Amazon offers the best prices on many items and has an unbeatable inventory, but did you know that there are ways to save even more? Yes, there are, ranging from signing up for rebates to asking for a price-match.
Granted, these methods will be familiar to veteran deal-hunters, but the majority of shoppers don’t know about them. The blog where we heard about them, The Greenbacks Gal, even calls them “secret.” We wouldn’t go that far, but they are pretty great.
- Use eBates. Retailers offer different cash back options on eBates, with periodic double refund deals. Amazon will give you 3-8% back on your purchase depending on what department it’s from. To say that other retailers participate is a gross understatement.
- CamelCamelCamel is not a website for tracking the latest prices on large desert mammals, but a price-watching tool for Amazon.com and Best Buy. (Their Newegg capabilities were cut off, but might be working again by the time you read this.)
- Just ask for a price match. Way at the bottom of an Amazon catalog page, there’s a link that says, “Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?”
It’s those last few words that take you where you want to go: if you know of a lower price, let Amazon know and try to get them to match it.
- Earn free gift cards. You’ve probably heard of Swagbucks from that one annoying friend you have who keeps trying to get everyone to sign up for it. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re going to spend aimless hours on the Internet anyway, why not earn free Amazon gift cards?
Find cart filler items. If you aren’t quite at the $35 threshold for Super Saver Shipping, go hunting for an item you might need that can get your total just above $35. There are a lot of sites that can provide this service for you – Filler Item Finder is just one example.