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Hi, we’re PureWow and we’re Amazon addicts. Seriously, how can you not be? It’s quick, easy and you never have to put on pants. And as seasoned users, we’ve picked up a few money-saving tricks along the way. Here, nine of the ones we swear by (even if you’re not a Prime member).
Like shopping at a secondhand store, Amazon’s Warehouse offers steep discounts on open-box and pre-owned products. That might mean a TV with minor scratches or nicks but nothing that will hinder its functionality.
If you aren’t so into used products but still want to save money, shop the Amazon Outlet, which features clearance items and overstocks that you can shop by markdown amount (so something like beauty products at 50 percent off or more).
Through Amazon’s trade-in program, you can send in old, used items like phones, tablets, TVs and video games in exchange for Amazon gift cards. So basically you get rewarded for cleaning out your house—score!
OK, so this one doesn’t work if you’re in a hurry, but if you’re making a nonessential purchase, it might pay off to add the item to your cart and leave it there for a few days. Reason being, sometimes Amazon sees items in your cart that you haven’t purchased and sends you deal emails on those products.
Like PriceJump from Savings.com, which lets you enter the URL of an Amazon product and then scans the entire web to make sure you’re getting the best price. If that’s not on Amazon, it links you directly to the site where it’s cheapest.
We’re Prime devotees, but if you’re not sure about spending $99 per year for the service (which gets you free two-day shipping, streaming video and music and other benefits), you can try it out for free for 30 days. (Ideal for Christmas-present shopping.) If you decide to continue and pay for the service, you can split your account between four “household” members to subsidize some of the cost.
At the top of most Amazon pages there’s a plugin of “Today’s Deals,” aka limited-time offers on a variety of products. Add them to your cart immediately if you’re interested or, if you aren’t sure if you need a new smart watch, click “Watch this deal” to keep it on your radar without any commitment.
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