Amazon is an excellent tool for college student who want to save time and money. While most people already know how to use Amazon you might not know about these simple tricks that can take your Amazon savings to a whole new level.
In case you didn’t already know, Amazon Prime is a subscription service that gives members free 2-day shipping, plus some free content such as free streaming videos and the right to borrow e-books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Students can get a free 6-month trial by signing up for an Amazon Student account using a valid .edu email address. Moreover, once the trial is over you can continue to use Amazon Student at a discounted price of only $59 a month. If you haven’t already signed up for an Amazon Student account, take advantage of our promotional link to receive an additional $5 in Amazon Credit with you free Amazon Prime account.
2. Use CamelCamelCamel.com or Paribus To Check Prices Changes
Amazon has a Price Drop Policy which guarantees its prices for seven days. So, if the price of an item drops within a week after your purchase ships, contact Amazon and they will refund you the difference. An easy way to monitor these changes it to use CamelCamelCamel.com or Paribus which monitor the price of any item you purchased and alert you if the price drops for free. In the event that the price does drop within 7 days of your purchase simply contact Amazon with the order number and request that the difference be credited to your account.
3. Bypass Minimum-Order Requirement
Amazon’s Add-on Programs offers many everyday goods (toothpaste, pens, shampoo, ect.) at a discounted price. Buying these items online is cheaper and saves you a trip to the store — but there is a catch. These items can only bee “added on” to orders that total a minimum of $25 (including the price of the Add-on Item). Luckily, there is a loophole that allows you to get around the $25 restriction.
Here’s How You Do It:
- Add whatever Add-on Item you like to your cart.
- Calculate how much you need to reach the minimum.
- Then add a preorder item to your cart that will bring the total to $25 or greater.
- Amazon will now allow you to place the order.
- Once you have received the order you can cancel the preordered item.
The trick is to find a preorder item that won’t be released until after your items are scheduled to arrive. While this loophole doesn’t break any rules it is best to use it sparingly and not abuse it.
Amazon Warehouse Deals is a catalog of open-box, used, refurbished, or warehouse-damaged items. Since these items can’t be sold alongside normal good Amazon lists them for sale in a separate catalog, often at big discounts. It’s important to understand that these items are still usable and are being sold because of minor imperfections. For example, if someone orders an HDMI cable, removes it from the original packaging and then chooses to return the item. That item can’t be resold normally because it is no longer in its original packaging and is instead sold at a discounted price through the Amazon Warehouse Deals catalog.
5. Get Free Amazon Gift Cards
In a past article, I wrote about how students can earn a passive income using a few simple websites and apps. Almost all of the reward programs I mentioned allow you to redeem your earnings for Amazon gift cards in place of cash (often at a better exchange rate). By registering for a free account with any of the programs I mention you can start earning free gift cards by simply doing what you already do. The two best programs are Slidejoy (rewards you for unlocking your phone) and Swagbucks (rewards you for doing web searches) which will quickly earn you giftcard for minimul work.