The Best Amazon & Amazon Prime Hacks You Can’t Live Without!

I love Amazon.com. If I order something online, there’s a 90% chance I’ll get it from Amazon.com. We have Amazon Prime too, so almost everything can be at our house within two days. We use Subscribe and Save to get a discount on things like diapers, tissue paper, toilet paper, and other nonperishable necessities.

Our local Costco is 20 minutes away. Our local Home Depot is about 20 minutes away. If it’s not urgent, I buy it on Amazon and it saves me an hour-long trip. We still go but now we don’t need to lug massive packages back.

A few years ago, I ordered a massive 280 lb. snow blower. Not only was it delivered to my door with nice folks wearing white gloves but it was cheaper than anywhere else. (this thing was not fitting in my car!) I looked extensively.

One day, in the near future, some drone army might do the delivery with their robotic white gloves!

So in all that time, I’ve learned a few tricks about getting the best out of Amazon.com. I’ve read all the articles out there claiming to be Amazon “hacks,” where they just list membership benefits, tell you about the Fire stick, or tell you to check out Warehouse Deals or enlighten you about “subscribe and save.” Seriously, everyone knows about subscribe and save. Those posts are nice reminders, but those aren’t exactly hacks.

Warehouse Deals is where Amazon sells any open-box and used products. You can often save big bucks because this is where they sell any returns and trade-ins. You get free shipping with Prime plus a 30-day return policy. It’s certainly worth a look, there are hundreds of thousands of products here.

The next place is Amazon Outlet, where you can find big discounts on markdowns, clearance items, and overstocks. Warehouse is for used and open box items, Outlet is where Amazon is looking to empty their warehouse. Both can result in big savings.

Table of Contents
  1. Amazon Cash Promotion: Add $25+, Get $5 Amazon Credit
  2. Remember All Their Awesome Prime Services
  3. Take the No-Rush Shipping Bribe
  4. Consider the Amazon Prime Credit Card
  5. Visit the Treasure Truck!
  6. Avoid Sales Tax with Third Party Sellers
  7. Discounted Prime for EBT Holders
  8. Delete Search History
  9. Complain About Shipping Delays
  10. Price Drop Policy
  11. Find Any User’s Wishlist
  12. Squeeze Last Cents on Prepaid Gift Cards into Amazon Gift Cards
  13. Earn Reload Bonuses
  14. Twitch Prime
  15. Amazon no longer refunds on price drops πŸ™
  16. Smile πŸ™‚

Amazon Cash Promotion: Add $25+, Get $5 Amazon Credit

Amazon is pushing their Amazon Cash program – you get $5 Amazon Credit when you add $25 or more to your Amazon Balance. To add cash to your account, you get your barcode and go to a partner store (CVS Pharmacy, GameStop, etc.) to load into your account. It’s a couple extra steps but if you’re going to be at a partner store, you might as well get $5 for your trouble!

Learn more about Amazon Cash

Remember All Their Awesome Prime Services

I had to get the party started by singing the praises of Amazon Prime… just in case you were one of the last few people holding out.

Amazon Prime is the best. You get two day shipping, a ton of streaming content in music and video (TV, movies, etc.) plus photo storage and even special discounts, like 20% off new release video games and diapers. Oh, and you can get one free kindle book each month from the Kindle Lending Library.

There are a few versions of Prime. There’s regular Prime, Amazon Student, and Amazon Mom or Amazon Family (it was recently renamed to Amazon Family).

They’re all pretty much the same idea except Amazon Student is a 6-month trial whereas the other two are 30 days. Amazon Family also gets 20% off diapers and 15% off a baby registry.

Amazon Prime Refund: By the way, if you happened to sign up for Prime and lost track of the trial period (it’s 30 days), you can request a refund if you don’t want to continue past the membership but they billed you. Just go to Manage Your Prime Membership and click End Membership, if you haven’t used any Prime services then they’ll automatically refund you. If you have, you will have to go through the contact page and request a refund. It’s harder to get it after you’ve used services but still worth a shot.

Take the No-Rush Shipping Bribe

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With Prime, you get free Two-Day shipping. Amazon, in their brilliance, often offers a bribe (especially during high demand periods) if you are willing to accept No-Rush shipping, which takes an additional 3 days.

My favorite was the bribe has been $1 credit for eBooks, digital videos, and more. I will order individual items, separately, and opt for No Rush Shipping so I can get a $1 credit each time. They will usually all ship in the same box, so I’m not hurting Mother Nature with more boxes.

I’ve read tips from folks who say you should order a bunch of items with the slower shipping but then select 2-day shipping on the last one, thus getting all your items within 2-days plus the credits. Personally, this feels more like trickery (or thievery) than savviness but I don’t begrudge anyone who does it.

Best part? Those $1 credits get used up by my lovely wife on books for her Kindle or movie rentals. (or one of these Kindle personal finance books under $1)

If you ever need to look up how many digital credits you have, click here. It will also tell you when the credits expire!

Consider the Amazon Prime Credit Card

We take a much closer look at the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa to see if it’s worth it, but the short answer is a resounding “yes!” if you shop a lot on Amazon.

You get 5% back on Amazon and Whole Foods, 2% at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores; and finally 1% on everything else. The cashback comes as Amazon credit by default but you can have it set to a statement credit or transfer to your bank.

As of 2018, it appears that you can only use up to $20 of digital credits per purchase. I recently tried to buy a Playstation 4 game for digital download and it limited me to just $20 of my available $29 in credit under Software / Video Games. $20 is better than $0 but worse than my full balance. πŸ™

Visit the Treasure Truck!

The Amazon Treasure Truck is a mobile Amazon.com store that offers one fantastic deal. It moves around and isn’t available everywhere but you can find out the deal of the day in your area (if they’re around) by signing up for texts. Just go to https://amazon.com/treasuretruck and sign up.

The truck itself is a little bit of fun for the kids too. When you show up, even if you’re buying anything, they give out little toys. We stumbled onto one the other day and they had bouncy balls, brass coins, colored pencils, and other fun goodies for the kiddos.

Avoid Sales Tax with Third Party Sellers

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Amazon.com collects tax in 45 of the 50 states. It used to be that they only collected in areas where there was a “nexus,” like a fulfillment center in Baltimore, Maryland. They don’t collect it on third-party sellers who fulfill through Amazon. πŸ™‚

You get all of your Amazon benefits, such as free 2-day shipping with Prime, without the sales tax since the seller is out of state and thus not subject to sales tax.

There doesn’t appear to be an easy way to look up the state of a seller but the price listing now shows you estimated tax (and shipping), so you can make a quick comparison.

Discounted Prime for EBT Holders

If you receive government assistance, defined as having an EBT card, you can get Amazon Prime for just $5.99 a month rather than the $99 a year ($8.25 a month).

You get all of the benefits of Prime with only one exception – you don’t have Household sharing. You can only get this price for 48 months and will have to qualify every 12 months.

Learn more here.

Delete Search History

If you live in a household, chances are you share the same Amazon Prime account (no sense paying for two!). During the holidays, this can make shopping for loved ones difficult because Amazon will show recommendations to everyone that’s logged into the account.

How do you avoid this? Delete your search history.

You can do it easily by going to your browsing history page here and deleting items. You can also purge the whole list on that same page by clicking on “Manage history” at the top right and clicking “Remove all items.” You can turn off browsing history too from the same drop down.

If you want it to track but just not right now, search in incognito/private mode on your browser so you aren’t logged in.

Complain About Shipping Delays

If your ordered package doesn’t arrive by the scheduled time, let Amazon know. If you had Prime two-day shipping, it might result in a membership extension or a credit to your account. It doesn’t matter if the delay isn’t their fault (like weather), because they made the guarantee so they will own up to it. If you don’t feel comfortable holding them responsible for things out of their control, then only complain about the delays you want to. πŸ™‚ The best way to complain is via the contact form.

We recently ordered a few items and due to some weird UPS delay, it arrived a week later. I initiated a quick chat with Customer Service, took a few minutes, and they credited us with a free month of Amazon Prime (valued at $8.25).

I’m glad it was messaging chat because it let me mix in a little passive aggressive faux outrage (I wasn’t upset about it showing up late, heck I usually take the bribe!).

Price Drop Policy

Update May 2016: Amazon ended it’s price drop policy for all items except televisions. :

If you buy an item on Amazon.com that is being sold by Amazon.com LLC and the price drops within 7 days, you can get a credit for the difference. Get your order number and head on over to their Live Chat system, where you can submit your request. It’s a pretty simple process, they’ve done it a million times, and you’ll get the difference as a credit you can spend later. The big thing to watch out for is that the seller is still Amazon.com, this won’t work if it’s a third party seller.

The next time I can take advantage of this I’ll post some screenshots talking you through the process, until then here’s a good walkthrough.

Find Any User’s Wishlist

Did you know that you can find the List and Registry of any Amazon.com customer? You can search by name or, more accurately, by their email address.

Just go to the Wishlist search page and surprise them on their birthday. πŸ™‚

Squeeze Last Cents on Prepaid Gift Cards into Amazon Gift Cards

Ever have a few of those prepaid VISA gift cards with like 50 cents left? You just want to get rid of them but feel bad about tossing fifty cents or a dollar? Squeeze the last few cents out by using them to buy Amazon.com Gift Cards – Email Delivery. Send them to yourself, copy out the code and paste them in your account. Boom, trash the card. πŸ™‚

(50 cents is the minimum, unfortunately)

Earn Reload Bonuses

When you “reload” your Amazon gift card balance, you can earn an extra Amazon credit bonus. Simply go to the Reload Your Balance and look at the banner at the top.

If you’ve never reloaded before, you should see a Reload $100, get a $5 reward on your first reload offer:

If you’ve reloaded before, you might see a Earn a 2% reward when you use your checking account to reload your gift card balance offer:

Either way, unless your credit card is giving you 2% cashback (the only one I’m aware of that will do this is the Discover it Cashback Match card when Amazon was a 5% category!), this is a great deal.

Twitch Prime

Do you like games? Do you enjoy watching people play games? Twitch Prime is included with Amazon Prime.

Also… if you fancy yourself a gamer, you could stream yourself and make some cash. Ever wonder how much Twitch streamers make? πŸ™‚

Amazon no longer refunds on price drops πŸ™

A while back, I requested a price drop refund on a product we purchased on Amazon and received the following message:

Hello,

We work hard to find the best prices out there and match them for all customers every day. Our prices do change over time. With the exception of TVs, Amazon.com doesn’t offer post-purchase adjustments.

However, you can let us know about a lower price by clicking the “tell us about a lower price” link in the Product Details section of some product pages.

To read more about our pricing, go to our Help pages:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468502

We hope to see you again soon.

We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the links below to tell us about your experience today.

Best regards,
Kavitha

Amazon used to have a great price drop policy – refunds of price drops on any purchase within 30 days. Then it dropped to 7 days.

Now it seems to have been dropped completely with one exception. πŸ™

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The Price Matching Help page has been updated to say that Amazon will only price match televisions with other retailers. For other items, Amazon.com doesn’t offer price matching.

Smile πŸ™‚

Lastly, and this won’t save you any money, but sign up for AmazonSmile. They donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charitable organization of your choice. It’ll cost you nothing, other than remembering to go to http://smile.amazon.com/ or installing a browser extension) and helps a charity out.

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About Jim Wang

Jim Wang is a thirty-something father of four who is a frequent contributor to Forbes and Vanguard's Blog. He has also been fortunate to have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entrepreneur, and Marketplace Money.

Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Information Technology - Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. His approach to personal finance is that of an engineer, breaking down complex subjects into bite-sized easily understood concepts that you can use in your daily life.

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He is also diversifying his investment portfolio by adding a little bit of real estate. But not rental homes, because he doesn't want a second job, it's diversified small investments in a few commercial properties and farms in Illinois, Louisiana, and California through AcreTrader.

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  1. Kyle says

    I can never keep track of when to check on price drops with Amazon. I use a cool site called Paribus to do that for me! You grant them access to your email box, and they will track price drops and file claims for you. They take a 25% cut… but you can bump that down to 20% if you use my referral link: https://paribus.co/

    I use Paribus because I wasn’t keeping track of price drops myself anyway. Just last week they contacted Amazon on my behalf and I got refunded over $3! It feels like free money, especially because I don’t have to do anything haha πŸ™‚

    You can reduce the cut that Paribus takes by 5% for each friend you refer. I haven’t referred anyone (until today) but I still love having it!

    • Jim says

      Hi Kyle – I’ve heard about Paribus.co and I’m going to give them a look, especially since dealing with Amazon for a $3 price drop isn’t my idea of a good time.

      That said, I removed your referral link because I prefer it if we kept the comments void of those. It can become a spammy mess if we don’t maintain that as a rule. (plus, Shaun notes that it might be against the terms & conditions).

  2. Aaron says

    I love Amazon too! I never knew about the ability to find others wishlists like this – so thanks! It will come in handy. Also, the ability to get rid of cash gift cards at Amazon comes in handy too – and often recommend that to folks who have those lying around.

  3. Shaun says

    I second the recommendation of Paribus. They saved me over $200 on a TV I bought recently.

    Kyle – beware. By posting your Paribus referral code here, you are likely violating their terms of service, which specify you can only distribute it via social media, email, or text: “You may also share your referral code via email, text, and/or social media…Referral codes should not be published or distributed where there is no reasonable basis for believing that all or most of the recipients are personal friends (such as coupon websites, Reddit, or Wikipedia). “

    • Jim says

      Thanks Shaun – good point, I cleaned up Kyle’s link so he wouldn’t get in trouble plus I’d like to keep referral codes out of the comments. It can become a never ending stream of comments from folks looking to pass along their referral link!

    • Kyle says

      Thanks Shaun! Jim edited my link to avoid spam problems, but you’re right. I was violating terms, and I should have checked before posting that. Thank you for pointing that out!

  4. Vic @ Dad Is Cheap says

    Great post Jim. I love Amazon. Like other readers too I’d recommend Paribus. I’d also recommend signing up for Bing Rewards. It takes like 5 min each day to max out the points, but I estimate every 18 days I score a $5 Amazon gift card. I also use Swagbucks to score giftcards as well. I earn about $25 – $50 a month in giftcards that I use for Amazon or Target.

    • Jim says

      Thanks Vic!

      So I did Bing in the past, used an autosurfer for nearly two years, and only recently got my account frozen. πŸ™‚

  5. Lazy Man and Money says

    I’ve been complaining about being an Amazon Mom for years now. (It’s not a big complaint, just laughingly noting how sexist it is.) Good to see it is now Amazon Family.

    What snowblower did you get? I looked there myself in March of last year and just didn’t pull the trigger.

    Lately they’ve been bribing me with $5 off of Amazon Pantry, which costs $5 to deliver (so free delivery) instead of the video credit. Maybe I’ve maxed out the number of video credit bribes they’ll give.

    That’s a great idea for the Pre-paid credit cards. I’m going to do that. Great hack!

    Finally, you keep up with the out-of-state tax savings and pay that at the end of the year just like everyone else, right πŸ˜‰ ?

    • Jim says

      I bought the Troy-Bilt Storm 3090, which is listed at $1300 now but I got it at $1100; my third of a mile driveway will not stand a chance. πŸ™‚

      I hated it when they bribed me with Pantry credit. Who knows when I’ll ever use it… but digital credit, that’s like real money.

      Yes. Yes I pay out of state tax savings. All the time.

  6. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply says

    Chase Freedom had Amazon has a rotating 5% category so I stocked up on gift cards since I’ll eventually buy something at Amazon. You can also buy Amazon gift cards at like Staples or some supermarkets and use a credit card that offers 5% cash back. 5% doesn’t seem like much but it adds up if you spend a lot there.

  7. Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor says

    We also love Amazon and have used the Prime services from “Mom” and “Student” programs for years. The prices are so competitive, and I love that I can avoid impulse purchases at retail stores and streamline my errands with Subscribe & Save. It’s hard to over-spend when almost all my real-life shopping happens during a weekly trip to ALDI.

    Another good tip is to use the web site camelcamelcamel.com to see the price history of any Amazon product. It’s nice to see if the current price is relatively high or low, especially for bigger purchases. We also ordered a big, heavy item–our grill–from Amazon!

    • Jim says

      Yes, camelcamelcamel.com is a very useful tool, I need to take advantage of that.

      My friend has a funny story about buying a grill from Amazon. They’re was some shipping mixup and he ended up with TWO grills! I wish I knew how to hack that reliably. πŸ™‚

  8. Lady Lilith says

    I am a huge fan of delayed shipping. I am always getting things. When the kids have off on vacation, I usually purhcase a movie for them for free. I am happy and they are happy.

  9. Aaron says

    Thanks Jim. This article personally made me $10 from using the tip about complaining when not receiving a prime item in the agreed upon 2 days.

  10. Glenda says

    I’m a fan of Amazon prime and Amazon smile. Is there any way to use the app and have it credit my charity or do I have to go through the browser?

    • Jim says

      Right now the only way is through the smile.amazon.com website, the app won’t be able to participate in Smile just yet.

  11. Gloria Giles says

    I already use the amazon app but do not get the $5 credit. How can I get this? I buy a lot from Amazon. Also do not get the $1 credit for digital.

    • Jim says

      I think it’s not available to you if you are already using the app. As for the digital credit, sometimes they offer it and sometimes they don’t. I don’t know the rhyme or reason behind it.

  12. Ally says

    You mentioned Subscribe’n’Save – not only is it a money saving hack – it’s a huge time saving hack! Weekends are crazy busy, especially for families with kids and all of their activities, so adding Costco/Sams to the list of stops on Saturday (as well as sitting down, writing a list of things to buy, loading, unloading) is not ideal. Money wise – any savings at warehouse clubs are eaten up by membership fees. Since we already pay for Prime, I “automated” as many of our supplies/non-perishable groceries as I could, so not only do I not have to go to costco, I don’t have to buy as much from the grocery store now. The prices are competitive and the selection is getting better. And they also have coupons. Best of all – I don’t have to think about it any more. Took a little tweaking at first to figure out our frequency, but now – paper towels just come just when we need them!
    Another Amazon hack – AmazonNOW!

    • Jim says

      Thanks Ally! We are still figuring out our schedule on Subscribe N Save but the 5/15% savings is HUGE and the regular shipments, once you figure out that schedule, saves you a ton of time going to the zoo that is Costco on the weekends.

      • John Wedding says

        We use SnS on a number of food items. The price from Amazon without SnS is already cheaper than what we can get at Walmart, so the SnS discount is icing.

        Getting the frequency right can be a trick, but we try to stay a little bit ahead on things we don’t really want to run out of.

        • Jim says

          Yeah, frequency is the tricky part for us too. I figure if we’re short, that’s fine we can just buy it from Costco. We won’t overstock by too much because we can always delay things.

          • Lazy Man and Money says

            I use the ability to change dates to fix my frequency problems. If I don’t need something I push it to the end of the month (or if it already is, I skip the month’s shipment).

            If I need something earlier, I move the date up. It may still take 10 days, so I have to be sure that I at least have that much. That’s why I usually stock a little more than what I need.

            I also put everything on 1 month subscriptions and just push the items I don’t need until the next month and keep the 5 that I do ready for that month. I’ve had C batteries that I’ve pushed on for a year because we simply don’t use them in much. I have a favorite sunscreen that goes fast which is often a filler item to get to 5 items to secure the bigger discount.

          • Jim says

            That becomes a useful reminder system too, because instead of removing a subscription and needing to remember it later as filler, you can just pull it forward. I like that idea a lot.

  13. richard says

    Came across your website. Love the hack on left over $$ on cards. Funny thing is I had one in my wallet and I had amazon opened on another tab while reading your blog.. SWEET!!

    Thanks!

    • Jim says

      You’re welcome! I hate having gift cards floating around with just a little bit on it. I feel foolish using them but I can’t throw out money!

  14. Melida says

    This is my first time here and this article was worth the read! Like you mentioned, many hacks out there really aren’t, so I appreciate the information you provided. The gift card one is excellent. One card I have is 49Β’ – right under the 50Β’ Amazon GC minimum – but that’s cool. I look forward to seeing what else you have on your site.

  15. Kaell says

    You mention there is some dishonesty in the delayed shipping/2-day shipping trick. But there is arguably far more dishonesty in the no-sales-tax trick. Most states _require_by_law_ that you pay use tax on any items that incur no sales tax (or the difference if lower than state sales tax). So what you’re actually recommending is technically tax fraud. You (almost certainly) wont get _caught_. But it is illegal and depriving the state (and the services it provides) of monies legally owed.

      • Kaell says

        But then it’s an anti-tip (unless I’m missing an implicit *nudge nudge wink wink*).

        You spend time trying to find a seller where you won’t have to pay sales tax. Then you spend more time figuring out how to pay use tax. And you save nothing in the process.

    • Shea says

      We are taxed to death in this country. Almost 50% or more, if you include income tax, sales tax, property tax, gas tax, ultimately death tax (bastards, they want to steal from dead people). Sad. As a democracy, we really elected to pay that much? You must work for the government. You seem really concerned, if people evade taxes, you may get laid off due to poor collections or something like that. Ha ha!

      • Jim Wang says

        Relax… the “death tax” only applies to estates over $10mm and that’s only if you weren’t clever enough to shelter it ahead of time.

        As for the others, many pay for services (property typically pays for schools, gas pays for road upkeep) you use. Income and sales tax do too but there are so many credits and deductions that the vast majority of taxpayers do not pay any tax. Don’t believe everything you read.

      • Bdh1975 says

        Miss Shea:
        Down here in Louisiana we pay a lot of taxes, you are very right. But I have to tell you I am tickled to *only* pay what I now pay living in Louisiana, or in any of the other dozen or so states I’ve lived in this far (OH, IN, KY, IL, TX, CA, CO, WA, PA, MS, LA to name a few…). Back home in Israel – a country with taxes that are just a tad higher than the OECD average, mind you, we paid 17% VAT (value added tax, think sales tax), between 40-60% income tax, gas was quadruple the price because of taxes, 125% import tax on any electronic item that was imported from refrigerators to tvs to computers, anything you’d plug in or pop a battery into it, plus of course 17% VAT on top of that, cars were a cool 118% import tax + VAT…
        So yes, we do pay *a lot* in taxes, but it is ridiculously little that we pay in taxes when you compare us to the other developed, industrialized countries of the world (the “OECD” countries).

  16. mandy cat says

    Until amazon gets a grip on its huge problem with counterfeit products, I don’t plan on buying anything from any of their third party sellers, tax or no tax. The idea of ordering a name brand vitamin supplement and receiving a knockoff made in some Chinese slave labor camp was the main reason I let my Prime membership lapse this year.

  17. Mark says

    I got an Amazon Visa Rewards card that I use for Amazon Purchases. I get 3% in Amazon credit or cash back. It’s beneficial for those who do a lot of shopping online. Not recommended for people who do not pay off the entire balance immediately. Th interest fee would cancel out any rewards earned.

  18. Kim says

    I put things on my wishlist and watch for the prices to drop. It doesn’t tell you the percentage increase, but it will show you the percentage it decreases from when you added it to your wishlist. Sometimes, a price will drop 25% or more and then I can purchase (if it’s something I want, but can wait to get).

    • Bdh1975 says

      I just add everything that catches my eye to my shopping cart, then click “Save for Later” on everything I don’t intend on buying right at that moment when I check out. When you do that, go back later and click on your cart and you likely will get a message at the top saying “Important Notifications about Items in your Cart” or something similar in wording. Click on that, and it will show you every item in your cart and/or saved for later list that has had a price change (e.g. Columbia Washed Out Chino Shorts – Grey, Size: 34″x10″, has decreased in price from $55.00 to $19.99). I watch this list closely – you’d be shocked at how wildly the price on some things will fluctuate. I quit buying Columbia shorts at regular price, for instance. I put the exact color and size I want in my cart and just leave it in my save for later stuff until I see them drop to under $25, then snatch them up quick. Important note about this technique: it will only give you this price change list ONCE. If you accidently navigate away from it that list is gone because “you’ve seen it” so it now will only show what has changed since the last time you looked at that list. Also, if you are like me and have 500+ items saved, if you look at the list via the app, you cannot click on the item to add to your cart. You just have to go when you are done looking at the list and scroll all the way through the saved stuff in your cart until you find it. The website though in a regular browser will give you a link to click on to get to it directly, however. Hope this info saves someone as much cash as it saves me!

  19. Sherri Rochester says

    For some reason, the app downloaded but cannot be installed because it is a ChromeOS instead of Windows PC?

    • Shea says

      ChromeOS sucks. Unfortunately for a lot of things. Its a google product. They suck at everything else except search and chrome browser!

      @Jim Thanks for the great article

  20. Michelle Dehn says

    Hi there. Great tips.
    My biggest issue is when any customer service agent TELLS you have been issued a credit doesn’t mean it is so.! And guess what.. there is NO WAY what so ever to go view all or any of your so-called credits. The only way to see credit is to put some items in your basket and then you will see it there when you go to pay. (or not in my case many times.) So you have no idea what when or how the credit got there or for what incident it is from. They told me ‘they” could see it on their side!! I was like ‘well that’s nice I CAN’T!!” I had multiple issues with delivery, at one time (Not that I did not get the delivery but it was put at the wrong door.) I think I called every day for about 9 months. Every time I called/text to complain and ask Why ask me where I wanted packages delivered if they were not going to do it. Agents would just say Oh Ill give you a courtesy credit. I was wanting the issue fixed, not credit. That’s how I figured out you could not view the credits they say they are going to give you. So no way to double-check that anything at all was done. Sometimes you might get an email saying credit was issued but then again no way to go look at it. To me that is shady. Anyone anywhere can “say” anything. But it must be true if you read it on the internet OR hear it from an Amazon customer agent. HA. I keep on using it because I like the 2-day shipping!
    I’ll keep looking for your tips. πŸ™‚
    Cheers

  21. Phil Goetz says

    No-Rush Shipping credits have been silently discontinued. Officially, they still exist, and are promised on all Amazon’s web pages; but they are never offered on the checkout page.

    • Jim Wang says

      I have still gotten them but they’re definitely rarer, for example I just got a $1.50 offer today. (this was an item that doesn’t ship for 10 days though)

  22. James Anderson says

    “We have Amazon Prime too, so almost everything can be at our house within two days.”
    This article was update on June 8, 2020??? For AT LEAST the last several months all the Prime orders I have placed automatically default to a 7 day delivery date. What am I doing wrong, or do you just have blinders on as far as Amazon goes? Pandemic or not, Amazon should “stand up” and refund (even partial refunds) for failure to keep the promise of 2 day delivery, especially with their amazing increase in business of late.

    Like others, I now look to other online outlets and/or go direct to manufacturers when I can. Can’t say for sure, but I will look MUCH HARDER at Prime before I renew in Dec of this year, and lets not even talk about the price difference between Prime prices and regular prices plus shipping, in many cases they come out nearly the same, so why do I pay for a Prime membership? Please don’t list the “free movies, et al” that comes with the membership.

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