If you're anything like me, you spend a lot at Amazon. With fast shipping and a huge selection, Amazon is my first stop whenever I want to buy something. Sometimes I'll shop around at other stores, but Amazon usually has the lowest prices. Even if Amazon doesn't have the lowest price, sometimes I'll still buy from Amazon just because their return policy is so good and I like having all of my purchase history in one place. With all the shopping I do on Amazon, I've learned a few things that can help you save money too.
Buy cheaper alternatives
Finally, you can always choose to buy cheaper alternatives. Amazon shows tons of products on every single page. If you visit the product page for a set of headphones, you're sure to see links to at least 10 other pairs of headphones on Amazon that are similar or better to the one's you're viewing. A higher price doesn't always mean better quality, so sometimes it can really pay off to take a gamble with a slightly less expensive item. In the end, it'll probably be good enough. Then you can take that extra money you saved and put it toward something big you've always wanted.
Use a price tracker
An Amazon price tracker is website that alerts you whenever the price of a product you're interested in drops in price. Pricer Pro is a new Amazon price tracker that sends email alerts to users to let them know when they can score a deal. The benefit of price trackers is twofold: 1) you don't have to constantly check the price on Amazon yourself, and 2) the price tracker will alert you the minute the price drops so you don't miss the deal. With a price tracker, you don't have to worry about the price going back up before you have a chance to get a good deal.
Some people might be apprehensive about buying things used on Amazon. I'm going to tell you that you shouldn't be. Amazon is pretty strict about making sure that the products sold on their platform are in the condition they say they are in. Even if they aren't, you can usually return the product for free anyway, so besides the cost of the trip to the post office/UPS store, you're not really out anything by giving a used product a shot. Before buying a used product, make sure you check out Amazon's Condition Guidelines so you have a good idea of what you're getting.
One downside of buying used is that you probably can't take advantage of the manufacturer's warranty, but that's usually not a big deal. Every time I've tried to get something fixed/replaced under warranty, there was so much hassle that I'm not really sure it was worth it. And if you're buying used anyway, then chances are you can buy two used products for the price of one new one anyway,
If you're looking to buy something used, but Amazon doesn't have it in the condition you're looking for (Like New, Excellent, etc.) then just wait a couple days and keep checking back. Used products that are in Good or Acceptable condition are usually actually used products, so you should be careful.
However, products in Like New and Excellent condition are sometimes just products that someone returned before even opening them or very soon thereafter. If someone buys a piece of technology and can't figure out how it works, then they might return it forcing the seller to relist it on Amazon as "Used" when it is actually brand new with one round-trip shipping journey under its belt.