Saturday, January 12, 2008

Review: Amazon.com

Some of the amazing features at Amazon.com:
  • Subscribe and Save: Many products have a option to subscribe and automatically get that product once every certain amount of time, there is a 15-20% discount when you sign up for Subscribe and Save. You can cancel whenever you want. (Even after just one delivery...)
  • Quick Picks: Daily personalized sale. Amazon bases these sale items on your search and buying history. I have found some good deals for myself from this!
    How to find your Quick Picks
    : Sign in, click on today’s deals (top of the page – near the gold box). Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will see special deals just for you.

  • Warehouse Deals: Amazon sells refurbished items at extremely low prices! Sometimes the item is really brand new, just in an open box. Read the product description for each item.
  • Amazon Prime: Free 1 month trial to Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime offers free 2 day shipping or $3.99 overnight shipping on all products sold direct from Amazon.com -without the $25 minimum order. If you don't cancel after 1 month, it costs $79/year.

Why I love Amazon.com:

  • Great prices! From expensive electronics to diapers, Amazon has great prices.
  • No tax! - Update: As of June 2008, Amazon Amazon started charging sales tax on all taxable orders shipped to NY.
  • Free shipping! On orders more than $25.
  • Great return policy on any purchase.
  • Free return shipping. If item is defective, or if the item you received does not match the online description.
  • Amazing customer service! 24/7 phone support. I found that they are quite helpful, especially compared to other online merchants.
  • Price adjustment: if price goes down within 30 days, send Amazon an email and they will refund the difference! (Eliminates the feeling of “I should have waited…”). Add items you have recently bought to your Wishlist. Then you can easily see if the item goes down in price.
    Practically speaking, even if the price drops way past 30 days, you have pretty good chances of getting refunded from Amazon as well, though then you would want to speak with Amazon on the phone instead (have Amazon call you).
    Update: As of September 2008, Amazon no longer refunds the difference within 30 days.
  • Informative customer reviews
The above points only apply to items sold directly from Amazon – not 3rd party sellers.

Definitely check other sites to compare prices. I usually find Amazon.com to be among the cheapest places.

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