Make Amazon Better: 5 Tools to Save Time & Money on Online Shopping

Mihir Patkar 17-09-2016

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 10 Super Ways to Save When Shopping on Amazon There are plenty of ways to save some bucks when shopping on Amazon that you may or may not know about. Read More .

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.

Amazon Sites and Tools -- Jeviz

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 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 .


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 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.

Amazon Sites and Tools -- The Sweet Home

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.

Amazon Sites and Tools -- Filler Item Finder

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 Top 5 Amazon Filler Item Finders To Qualify For Free Shipping Read More . 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.

Amazon Sites and Tools -- FiveStar

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 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 .

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.

Amazon Sites and Tools -- Canopy

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 5 Clutter-Free Sites for Better Amazon Shopping Amazon is like Wal-Mart – cluttered, visually overwhelming, and busy. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you'd like a change of pace here are 5 sites worth chekcing out. Read More .

Download — Canopy on Android (Free) [No longer available] | on iOS [No Longer Available] (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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  1. TheMatrix
    January 23, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Find good stuff cheap. This is similar to Amazon's recommended buy, which they don't disclose what goes into it.
    Limit the search the best you can (see articles elsewhere)
    use the filters: Select 5 Star ratings and select Sort by: Price:Low to High
    Look for a minimum of 20 ratings (to hopefully reduce fake reviews, friend reviews).
    Look at the graph of ratings. It should slope down with most reviews positive (4-5 stars) and fewest negative (1-2 stars) reviews. I look for 75% of reviews being 4-5. There should not be bimodal distributions (two or three long bars).
    Look at some of the negative reviews. A lot of clowns buy something not suited to their needs and fault the product. This is especially important for items that have few reviews.

  2. David
    February 18, 2019 at 2:42 am

    That Amazon doesn't have an 'exclude products that contain word X in the title/tag” filter (similar to Ebay) is simply disrespectful of the customers. Consumer fatigue is real, what with 1000s of choices. I often get search results that have nothing to do with the keyword entered. E.g. I searched on (I'm in Canada) Clothing & Accessories : Men : Socks, sorted according to Average Customer Review (to help me make a more educated choice re durability). I got 50,000 results, with backpacks, wallets, shirts, shin sleeves, underwear, baseball caps, suspenders interspersed among actual socks on the first page. There's not even a little X in the corner -- to click and remove an irrelevant result from the list. That's why Amazon really needs competition.

  3. ron
    September 18, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    How in the hell of all that's holy is CamelCamelCamel not included in this list?

    it's like the pinnacle of everything this article represents!

  4. Kannon Y
    September 18, 2016 at 3:29 am

    This is a really fantastic article.

    I've been looking for better sort tools for Amazon for a long time now. This is going to save me a lot of time and money. Thanks Mihir!