Online shopping giant Amazon’s convenience cannot be beaten. You can get almost anything you want in that one electronic store. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get better.
Amazon’s interface is so cluttered that it’s difficult to find exactly what you need. The search engine is also a little restrictive. And how do you figure out what’s the best product?
Don’t worry, there are simple tools to fix all those problems. You’re about to save a lot of money on Amazon with these tricks.
1. Jeviz (Web): Advanced Amazon Search
Jeviz is what Amazon’s search should let any user do. It provides features which are either impossible with Amazon or hidden in difficult-to-find links. It’s the advanced search engine you’ve always missed.
On your first visit to the site, it will guide you through the various options you have. For example, there are advanced “sort” options, much more so than what Amazon provides. Two filters are especially useful: you can filter items by Amazon Warehouse deals and by items with coupons. These are both great ways to take advantage of money-saving deals on Amazon.
The most impressive part is that Jeviz lets you save your search parameters, so you don’t have to configure them every time. Instead of going to Amazon.com and searching for something, make this your default page to look for products.
2. The Sweet Home (Web): The Best Non-Tech Products
When you’re shopping for any gadget or gizmo, the MakeUseOf Buying Guides have your every need covered. But we can’t advise you on the best cheap coffee maker to get, or which vacuum cleaner you should buy. That’s where The Sweet Home comes in.
The site has a panel of experts reviewing several products to come up with the perfect recommendations for you. They explain how they reviewed, why they chose their winner, and offer enough alternatives based on budgets and needs. The categories covered include items for the kitchen, bedroom, living room, garage, home office, cleaning, exercise and fitness, bathroom, and others.
The best part is that all the products are things you’ll find on Amazon, and are usually eligible for whatever Amazon perks you have like Prime free shipping.
3. Filler Item Finder (Web): Find Cheap Products for Free Shipping
Speaking of free shipping, Amazon has a minimum order limit of $35 to qualify for that. Now if you bought a $30 item, you’re going to have to either pay for shipping to get it soon or wait it out. The smarter option is to find a filler item.
Filler Item Finder (FIF) searches Amazon for useful or fun stuff based on the dollar amount you put in there. Basically, instead of paying a seller for shipping, you’re paying to get another neat item — and then get free shipping.
You can filter your search by category, which is tremendously helpful and not an option offered by several other such Amazon filler item finder sites. FIF also is the fastest and most reliable of these sites, so let it be your first stop.
4. FiveStar (Web): Cut Through the Clutter, Get the Best
Amazon can get overwhelming at times. There are so many options, so many filters to sort by, so many reviews and recommendations to read, that you can’t figure out what you should actually buy. FiveStar cuts through the clutter and finds some of the best items.
The idea is simple. In the search box, write the type of item you’re looking for. FiveStar’s algorithm will generate the highest rated and recommended products on Amazon, sorted by price. Pick your price, buy it, and you’re good to go. You can even filter by category or Amazon Fulfilled dealers, if you want.
FiveStar won’t always give you the absolute best product you can buy. But it won’t let you down by recommending a substandard one either. This is all about getting something good enough without trying to figure out if you can trust the Amazon reviews.
5. Canopy (Web, Android, iOS): Hand-Picked Tasteful Products
Amazon’s store is so large, you can miss some brilliant items when shopping. It’s not your fault. There are too many things in a cluttered interface. Canopy solves this with real humans hand-picking the most tasteful products on Amazon.
The ethos is to select beautiful, functional items on Amazon. The best way to shop is to browse the Featured items or collections. For example, this bouquet of backpacks is both good-looking and gets the job done.
You’re free to browse Canopy yourself for individual items picked by the editorial team. And you can make your own collection with these, to share with your friends and have them add to it. It’s one of the best clutter-free sites to shop on Amazon.
Download — Canopy on Android (Free) [No longer available] | on iOS (Free)
What’s Your Secret Amazon Trick?
Everyone has some little secret they use to make shopping on Amazon a whole lot easier. For example, I always sort the list by price low to high, and then jump to the page that is closest to my budget. It’s the easiest way to sort it into a meaningful list for me.
What’s your favorite Amazon trick? How do you make online shopping easier on yourself?
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