Ten Secret Tricks Every Amazon Buyer Should Know About
In 2018, Amazon's share of the US e-commerce market reached a whopping 49%. By comparison, this is more than Amazon's three main competitors combined: eBay at 6,6%, Apple at 3,9% and Walmart at 3,7%.
Everyone uses Amazon so often that now it is a verb, writes Fox News. When you need something, you simply say: “I will do it with Prime.” Everyone knows what that means: you get something on Amazon. Here are 10 secret tricks every experienced Amazon buyer should know.
1. Automatic delivery is customizable
You received an Amazon Gift Card - not a large amount, but someday you plan to use it. Typically, this "someday" comes when your budget is a little tight and you need to buy a few everyday items. And here it is important to stop.
This is because everyday products are often automatically configured for regular subscription purchases - such as diapers, vitamins, or dog food. Everyone is used to thinking that clicking on the golden button means placing an item in the cart or purchasing with one click. But few people know that this actually sets up an automatic subscription - you will receive these products every month.
When buying from Amazon, slowly and carefully look at the screen. If you want to do this only once, be sure to select the “one-time purchase” option.
2. Returning goods is not always easy
Let's say you buy a sweater and it doesn't fit, so you decide to return it now. Just click on the "return or replace" button and follow the instructions. If you return an item through the return window, shipping may be free - in which case you will receive a full refund or replacement. You can also leave it at the nearest Kohl's.
But it often happens that you miss the deadline and forget to return the goods. It may take a month or two before you remember - and there are no buttons to do this.
Do not despair! Contact your Amazon support representative via email, live chat, or phone. More often than not, if a year has not passed or the product has not been widely used, Amazon will allow you to return it. You may be charged for shipping, but if you are polite you can find a way out.
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3. It's not always worth the effort.
If the return window has been closed for a long time, you may not be returned the full price of the goods, especially if you purchased the product from a third-party supplier. What options are possible?
The first step is to contact the seller to see if you can return the item with free shipping and a full refund or replacement. If you don't get anything, contact Amazon and let them know about the situation. In many cases, they help solve the problem in a favorable way.
At this point, you might think that all this sounds like a lot of effort, especially if the item was not very expensive. Why not consider giving someone this 2 sweater that didn't suit you? At least you save money on a birthday or a Christmas present.
4. Exercise caution
Always remember and never forget: Amazon is awash with fake reviews. ReviewMeta analyzed 203 million Amazon reviews and found that 11,3% of them were untrustworthy. Of course, a huge market like Amazon can still get unverified reviews - typically among no-name electronic products.
If the product has only 5 stars, then target the product with more balanced reviews. Fake reviews are big business and bad news for consumers.
5. Should I Be A Prime Member
Amazon Prime has many benefits, but let's be honest: it's expensive. However, at the same time, for 155 dollars per year, you get free shipping, Amazon streaming services, offers for non-Prime products, and much more.
Despite being a large conglomerate, Amazon does offer some cordiality. For example, students have been receiving various Prime forms for a long time - 6 months for free, and then a 50% discount. Now, those with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) or Medicaid cards can get Prime for $ 5,99 a month.
6. Allow purchases to your teenager
Sooner or later, your children will be at an age when you can no longer imagine what clothes, books or music they like. So just let them have their own accounts. Under your account, your teenager can create his own so that he can choose everything he wants. Do not worry, you have the last word before submitting your order. Just confirm your teenager’s orders with a text message.
7. Search for electronics offers
Not everyone wants the latest smartphone or laptop in an untouched, closed box. If a great deal is important to you, buy items with open boxes or refurbished items at a discount from Amazon Warehouse. It is important to know that not all products were in use - some may have been displayed or used for review. This way you can get an excellent quality Apple product at a good price. Be sure to check Amazon Outlet for great deals.
8. Protect from theft on the porch
There are tons of videos on the net with strangers wanting to steal an Amazon package right after being delivered to the porch of the house. To avoid this, use Amazon Locker. When placing an order, you yourself indicate the delivery address or add a new address to your account.
Amazon Locker operates in more than 900 cities across the country. Customers can pick up their packages or even return them at these self-service points. Keep in mind that if you use the Locker option, you only have three calendar days to pick up the package. If you do not, she will return to Amazon and you will receive a full refund.
9. Ask and maybe get an answer
You like the product, this is exactly what you wanted, but delivery took a long time. You have every right to ask to lower the price by a few dollars for inconvenience. How to do it? Just contact support by phone, email or live chat. Describe the problem and ask if you can return a small amount because the package arrived late. It is painless and free, especially if you do it politely.
10. Do not hurry
Even if you really can’t wait, it is not necessary to arrange delivery the next day. You can take advantage of the free No-Rush delivery and get instant discounts or rewards to pay for future orders. Patience really pays off.
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