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Been a Prime Member since 2009.   The prime membership was much simplier then and less expensive.  2 day free delivery.  Now you have an Amazon day each week, however there are many items that a few thousand items that are same day or 1/2 day delivery.  If you are buying one of these items you have to ensure that you indicate that the item is needed now otherwise it goes into your "day of the week" shipping.    

I have also found that Amazon has dynamic pricing which means an item can change price multiple times in a few minutes or days.  So I have to be extremely careful to ensure that has not happened to me.   Amazon also has no price match policy even on their own products.   You have to rebuy an item at the lower price and return the item at the higher price.  Very cumbersome process and especially if you have sent an item as a gift.   

Amazon is not always cheaper, in fact, you need to use an app like Honey to check pricing.   Advantages of Amazon are many .......   1) Your prime membership covers all deliver cost so you can order something when you need it and multiple times on the same day if required and there is usually not a minimum price attached although it has to be clearly marked as PRIME.  The individual items do not carry a shipping charge which is the way some sites work, again as long it is a Prime item.

2)You can find hard to find items or items that stores do not stock on Amazon.  To me this is one of the biggest benefits.   

3) I tend to buy items fulfilled by Amazon through my Prime Membership.  Confidence that you will get what you ordered delivered when you expect it are much higher.

4) I like the visibility Amazon gives me to alternative products that I would never have known about. 

5) I buy used books on Amazon and the used book sellers are clearly visible on the book's page.  I still find that I prefer to read a real book instead of having more screen time.   If it is a book I  am reading for pleasure I tend to read in the evening and it allows me time off screens and helps for a better nights sleep.    I also resell my used books and keep the "green" friendly approach going.   The used books take longer to receive and come from vendors besides Amazon usually.  The price will vary depending on how much the book has been used. 

6) I also buy open box, no box, etc. items on Amazon if they are available.   So far, the products I have received buying this way has saved me money and the open box etc. is not an issue except for health reasons.  Most of the items I have purchased can be returned.

7) I also buy refurbished electronics on Amazon.   This has saved me money too.   My experience with this has been good but I am cautious about whether an item is returnable, has been factory refurbished and carry's some kind of warranty. I have had good experiences with this but primarily because I read several times what I am and am not getting and is there an assurance that the product provides me with protection like the ability to return it.

Just a few of the ways I use Amazon and try to ensure I do not overpay for products.  I cannot say that I always get the best price because sometimes you need something  quickly and that is where Amazon also excels. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I buy a LOT of stuff from Amazon.  Lately, it's been stuff to organize my home:  Undersink shelving, lid holders,  pan racks, silverware holders, etc.  Things that I have either A. Good intentions of using, but never get around to implementing or B. Items that just DON'T FIT for one reason or another (usually because I didn't measure a space correctly!)  So I also have been doing a lot of Amazon RETURNS lately!  lol

That being said, I am a Prime member.  The free shipping is "the ****" and ultra-convenient and save me a ton of money.  Lori Wulff, thanks for the tip about SNAP and your Prime membership.   I wonder if they'd refund me the difference?  What do you think?  Hmmm!

Also, fellow PHer's, there's this site called GROUPON that's really good.  It has some GREAT deals, and I ALWAYS do the majority of my Christmas shopping on there.  Sadly, though, the shipping ISN'T free!  (Well, except for during the holiday season!)

There are a lot of things I like about Amazon, but you have to be careful when you buy items from China.  It is not always easy to find out where an item is from before you purchase it.  I had a problem with black leggings.  I got my money back, and they let me keep the leggings.  The leggings dye attached itself to my skin and my toilet seat.  Every time I wear those leggings my legs turn gray.  Thus, there are some things you really have to be careful with.

Hello,  I am a Amazon prime member and i just found out about a new program that they offer.  Amazon Prime membership fee is $13.99.  I learned that if you receive Snap benefits or on Medcaid you can get membership fee for only $5.99.  You go to settings in your account and apply there.  Hope this is useful!!

 

 

I was an AP member for several years. I typically ordered a few times per month on average. I have always been passionate about supporting local/small businesses and decided that I needed to "put my money where my mouth is". I went cold turkey about a year ago, cancelled my membership and wish I had done it sooner!

I really like shopping at Amazon and have even let some of my grandchildren pick out what they want for Christmas by giving them a dollar amount to shop with. It is amazing to me what they have picked. I use it for hard to get items that cost less on Amazon. I am not a prime member.

I peruse Amazon for everything that I would normally buy at a store and compare prices. I usually find that I save money with Amazon and have been a Prime member for years. Love the fast free shipping. Amazon has changed my lifestyle. 

I always shop at Amazon first. They usually have what I want at the price I want. I can get delivered to my door in 2 days. I like being able to read reviews and they help me make up my mind on whether to purchase a certain product online or at a brick and mortar store.

We used to shop on Amazon a lot more but as we have started doing more in depth cost comparisons we have found that we can often get things for a much better price on either Walmart.com or Samsclub.com.     Thus we are doing much less shopping on Amazon now.

Karen White posted:
Megs posted:

Love Amazon, I shop often for all sorts of things, movies, things for my dogs ie toys, collars,  supplements,  books movies plus!! I bargain shop and I try to get the most for my money, I do have prime, I use that as much as I can.

what kind of dogs do you have? I have two dogs one chow mix and one wirehaired terrier.

golden retriever and a german shepherd puppy

 

Brooke Fletcher posted:

I use Keepa, a plugin for Amazon that allows me to see the price history of an item and set alerts for when a product drops to the price I'm willing to pay for it. Easy to use and super helpful! 

That is a smart way to shop Amazon as the prices do tend to change frequently depending on the season. Thanks for sharing this great resource!

I have been a Prime member for several years now. I really like how simple it is to order things and get them to your door in 2 days or less.

More recently, I have been using Amazon a little bit less. Partly because I am focusing on paying off debt and saving money but also because the prices on Amazon can sometimes be much higher than just purchasing locally on some items.

Especially the more I have explored actually selling stuff on Amazon, I have begun to realize how much more people are actually willing to pay for the convenience!

Megs posted:

Love Amazon, I shop often for all sorts of things, movies, things for my dogs ie toys, collars,  supplements,  books movies plus!! I bargain shop and I try to get the most for my money, I do have prime, I use that as much as I can.

what kind of dogs do you have? I have two dogs one chow mix and one wirehaired terrier.

Nicole posted:

We have purchased camping items such as cast iron frying pan, gas fire bowl & RV parts from Amazon, as well as some car & truck parts.  I use gift cards that I earn from Swagbucks & other survey sites to purchase the items.  

I have heard an awful lot about gift cards @Nicole. Many people are talking about them, perhaps something I should place on my curious "to do" list. 

Brooke Fletcher posted:

I use Keepa, a plugin for Amazon that allows me to see the price history of an item and set alerts for when a product drops to the price I'm willing to pay for it. Easy to use and super helpful! 

Great advice, thanks for sharing @Brooke Fletcher. Plugins are really great tools along with a few Chrome and Firefox extensions. Using many plugins myself.

I don't really shop on Amazon @Briana. I have however had some book sales through bookstores like Amazon, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. I normally publish through BookRix. 

My online shopping consist more of stuff like hosting, training programs and memberships to collect knowledge. Driven by my curiosity (or rather fascination) around the method of generating a passive online income. 

We have purchased camping items such as cast iron frying pan, gas fire bowl & RV parts from Amazon, as well as some car & truck parts.  I use gift cards that I earn from Swagbucks & other survey sites to purchase the items.  

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