebies that are currently available.

9. Baby items

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Amazon’s registry freebies aren’t just for couples tying the knot.

Parents-to-be who create a baby registry on Amazon also enjoy perks, which include a free welcome box. Amazon describes it as “a surprise box of items for parents and baby valued up to $35.”

10. Audiobooks

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Amazon owns Audible, a company that produces and sells audiobooks and other audio entertainment. Audible also offers a membership that entitles you to access free and reduced-price audio content.

Audible memberships are not free, but a free 30-day trial is available for both the Plus and Premium Plus plans. Just don’t forget to cancel the Audible membership before the trial ends if you decide you don’t want to pay for a membership.

For more options, check out “10 Places You Can Find Free Audiobooks.”

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