There are a number of ways to save money at Amazon Australia, whether it's by scoring free shipping at Amazon, using Amazon Coins, or taking advantage of big savings on those Amazon Daily Deals.
There are few stores that streamline the process of online shopping as well as Amazon does. From fast shipping and convenient payment options to the breadth of products, it really is the store with more, but that certainly doesn't mean you have to spend more.
Here are our top tips for saving money at Amazon Australia.
1. Use Amazon Australia Promo Codes
Amazon Australia has coupon offers crop up often, and unlike a lot of other stores, you can usually use them in conjuction with other offers.
For example, Amazon is currently offering a $20 discount on first purchases over $79 (with coupon) at the same time it is running 50% off select kitchen and home goods. Combining the two offers makes for some huge discounts. See more on this here.
2. Look at "Today's Deals" for hot offers
Today's Deals is where you will find a host of assorted products, from toys to clothes, marked down pretty drastically. It's very easy to follow, with the percentage off indicated, along with the popularity of the deal. If you're looking for quality branded gifts, this should be one of your first stops.
3. Join Amazon Prime Video for cheap streaming
We're in the midst of a streaming revolution right now, and Amazon's Prime Video is one of the cheapest and most content-rich platforms around. It costs you just $4 (US$2.99) per month for the first six months, after that is goes up to $8 (USD5.99). You can watch on almost any device with an internet connection, and you can use up to three devices at once.
Amazon Prime Video is not to be confused with Amazon Prime. Prime Video makes up just one of many parts of the Amazon Prime subscription package in the US (and other countries). While Australia does not yet have an Amazon Prime subscription service, Prime Video is one feature we can still access.
4. Plan your shopping to buy more, and save on shipping costs
At Amazon Australia, when you spend $49 or more on eligible products, shipping is FREE. The eligible product range is very broad, so if you know you need a few moderately priced things, buy them together and save on that pesky shipping charge.
What you need to look out for is the "FREE delivery" eligibility on the product detail page, as pictured above. Find items that qualify, add them to your cart and head to checkout. After you've selected your address and payment method, click FREE Standard Delivery - et voilà!
5. Sign up to Amazon Australia email subscriptions for news on promotions
The easiest way to keep up to speed on new money-saving promotions at Amazon is to register for email news. Go to Your Account at the bottom of the page, select Communication Preferences and make sure you're signed up to all relevant categories.
6. Shop within categories that tend to be cheaper than elsewhere
There are some categories in which products are becoming increasingly more competitive in price, and this includes beauty, electronics and toys such as LEGO.
In the example below, you'll see that the LEGO Space Shuttle 31066 is $29.99 at Amazon Australia, whereas the same item is $39 at Toys R Us. Once you factor in shipping, you could be saving around $15 by ordering from Amazon.
7. Sign up to "Kindle Daily Deals" for discounts on Kindle books
As an avid reader and someone who couldn't live without her Kindle, this is one of my favourite daily emails. Every single day, Amazon sends out the Kindle Daily Deal email, and it's a fabulous way to snaffle some great reading for bargain. Deals run from midnight to midnight, and often include bestsellers.
8. Use the FREE Kindle App and read on your tablet or smartphone
The truth is, if you already have a tablet and/or a smartphone, there's no need to shell out over $100 on a Kindle when you can download the Kindle App for FREE and still access all that reading material. Yes, you lose the e-ink screen of the Kindle, but you gain the convenience of not having to look after another device, and you save plenty in the process.
There are heaps of features on the app including x-ray, quote sharing, dictionary and customisation. This one's a no-brainer for bookworms on a budget.
9. Sell something to MAKE money!
By definition, Amazon Australia is a marketplace, so that means it's a place of buying and selling. Like eBay, just about anyone can sell items on Amazon Australia, whether it's a handful of things or a gazillion things - and make some cash to put towards that next purchase.
Note, there are fees attached to selling on Amazon, just as with eBay, but right now you can receive 50% off your selling fees for your first two months.
10. Buy "Amazon Coins" to save on apps and games
Amazon Coins are like tokens which can help you save up to 25% on your purchases of apps, in-app opportunities and games. You can buy the coins in various denominations, starting at 500 and go up to 50,000, and 100 coins is equal to $1 for spending on games and apps. (Amazon Coins never expire.)
11. Download FREE games at Amazon AppStore
Forget paying for apps and other digital entertainment, there are more FREE apps at the Amazon Appstore than the kids will ever be able to cover - over 500,000 of them in fact! There are some crackers here, like Jurassic World The Game, which is already winning fans.
12. Use Amazon Music Unlimited for FREE for 90 days, then cancel - or not!
For music lovers on a budget, who really want to try an on-demand music service without paying for it first, Amazon Music Unlimited is hard to beat. You get 90 days of FREE unlimited music at Amazon Music Unlimited, and there are 45 million songs in the library.
Note, after the 90 day period, charges range from $11.99 per month for individual use, to $17.99 for up to six family members.
13. Look for FREE RETURNS on apparel you're not 100% sure of
Fact: no one likes paying to return something that wasn't right to begin with. That's why it's worth shopping in categories where you know returns will be FREE; this is especially relevant when it comes to apparel. You just need to look out for "FREE returns" next to the price to know an item is eligible, which usually applies to orders fullfilled by Amazon Australia rather than other sellers.
14. Don't pay for storage when you can get it FREE
Did you know that you can store up to 5GB of information for nix at Amazon Drive? Tis true, and it's a no-brainer for those of us who have thousands of photos on our phones! This is a fantastic alternative to paying for cloud storage or buying external drives, especially when you really only need a relatively small amount of space.
With Amazon Australia still so new, we don't yet have the breadth of promotions and offers that the US site offers customers, such as being able to use American Express points to make purchases, and the Subscribe and Save service, but I think it's safe to say we have all that to look forward to - and more.
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