My love affair with Amazon is no secret. Here are three more tips to save money at Amazon:
Amazon sells billions of dollars of merchandise and they have a really generous return policy, so I'm sure they end up with a lot of returned goods. And I think they pretty much all end up in the Amazon Warehouse Deals section. In my experience, most of the products I have purchased this way have been opened but not actually used, and the savings can be anywhere from 10%-80% off.
Sometimes the products are even new, as in the case of grocery items. For instance, this 24-pack of Pirate's Booty is $22.99 new, but only $15.25 new from Warehouse Deals, a savings of almost 35%! (Prices may have changed.)
Usually, products that have inventory in Warehouse Deals will list it under the "Special Offers and Product Promotions" heading, which is right under the "Frequently Bought Together Heading."
The quantities however are very limited and time-sensitive, so if there is a product that you are eyeing, the best bet is to set up a camelcamelcamel alert for a "used" item to fall below a certain price. Frequently, this used item will be an Amazon Warehouse item.
2. Buy from a third-party seller to avoid sales tax.
If you live in a state where Amazon charges tax (AZ, CA, KS, KY, NJ, NY, ND, PA, TX, WA), buy from a third-party seller. Often their prices are comparable to Amazon, and if you buy from someone who is part of the "Fulfillment By Amazon" (FBA) program, then you get Amazon's amazing customer service and return policy. Products in the FBA program from third-party sellers are eligible for Prime shipping as well.
3. Suscribe and Save
Some items are eligible for a 5% subscription service. You have complete control over how frequently you want this item shipped to you, and you can even cancel after your first shipment. There are some idiosyncracies to the program, like the fact that shipments only come once a month on a specific date of the month, but even that can be changed too.