- SHOP THROUGH SWAGBUCKS
Amazon already has good pricing, but when you pair it with earning cashback on your purchases, you double your savings.
Instead of going to Amazon.co directly, you shop through Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a cashback affiliate site that gives you a kickback for certain purchases you make on Amazon — in some cases up to seven percent back.
Not every category qualifies to earn cashback, but it pays to check before you shop. You use their portal to do your shopping on Amazon. With each purchase, you earn points to convert into cashback.
2. DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS
Discounted gift cards are a great way to save money on shopping. You can buy discounted gift cards online to sites like Amazon to save money on your shopping.
As Amazon is so popular, there isn’t a lot of opportunity for big savings, but every little bit helps when shopping for Christmas gifts. You can also get free Amazon gift cards to use for Christmas shopping.
The best way to do this is through online surveys. You won’t get rich with online surveys, but you can monetize your downtime and take your earnings in Amazon gift cards. Below are the best survey sites that pay via Amazon gift cards:
Survey Junkie: This is our favorite survey site as they pay cash straight to PayPal or let you redeem rewards for Amazon gift cards.
Pinecone Research: This site pays $3 per survey and you can choose between PayPal or Amazon or gift cards for your payment. They also pay to do product testing.
Inbox Dollars: Earn money for taking surveys, watching TV, or buying items online. Get $5 just for signing up.
3. TWO BROWSER TRICK
Amazon has been known to charge Prime members a bit more on certain items vs. non-Prime members. If you’re a Prime member and want to compare those prices you can do that through the Amazon two-browser trick.
I will give the disclaimer that this method isn’t perfect as Amazon has begun to hide prices until you add items to the cart. However, it’s still a money-saving option to try.
Here’s how it works. You open one browser, let’s say Chrome, go to Amazon.com, find your item but don’t add it to your cart.
Then, you open another non-Chrome browser (after having cleared cookies and cache) to find the item.
If the item is cheaper, throw it in your cart, sign-in and go on your way. You can also accomplish the same thing by using the “Incognito” setting in Chrome.
How would you like to know the historical pricing on a certain item on Amazon? That’s powerful information to have as you shop for Christmas gifts.
Thankfully, there is a service called CamelCamelCamel that provides that information for free.
You can also set up price alerts to send you an email or message you on Twitter when a certain item’s price changes. CamelCamelCamel also has a browser extension to provide price history charts as you do your searching on Amazon.
5. FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER
Amazon provides many ways to stay on top of current deals. One popular option is to follow them on Twitter to get current information on special deals. You can follow them on Twitter @Amazondeals to see current Lightning Deals.
There are other Twitter pages devoted to Amazon deals, but this is the only verified Twitter handle I’ve found.
6. DEAL OF THE DAY
Amazon makes it relatively easy to find deals, especially during the Christmas season. One way they do this is through the “Daily Deal” section of their site.
Simply go to Amazon.com and at the top of the screen, right in the middle, you should see “Today’s Deals.” Click on that and you go to their deals for the day.
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7. AMAZON PRICE PROTECTION
I discussed how Amazon limits price protection. They still offer it, officially, on one big-ticket item — televisions. If you buy a television on Amazon and find it cheaper within the next 30 days, you may qualify for a refund of the difference.
Here’s a list of the vendors that qualify for the TV price protection from Amazon. A few things to keep in mind:
The seller will refund the difference as an Amazon gift card
Third-party sales do not qualify, only those sold or fulfilled by Amazon
This does not apply to TVs bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday
This hack may not work for everyone but it’s worth looking into if you buy a new TV.
8. SHOP THROUGH THE RAKUTEN PORTAL
Swagbucks isn’t the only cashback site you can use to save money at Amazon this Christmas. You can also get cashback on your Amazon purchase with Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates.
You use their portal to do your shopping on Amazon. With each purchase, you earn points that are redeemable for cashback.
What is Rakuten? Rakuten is similar to Swagbucks and gives you cashback when you make certain Amazon purchases.
Not every category qualifies, but it pays to check before you shop. You can also use coupon codes or discounts you may have to double your savings.
What’s even better is using Rakuten to earn cashback at many other stores. It’s not a scam as I’ve used Rakuten numerous times to earn cashback on my shopping.
Check out our Rakuten review to learn more about the platform.
In fact, Rakuten gives you $10 just to sign up.
9. TRADE IT IN
I love getting rid of junk around the house. When I can make money on that junk, it’s even better. If you have old electronics, tablets, wearables, books, etc. you can send them into Amazon to get cash back in the form of a gift card.
You can’t just send in your junk, so keep the following in mind:
It must be in working condition
If they don’t list your item in the trade-in store, then they won’t accept it
It takes up to ten days to receive payment
There is no cost to ship
A simple way to see if Amazon is accepting items as trade-ins is to look up the product. Look for the “Sell for a Gift Card” on the right hand of the screen and it’ll walk you through the process.
10. SHOP AMAZON’S OUTLET DEPARTMENT
I didn’t know Amazon had an outlet section until recently. I will admit that it can be hit or miss, but it could be a great way to save money on Amazon if you find the right gift.
The items vary on Amazon Outlet. They may have overstocked items, markdowns, or clearance items Amazon is trying to get rid of at a discounted rate.
11. AMAZON WAREHOUSE DEALS
Similar to Amazon Outlet, they also have a warehouse deals section. Amazon Warehouse offers deals on used items.
You may not want to buy a previously used item as a Christmas gift, but if you don’t care, it could be a great way to save a little money.
You can find the Warehouse Deals section in one of two places. First, you can head to this page which takes you directly to their Warehouse section.
Secondly, you can get there when looking at a specific product page. While looking at the prices, click on “Used” near the top of the page and it’ll take you there.
12. GIVE REVIEWS
Most know that the currency for many sellers on Amazon is good reviews. When I buy something on Amazon, I’ll read some of the reviews as a part of my research on a particular item.
With Snagshout you have the opportunity to get items at a significant discount if you leave an honest review of the product on Amazon.
Here’s how it works. After you sign up for a Snagshout account you connect it to your Amazon Reviewer profile. Once in your account, you’re directed to a variety of different discounted deals you can redeem on Amazon.
In return, you must provide a review within two weeks of receiving the item, notating you received the item at a discount in exchange for your honest review. I haven’t used it much, but this could be a way to save a little money on something you’re buying anyway. **Update — Amazon has updated its policy not allowing reviews like this.