Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks

Aaron Couch 07-02-2013

amazon tipsAmazon 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 Add Anything to Your Amazon Wish List With This Chrome Browser Addon Occasions to give and receive gifts happen throughout the year. Likewise, you have the whole year to craft your own wish list and collect gift ideas for friends and family. But do you have a... Read More , the Kindle reader app for the web How to Download Free Amazon Kindle eBooks to Your PC Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download free Kindle ebooks to read on your PC. This article eases you through the process. Read More , desktop and mobile, and great mp3 prices $1 Per Song? No Way! 5 Cheaper Alternatives For The iTunes Store The world of music is constantly changing. Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and now MP3s - and that means that we’ve gone from analog to digital. The best thing about digital music, in my opinion, is that... Read More . But there is a lot more to Amazon than just that.


Below are seven Amazon “diamonds in the rough” that you probably don’t know a lot about or may have not even heard of. And even if you have, this can be a nice reminder to check them out again.

Control Cloud Player Downloads

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You’re probably familiar with the Amazon Cloud Player, but are you aware that you can automate the downloads?

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To do this you will need to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader, which is required for multiple-song downloads, and selecting a setting in the Amazon MP3 Settings page.


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Also, in case you missed it, Amazon now will automatically rip your purchased CDs to the Cloud Player.

Amazon Cloud Drive

You might think Amazon Cloud Drive is nothing new and in one aspect, you’re right. However, if you live in Italy, Spain, UK, Germany or France, Cloud Drive is a bit more new to you than for U.S. customers. In addition to that, Cloud Drive is also available as an app for the Windows and Mac desktops (so you don’t have to use the workaround anymore How To Put Amazon’s Cloud Drive On Your Desktop Amazon’s recently released Cloud Drive service has been making waves, mostly due to the music streaming feature that lets users stream music files. Cloud Drive offers 5GB of free space by default, and that can... Read More ). The app is also available for the Android platform, which now has an auto-save feature.

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An Amazon press release also covered the ability for U.S. and European customers to easily upload their iPhoto albums from their Mac to Cloud Drive.

Amazon Unbox Video Player

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Amazon Unbox is actually a tool I discovered by talking to an Amazon rep. I couldn’t figure out how to watch purchased videos via Amazon’s Video On Demand on my PC instead of streaming it. If you are wondering the same thing, 1) you likely missed Ryan’s article about three useful things you can do with Video On Demand 3 Useful Things You Can Do With Amazon Video On Demand When most people think of Amazon, they think of shopping. However, the company is starting to appreciate the value of providing free services and products to customers. One example is the ability to download music... Read More – like I did, and 2) you now have a solution.

Note that Unbox doesn’t work with Linux or Mac and the videos can’t be downloaded or transferred to portable devices, such as iPods.


Amazon Student

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If you are currently a student in college, you will appreciate Amazon Student. I personally have already used it up, and sadly I didn’t take advantage of it as much as I could have. But it is an awesome opportunity for students to get some great deals.

The basic benefits of Amazon student are in the image above:

  • Amazon Prime free for six months (used to be 1 year)
    • Free two-day shipping
    • Free release-date deliver on video gams, DVDs and books
  • Student-specific deals and promotions

You get a lot more with the free 6-month Prime membership as well. For example, each month you’re able to borrow a Kindle book for free. You’re also eligible for the Kindle book lending program. You can read about all the details on the Learn More page. There’s also a referral program.


So what happens after your 6-month trial is up? You can continue to get the same awesome benefits for 50% off the original cost of Amazon Prime. So instead of paying $79/year, you only pay $39/year – not a bad deal! Note that to prove you are a student, you must have a valid .EDU email address.

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Amazon Mom

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Amazon Mom is a similar program for parents – that’s right, not just moms, but anyone caring for a child. However, it’s not as good of a deal as the Amazon Students membership.

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During the free 3-month trial period, you don’t get Unlimited instant streaming nor are you eligible to borrow a Kindle book each month for free.

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However, if you upgrade and pay the $79/year you, of course, are able to get those benefits as well as many others such as continuing the 20% off diapers. Free two-day shipping, unlimited instant streaming and Kindle book borrowing are also included.

Again, don’t be fooled by the name. Amazon explains that you can be a mom, dad, grandparent or caretaker. “[They] just thought ‘Amazon Primary Caretaker’ didn’t have the same ring to it.” However, I must say that perhaps they could have chosen it to be “Amazon Parent” instead – but that’s just my take on things.

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Amazon Deals

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Amazon Deals is accessible from the main page, but it might not be your first choice to look at. By clicking “Today’s Deals” you can see what deals are being offered. There is one item which is the “Deal of the Day” and then there are others which are only available at a certain price for a short amount of time, then Amazon moves on to the next. Also, you have no idea what the next one is, so it keeps you coming back to check it.

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Customer Service – Just Ask (But Don’t Abuse)

Amazon’s customer service is superb – enough said. Even the times where I didn’t have a good experience, once I told them about my poor experience, they made it right.

I went into a lot about getting the most out of customer service Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Customer Service Experience? Have you ever called customer service, only to end the call frustrated, disappointed and without resolution? Or perhaps there was a resolution, but it was unfavorable and certainly not worth the time you spent on... Read More in an article on MakeUseOf, but there are two common things that people don’t do that affects their satisfaction with a company.

  1. They don’t “complain”
  2. They don’t “complain”

Oh wait… those are both the same aren’t they? The first one is about the initial problem. Most people just blow it off. Thus, they are still frustrated, but don’t do anything about it – stupid. Next, if they do do something about it, but have a poor customer experience, then they say “see! It doesn’t matter – they don’t care”. So the second point is talking about them not “complaining” to the company about the poor customer service.

Both are important to do! If you have a problem, whether with the service/product or with the company itself, how are they supposed to know if you don’t tell them? Exactly – so take advantage of Amazon’s awesome customer service and ask – they will probably make it right. Of course, like the title says, don’t abuse this. By that I mean, don’t lie or make things up to get free stuff – that’s not cool.

Extra Tip: Follow On Social Media For More Deals

Amazon has a bunch of different social media accounts for all their different niches like Amazon Student, Amazon MP3, etc. Whatever areas you’re interested in, follow those accounts on Twitter and/or Facebook and you will get notified about daily deals, specials and promotions.


Amazon certainly isn’t the only place to shop online, but it is a great place to start – especially when searching for reviews. And overall, the prices are quite competitive.

Do you religiously shop at Amazon? If so, what are some secrets that you’ve uncovered?

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  1. Liz McFarland
    March 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I have had Amazon Prime for 2 years. Simply love it. Great original TV shows and such a large variety of Movies. I also order many items. I like the idea of the past items being on a list for me to find easily. It was also interesting , that at the end of a year, a list is provided that shows the money spent, the time not in a car, etc. I want to thank Amazon and all of their employees for being in my World

  2. Emmanuel
    February 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    thanks for this article

  3. Anonymous
    February 8, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Good information about I just have to say every purchase I've made online was at least 75% through Amazon. It's prompt and I got what I paid for. When things are needed go to first (if possible); you might be pleasantly surprised. I especially like the Cloud Player. When my old computer died; I LOST ALL MY MUSIC (I did not backup that folder-being a dummy). Computer-less for months (3 actually) I bought a new computer (through Amazon-WHERE ELSE); surfed on over to Amazon and found all my purchased music intact in the cloud.

    • Aaron Couch
      February 8, 2013 at 3:13 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I bought the computer I use now through Amazon (after some intense researching, of course) and never regretted it. I'm actually due for a new one here soon, which I'll probably also buy through Amazon.

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I live in Anguilla. Most of this does nothing for me since Amazon will only tell me I need to be in the US to use it stuff.

    • Liz McFarland
      March 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      You probably knew that when you signed up. But the movies and original shows are excellent. So, enjoy what you have.

  5. Mac Witty
    February 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I think i lost great deals not using Amazon very much

  6. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

    If only Amazon could open a store at my country :(

  7. Chris Powell
    February 7, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Thanks For Sharing such information.....