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Sure, we know Amazon is a place to get quick purchases at reasonable prices. But-surprise!-you can triple the savings just by clicking on the site’s lesser-known sections. Read on to…
Pay 70% less at the outlet.
Just like many brick-and-mortar stores, Amazon has an outlet (type “Amazon outlet” in the search bar). “It’s a great place to find discounts on overstock items in a variety of categories, including apparel, electronics and furniture,” says Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com. Recent deals include a Nintendo Switch controller for just $10.61 — a whopping 70 percent off! — and a pair of Ugg women’s ankle boots for more than 30 percent off. Tip: Check the outlet’s “Last Chance” section, where you’ll score even deeper discounts. Shop Amazon Outlet >
Nab 40% off at the warehouse.
Many people don’t realize that Amazon has a warehouse section (type “Amazon warehouse” in the search bar), where you’ll find deals of 40 percent off and up on items that have been returned or damaged in shipping, including electronics and home and garden goods. Items are graded on condition (acceptable, good, very good, like new, new), and you have a month to return anything you don’t want. Recent deals include a “like new” Habor 022 digital meat thermometer at 38 percent off and a “very good” Samsung 43″ TV for $92 off the retail price. Shop the Amazon Warehouse >
Score $$$ back on trade-ins.
Looking to get rid of older electronics? Amazon has a trade-in program (type “Amazon trade-in” in the search bar) that will pay you for them with an Amazon gift card (and frequently give a 20 percent discount on a new Amazon device). Simply input the type and condition of your device to get an estimate, then ship it to Amazon for free. They verify the condition, then send you an electronic gift card. Shop Amazon Trade-In Program >
Save up to 80% on medication.
If you don’t have insurance, or just want to check for better pricing on medications, Amazon’s pharmacy program (type “Amazon pharmacy” in the search bar) can save those paying out of pocket up to 80 percent off generic drugs and up to 40 percent off name-brand prescriptions. Check pricing by simply typing in the name of your prescription. Also smart? You can shop Amazon’s Basic Care store (Amazon.com/basiccare), where they offer a wide selection of Amazon brand over-the-counter medications, including cough medicine, pain remedies and sleep aids, for up to 75 percent less than store brands from competing drugstores. Shop Amazon Basic Care > and Amazon Pharmacy >
Before deciding on any purchase, visit Amazon.com/coupons to look for clippable coupons on products in your cart. You can score savings like 30 percent off coffee pods or 20 percent off wireless earbuds. Shop Amazon Coupons >
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.