5 Amazing Amazon Shopping Tips You Probably Haven’t Discovered

Ben Stegner 11-02-2016

There are so many tips and tricks for Amazon Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the... Read More with more popping up all the time. From hidden Prime benefits 10 Awesome Amazon Prime Benefits You've Probably Overlooked Free two-day shipping is just the beginning. Here are some notable Amazon Prime subscription benefits you may not know about. Read More to free shipping tricks Shipping Smartly: 5 Frugal Tips to Save Money When Shopping Online You're shopping around online, you find the perfect item just within your budget, but the shipping is just way too much? Here's how to cut those fees down to size. Read More , you always can learn more about the online retail giant.


That being said, we’ve dug up even more Amazon features to make your shopping experience better. From the useful to the creative, here are five neat features you might have missed on Amazon.

Use Your Card Reward Points at Checkout

There are plenty of geeky ways to spend your credit card reward points Credit Card Reward Points: How to Collect and Spend Them Like a Geek If you use credit cards frequently, you'll no doubt be collecting reward points. We show you how to use those points to satisfy your inner geek. Read More , but you don’t have to be a geek to spend them at Amazon. By hooking your eligible credit card with Amazon, you can view and spend your reward money whenever you make a purchase. You can choose to spend none of your reward money, the total available balance, or some amount in between.

Unfortunately only a few credit card companies work with this feature at the moment. Chase, Citi, Amazon Rewards Visa, American Express, and Discover are all supported; check Amazon’s Shop With Points page for more information. If you’ve accumulated lots of cash back and have no place to spend it, give this a try! It’s always fun to reduce the cost of a big Amazon spending spree.

Those with tons of reward points from different sources should make use of tools to keep them all straight 5 Tools to Help You Make the Most of Your Rewards Accounts Many companies offer rewards programs — not just airlines. It can be difficult to keep track of them all. Here are five tips that will help you make the most of your rewards accounts. Read More .

Improve Amazon’s Recommendations

Like all major sites, Amazon tracks your behavior 4 Seemingly Innocent Online Activities That Track Your Behavior Read More so they have a better idea of what you’re interested in. It’s happened to everyone, though: you might be shopping for someone else, or could be reading hilarious reviews Funny Amazon Reviews: 6 Items That Feature Hilarious User Feedback Niche products on the Internet are often the subject of ridicule, especially on big retail websites like Amazon where user feedback is encouraged. Often these "reviews" make for a hilarious read, as communities around the... Read More on goofy products. All of a sudden, you start seeing suggestions for weird items and wonder what Amazon is thinking.


If this has ever happened to you, try paying a visit to Amazon’s recommendation page. Here, you can rate recent items you’ve purchased to let Amazon know what you thought. Moreover, you can also indicate that a purchase was a gift, or just mark that you don’t want an item to be used for recommendations.

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To take this a step further, visit your Recently Viewed Items page. Here, you can remove any item from your history, or even shut off browsing history completely.


Now you won’t have to worry about how that embarrassing purchase will affect your front page recommendations, and if you’re not happy with an item you can let Amazon know that you won’t be looking for more like it in the future. Who knows — you could actually end up with some useful recommendations after pruning these!

Set Up a Baby or Wedding Registry

Families expecting a baby have a lot to manage, so Amazon makes it easier to manage a baby registry. Head to the Baby Registry homepage to set up a new registry or find someone else’s.

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Setting up your registry on Amazon instead of a traditional department store has plenty of benefits: your guests don’t have to head to a physical store to purchase a gift, you can easily share the list online, and you can add to or edit it anytime on the Web or mobile. You’re also given a 90-day return period on most items, so if something isn’t quite right, you’re not at a loss!


If you’re a Prime member, there are even more benefits available from a registry, including a free welcome box and a coupon for prenatal vitamins. Amazon even lets you add items from other websites into your registry using their Add to Registry browser extension, so if you can’t find it in their catalog, simply link it in from elsewhere! Once your little one arrives, be sure to check out the best Android apps that help with parenting 4 Android Apps to Help Parents Take Care of Their Babies If you're the parent of an infant, these apps could really help you out! Read More .

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Similarly, those planning a wedding can utilize Amazon’s Wedding Registry feature. It’s similar to the baby registry and offers many of the same benefits (you won’t get duplicate gifts since Amazon keeps track of what’s already been bought!). Planning a wedding is complicated Weddings Are Stressful: 12 Websites for Stress-Free Planning While wedding planning will never be easy, it certainly doesn't have to be stressful. How much easier wedding planning can be if someone just pointed you to the right tools. Read More , and since many of your guests are likely to be Amazon shoppers already, this makes the task a lot easier for you!


Get Ideas with Gift Finder

Have you ever been shopping for a gift but don’t even know where to start? Amazon Gift Finder aims to fix this problem. Simply choose whether you’re shopping for an adult, kid, toddler, or baby, and Amazon suggests some categories for that age group. Whether you’re shopping for someone who’s into gardening, electronics, or fashion, you’ll be able to find something great for them.

After you pick a category, you can sort by a ballpark budget ($, $$, or $$$) and choose to show only Prime-eligible items if you wish. Should you see something that catches your eye but isn’t quite perfect, choosing “See more like this” lets you take a look at what other customers viewed after viewing your item.

Can’t find the right gift using this page? Check out some little-known gift-giving sites 5 Great Gift-Buying Websites You Haven't Heard Of Yet It can be a daunting task trying to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. Check out these lesser-known online gift shops that will provide you with some great gift ideas. Read More instead.

Give Yourself a Budget

It’s easy to spend too much money How To Start Saving Money And Stop Spending With 4 Easy Habits One of the top new year resolutions on many people's lists is to spend less and save more. It's easier said than done, but you can still rely on several apps and tools to help... Read More when shopping online. If you were horrified to see how much money you spent on Amazon last year How to See Exactly What You Spent on Amazon Last Year (or All Time) How much do you think you spent on Amazon last year? Here's how to find out. But be warned, the answer may shock you! Read More , you can set up an automatic budget for yourself using one of their relatively unknown features.

amazon allowance

Titled Amazon Allowance, the tool lets you add to your gift card balance daily, weekly, monthly, or every two weeks. The funds are added directly to your Amazon gift balance and can be spent at checkout just like when you have a gift card. While there are many uses for this feature (including sending a child at college money or giving a weekly allowance to kids on Amazon instead of cash), using it as a personal budget is a great idea.

Choose how much money you want to spend The 4 Best Budgeting Apps to Get Your Finances in Order Looking for the best budget app to get your finances under control? Here are some great apps to help you manage your money. Read More on Amazon each month, and stick to that amount. To take it further, try removing your credit card from checkout so that there’s no temptation to overspend. If you want to save up for a big purchase, each allowance rolls over — exercise some control and you’ll really feel rewarded when you can make the purchase!

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Now You’re in the Know

Anyone can use Amazon, but it’s the little tips that make the experience much better. No matter if you’re planning a big event or just looking to curb your spending, Amazon has tons of tools built-in to help you succeed.

Remember that not everything you see on Amazon is a deal; you can find out if you’re really getting a deal with one click Is That Amazon Price Really a Deal? Find Out With One Click Amazon listings may be cheaper than other websites, but that doesn't mean you're always getting a deal. Read More .

Which of these Amazon tips is your top pick? Let us know how you use these tricks in the comments, and be sure to tell us about your own favorites!

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  1. rk
    March 7, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I found something interesting recently on Amazon. They offer extended warranty for pennies if you buy electronics. What I found crazy was that every few mins, the company that provides this insurance and the rates kept changing by a small amount!!! Once, I even added it to the cart and the price in the cart was diff from the price indicated under the product! I had to wait for it to show the company I wanted before I clicked the "add to cart" button. I called Amazon about this, the person put me on hold after listening to my story and conveniently dropped the call! The company like is called Square Trade and the cust svc was great, they answered all my questions very well. So I sat there, kept refreshing the screen and when Square Trade showed up again as the warranty insurance company for the printer I bought, I clicked add to cart asap! Weird!

  2. rk
    March 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

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  3. Ricardo
    February 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Shopping with points is the worst way to use them

    • Ben Stegner
      February 13, 2016 at 12:58 am

      Why is that? If it's money anyway, it's no worse than putting them back towards your bill.

      • Ricardo
        February 13, 2016 at 1:27 am

        Let me qualify that - shopping with _mileage points_ will usually give you the worst value for them. You should use them for travel, where often you can get 2c/pt or more.

        • Ben Stegner
          February 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

          Ah, I understand. If you have mileage points, that probably is a more efficient way to spend them. I have Discover, and don't think they offer mileage points. I rarely travel anyway, making it a moot point for me, but I can see how this would affect some.

          Thanks for the tip!