We all love shopping on Amazon - it’s easy to use, they sell just about everything you could ever want, and delivery is free (if you’re spending £10). However there are a few ways you can make sure you always get your Amazon purchase for the best price.
1. Track the price
It might seem like Amazon is always cheap, but if you play around on Camel Camel Camel you’ll soon see that prices can vary wildly. Camel Camel Camel tracks the price of any Amazon item in a graph - so you’ll know whether the price you’re seeing now is really the best offer they’ve ever had.
You can’t always trust RRPs and Amazon’s prices are known to fluctuate. So to see if you’re being tricked - just copy and paste the URL of your item into CCC - if it doesn’t beat the average price you can set up an email alert for when the price drops below a certain amount. Easy!
2. Amazon Prime Student
With Amazon Prime Student you can get a whopping six months FREE to trial Amazon Prime before the fees kick in. After your six-month trial of Prime Student delivery benefits, Prime Video, Prime Music and Prime Photos, your Prime Student trial will automatically convert to either a £39 per year or £3.99 per month Amazon Prime membership, which is HALF the price of Prime (£79)!
Remember to cancel before your time’s up if you don’t want to pay. If you do decide to keep Prime, remember, once you’ve graduated, the price will jump up to £79 again.
3. Get free one day delivery - Amazon Prime Student
As a student you can get six months of free one day delivery with Amazon Student which is usually £79 a year via Prime.
You will need to verify yourself as a student either by entering your .ac.uk student email on the sign up page, or if you don’t have an ac.uk address, you can email email@example.com giving proof of enrolment.
For more information about Amazon Prime and Amazon Student, check out our Ultimate Guide here.
4. Get free delivery
The best thing about Amazon used to be its free super saver delivery on items direct from Amazon - but now there’s a £20 minimum spend. It’s pretty annoying, but when delivery prices range between £1.49 up to over £5 it’s definitely worth avoiding.
Here are a few ways around it:
- If your total is £19.99 or similar then try adding a sim card to your basket- they’re only 1p and it’ll save you paying delivery charges.
- Get an Amazon Prime trial, the standard offer is 30 days of one day delivery, but you can get 3 months with Amazon Family (no proof of family needed) or 6 months with Amazon Student
- If you live in a larger city or town then you might be close to an Amazon Locker. If your order includes £10 or more of eligible books, or £20 or more of eligible items across any product category, your order will qualify for FREE Standard Pickup.
5. Check whether you're buying from Amazon or its Marketplace
If products say "sold by" someone other than Amazon, then they're Marketplace - a trade selling Via Amazon.
Delivery for items bought on Amazon Marketplace often cost more than Amazon products and are not eligible for free delivery (normally you get this on items costing more than £20).
If there's a problem with the item from the Amazon Market place, you'll need to contact the seller directly if you would like to return it (rather than Amazon). It may not always be as smooth sailing with the Marketplace in terms of delivery and returns!
6. Use your Prime membership to earn credit
There’s a little known trick where Prime or Amazon Student users can get £1 off Amazon Music or Kindle Store credit. All you need to do is sign up to Amazon Prime and buy items as usual. When it comes to checkout, however, just select that you are happy to have a slow delivery (3-5 days, rather than Prime's next day delivery) and you will be given a pound credit to use on eBooks, music or audiobooks. If you’re not in a rush to get your parcel it’s worth doing.
7. Share Amazon Prime with up to four people
If you have Amazon Prime (not Amazon Student) you can share it with up to four other people in the same household as you by managing their Prime preferences and adding another household member. This only works on one day delivery, you will not be able to share the Kindle Lending Library or Amazon Prime Video with anyone else.
8. Check for other Amazon discounts
Voucher codes for Amazon don’t come up very often - but when they do you can be sure that we’ll have added it to our Amazon deal page.
9. Don’t let Amazon trick you into spending more money
Amazon have adverts that follow you around online and try and tempt you into buying. Unfortunately you can’t get rid of the ads completely without adblock - but you can stop them being personalised by updating your advertising preferences.
10. Double-check the delivery option so you don't pay more by default
Make sure you double check the delivery box at checkout! While Amazon lists free delivery on some products, you must select the 'free delivery' box at checkout. Otherwise, the default delivery option is first class.
11. Search clever to get the best price
Don’t trust Amazon’s search results if you want to get the lowest price for an item. They’re geared towards making you spend as much as possible, which is why you might notice that arranging your results from low-high brings back a load of things you weren’t actually looking for, or not be that cheap.
You can get around this by searching on Google instead, or finding a product similar and looking at the ‘What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?’ section at the bottom of an item’s page. It often shows the same item at the low price you were looking for. An alternative is to use MSE’s Amazon Discount Finder to help you find what you’re after, but be aware that this only searches reduced items, so if there’s a similar item that has never been reduced, it won’t show up.
12. If the price drops on an item you bought within seven days of purchase you can get a refund for the difference
This is one of Amazon’s unpublished policies, but if it happens to you, just go into live chat and they should offer to refund you the difference.
13. Get cashback (sometimes)
It’s a rare occurrence, but you can SOMETIMES get cashback on purchases at Amazon. Top Cashback and Quidco occasionally give cashback on specific sections, so it’s worth a quick check if you’re making a big purchase.
14. Get refunded for late delivery
Keep an eye on expected package delivery times. If they are late, you can either get a refund of the shipping costs, or if you’re a Prime member, a one-month extension of your membership.
This is another unpublished policy, so it isn’t guaranteed, but it’s worked for us a number of times so your milage may vary.
15. Amazon ‘magic words’
There are some VERY cheap items available on Amazon if you know where to look. They usually come from Asia, they’ve got free delivery, and you need to know the ‘magic word’ to search for to get them to show up in your search results.
Each word has hundreds (often thousands) of miscellaneous cheap items, so have a search through to see if there’s anything you’re interested in.
Here are a few:
sheclub (cheap jewellery)
Elleclub (cheap jewellery)
Yazilind (cheap jewellery)
Qiyun (mainly jewellery)
Lingstar (mainly jewellery)
The downside of ordering from these sellers is that it’s going to take 2-3 weeks for your package to arrive, and the quality might not be amazing.
16. Amazon Warehouse Deals
Ever wondered what happens to unwanted items after people change their minds and send them back? Well, they end up in Amazon Warehouse Deals. These are usually items where the packaging is damaged, so they’re not suitable to be sold as new. They class them as ‘used’ which means big discounts for expensive products with a squashed box.
They’re covered by the same return policy as everything else on Amazon, so if your item really isn’t in working condition, you can send it back for a refund.
17. Free Kindle Books
Check out which books you can get FREE (legally) from the Kindle book store here.
If you haven't got a Kindle you can download the Kindle app for iOS or Android on your phone or tablet and read them on that! If you have another device (Nook, Kobo etc.) it's definitely worth downloading calibre, which can convert the .mobi Kindle books to .epub or .pdf.
18. Amazon Lightning deals
Amazon Lightning deals used to only run on special occasions like Black Friday or Christmas, but now they’re on every day. Lightning deals are limited time offers where there’s a set small amount of products being reduced for a set amount of time.
It sounds more complicated than it is, but if it’s a 50%+ discount then it’s likely to go extremely quickly. Saying that, just because it’s on a Lightning Deal doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest it’s ever been, or that it won’t be cheaper elsewhere online, so do check around before hitting ‘buy’.
19. Super cheap Sunglasses
You can get some really cheap men's, women's and unisex sunglasses from Amazon - including delivery!
There's a huge selection starting from £0.01! The majority of the super cheap sunglasses come from China, so you might have to wait a while for delivery. Still worth the wait for such a bargain!
20. Subscribe and Save programme
If you’re shopping on Amazon and the Subscribe and Save option pops up, you should definitely opt for it. It gives you free delivery on that order, as well as a 5% discount on the normal price. Signing up to it sets up an ongoing subscription when they’ll send you another one at a regular interval of your choosing.
However you can cancel your subscription at any time, and they email you before they send out the next item, so there’s no reason to forget and end up with a lifetime supply of dishwasher tablets.
Just take the 5% discount and cancel after you receive it if you only want it once, I actually find that it’s quite helpful to get a regular parcel of something you always forget to buy.
21. Don’t Buy from Amazon
Flubit promise to beat the price on any Amazon item. No, really - they do! All you need to do is pop the Amazon URL of your item into their site and they’ll make you an offer on it over the next couple of days.
We have no idea how they do it, but the average saving is 10-15% and if the delivery is free on Amazon, it’ll be free on Flubit.
If you’ve got a bit of time, or you’re considering a big purchase it’s always worth getting a second price- it’s free to use and there’s no obligation to buy.
Another option is Beat My Price by Bespoke Offers. It works in a similar way, but you can even use it for beating the price of other major internet retailers, not just Amazon.
22. Cheaper goods on Amazon's European sites
Sometime buying from Amazon's European sites rather than Amazon UK can be cheaper!
The tool Curiua checks prices across Amazon's sites in France, Germany, Italy and Spain and then converts them into pounds and compares the products to the UK. So you may as well double check!
The best deals seem to be on high-end electricals.
23. Free Amazon Vouchers
Earn free Amazon vouchers by completing online surveys on Toluna.
- Sign up to Toluna, you will get 500 points as a welcome bonus
- Take a survey and share your opinions
- Redeem points against Amazon vouchers.
It's definitely worth putting in a bit of your free time filling in surveys online to receive the vouchers - think of what you can buy with the money!