One major flaw in Amazon’s design (or major strength, congratulations Jeff Bezos) is the inability to really tell whether something is actually on sale — everything seems to be discounted, all the time. The savvy shopper, however, can use a few tricks to make sure they are really saving big on that lifesized bigfoot statue (not a great deal right now, by the way).
So then, assuming you don’t intend to add a 6′ tall 147 lbs statue of a yeti to your everyday carry, how might one go about finding other, better deals on new pieces of kit?
- Camelizer. We have mentioned this extension before. The Camelizer extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers utilizes a database of historic Amazon prices to tell you whether or not the supposed deal being advertised is indeed a low price. Unfortunately, our large footed friend has been almost 50% cheaper in the past — hence we will be postponing our order.
- Amazon Gold Box Deals. Amazon puts its “deals of the day” in the Gold Box. Obviously, what is a deal for Amazon is not necessarily a deal for you — so use the Camelizer and be prudent.
- Amazon’s Warehouse Deals. Amazon lists its returns or refurbished items under the banner of their “warehouse.” Often times the items just have damaged packaging or have been opened. The description in the item will outline why it has been banished to the warehouse. The warehouse is a great little-known repository for some really cool discounted gear, see these few select picks:
- Amazon Coupon Page. The Amazon Coupon page is a great resource for savings on household items. In fairness, there are rarely deep discounts to be had via coupons on Amazon, but you may be able to knock a few shekels off of your order.