What Amazon Hides: 5 Apps to Show Deals and Discounts to Save Money

Mihir Patkar 02-09-2017

Amazon is where we usually spend our money, so that’s where we should most look to save it. But did you know that there are plenty of deals and discounts that Amazon doesn’t easily disclose? Here’s how to find them all.


This isn’t about promotional codes and coupons 5 Online Sources for Amazon Promotional Codes and Coupons Finding promo codes and coupons for Amazon can save you a lot of money. Check out these five great sources and start saving right now. Read More . Amazon has several initiatives that help the savvy shopper save some big bucks. From warehouse and open-box items to refunds for items whose price dropped after you purchased, there’s a little for everyone.

1. Paribus (Web, iOS): Did You Know Companies Owe You Money?

You bought something on Amazon today. Three days later, it gets a 20 percent discount. Frustrating to miss out, isn’t it? Well, several sellers on Amazon will give you that discount even after you have already bought the item. And Paribus is the smart assistant to go claim your money automatically.

Here’s how it works. You sign up for Paribus, and give it access to your email inbox where all the Amazon order receipts pour in. Paribus will read them and figure out if any recent purchase has got a price cut, which you can claim. It’s as simple as that.

The app also files claims for late deliveries, as well as items that have price match guarantees. Sure, you use smart tricks to contact Amazon customer service The Best Amazon Customer Service Tips That Make You a Better Shopper We've all heard horror stories about customer service gone wrong, but with these Amazon tips and tricks your next shopping experience can be a positive one! Read More for all of this, but isn’t it better to let an app automatically do everything?

Download: Paribus for iOS (Free)


2. The Forklift (Web): Open Box Deals From Amazon

Have you ever tried to browse Amazon Warehouse Deals to find a discounted item? It’s a maze, and there seems to be a group of elite players who grab great deals before you can ever get to them. Well, The Forklift is here to level the playing field.

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Amazon Warehouse Deals isn’t a secret. It’s one of the best money-saving ways to shop on Amazon Are You Taking Advantage Of All The Money Saving Deals On Amazon? I'm such a big fan of Amazon, and if you're someone who shops online then you have almost no choice but to be. You can get anything and everything on Amazon. It's trusted and reliable.... Read More . It’s where all the pre-owned or open-box items go, after a second check to see their condition. But The Forklift is the only way to see items as they are added.

The site has a real-time feed of new items on Amazon Warehouse Deals, which you can even pause if it gets too much for you. You can add or exclude keywords, set filters to hide certain items, and most importantly, select item condition. Use this app and you’re going to be one of those elite shoppers snagging deals that make your friends jealous.

3. ReviewMeta (Web, Chrome, Firefox): Find Real Reviews, Avoid Fakes

Next to every product is a prominent rating and plenty of user reviews. But in case you didn’t know, several of these are fake. Companies create fake user profiles to talk up what they’re selling. ReviewMeta sorts the real from the fake so you make informed decisions.

Copy-paste the URL of any item into ReviewMeta to generate a full analysis of its reviews on Amazon. The report tells you where it passed or failed, and sorts the most trusted and least trusted reviews. You also get a new adjusted rating for the item, based only on the real reviewers.

ReviewMeta is also available as a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox, but don’t install it. The extension only redirects you to the site. You are better off grabbing the bookmarklet instead. There are other apps like Fakespot to find trustworthy reviews How to Know If You Can Trust an Amazon Product's Reviews Amazon product reviews are hit or miss. Sometimes they're helpful, sometimes they're fake. Here's a tool you can use to check the integrity of a given product's reviews. Read More , so you might want to check those out too.

4. So Cool (Web): The Missing Advanced Search for Amazon

We know and appreciate Amazon’s Advanced Search How to Use Advanced Search for Amazon to Find What You Want Sometimes, a simple search isn't enough to find the product you are looking for. Here are the best tips to do an advanced search on Amazon. Read More . But boy, it could be so much better. It almost seems like Amazon doesn’t want to let the user have more control to find exactly what he or she wants. So Cool is that missing “Advanced Search” for Amazon.

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The search results are so much more detailed than what Amazon would ever show you. It includes a link to ReviewMeta and shows its adjusted rating next to the item. You can check the item’s price history on CamelCamelCamel 5 Ways To Spend Less On Amazon Purchases Amazon has built a reputation for great prices. Though not always the least expensive, and often not the best source for sale and clearance items, stock is generally inexpensive and comes attached to a large... Read More in a click. Plus you can search the product on Jet, Walmart, and Target from the site itself.

And so many filters! If you can think of a way to filter the item, So Cool probably has it. It’s a clean, easy way of using Amazon.

5. Amazon Contemplate (Chrome): Stop Yourself From Impulse Buys

Amazon does everything in its power to make you buy as quickly as possible. It’ll save your credit card info, your shipping address, and all your preferences. You can literally buy an item in one click. And such impulse purchases often lead to regret later.

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Install this extension that forces you to pause. Whenever you try to add an item to your card, Amazon Contemplate will temporarily stop the transaction. It enforces a 30-second timeout, forcing you to reevaluate whether you really need that item or not.

Contemplate is a variation of an old retail store hack. You pick up an item you really want, but you put it back and go away. Walk around the store for a couple of minutes, and if you can still justify the purchase when you come back, then you buy it.

And as always, the Amazon Contemplate extension will also work on Opera and other Chromium-based browsers How to Install Google Chrome Extensions in Opera Browser Opera is making a case for you to switch to it. There's one small problem: extensions. What if you could install Chrome extensions in Opera? It's easy, so here's a quick guide. Read More .

Download: Amazon Contemplate for Chrome (Free)

What’s Your Amazon Hack?

When it comes to Amazon, everyone has a few tricks up their sleeve. Naturally, considering how almost all of us are using Amazon to get the best discounted deals How to Get the Best Discounted Deals on Amazon There are lots of great deals on Amazon, but you need to know how to find them. Here are some tips and tools to help. Read More regularly.

What’s your Amazon hack? How do you save money when you are shopping online?

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  1. Michael
    February 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I use my app called to search Amazon's most-sold products because they dont let you search or filter them on the site. Makes choosing great items easier FOR SURE.

  2. Jeannine
    September 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Prices fluctuate frequently on Amazon. will show you the price history in a graph format, let you know the all time low for a product, and you can set up a price point to be notified by email or text when it drops to your sweet spot.

  3. CZ
    September 6, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Try "Shadowbid" (iOS only app). You decide what price you're willing to pay if you have your eye on an item, and if the price drops to or below your target, it will auto-buy for you. Ideal if you have Amazon Prime and plan to ship to your home address.

  4. Stacey E Clark
    September 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I use Ebates - put items in my Amazon cart in Amazon app, go to Ebates app to complete purchase. Also works for other sites, like eBay etc. $$ is $$.

  5. Lauren
    September 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Paribus stopped working for amazon a year ago.

    It can extend your prime membership if delivery is late -sometimes-. Usually the email to amazon just bounces back.

  6. Ed
    September 2, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  7. Ed
    September 2, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    The biggest Amazon killer app for shoppers will be it adjust prices in store in real time to match or beat Amazon's prices. It's will not only compares and adjust prices against Amazon but with other online retailers and other brick and mortar stores within a 100 mile radius.

  8. Harshal
    September 2, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Any tricks for Amazon India plz.

  9. Catlover92
    September 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Anything for ebay?

  10. Gpw
    September 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

  11. Vandy
    September 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Do any of these work for Amazon India?

  12. Shane
    September 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I use all the time

    • Doc
      September 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Won't work if you spell "camel" with two M's. LOL.

  13. Devddutt Shetye
    September 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Whenever you buy online, once you are through the shopping cart. Don't click on the payment options immediately.
    If you are buying in a sale give yourself some time, else sleep over your shopping cart. Doing so the next time you login and reevaluate your cart, many unwanted items are going to be dropped for sure.
    Try this, it works.