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There are a lot of good deals to be had on Amazon.com, but first, you have to find them. Here's where to look if you want to save big.
Shop Amazon's Warehouse Deals for deep discounts on near-date, open-box, refurbished, and slightly damaged merchandise. For even bigger savings, look for items that qualify for Free Super Saver Shipping.
Pick up merchandise at closeout prices by shopping Amazon’s outlet store. You'll save at least 25 percent, and in many cases, more than 70 percent.
Looking for a real steal? Then check out Brand-Name-Coupons.com. This site allows you to search for deals in all Amazon departments by the percentage off — anywhere from 10 percent to 90 percent off.
The Deals and Bargains page is your one-stop spot for all of the latest information on sales, markdowns, and special promotions. Be sure to check it regularly.
Find it by clicking on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Deals and Bargains" from the menu.
Looking for an easy way to stay on top of the latest deals? Then, let someone else do the work for you. Several websites dedicated to bargain hunting track and post the best Amazon deals throughout the day. DealCatcher is one of the most popular options.
Pay $119 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, and you'll get:
Are there items that you buy from Amazon on a regular basis – shampoo or toilet paper perhaps? Then, schedule reoccurring deliveries through the Subscribe and Save program and you'll receive an extra 15 percent off the purchase price, plus free shipping.
Find an item that you want on Amazon, but not thrilled with the price? Then, check to see if you can buy it used. Amazon allows private sellers to post their used items up for sale alongside the new items. Just look for the link that says "# used and new for sale" and click on it to see what's available.
Buy $35 in qualifying items (those marked as "eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping") and enjoy free shipping on those items.
If you find yourself a bit short of the $35 needed to qualify for free shipping, you can use the Amazon Filler Item Finder run by filleritem.com to search out an item that will bring you to the $35 threshold.
Amazon offers an extra discount on one item each day, the Gold Box Deal of the Day, and that discount can be quite substantial — sometimes as much as 75% off. Get in the habit of checking the deal each day, and you may just find a bargain on something that you need.
Click on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Gold Box" from the menu. The Gold Box Deal appears at the top left corner of the page.
Be lightning quick, and you'll be rewarded. Amazon's Lightning Deals promotion offers extra coupon savings on a single featured item – but only for four hours or until all of the coupons are used.
Click on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Gold Box" from the menu. The "Top Lightning Deal" appears in the right corner of the page, and the rest of the Lightning Deals run below it.
There are lots of ways to earn free Amazon gift cards — recycling an old cell phone, answering surveys, the list goes on and on. Make sure you're taking advantage of all the opportunities that apply to you: