How To Save Money When Shopping On Amazon

Amazon is a dominant global provider, and often remains the cheapest source for items even when you factor in postage charges. Want to save more money when using the mega-site? Here are a few suggestions.

Combine Postage (And Make Sure It's Combined)

The most basic Amazon shopping tip of all is worth repeating: you'll generally pay less for postage if you order multiple items at once. However, there's one important caveat: make sure the item is being shipped by Amazon itself, and not one of its associated retailers. In the latter case, you'll still end up slugged with postage for every item. That might still represent a saving, but you need to check.

One trick you can also use to reduce postage is to order goods to a US address (such as a hotel) if you're planning a holiday. That can save you money, but one word of caution: your hotel may hit you with a parcel delivery charge. Factor that into your thinking before placing an order.

Use Amazon's Outlet Store

Amazon doesn't conceal their outlet store outright, but most people don't know it exists. Buried within its other shopping categories, its virtual outlet shows you products discounted anywhere from 30 to 60 per cent from the recommend retail price. It's definitely worth checking out, though you'll have to be selective about which categories you buy from (electronics, for instance, are usually blocked from shipping to Australia).

Set Up Price Alerts

You may not always find the price you want when shopping on Amazon, but with prices fluctuating daily you might see it it at some point down the line. It's annoying to have to check the site for a better deal on a daily basis, so avoid all that hassle by setting up price alerts with OnlinePriceAlert. All you do is enter the URL of an Amazon item, your email address, and the target price. (You can do this through their bookmarklet, too, to avoid going directly to the site.) When the price drops to your target, you'll get an email. It's as simple as that. (Remember, the price will be in US dollars.)

Find Affiliate Buddy

Amazon has an affiliates program called Amazon Associates that gives you up to a 15 per cent referral fee on any purchases people make with your affiliate links. While you can try purchasing from yourself to get an extra 15% off, Amazon tends to detect this behaviour and remove your commissio. A better idea is to get an affiliate buddy. Basically, find another friend who shops on Amazon frequently and give them your affiliate code. Whenever they buy something, they use your code. In return, you do the same for them. This way you each get 15 per cent back on whatever the other buys. It may not always be perfectly even, but it's a good way to generate some extra savings without cheating the system.

Get Free Android Apps And Kindle Discounts

Amazon has two particularly useful daily deals: the Free App Of The Day (Android) and the Kindle Daily Deal.

To promote its app store, Amazon chooses one premium app to offer for free every day. This option was blocked to Australian users until 2013, but we can now take advantage as well.

The Kindle Daily Deal is similar, providing one heavily discounted book on a daily basis. you enjoy reading on an electronic device of some kind (as Kindle apps are available for practically everything), you'll also want to check the Kindle deals as well.

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    Order things from as well, shipping form the UK is a lot cheaper than shipping from the US.

    Can i ask a stupid question.. Everytime i've tried to buy something from the amazon store, it always tells me i cannot ship to my country.. am i right in understanding it's only a limited amount of things that will ship here? I have tried a variety of things like fragrances, technology, clothing and nothing allows me to ship here.

      I've had similar experience with Amazon. The only thing I regularly purchase from them is blu-rays from Amazon UK. Everything else is very hit and miss with shipping.

    CamelCamelCamel ( is a great site to track price changes on Amazon with charts showing lows and highs. Never believe Amazon's savings % as it's quoting RRP.

    There is a company that claims it can save australians a good amount of money on shipping from the usa. there website is: Has anybody tried their services? Please let me know.

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