A couple of decades ago, nobody expected online shopping to become a “thing”. Nowadays, it’s a widespread trend. And with services such as Amazon, nobody’s really worried about safety. There are systems put in place to avoid scams of any shape and form.
Even some of the most experienced Amazon shoppers don’t know everything about the platform. There are nooks and crannies that can help improve your entire Amazon experience. Here are some of them.
How to Find Your Amazon URL
If you want to insert your Amazon profile’s link into a “Website:” field on any webpage out there, you can’t just go to your Amazon profile and copy the link.
To find and use your Amazon profile URL, go to https://www.amazon.com, log in to your account, and go to Accounts & Lists using the Your account menu. This will take you to your account page, where you’ll see a number of different links. Navigate to Your Amazon profile and click it. This will, in turn, take you to your profile page. Copy the URL in the address bar and paste it wherever you want to.
Use Amazon Prime for Free
Amazon Prime gives you a lot of great options that improve your Amazon experience. For instance, Prime members can enjoy one-day deliveries and a variety of other discounts. Naturally, Amazon Prime doesn’t come free.
What does come free, however, is a 30-day trial, which gives you access to all the neat perks that Amazon Prime offers. In theory, therefore, you can subscribe for the trial, order things at a discount and have them delivered in a single day, then cancel the subscription before you get charged. If you’re a student, you can make the most out of Amazon Prime by subscribing to Prime Student. This subscription gives you access to Prime for free over a period of six months.
Subscribe to Products
We’re all used to subscriptions. You pay for a service and you can keep on using it. However, with Amazon, you can subscribe to products. This is a perk that has been created for products such as pet food, razor blades, cat litter, toilet paper, and other items that you need on a constant and repetitive basis.
Not only do you not have to worry about purchasing these products ever again, but, with this kind of a subscription, you get up to 15% off the products in question. And you can cancel any of these subscriptions whenever you want.
Make the Most out of Add-Ons
If you aren’t familiar with add-ons on Amazon, you need to look closely. These are generally items that are small enough to be shipped with other items that you order. They tend to cost less than $5, so you may want to consider this when ordering on Amazon the next time.
For instance, if you order a portable backyard pool, you can probably get an add-on accessory like a ball for less than $5. It will also ship with the pool – another neat perk.
Get a Refund for Late Items
When ordering an item off of any eCommerce website, you usually pay shipping. Now the shipping fees are there to make sure that the item gets to you at the agreed-upon time. If the item is running late, you may be wondering why you’re paying for shipping, in the first place.
Well, if an item has a green Guaranteed delivery indication at checkout, it has to arrive at the said date. In fact, if the guaranteed delivery item doesn’t arrive by the right date at 8 PM, you’re eligible for a shipping refund. You may even get an extension on your Amazon Prime account of up to an entire month. Don’t pay shipping for late items.
Stay Updated with Prices
There is a Wish List option on Amazon that allows you to pool all the items that you’re interested in to a single spot. This list indicates how price fluctuated since you added the item. However, the Wish List won’t alert you when the price drops for an item that you’re interested in. In short, Amazon doesn’t go out of its way to help you buy items at a perfect moment.
Luckily, there are many online tools that alert you when prices drop. These are third-party apps but can be very useful. Some alert you via email, while others do so via Twitter.
Pick an Amazon Day
Amazon promises free two-day deliveries to many locations and they are working on turning this into one-day free deliveries.
If you work from home, you don’t really care about whether you’re going to be there during the delivery. If you have a busy schedule and commute a lot, this might be a problem. Luckily, Amazon offers the pick an Amazon Day option that allows you to select any day of the week to become the default day for your Amazon deliveries. This can be changed as per your preference at any time. This is yet another pretty neat feature that not a lot of people know about.
If you’re looking for awesome discounts and love online shopping, the Today’s Deals page is perfect for you. The link to this page can be found towards the top of the Amazon page that you happen to be on. On Today’s Deals, you’ll find the Deal of the Day offer but also Lightning Deals, where you get minutes/hours to purchase a product for the given price.
These tips will help you make the most out of Amazon. There are a lot of cool options and discounts that you may not know about. In order to become truly Amazon-savvy pay attention to everything from using your URL to getting neat discounts and refunds.
Did you already know about these tips? Which ones have you first heard about? Do you have any other useful advice and tips? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.