Discounts – something that everyone loves to see, specifically when on an item that you’re already looking to buy. But how often do you personally utilize them while shopping? Discounts are a large part of Amazon, and by taking advantage of them you can really save a lot of money and become a more strategic shopper. There are thousands of huge active discounts on Amazon at this very second which only a fraction of people will take advantage of, while the rest end up paying far more for the same item later on. Discounts are great, but Discount shopping isn’t as black-and-white as Amazon makes it out to be – and there are some things you should be aware of. For instance “discount fraud”, which is where sellers claim their item is on sale despite it being at its standard price, is very common on Amazon – but luckily can be easily avoided by using the right tools. In this Article I will teach you how to find real discounts and avoid fake ones by using Price Trackers, as well as give a few general tips you can use to find the best deals on Amazon.
Go to Amazon and search for an item that you find interesting, this can be anything. Once you have found an item copy the link to that items page and open up a new browser tab.
Enter the URL Camelcamelcamel.com into your new tab. Once the page loads find the bar at the top where it says “Enter Amazon URL or Keywords to find products” and paste the URL of the item you found in step 1 then hit search.
You should now be on a page which contains a lot of tracking data for the item you just pasted. Scroll down until you find the items price history graph; the graph and the information below it are the most important. The graph alone will tell you the highs/lows of the item as well as the discount patterns, which gives you a ton of information on an item and if used correctly will ensure you never buy high again. If you scroll down a bit below the graph you will also find a data table which tells you the Current, Highest, Lowest, and Average Price of the searched item. When discount shopping outside of the holidays the two most relevant pieces of information are the Average Price and Current Price – the Lowest Price is usually disproportionately low and only represents the items price during rare mass-discount events such as Black Friday.
After seeing all of the data, if the current price is higher than you’d like simply go back to your Amazon tab and find another product and then repeat the process. You should get in the habit of using these three steps on every item you consider buying on Amazon, especially when trying to choose between multiple items. This process has the potential to save you quite a bit of money while making you an overall far more efficient and frugal shopper.
General Tips on Discount Shopping
1. Discounts are something you should look for ahead of time –
While there are many, many discounts on Amazon which fluctuate day-by-day there is a low chance that the specific item you need is currently on an active accurate discount. Discounts aren’t something you should expect – they are a goldmine that you find and utilize. Make it a habit to regularly browse discounts on items you may need or are interested in ahead of time, and do this consistently so you can always be aware of the best offers. I know “wanting it now” is a huge aspect of American shopping culture, but the results of breaking this bad shopping habit speak for themselves. You’ll be amazed at the money you save thanks to effective discount shopping.
2. Not all discounts are accurate –
While Amazon is extremely credible and legitimate as a sales site the majority of items listed DO come from third party sellers – and what better way to draw attention to your product without losing money then by by faking a discount? Yes, there are many sellers who will overlist the value of their items and then put “discounts” ontop of that to drop the price down to its standard sales price while still having the Discount tag. I like to call these “permanent discounts” since the “discounted” amount will more than likely now be the items permanent listing price. This type of tactic is very common on Amazon and should be expected – luckily large scale discount fraud very easy to detect and avoid by taking simple precautions. I recommend always using the 3-Step process listed above (even if the item isn’t on sale), just so you know if you’re buying on a high or low, and how often that specific items price changes. If you are really trying to get in-depth with it you can even compare the current Amazon price to different mass-retail stores such as Walmart/Target/etc – just keep in mind that certain items will go on-sale across all platforms at the same time.
3. When evaluating a discounted product compare it to similar items and look past just the price –
Perhaps the biggest advantage to Amazon is the large variety of different products and brands that immediately pop up side by side when you search for something – this gives you a large selection to choose from and keeps prices low between competing sellers. This is why when shopping on Amazon you should always compare the prices, quality, and reviews of similar items. If an item you are interested in is discounted you should definitely keep that into consideration, but also remember that you are looking for quality and effectiveness as your primary attribute, lower price is just the icing on the cake. There are many aspects that make a great deal great – and if you apply the information taught in this Article you too can start bargain-hunting like a real pro.
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