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1. Get cash back if you see a price drop on Amazon after you buy something.
How It Works: One of the most irritating things about shopping is buying something right before it goes on sale. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer through that on Amazon: If you end up seeing a price drop after you purchased something, contact Amazon customer service through live chat, phone call, or email and they’ll refund you the difference.
Things To Remember: This only applies to items shipped and sold by Amazon. The official policy says it must be done within seven days of your delivery date, but manypeople have had luck with a refund even after that time.
2. Get a price match refund on televisions and cell phones if you see a better deal somewhere else.
How It Works: Let’s say you finally saved up to buy that big TV or that cell phone from Amazon, only to see it for a lower price at some other store like Best Buy or Costco. Amazon’s price matching policies for TVs and phones allows you to get a refund for the difference between the new price you saw and the price you paid.
Things To Remember: To get your money back for the difference on a TV or phone, Amazon requires you to contact its customer service by phone or chat 14 days after shipping. If you don’t have time to talk to someone, you can also email Amazon for a response and refund information within 24 hours.
3. Use Amazon’s trade-in program to get the most value for your old stuff.
How It Works: You could use trade-in program like Gazelle to get some money for your old tablet or phone, but you get a lot more value if you trade it in to Amazon for an Amazon Gift Card. For example, you can trade in your old iPhone 5 for $75 on Gazelle or get yourself $225 in Amazon credit. Amazon even takes other stuff like DVDs, CDs, textbooks, and video games.
Things To Remember: Of course, trading something into Amazon means you’re getting an Amazon Gift Card and not actual cash, but it’s definitely a no-brainer if you use Amazon to buy a lot. Anything beats leaving your old stuff to collect dust in a closet.
4. Find great deals on new and used items with Amazon Warehouse, Amazon Outlet, and MyHabit.
How It Works: Amazon Warehouse, Amazon’s store for open-box and returned items, offers a ton of stuff you’d totally want that fall under Amazon’s simple, money-back return policy. You can also check Amazon Outlet for deals on new items that are 30% or more off of the original price, and look at MyHabit for discounted deals on designer goods.
Things To Remember: Items sold on the Amazon Warehouse are sorted by conditions like “Very Good” or “Acceptable”, so a “Like New” blender won’t arrive looking like it fought a two-year old. Also, Items bought from the Warehouse do not have the original warranty, but they are still covered by Amazon for up to $2,500 plus shipping.
5. Skip the minimum needed to buy cheap “Add-on” items with a pre-order.
How It Works: Amazon offers thousands of useful “Add-on” items like lip balm, toilet paper, and USB drives for prices that often beat your local Wal-Mart. The problem is, you need a total order of $25 to qualify for these deals. You can get around this by adding a pre-order item like an unreleased video game or movie to meet the minimum.
Things To Remember: Amazon does not charge you for pre-ordered items until they ship, so if you change your mind later about that Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray, you can always cancel the pre-order and keep your cheap add-on items. Amazon will also automatically ship your add-on items after you place your order, so you won’t be waiting until your pre-order ships for your add-on stuff.