free shipping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9851/all en-US Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-465517439.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> is set to raise its annual fee from $79 to $99. To be fair, this is the first rate hike since it launched nine years ago. Still, customers and fans are letting their feelings about this be heard loud and clear on Amazon Prime forums and the feedback isn't pretty. Rather than grumbling about this change, let's examine the benefits that come with Amazon Prime and the discounts available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">Amazon Deal Hacks You Don't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>Benefits of Amazon Prime</h2> <p>There are quite a few benefits included in Prime Membership &mdash; not just the 2-day shipping which is its most popular perk.</p> <h3>1. Two-Day Shipping</h3> <p>This is the central benefit of Amazon Prime that is well-known by everyone who uses it. For the entire year, members receive free and unlimited two-day shipping on almost everything sold by Amazon with no minimum purchase required. (There are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=short_url?nodeId=13819201">exclusions</a> to this.) Given the ugly prices of shipping on many sites, this is a significant savings for frequent shoppers, even with the annual fee hike. If Amazon delivers after the two day mark, Amazon Prime Members<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201117450"> may be eligible for a free one month extension</a>.</p> <h3>2. Streaming Television and Movies</h3> <p>Amazon Prime members have free access to unlimited streaming of over 40,000 movies and television episodes through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Video/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2858778011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Instant Video</a>. Granted, the selection doesn't include the newest properties, but it provides plenty of options.</p> <h3>3. Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle First</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=154606011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The Kindle Store</a> boasts 500,000 Kindle titles. Amazon Prime members can borrow one book a month for free to read on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HCCNJU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007HCCNJU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle</a> or Kindle mobile app. Think of it as a personal mini-library with all of the latest and greatest titles at your fingertips. Additionally, Amazon Prime members receive a free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/kindle/botm/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle First</a> book every month. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select four new books each month that will be released the following month. Kindle First subscribers can choose one of these four titles for $1.99 to read a month before it's released to the general public. Amazon Prime members get their Kindle First choice book for free.</p> <h3>4. Share the Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime Members can <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200444180">share their shipping benefits</a> with up to four additional household members. Small business owners who subscribe to Amazon Prime can invite up to four co-workers to shop with the corporate account. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a>)</p> <h3>5. Amazon Prime Music Streaming</h3> <p>Amazon is considering the possibility of getting in on the <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/amazon-prime-music-streaming-news/#!APPql">streaming music</a> act. The company is rumored to be in negotiations with a number of record labels though the details are fuzzy at best, and the agreement, if there is one, may take quite a while to unfold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">Free or Cheap Ways to Listen to Music</a>)</p> <h2>Discounts on Amazon Prime</h2> <p>Here are a few ways to get Amazon Prime free or at a discount.</p> <h3>1. Amazon Student</h3> <p>It pays to be a student. With a .edu email address or<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000896051&amp;ref=sm_st_join_no_edu"> proof of student status</a>, you can sign up for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a>, which offers Prime Membership at a reduced price of $49. Amazon Student provides all of the benefits of Amazon Prime plus special deals and promotions and a $10 refer a friend credit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-student-discounts?ref=seealso">Student Discounts</a>)</p> <h3>2. Amazon Mom</h3> <p>Moms, Amazon Prime has you covered with<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Amazon Mom</a>. For three months, moms have a free trial of that includes 20% off diapers, wipes, and family essentials that are ordered through the Subscribe &amp; Save Program, free two-day shipping, and 30 days of instant-streaming video. After the trial, Amazon Mom costs $99 and includes the discounts listed above, all Amazon Prime benefits, and a 15% baby registry completion discount.</p> <h3>3. Try It for Free</h3> <p>Everyone loves a free sample. Amazon Prime provides a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">free 30-day trial</a>. Amazon automatically registers people who take advantage of a free trial after the 30-day mark. To cancel, you must<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201118030"> take action and contact Amazon</a> prior to the trial's end.</p> <h3>Other Ways to Save on Amazon Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime isn't the only way to save on Amazon shipping costs. Shipping is free for all orders that total $35 or more. (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/help/id=sss">Some restrictions apply</a>.) Amazon also has a<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Subscribe &amp; Save Program</a>: pick eligible items that are subscription eligible and then choose the quantity and delivery frequency of each item. The Subscribe &amp; Save Program doesn't require any upfront fee and can be cancelled at any time without penalty. If you choose to have 5 or more Subscribe &amp; Ship items delivered on the same day, there is a 15% discount on the entire order.</p> <p>All these benefits and discounts make <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> a great value for those who are frequent shoppers. Also remember that many items on Amazon cost less than those found in brick-and-mortar stores and they're delivered right to the door, no lugging required. If Amazon Prime still feels like less than a bargain, some viable competitors such as <a href="https://www.shoprunner.com/non_member/home/">ShopRunner</a> are on the rise and eager for disgruntled Amazon Prime members. (And if you're a current Prime member who hasn't renewed at the higher rate yet, get one year FREE membership!) After all, where there's a will to save, there's always a way!</p> <p><em>Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber?&nbsp;Will you maintain your subscription even after the price hike? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-shouldnt-order-on-amazon">5 Things You Shouldn&#039;t Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-sites-to-shop-for-affordable-cool-jewelry">10 Awesome Sites to Shop for Affordable, Cool Jewelry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime free shipping online retail Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:03:51 +0000 Christa Avampato 1132981 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum to $35 http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/credit-card-5389268-small.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you heard? Amazon&#39;s Free Super Saver Shipping for $25 orders is a thing of the past. You now <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1001427161">need to spend $35 to qualify for free shipping</a>. This marks the first time in a decade that Amazon has changed the order minimum for free shipping in the US.</p> <p>Note that this policy change doesn&#39;t affect <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a>, which gets you free 2-day shipping (no order minimum!), plus a slew of other perks, for $79 a year. If you&#39;re a frequent online shopper, you&#39;ll easily recoup the membership cost in shipping savings. And with the holiday season just around the corner, this would be great time to check out Prime &mdash; especially the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">30-day free trial</a>.&nbsp;Did you almost forget to send Great Aunt Marcy a garlic press? She never has to know.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-raises-free-shipping-minimum-to-35">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-all-that-stuff-the-police-seize-and-its-cheap">How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It&#039;s Cheap.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-10-20-on-online-purchases-every-day">How to Save 10-20% on Online Purchases, Every Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Amazon free shipping online shopping Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:36:03 +0000 Amy Lu 1044968 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Free Shipping and Online Discounts Across the Web http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-shipping-and-online-discounts-across-the-web <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-free-shipping-and-online-discounts-across-the-web" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/how to get free shipping.JPG" alt="shipping" title="shipping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="86" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I have become a reluctant fan of online ordering, after dealing with some <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/online-ordering-wont-somebody-take-my-money">grief</a> about it in the beginning. But it still rots my socks to have to pay for shipping, especially when it is pricey. Here&rsquo;s how to get the best of both worlds: the convenience of shopping from home, and free shipping to go along with it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since reading Paul&rsquo;s piece about <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-site-you-must-visit-before-buying-anything-online-period">Retailmenot</a>, I never place an online order without first checking for coupons, which more often than not, save me more than a little bit of money.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But that darn shipping&hellip;.how do you avoid these charges, which sometimes negate the value of the item you want to begin with?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Enter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.freeshipping.org/">Freeshipping.org</a>. <strong>Simply input the name of the store you plan to place an order with, and up pops a list of coupon codes you can enter for free shipping.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Coupons are not limited to free shipping; a myriad of coupons with various conditions will pop up, depending on the popularity of your chosen online retailer.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Online window-shoppers will not be disappointed either. You can browse by category, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.freeshipping.org/stores-with-free-shipping/num/">store</a>, or by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.freeshipping.org/most-recent/">recent</a> or <a target="_blank" href="http://www.freeshipping.org/expire-soon/">expiring</a> coupons.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So although I don&rsquo;t condone <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/impulse-shopping-a-controllable-handicap">impulse shopping</a>, I do approve of a good deal. If you are disciplined about brandishing your <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-seven-reasons-why-i-use-my-credit-card-for-everything">credit card</a> and want to do some digging around to save extra money on your next online purchase, then check out <a target="_blank" href="http://www.freeshipping.org">Freeshipping.org</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Note: The author has <u>no</u> vested or affiliate interest in freeshipping.org</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-shipping-and-online-discounts-across-the-web">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-10-20-on-online-purchases-every-day">How to Save 10-20% on Online Purchases, Every Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-end-of-the-energizer-bunny-six-products-that-dont-need-batteries">The end of the Energizer bunny: SIX products that don&#039;t need batteries.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping free shipping freeshipping.org online discounts retailmenot Wed, 29 Apr 2009 06:50:33 +0000 Nora Dunn 3099 at http://www.wisebread.com The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/411453602_d56a3b88a4_o.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, the modern marvels of being able to type a few things in, click your mouse, and have a desired object delivered to your place in a few days. Even tumultuous economic conditions don't mean so-called ecommerce is going away; rather, it stresses being a savvy, frugal shopper, and opens up opportunities for businesses to attract your attention.</p> <p>Whether it's buying or building, <strong>being resourceful helps you score the same great stuff at lower prices, and possibly faster delivery</strong>. (Think MacGyver marrying the A-Team.) The following isn't an exhaustive guide to each and every to-do under the sun, but it <em>is</em> experience-worn advice which I'll gladly impart for your benefit. It mainly concentrates on buying in the US of A, but the principles are mostly true worldwide. I'll also specify for the scope of this article, by &quot;Stuff&quot;, I mean possessions you can carry (like a microwave) or at the most, can transport around (like a car) &mdash; so, not a new house.</p> <p><em>Let's dive in with the spirit of Scrooge McDuck, then!</em></p> <h2>Know where you're looking</h2> <p>Some questions have very easy answers. If you're looking for books and other sundry merchandise, you'll almost always go right with Amazon.com. Yes, I know it has competitors &mdash; as well as other sellers which've partnered with it &mdash; but 2 special things call it out:</p> <ol> <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subs/primeclub/signup/main.html/">Amazon Prime</a></strong> - If you're a shopaholic, even a thrifty one, it's currently US$80/year for free 2-day shipping. Other details apply, but if you buy frequently enough &mdash; say, at least a dozen times a year &mdash; this will have you covered both cost- and convenience-wise. Of course, they do this to make you buy more! So don't spend just because you want to, but consider how it fits your lifestyle, and try their free 1-month trial.</li> <li><strong>Amazon's service</strong> - It's not just about the raw dollar, it's about the smile on your face. I've had questions about my orders and confusion about pricing, and I've consistently received timely, pleasant replies. That peace of mind pays for itself, and serves as a model of what you should expect elsewhere.</li> </ol> <p>I give the obligatory disclaimer that I'm not professionally affiliated with Amazon &mdash; just a happy customer many times over that cites them as an &quot;example megahub&quot; for many goods.</p> <p><em>Let's open it up&hellip;</em></p> <p>You'll want to be familiar with the major deals sites. There are <em>many</em> out there which duplicate the same style and deals, so here are a few I check daily &mdash; they're all stored as bookmarks in my Firefox toolbar, <strong><em>highly</em> recommended for saving time via &quot;Open All in Tabs&quot;</strong>:</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.woot.com/">Woot</a></strong> - I was drawn to their flavorful copywriting. Aside from their famed &quot;Woot-Offs&quot; and &quot;Bags of crap&quot;, they sell ONE thing a day. Sometimes it's what you're looking for. Often it's not. But they're full of whimsy and fun, and fill a great niche.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://dealspl.us/">DealsPlus</a></strong> - Some deals site make the horrendous mistake of piling on more text than you'll care to parse. DealsPlus is very visual, providing thumbnails and a quick-browse summary of each deal.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.dealhack.com/">Dealhack</a></strong> - In the &quot;More text but not so much that it makes your eyes fall out&quot; dept., they also provide a very thumbnail-ish view, with a vertically-designed navigation. So get your scroll wheel ready and skim down.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://dealnews.com/index.html?sort=hotness&amp;view=large">dealnews.com</a></strong> - Again, good use of thumbnails (I find they make browsing a <em>lot</em> easier). Wider layout than Dealhack, and as you gain experience, you'll notice when the same popular deals appear on different sites. But what I like here is the quick summary of the hottest stuff at the very top.</li> <li><a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/forumdisplay.php?f=9"><strong>SlickDeals.net Forums</strong></a> - Disparate deals sites have forums. Among the best is SlickDeals. They also have their own front page, but I heart their forums because of the unadulterated spontaneity of excitement that punches through the hype. You can smell it in the air &mdash; like the inevitable scramble for cheap hard drives before they're OoS (Out of Stock)! And to make this sound more like a restaurant guide, be sure to check out the offerings of the legendary <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/sdsearch.php?mode=forum&amp;showposts=0&amp;starteronly=1&amp;searchuserid=65229&amp;forumchoice[]=9">Selma</a>, a gothy deal-sharer who's posted 50,000+ times. If you feel lost, look for the thumbs-up ratings and # of thread views you can sort.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/deals.php">FatWallet</a></strong> - Finally, a site without &quot;deals&quot; in the name. They tend to broadcast deals which are broadly advertised by stores themselves (as opposed to &quot;secret coupons&quot;). Part of the reason behind this is that they offer <a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/cash-back-coupons.php">cashback &amp; coupons</a>. I haven't really used their cashback, but I think FatWallet's a fine overview of the more commercial (for lack of a better term) bargains.</li> </ul> <p>Be brave to explore beyond these, and let me know what gems you uncover and have missed! For example, <a href="http://www.redflagdeals.com/"><strong>RedFlagDeals.com</strong></a> reigns surpreme in Canada. The jungle o' deals is thick, indeed.</p> <p>By immersing yourself in deals sites, you'll become familiar with which stores are favored by veteran dealhunters. E.g., you'll often see <a href="http://www.buy.com/">buy.com</a> and <a href="http://www.newegg.com/">NewEgg</a> mentioned for computer gear. And a sensible way to get a grasp on various stores is to see their customer feedback on eBay (if they have a presence there), or search <strong><a href="http://www.resellerratings.com/">ResellerRatings</a></strong>. Don't zoom in on outliers (the occasional bad review), look for <em>consistency</em>.</p> <p>Beyond mere observation, <em>do</em> chat up with your fellow dealhunters &mdash; especially those who know a lot more. They'll save you dollars and hardship.</p> <h2>Know what you're looking for</h2> <p>Were you expecting something less obvious? That's coming up soon! But for now, I'll say&hellip;</p> <p>It's fun to browse bargain sites. It's also time-consuming if you do it too much, and while it may inform you of what fair prices are for various items, it also tends to be unfocused.</p> <p>Give yourself a direction, and at the very least, <strong>take advantage of the &quot;deal alerts&quot; most bargain sites make available</strong>. These come in varying forms, but tend to work like this: you enter keyword(s) and frequency of when you want to be notified. They'll ping (via onsite notice, email, and in some cases SMS) you when new deals are available.</p> <p>This is useful, by the way, if you just missed a substantial rebate on an item and are waiting for it to come around again. Chances are high it will (unless an item's being discontinued). If you don't really want a gadget, don't fall for ad pressure to &quot;ACT NOW BECAUSE SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED!&quot; because if something's really in demand, they'll want to sell more of it. I rebate-waited and got my Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard for US$50 cheaper &mdash; a price that'd command a fair meal!</p> <p>Emphasis on <em>rebate-waited</em>, because&hellip;</p> <h2>Mail-in rebates will make you wait</h2> <p>a LONG time. Not always, but often enough for it to be a point of consideration, especially if finances are tight. You may see estimated expectations of &quot;6-8 weeks&quot;, and these tend to be pretty common. Thankfully, some companies like Logitech do email you to check your rebate status online, along with an estimated mail date for your cheque.</p> <p>That's why <strong>if you can't wait, don't depend on mail-in rebates</strong>. And be wary of companies that've been called out by expert dealhunters as scams, because while the majority aren't, lack of communication does create that perception. Thus, my fave kind of rebate is the instant rebate.</p> <p>You may be wondering then, besides the understandable processing time, why so long a wait for MIRs? <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebate_(marketing)">Wikipedia has the backstory.</a></p> <h2>Be smart about coupons &amp; price comparison</h2> <p><a href="http://retailmenot.com/"><strong>RetailMeNot.com</strong></a> isn't just a beautiful site, it makes it very easy to look for discount coupons. I've regretted not checking here in the past because I discovered a substantial savings <em>after</em> I bought something &mdash; talk about buyer's remorse! So whenever I have a significant (obviously relative, but a good rule of thumb is above US$200) purchase, I fire up RetailMeNot and do the groundwork.</p> <p><strong>For price comparison, </strong><a href="http://shopzilla.com/"><strong>Shopzilla</strong></a><strong> and </strong><a href="http://www.pricegrabber.com/"><strong>PriceGrabber.com</strong></a><strong> are your friends.</strong> Use them and if they're really useful, you'll keep using them.</p> <p>Major search engines, like Google, also have their own price comparisons, and links to <em>many</em> others. Through experience, naturally find what works for you.</p> <p>After practicing coupons &amp; price comparison for a few weeks, odds are high you'll spot diminishing returns. For instance, it's not healthy to spend half an hour trying to save US$2. <strong>Aim for the big savings, stack coupons whenever possible (<em>mmmm</em>, compound discounts), and be quick.</strong></p> <h2>Be quick (Part II)</h2> <p>Hot deals often sell out very quickly. (Not to be confused by artificial pressure like &quot;ACT NOW!&quot; mentioned above.) That's why it's important for you to have a solid understanding of the context you're involved in: for example, on deals forums, you'll notice a few of the same posters grab deal after deal and boast about it. (There's a certain social bonding that comes when you become an involved member of deal-communities.) This, like any other acquired skill, comes with extended practice. Have your alerts set up so you can pounce on deals that matter. <strong>The most advanced dealhunters use automation, like </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_(computer_science)"><strong>macros</strong></a><strong>, to cut down on tedious steps and jump to the front of the virtual checkout line.</strong></p> <p>What also counts for a lot: <strong>have accounts pre-setup with payment info at the sites you want to shop from</strong>. You want to be selective with who you give your personal info to, but if it's a reputable store, your data should be safe, in all practical likelihood. This saves you the trouble of having to fumble with a credit card # when it comes down to crunch time. I once missed out on a hot MP3 player sale at Woot because I hadn't signed up for an account yet &mdash; I learned my lesson!</p> <h2>Don't be fooled by fake free shipping</h2> <p>If an item is a fine price <em>and</em> has free shipping, then <em>praise be!</em> But, <strong>sometimes &quot;free shipping&quot; is deceptive, because the shipping cost is absorbed in a jacked-up item cost</strong>. For example, I saw a pair of headphones on eBay for US$20 that claimed &quot;free shipping&quot;. The same pair could be found elsewhere for US$15 with approx. US$5 shipping clearly stated, so it's really not a better deal.</p> <p>The inverse is also true: beware of inordinate shipping costs. And taxes. A number of stores charge <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sales_tax">sales tax</a> if you buy in-state/province/region &mdash; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468512">see Amazon's policy</a> &mdash; and while sometimes this is unavoidable due to a lack of alternatives, it's worth keeping in mind. While tax laws are out-of-scope of this article, you won't ever regret being prepared and being aware.</p> <p>Do your best to <strong>find out a store's shipping costs <em>beforehand</em></strong> so you can factor that in ASAP.</p> <h2>Look for gems with eBay's Buy It Now</h2> <p><a href="http://ebay.com/"><strong>eBay</strong></a> is synonymous with popularizing and dominating online auctions. While it's still famous for auctions, gems (not just in the mineral sense) can be found by way of many smaller stores which are trying to build their presence and business via eBay's big visibility.</p> <p>Often, this is new or refurbished/B-stock material with warranty which is sent to you not from an individual, but a company. And it has a &quot;Buy It Now&quot; graphic to indicate such. (It may or may not have a corresponding auction if you want to try your hand at getting it for lower.)</p> <p>Buy It Now can be good for rarer, but not highly obscure goods. There're sometimes <strong>package deals</strong> &mdash; like a digital camera that comes with a case + memory card + mini-tripod + extra battery at the same cost of the camera alone elsewhere.</p> <p>In my web browser, I often have one tab opened on eBay and another opened on Amazon, and I do searches and compare. To supplement my info when it's tough to tell, I use the comparison shopping resources mentioned above.</p> <p>While it's past, much of a dealhunter ballyhoo was made about <a href="http://forumst.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&amp;t=952519"><strong>Microsoft Live.com's 25% cashback through eBay</strong></a> (apparently, it was 35% last time it came 'round). Being on top of opportunities like these can sweeten already honey-soaked deals. Make sure you read the terms and conditions and revel in the savings.</p> <h2>Do your best to assure the clothing fits</h2> <p>Measure yourself accurately. <a href="http://ravenelle.net">My wife</a> stresses how important this is, because we've been subject to inaccurate pictures and vague sense of scale when buying clothes online. I thought a pair of pants, despite the specs, would fit me snugly. Turns out they're baggy as heck! While I haven't opted for an accompanying pair of suspenders since they're surprisingly comfy, my position still stands.</p> <p>A good &quot;fit&quot; is also transferably applicable to non-clothing goods which you may feel compelled to see in-person, like TVs and flat panel monitors: a JPG picture can't give you its actual display quality, but if your local store's stock costs much more than what's online, it's fair to compare. (A store's physical presence can add to the cost.)</p> <p>Some stores offer 3D 360-degree views of their merchandise, but this is still a novelty, rather than a common staple. Still worth looking out for.</p> <h2>Keep customer service and return policy close</h2> <p>I'll often tell you: it's not just about the $$$. Saving a few bucks isn't worth it if you have a problem with your order and the merchants turn out to be jerks! <strong>You'd rather much have prompt, friendly &quot;service with a smile&quot; than being unheard or being treated rudely.</strong></p> <p>Consumer reviews often keep track of this, combining real stories with numerical ratings. And your own experiences will be the most visceral. <strong>If you're cautious, why not send an email or make a phone call <em>before</em> buying anything?</strong> Test the waters. See how they respond and if that makes you comfortable. Above any human-constructed currency, feeling good and expressing our identity through what we buy is an intriguing psychological phenomenon, and great customer service goes a long way towards reinforcing our beliefs.</p> <p>If a store has a brick-and-mortar presence (like Old Navy), then you'll likely be able to return merchandise to a nearby store. If you live in the boonies, it may not as be as convenient, but good to know. If a store only allows you to mail a package back, verify who'd be responsible for postage costs beforehand, and be intimate with their <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_Merchandise_Authorization">RMA</a> policy. <strong>A key keyphrase is: <em>hassle-free</em>.</strong></p> <h2>Get ready to recycle</h2> <p>If you buy stuff online, it's going to come in a box. And if it arrives at your house, soon, you'll have a whole extended family of boxes, <em>yes sirree</em>, with itty-bitty baby boxes, and big grandparent boxes. So you'll either want to use those boxes to do something else, or have them recycled or otherwise disposed of.</p> <p>It's an omnipresent, yet understated part of getting great deals.</p> <h2>Time-shift your holidays</h2> <p>Lastly, I'll suggest something unorthodox which you may not be able to do, especially if you're under social pressure from your family &amp; friends. But consider liberating yourself because of this: when is Halloween and Easter candy cheapest? <em>No</em>, not in the stretch leading up to the holiday &mdash; look at the markdown prices <em>after!</em> This is easily observable in both offline and online stores, but it goes to show: <strong>when something's out of style/season and perceived value is less, prices plummet</strong>.</p> <p>By being &quot;out of sync&quot; with society at large and other cultural waves, <strong>you can create your own opportunities to acquire the same stuff at much-reduced prices</strong>. Granted, I feel strongly about this because my family used to wait until after Christmas to grab boxes of bonbons and ornaments to prepare for the <em>next</em> year, but there's much truth&hellip; once you break free of generic trappings. (And I'm partially referring to Boxing Day sales, but saturated marketing of Dec. 26th has created its own traps.)</p> <p>This is awesome news if you're flexible about traditional holidays. Clearly not for everyone &mdash; but <strong>if you can be an exception, consider yourself exceptional</strong>.</p> <h2>Happy buying!</h2> <p>While the above should never be considered an end-all or be-all since the Art of Getting Great Deals Online will continue to adapt and evolve, I hope my personal experiences and specific suggestions will <em>enlighten</em> you to discover the joy of consumerism in refreshing and eclectic ways.</p> <p>Devoted dealhunters know that saving money goes beyond lopping off a fraction of the price &mdash; it's a <em>way of life</em>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/modifiers-5-things-that-change-an-items-final-price">Modifiers: 5 things that change an item&#039;s final price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-sweet-spot-when-buying-electronics">How to find the sweet spot when buying electronics</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/access-ebays-hidden-auctions">Access Ebay&#039;s hidden auctions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-it-now-on-ebay-without-using-livecom-cashback">DON&#039;T Buy It Now on eBay without using Live.com cashback</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping alert Amazon clothes coupon customer service deals eBay fake free shipping holiday macro mail-in rebate mir recycle retailmenot Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:11:19 +0000 Torley Wong 3081 at http://www.wisebread.com Save Some Coin with Lands' End Overstocks and Free Shipping! http://www.wisebread.com/save-some-coin-with-lands-end-overstocks-and-free-shipping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-some-coin-with-lands-end-overstocks-and-free-shipping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/change in dish.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I love Lands&#39; End and their selection of high-quality, comfy clothes and shoes.<span>  </span>Their overstocks are very reasonably priced, and with this special code, you can even get free shipping! </p> <p class="MsoNormal">With something for everyone in the family, I enjoyed browsing through the clearance and overstock section at Lands&#39; End.<span>  </span>Some items in particular that caught my eye, include: </p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.landsend.com/pp/MarinacBoots~166233_-1.html?bcc=y&amp;action=order_more&amp;sku_0=::DBY&amp;CM_MERCH=IDX_00008_0000000255&amp;origin=index">Women’s Sherpa Marinac Boots</a> for $14.99 (were $39.50) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>A selection of cute and <a href="http://www.landsend.com/ix/overstock-liquidations/Women/Underwear/Panties/index.html?seq=1~2~3~4&amp;catNumbers=83~215~239&amp;visible=1~2~1~1&amp;tab=8">comfy ladies’ undies</a> (everything from hipsters to thongs for less than $3 in some styles and sizes.) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Some NQP (Not Quite Perfect) <a href="http://www.landsend.com/pp/ShortSleeveRingerSummerTee~189150_-1.html?bcc=y&amp;action=order_more&amp;sku_0=::WHI&amp;CM_MERCH=IDX_00008_0000000024&amp;origin=index">Men’s Tees</a> (the neckline is 1” larger than what the label states) for less than $5.<span>  </span>Check out their other <a href="http://www.landsend.com/ix/overstock-liquidations/Assortments=Not-Quite-Perfect/index.html?seq=1~2&amp;visible=1~1&amp;store=le&amp;merchAsId=24&amp;tab=8">NQP’s</a>! </li> </ul> <ul> <li>An entire collection of <a href="http://www.landsend.com/ix/overstock-liquidations/Assortments=Mens-Tailored-Savings/index.html?seq=1~2&amp;visible=1~1&amp;store=le&amp;merchAsId=249&amp;tab=8">men’s tailored dress clothes</a> (from suit coats to twill pants.) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Our favorite men’s <a href="http://www.landsend.com/pp/MicrofiberHalfZipPullover-54197_181879_59.html?CM_MERCH=PGD_0000034393">microfiber half-zip pullover</a> priced at $12.99 (marked down from $49) </li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">There are overstocks for baby, boys, girls, ladies, and guys.<span>  </span>I found summer tanks for less than $3 and an assortment of school uniform pieces.<span>  </span>(Just be careful when clicking the “school uniform” link.<span>  </span>For some reason it comes up with over 1000 products and contains everything from bedding to ladies’ shoes.<span>  </span>To find just the school uniform deals, click on <em>boys</em> or <em>girls</em> and go from there.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal">You will be taxed based on your location, but the best part is the FREE SHIPPING!<span>  </span>Just fill your cart, and put code “<strong>SHIPFREE</strong>” and <strong>PIN# 4566</strong> in the promotion boxes at checkout.<span>  </span>(You can click the small “Apply” button before even entering your credit card info to be sure the amount adjusts.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Word on the street is that this code is only good until 10/9.<span>  </span>It worked for me! Let me know if you are able to score any other good Lands&#39; End deals. </strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-some-coin-with-lands-end-overstocks-and-free-shipping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/music-to-my-ears-guitar-center-50-off">Music to my ears - Guitar Center 50% off.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping">FREE bowling balls - just pay shipping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/safeway-savings-rally-how-i-got-9-bags-of-groceries-for-13">Safeway Savings Rally - How I got 9 bags of groceries for $13</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons Coupons Deals deals free shipping Lands' End Mon, 06 Oct 2008 04:24:46 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2497 at http://www.wisebread.com Faster Free Shipping on Amazon With No Minimum Order -- Free Prime Trial http://www.wisebread.com/faster-free-shipping-on-amazon-with-no-minimum-order-free-prime-trial <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/faster-free-shipping-on-amazon-with-no-minimum-order-free-prime-trial" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/amazaonboxes.jpg" alt="robot made of boxes" title="What will you do with all those Amazon boxes once you have free Prime?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="286" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I want to take a moment to remind you all to wait til the last minute to Christmas shop online this year.</p> <p>Wha??</p> <p>Well, you can, once you have a free three-month trial membership to Amazon Prime, the service that gives you free 2-day shipping on orders of ANY size. There&#39;s a bit of a trick to getting a three-month trial instead of the more common one-month, but it&#39;s not hard. This should work for anyone who has never been a Prime paid or free member before:</p> <p>1) Go to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subs/primeclub/signup/extmain.html?ref=prime_assoc_bt&amp;tag=myfufufa-20">Amazon</a> but DON&#39;T sign up for the free 1-month trial.</p> <p>2) Instead, put a $100 worth of textbooks in your cart. I used <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBiology-Neil-Campbell%2Fdp%2F080537146X%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1222803090%26sr%3D8-1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">this one</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" />. Don&#39;t worry, you won&#39;t have to buy it.</p> <p>3) Proceed with the check-out process. Before you get to the final purchase page, you will get an offer for a free THREE-MONTH trial. </p> <p>(NOTE: Thanks to reader Brian for pointing out the exact location of the link, which you might not see right away: &quot;the link is after you enter a credit card, and when you&#39;re finalizing your shipping options. It&#39;s kind of wedged in there among the existing shipping options, but it&#39;s definitely there.&quot;)</p> <p>4) Accept it!</p> <p>5) If you don&#39;t want the textbook, delete it from your cart.</p> <p>And if going partway through the check-out process for a $100+ snoozefest biology book makes you nervous, remember that you can always just cancel Amazon orders before they ship at no charge, by logging into your account. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fhelp%2Fcustomer%2Fdisplay.html%3Fie%3DUTF8%26nodeId%3D468544%26qid%3D1222803246%26sr%3D1-1&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">It&#39;s easy.</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" /></p> <p>Why you want Amazon Prime for the holidays: </p> <p>I did a lot of my &quot;Santa&quot; shopping on Amazon last year, and enjoyed the fact that I could order the kids&#39; gifts while they were tucked in bed, instead of trying to shop with them in tow (&quot;Hey! Isn&#39;t that Rudolph out the window there? Clerk, could you wrap this, stat?) or wasting precious childcare hours at the mall. This year, <a href="/would-you-shop-locally-at-10-percent-tax">local sales tax increases</a> have given me even more incentive to shop online. </p> <p>But I ended up paying a lot in shipping last year. I&#39;d carefully choose several items together in order to hit the $25 minimum for free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fhelp%2Fcustomer%2Fdisplay.html%3FnodeId%3D527692&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Super Saver Shipping</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" />, only to realize at the last minute that one or two of the purchases were from independent sellers and didn&#39;t qualify. Then I was faced with two choices: Stay up late <a href="/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">searching for fillers</a> to bring the qualifying portion of the order up to $25, or just pay shipping on the whole thing.</p> <p>To be sure, the items that are ineligible for Super Saver are generally also ineligible for Amazon Prime -- stuff from indie merchants who don&#39;t use Amazon fulfillment, according to the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&amp;location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fhelp%2Fcustomer%2Fdisplay.html%3FnodeId%3D13819211&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">Amazon Prime FAQ</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" />. However, I clicked around and found lots of potential gifts that do qualify. I think this will be a Godwend when I inevitably realize I need ONE MORE stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift and the month of December is getting long in the tooth.</p> <p>OK, of course you know how shipping gets during the holidays, so I&#39;m not saying wait until the last, last minute. But still, if you do end up pushing it timewise, the promised 2-day shipping with Prime is a better bet than the regular Super Saver. Also, Prime members can upgrade to overnight shipping for $3.99 per order.</p> <p>A lot of people <a href="http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/2008/08/13/if-you-love-amazon-youll-really-love-amazon-prime/">love Amazon Prime</a>, so maybe you&#39;ll even want to keep it after the trial, when it will cost the regular $79 a year. But if you think you WON&#39;T want to keep it, you can also prevent that bill from hitting your credit card in three months: Log onto your Amazon account, where you will see the option of managing your Amazon Prime membership. From there, you&#39;ll be able to click a button that turns off the &quot;auto upgrade&quot; to the paid membership.</p> <p>I signed right up for the three-month trial after reading about it on <a href="http://wantnot.net/2008/09/24/its-a-little-sneaky-but-its-awesome/">Wantnot.net</a>. I&#39;m excited to try it before the holidays, maybe by snapping up some <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=clearance&amp;tag=myfufufa-20&amp;index=grocery&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325">grocery clearance items</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=myfufufa-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" width="1" height="1" />.</p> <p>Oh, and if you don&#39;t like the idea of the textbook fake-out, you can always just sign up for a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subs/primeclub/signup/extmain.html?ref=prime_assoc_bt&amp;tag=myfufufa-20">monthlong trial</a> and do all your shopping early. </p> <p>And then just hope that Christmas isn&#39;t cancelled this year due to financial apocolypse.</p> <p>Disclosure: This post is riddled with affiliate links.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/faster-free-shipping-on-amazon-with-no-minimum-order-free-prime-trial">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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