Oh, Amazon, how I love thee. You probably have your own list of reasons why you love Amazon too, but this mega one with over 101+ Amazon hacks and perks will surely add more things for you to gush on.
Take advantage of all the wonderful things that Amazon has to offer to make the most of your experience with the largest online retailer out there.
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1. Chockful of good finds
This site, which started off selling only books, now offers TONS of products. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer selection, Amazon makes it easy to explore quirky, fun items where you're bound to come across a great find.
2. Find cheaper alternatives through third-party sellers
Amazon prices can be pretty competitive, but you may find even cheaper prices from private sellers who use Amazon as a platform to sell products. Also, depending on where you live, you could save on paying taxes through these third-party merchants.
3. The items you previously looked at are conveniently tracked
Forgot that one product you browsed and liked 10 items ago? Amazon can jog your memory by showing you what you recently viewed.
4. Free standard shipping
A $35 product will actually cost you $35 if you qualify for free shipping. Even in Hawaii, which tends to get left off the free shipping train. Luckily, the threshold for free shipping is reasonably low from $25-$35.
5. Cheap options to meet shipping threshold
But even if you’re a few bucks shy of the threshold, there are low-cost add-on items specifically to help you reach the threshold without breaking the bank.
6. Smart way to meet shipping threshold
Amazon sells gift cards to other merchants, so select one that you know you will frequent, add that to your cart, and meet the shipping minimum.
7. Actually, you don’t need to spend the minimum threshold (hack!)
You can preorder items that haven’t been released yet to count towards your purchase amount threshold for free shipping. You won’t get charged for the product until it ships, so after you receive your order, you can go ahead and cancel the pre-ordered item.
8. Hassle-free returns
For eligible products, you can return the item without penalty and no questions asked. Just print the shipping label and drop off to the nearest UPS and you’re done.
Amazon Prime Membership
9. Reasonably priced membership
Get an annual membership for under $100 before taxes.
10. Prime insider
Get exclusive access products, services, and discounts through the Prime Insider newsletter.
11. Free 30-day trial for everybody
Not sure if Prime is right for you? Give it a try for free.
12. If you qualify for EBT, Prime membership is discounted
If you are on government assistance, the monthly or annual fee drops by a lot.
13. If you’re a college student, Prime membership is even cheaper
Amazon has a soft spot for the college student. You can get 6 month free trial, and then 50% discount after that. All you need is to register with an email address that ends in edu.
14. No threshold for free shipping
Take out the hassle of meeting minimums with free shipping as a Prime member.
15. Free 2-day shipping
In fact, most of the contiguous United States is eligible for free 2-day shipping.
16. Same-day delivery
And if that weren’t good enough, you may even qualify for same-day delivery in select areas.
17. 2-hour delivery
Still not good enough? Some products you can get within 2 hours.
18. You win if shipping is late
If your Prime package didn’t arrive by the expected date, let Amazon know and they’ll gift you a month of Prime free for your inconvenience.
19. Accept bribes
If you’re not pressed for time on your package, you can select no-rush shipping in exchange for some Amazon credits.
20. Amazon Locker
Sometimes it’s hard to get a package delivered to your house, like if you live in a gated apartment complex. If there’s an Amazon locker available near you, you can use that instead to receive your packages, free of charge.
21. Release-date delivery
If you preorder something, you can be assured you’ll get your hands on it the day it’s released.
22. Early access to lightning deals
Be the first to know about some amazing deals for an edge on some flash sales.
23. Instant video streaming on any device
Catch the latest shows and movies on demand, from your smartphone to desktop, to TV.
24. Say bye to Netflix or Hulu
25. You can still catch your favorite shows on HBO
26. Or even from Showtime/Starz/PBS through Amazon Channels
27. Go ahead and cancel your music subscription
Don’t have to rely on Spotify, Pandora, or any other music streaming app with free MP3 songs.
28. Over 2 million songs
That’s a pretty wide selection.
29. Ad-free music
30. Offline listening
Take the music offline so you don’t have to tied down with internet access.
31. Buy CD or vinyl and get MP3 version for free
With Prime membership, you have exclusive access to AutoRip to get the MP3 version of your music to listen on the go for convenience.
32. Huge selection
Unlimited books, magazines, and audible narration at your fingertips.
33. Free app if you don’t have a Kindle device
Read ebooks and other digital downloads conveniently on your desktop or smartphone.
34. Enjoy the Washington Post for free
For a limited time, enjoy a free trial.
35. Free ebooks
Speaking of reading material, you can find flash “sales” when titles are totally free.
36. Free download a month
With Prime membership, you can choose a title each month to download for free.
37. Kindle perk with AARP membership
You can get 50% off select Kindle books. You can also get 10% off a Kindle reader.
38. ALL Amazon customers get photo storage
39. Convenient sharing of photos in the Family Vault
You can do this for up to 5 people.
Lesser known Amazon perks
40. Amazon Audible
41. Amazon Twitch
42. Prime Pantry
Get household essentials delivered to your doorstep at a low price.
43. Wickedly Prime
Amazon has their own line of distinct food and beverages seeking the best flavors from around the world.
44. Share your Prime benefits
With Amazon Household, you can add up to 10 members (2 adults max)
45. Amazon FreeTime
46. Amazon Cash
Rather not charge on credit? You can load cash into your Amazon account by visiting stores like 7-Eleven, CVS, Game Stop, and other businesses.
47. Get rewarded for adding a gift card balance
Reload your Amazon account balance and get additional credit added to your balance.
48. Amazon Fresh
You can get groceries. From an online merchant. That is how far Amazon has come along from their early days of textbook selling.
49. Good, healthy food more affordable
With Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, they are committed to changes that will bring down the cost of organic and healthy foods to make it more affordable.
50. Amazon Restaurants
Prime members can also order delivery from local restaurants.
51. Amazon Launchpad
52. Amazon Elements
Amazon has a line of premium products so you know the exact origins of the ingredients or source of the products.
53. Let people know exactly what you need/want for your happily ever after
You can add pretty much anything, from travel to digital and physical products.
54. Universal registry
Find something that isn’t on Amazon that you want for your wedding? You can still add it to your Amazon registry, which makes it uber convenient since you only need to send one link to your guests.
55. 20% off after wedding
Get a discount on the rest of the items on your registry (10% for non-Prime members).
56. 180-day returns
Got multiple of the same gift or decided you might not need something on your list anymore? You have 6 months to decide from the day you tie the knot to return it.
57. Bonus gifts
Select retailers will offer you gifts for adding a certain threshold of their products to your registry. These are some pretty substantial stuff, including cookware and home décor.
58. Track thank yous
Amazon helps you take one thing off your plate on the long list of to-dos for planning your wedding by helping you track your registry purchases. Don’t want to forget any of those thank yous!
59. Let people know exactly what you need/want as you grow your family
You’re definitely going to need things if you’re welcoming a new human being to your family. Amazon has a convenient way to create the list.
60. Never miss a must-have on your registry
Of course you want to make sure you have everything you need for your little bundle of joy’s arrival. Amazon has a list of suggestions to add to the registry, broken down by categories for added convenience.
61. 15% discount after baby’s due date
Get a discount on the rest of the items on your registry (10% for non-Prime members).
62. Welcome box
Free samples and coupons are delivered in a box to your doorstep as Amazon’s way to congratulate the newest addition to your family.
63. Free parenting ebook
If you need a little direction or go-to for reference, Amazon has you covered. This parenting book is a must-have that I refer to every now and then and has helped me tremendously as a “I don’t know what I’m doing” first-time parent.
Enter for your chance to win thousands of dollars worth of baby gear from trusted sponsors like Britax.
65. 90-day returns
Better to be safe than sorry. Order everything you think you’ll need, and if you end up not using it, then returns are easy-peasy.
66. Universal registry
Like the wedding registry, it’s convenient for you to add all the items you desire on a single list and send that out to friends and family.
67. Wish list
You can even let loved ones know what you’ve been wanting as gifts and get exactly what you ask for. For added convenience, Amazon will help track prices for you and notify you when there’s a price drop.
68. Amazon Kid’s Birthdays
Let friends and family know what to get your kid for their birthday.
Ways to get/save money outside of Amazon
69. Cheap River
Sometimes Amazon sites of other countries will list textbook prices cheaper than your home country. You may save money (especially for college students because textbooks can get expensive). Check this site to see where you might be able to get a better deal on your reading material.
70. Camel Camel Camel
Had your eye on something but not sure if you’re getting a good deal? Use camel x 3 to track pricing for products.
This price tracking app monitors Amazon for late deliveries. If Amazon doesn’t deliver by the date promised, you could get compensated.
Use a cash back shopping site like Rakuten (formerly Ebates) to save yourself some money when you shop at select departments on Amazon.
Similar to Rakuten, this app offers you a rebate for your purchases on Amazon.
If you’re a frequent shopper of Amazon, you can get paid to share your Amazon order history.
Use this browser extension to scour the web for coupon codes and automatically apply them at checkout. This is a great way to see if you are getting the best deal on your purchase.
This app keeps track of your online purchases (Amazon is one of the merchants that they monitor) and will automatically get you money back on your purchases.
Earn points on rewards sites like Swagbucks for completing online tasks like watching videos, which can be redeemed for gift cards at merchants like Amazon.
78. Card Pool
Sell your unwanted gift cards for cash or Amazon credit (you always get a better deal if you opt for the Amazon credit).
79. Amazon store card
If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, this card will get you 5% cash back on your Amazon purchases.
80. Amazon Prime store card
There’s also a version specifically for Prime members. In addition to 5% cash back on Amazon purchases, you can also earn 2% cash back on gas, restaurants, and drugstores, and 1% on all other purchases.
81. Discover IT
This card has 5% cash back on rotating categories. Amazon’s turn is during the last quarter of the year.
Don't pay full price
82. Deal of the day/lightning deals
83. Amazon Warehouse
Open-box and warehouse deals means great stuff at deeply discounted rates. My sister took advantage of this the other day when she got an expensive car part at 80% off its retail value.
84. Amazon Outlet
Get low prices on markdowns, clearance, and overstocked items.
85. Amazon Coupons
Automatically clip coupons on the select items you intend to buy anyway to save some extra money.
86. Find discounted items easily
After you enter a search term, you can scroll down the left sidebar to narrow your results by price or discount percentage.
87. Subscribe and save
Set up Amazon’s subscription service so you never have to worry about running out of essentials like soap, detergent, or the ever important toilet paper. Not only is this convenient for you because you don’t have to track these frequently used items, you save money with automatic discounts when your subscription is fulfilled, like 20% of diapers.
Make money off Amazon
89. Old gift cards
Get rid of old gift cards, even the ones with only pennies left on them for Amazon credit.
90. Trade in program
Have old stuff like laptops, cell phones, video game console, or books lying around the house? You can get a gift card if Amazon accepts them for trade in.
91. Amazon Services
Sell your professional services, like if you are a handyman, house cleaner, electrician, etc in your area on Amazon to increase your business.
Make a great product? You can market your handmade goods on Amazon and have your small business supported.
93. Merch by Amazon
Got an eye for design? Sell your designs with no upfront costs. Amazon will take care of creating the physical product and ship it while you sit back and earn a royalty.
94. Fulfillment by Amazon
You can also sell product on Amazon. Some people do that for a living. Like The Selling Family, who makes six figure that way and are willing to share their ways. You can take their free intro course to see if this may be right for you to get started in.
95. Amazon Flex
Make $18-25 an hour by becoming a delivery partner for Amazon.
Get stuff on Amazon for free or ridiculously cheap
96. Amazon Vine
This is an invitation-only review program led by Amazon. Select reviewers are asked to provide their honest opinions on new and pre-release items and get to keep these items for free.
97. Other review opportunities
A bunch of sites allow reviewers to sign up for free and get product at free or highly reduced rate in exchange for honest, quality reviews of the product. Sellers can also sign up for a fee to connect with reviewers for their product.
98. Get games and apps for free
99. Textbook rentals
Amazon started off only selling textbooks. They also have a soft spot for college students with free Prime membership for the first 6 months. And to help the college student out even further, they offer textbook rentals, usually more than half off the price of a regular textbook for additional savings.
100. Amazon Sample Boxes
With Prime membership, you can order various sample boxes to try different products out. You do have to pay initially for these samples, but Amazon will credit you the amount you pay towards a future purchase, making it essentially free.
Do good with Amazon
101. Amazon Smile
This huge company understands its power to impact the community, so they give back. By going through Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to a cause of your choice. This is at no additional cost to you. I follow a similar model, by donating 10% of my monetary earnings to charity.
102. Do good with your shipped Amazon boxes
You can fill up the box(es) you receive from Amazon with new or gently used items, get a shipping label for free, and have your items donated to the nearest participating charity.
With over 101+ things that most people are missing out on Amazon, you're bound to find a ton of new ways to love Amazon even more. Take advantage of all the deals and goodies that Amazon has to offer.
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