There are some common mistakes even the most seasoned online shoppers make when shopping on Amazon. Continue reading to learn what those mistakes are and how to avoid making them.
10. Not Shopping Around
When it comes to shopping on Amazon, treat the process like you would any other store. In other words, don’t assume Amazon has the lowest price. Instead, shop around using Google Shopping or some other search engine to help you quickly and easily find the best deals.
If, however, you’re content with shopping only on Amazon, make sure you install Amazon Assistant in your browser to make sure you get the best deals. Amazon Assistant will compare brands and styles to find products that are just right for you.
9. Not Checking Prices for the Same Item in Different Colors
Sure, you have a favorite color. Everyone does. But, did you know that an item in your favorite color might be more expensive than the exact same item in a different color? Yep, it’s true. According to CNBC, Amazon will sometimes price items in this way.
Why? Well, it’s all based on supply and demand. A very popular color will cost more. So, if you’re not too hung up on color, opt for one of the less popular colors to save yourself a few dollars.
8. Not Timing Your Purchases Around Sales
Don’t you hate it when you purchase an item only for it to go on sale a few weeks later? If only there were some way to avoid something like that. Well, you can avoid it — if you time your purchases just right.
“Seasonal items usually get marked down around the same time every year and sale events like Amazon’s Prime Day have similar items discounted every year,” Rebecca Gramuglia, retail expert at TopCashback.com, told GOBankingRates.
Not only that, but you can also take advantage of deep discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday events.
But, if it’s something that can’t wait until Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Prime Day, you can always check Amazon’s Today’s Deals page to see what goodies you can snag for cheap right now.
7. Ignoring Third-Party Sellers
Amazon is known for its great deals, but sometimes the best deals on Amazon aren’t even offered by Amazon. Sometimes it’s the third-party sellers that offer the best prices.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “I don’t really know if I trust buying products from a third party.” Well, just like eBay, Amazon also has some buyer protections in place.
For example, Amazon disburses your funds to a third-party seller. They NEVER pass along your payment information to anyone. Additionally, third-party items not fulfilled by Amazon may be eligible under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee, which covers the timely delivery and the condition of your items.
And, if for any reason you aren’t satisfied with either, you can report your concerns to Amazon, and they’ll determine if you’re eligible for a refund.
6. Assuming All Amazon Reviews are Authentic
We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that there are a lot of trolls online. Those trolls have been known to frequent not just social networking sites but also e-commerce sites. In fact, Amazon has had issues with trolls leaving fake reviews. That being said, when it comes to Amazon reviews, take them with a grain of salt.
Now, that’s not to say you shouldn’t read customer reviews. In fact, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, reading customer reviews is “one of the most helpful aspects of shopping on Amazon.”
Not only can customers rate products, but they can also leave detailed reviews that highlight the pros and cons of those products. Plus, if you have a specific question about a product, you can ask someone who’s reviewed it, and they can give you an even more detailed answer than the one they left in the review.
5. Not Applying Coupons
One of the best ways to save yourself a few bucks is by using coupons, so don’t forget to check the coupon box underneath where an item price is listed when shopping on Amazon.
You could also use Honey, a free browser extension that automatically searches for coupon codes for items in your shopping cart.
Additionally, when using Honey on Amazon, the browser extension will also compare different sellers’ prices for the same item, including considering shipping prices and if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
4. Not Buying From Amazon Warehouse and Amazon Outlet
If you’re not shopping online at Amazon Warehouse or Amazon Outlet, you’re missing out on some fantastic deals.
According to its website, Amazon Warehouse has “great deals on quality used products,” including electronics, books, toys & games, office products, and household goods.
Amazon Outlet offers discounts on thousands of overstock items, including clothing, tools, pet supplies, beauty products, and electronics.
Then there’s Outlet’s Overstock Deals page, where you can get many items (e.g., winter gloves, portable chargers, and showerheads) for under $10.
3. Browsing Without a List on Prime Day
Known as Amazon’s biggest sale event outside of Black Friday, Prime Day is “an annual deal event exclusively for Prime Members, delivering two days of special savings on tons of items.”
Because of this, it may be best for you to streamline the shopping process by making sure you have a list containing only the items you’re looking to save big on.
If you browse without a list, you might be tempted to add things to your shopping cart that you really don’t need or want, all because you feel like you’re getting a good deal on them.
That being said, CNBC recommends doing some research on products beforehand to see if you’re actually getting a good deal.
2. Not Using Ibotta
Ibotta is a free app that routinely offers cash rebates on purchases from brick-and-mortar stores such as Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Sam’s Club. But, you can also use Ibotta to get cashback when shopping on Amazon.
Make sure you download and launch the app before shopping. From there, all you need to do is tap on “Amazon.” This will take you to the e-commerce giant’s website, where you can shop until your heart is content.
BTW, you’ll need to sign up for an Ibotta account — but don’t worry, sign-up is absolutely free.
1. Choosing the Fastest Delivery Option
We live in a time where instant gratification is essential to most people. But, sometimes, it pays to be patient. This is certainly true when it comes to Amazon’s shipping options.
According to an article published by Money Talks News, if you opt for no-rush shipping, “Amazon will give you an immediate discount on your current order or a reward that can save you money on a future purchase.”
So, unless the item you purchased is something you need right away, there’s really no need to rush when it comes to shipping.