Amazon Hacking! How to get the most out of Amazon

Over the years I have used Amazon more times than I think I can count, though I'm sure Amazon could tell me the number of times exactly pretty easily. Sometimes it's for big purchases like computers and other times it's for smaller everyday items like dog food (seriously, pet supplies are so marked up at pet stores it's ridiculous) or shampoo. Here are some tips to make sure that you're getting the most out of Amazon.

Post-Purchase Price Match 

A little known policy of Amazon's is that they will post-purchase price match on items that are sold by Amazon itself (not a 3rd party vendor). They will refund you for up to 7 days after your purchase with pretty much no hassle. This makes it easier for when you are looking to buy those big ticket items you know that you can get the best deal possible. You don't have to worry about the item going on sale right after you buy it. All you have to do is send a message through their "contact us" section and select "Returns and Refunds" and say that the price dropped and you would like to get a price match. In my experience, Amazon has always been pretty smooth, I don't think that they worry too much about refunds on anything the average person buys when they do billions of dollars of transactions each year.

Alerts for Sales

Now, if you'd rather just make sure you are getting the best price you can without having to go back after the purchase you can use sites like CamelCamelCamel. They will automatically email you when something drops to a price that you choose. (You can also use this to track prices of the items you just bought so you can try to get the post purchase price match from amazon) That way you can just wait for the sale and make the purchase then.

Gift Card Hacking/Transaction Splitting

Have you ever had an old Visa gift card that has an obscure amount leftover on it? I have, and about the only place I can ever try to use up the remaining balance is at some grocery stores. For some reason retailers don't like to use up that leftover $5.13 that you have on the card. There's a way to get Amazon to split your transaction though even though they don't really let you pay with multiple credit cards. Let's say you have a purchase for $26.45 (after sales tax and shipping) and that pesky $5.13 visa gift card. First you find out the remaining balance that you need to pay, in this case it's $21.32 Then you buy an Amazon gift card for that exact amount and email it to yourself. Then you can make your purchase on Amazon by applying the gift card and then your remaining leftover Visa gift card.

You don't need a Kindle to read books

Did you know you didn't need a kindle to read books on Amazon? Amazon doesn't really care what you read it on, you can have an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows device. All you have to do is get the free kindle app and you can read books on anything.

Watch Amazon Videos without an Internet Connection?

I didn't know about this one until just recently myself, I'm used to always needing to stream anything off of Amazon, but they came up with their own Unbox Video Player so that you can download what you want to watch to the player and then you can watch it whenever you want even without an internet connection. This is perfect for plane rides or trips where you won't have connectivity all the time.

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