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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Getting the Best Price on Amazon

I have to tell you ~ Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop. The convenience of being able to order items and have them delivered quickly {and generally with free shipping} is something that touches a VERY special place in my heart.

The one where I don’t have to haul all four of my kids around town looking for the best price on something. :)

Anyway, I wanted to let you all in on a few tips for finding some great deals on Amazon.

1. Don’t be afraid to buy an item used. It may not always come with the free shipping {generally, s/h on the used books is $3.99 per item, but it can still add up to some HUGE savings. Take the book Meet Our New Student From Mexico {a great series by the way} as an example:

imageThis book retails new for $29.95 and is offered USED for $3.99. After s/h that is a $22.00 savings ~ not just pocket change! We’ve found some amazing books using the used feature that Amazon offers and ones that we generally wouldn’t purchase otherwise. Incidentally, I snapped up this book and all it was missing was the dust jacket ~ something that would get ripped in no less than 10 seconds flat in our house…ask me how I know.

2. Look at the different prices for various formats. Many of the books that you search for are offered in hardcover, paperback and/or library binding.

image The book below {Little Walrus Warning} ranges in price brand new from $4.95 {hardcover} all the way to to $16.95 based on the format of the book. For this book, the paperback version was actually MORE than the hardcover edition. There is also a used version for $1.19 {$5.18 after s/h}, but the new hardcover is an even better price and has free shipping.

Those are just a few quick ways to help save a little bit when browsing the many resources Amazon has. Hope that helps you out some! Just wanted to pass along a little something that is Working for Me!

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10 Comments:

  • THanks! It's nice to know that about the used books shipping. I did snag one the other day that shipped for free! I do all my shopping at Amazon too whenever I can. Thanks for the tips! :)

    By Blogger Christy, At May 5, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

  • I do this too! It's always good to check what all is available there! I'd love it if you'd link to my Tuesday's Tips! Thanks!

    By Blogger Lori Yoder, At May 5, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

  • I love this feature too! Amazon really is amazing and has helped me get things without figuring out where to find them!

    Blessings and love!
    Jill

    By Blogger Unknown, At May 5, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

  • I get EVERYTHING from Amazon, unless by some freak of nature someone has it cheaper on ebay. I love amazon.com!!!

    By Blogger Jaime, At May 5, 2010 at 8:24 AM  

  • Jolanthe, you are such an awesome blessing to me!!! I only recently started following your blog and on FB and I really enjoy all you share. I am an Amazon addict! Yet, I recently discovered the various book formats box!!! I just get so excited to buy a new book I don't look around! But, thank you for the reminder! And, yes, I definitely check out the used price first. The only other place I go to look for books or curriculum is Homeschoolclassifieds.com

    BTW, I just celebrated my 40th year of God's gift of life and my dear aunt gave me a $40 Amazon gift card!!! woo-hoo!!! Off to have some FUN!!!!

    By Blogger Monica, At May 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

  • Thanks for this post! I've seen the different prices listed on Amazon but never really took the time to figure out what it all means :)

    By Blogger The Fischer Family, At May 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

  • thanks for this info! who knew hardbacks could be cheaper than paperbacks! .....also, i have a question for you. i'm spending so much money every month on printing out items for homeschooling. I just purchased a canon printer and the ink can't be refilled..in three months I've spent $150 in ink! what printer do you use? would you recommend it? i would much rather spend that money on more books for reagan!

    By Blogger Leah, At May 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

  • I must admit. I love Amazon a bit too much. I don't buy shoes or clothes or makeup or purses. I buy books. A friend recently signed up for a deal where you can get free shipping and two day delivery on anything and everything for one month. I didn't research it because it could become the end of me:-).

    By Blogger You Can Call Me Jane, At May 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM  

  • I must admit. I love Amazon a bit too much. I don't buy shoes or clothes or makeup or purses. I buy books. A friend recently signed up for a deal where you can get free shipping and two day delivery on anything and everything for one month. I didn't research it because it could become the end of me:-).

    By Anonymous ThyHandHathProvided, At December 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

  • I do this too! It's always good to check what all is available there! I'd love it if you'd link to my Tuesday's Tips! Thanks!

    By Anonymous Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Pac, At December 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

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