Amazon offers promotional codes and coupons on many items. But if you try to Google them, you’ll be inundated with spammy sites featuring long-expired coupons. That’s a waste of your time and effort.
What you need are sites that either verify these coupons or have users who verify them. You need an active community, like the one you’d find on Reddit. We know that some sub-reddits can save major bucks on Amazon. But if Reddit isn’t your thing, there are still other options.
RetailMeNot is one of the biggest and best coupon sites to save money online. It has a huge user base, which is what you’re looking for to assess a promotional code’s success.
Type “Amazon” (without the quotes) in the search bar or click the direct link above to see all currently active Amazon offers. Each coupon has user comments, as well as a success rate based on a thumbs-up or thumbs-down from those who tried it. Perhaps the most helpful aspect is that RetailMeNot shows when the coupon was last verified by the site itself.
You can also filter the coupons based on parameters in the left sidebar like category, type (coupon, online sale, or gift card), and discount type. I’d also advise checking out the “Community Activity” list right below that. That’s where the most recent new listings, comments, or ratings show up. It’s a good way to find out what’s working right now.
Have you been to any of these promo code sites, tried a code they suggest, and found it to not be working? It’s the most frustrating experience. To beat that, rely on SlickDeals. Even RetailMeNot doesn’t have the accuracy rate that SlickDeals does.
You won’t find a lot of coupons on SlickDeals. At any point, there are probably about 10 active coupons. But the good news is that all of them work, every single time.
SlickDeals is a community-driven site more famous for its deals than coupons. But members also upload the codes and coupons they find, and others are constantly checking them for validity. Like RetailMeNot, a large user base makes sure this stays updated. Couple that with sales and deals on Amazon, and you’ll save a lot of money. (Don’t forget this one simple trick to save even more money.)
You can’t always rely on users to update codes and figure out whether they work or not. That’s too much manual effort. Honey is a Chrome extension that automatically applies codes for people. But its big secret is that you can still go to the Honey website to browse codes.
Since the Honey extension is an automatic coupon finder to save you money, its backend website is also constantly updated. When a Honey user goes to checkout on Amazon, Honey tests its coupons for that user. Just like that, its database is automatically updated.
Honey concentrates more on promotional codes than sales. You can check “live codes” on the right for coupons that Honey guarantees to work right now. For others, check the full list on Honey’s Amazon page. And while we’ve linked the Amazon USA page, it also works in the UK, Canada, and other countries.
Want a comprehensive list of all the promo codes that have worked on Amazon in the recent past? Want to search for coupons that match a specific product? Welcome to Dealio.
Like the other sites, Dealio will tell you how many people successfully used a coupon, when it expires, and all the details about it. You don’t need to register to use it. Just click and go.
Dealio’s search engine is the real star here, where you can find promotional codes to match the item or category you want to shop. Whether you’re looking for the fastest USB flash drive or something totally different like a meat thermometer, just key it into the search box. Dealio will tell you whether there’s a coupon for it. And if there isn’t, you can move on to checkout.
This here is the hidden gem that most people ignore. Amazon has its own mini-site for coupons and codes. And it’s actually easier to use than anything else.
Go browsing through the many coupons available. You can see the most recent ones, but if you already know what you want to shop for, browse by category. It’ll save you a lot of time. Find something you like, click it, and you’ll be taken to the corresponding item. Your coupon will be auto-applied during checkout. It couldn’t be simpler!
If you use Amazon’s Prime Pantry grocery service, this one is ideal for you. The coupons and codes you’ll get here are far better than anything you’ll find otherwise. It’s worth returning to Amazon Coupons regularly just for the Prime Pantry deals.
How Do You Find Amazon Coupons?
There are lots of great ways to save money on Amazon, like price comparisons sites and price trackers. But these sites for promo codes and coupons might just be the easiest. There are probably other great options out there, and we want to hear about them, too!
Which website or browser extensions do you use to find the best discount possible on Amazon? Where have you had the most luck with promo codes and coupons? Share your tips in the comments below!
Originally written by Joel Jordon on July 28, 2010.