Amazon shopping tips and hacks

Update: If you don’t feel like messing with the URL’s on your own then use these Amazon discount codes to browse the items by department & discount percentage

Have you ever found yourself checking out the clearance corner of the store that you happen to visit? I do it all the time. Would you like to take a peek at the Amazon clearance items? This link will list everything from Computers and Hardware department that sells at 80% discount or more:

You can easily customize the link by changing the department (which is the number after “node=”) and/or discount percentage. Try these links for example:

You can specify a range for the discount like this: “&pct-off=50-70″. To sort the results by price add “&sort=price” at the end. If you want to list just the Amazon products (these would qualify for free shipping with Amazon Prime membership) then add “&emi=ATVPDKIKX0DER” at the end.

Here are a few more useful links from Amazon

There is a huge number of web sites built on top of Amazon that can improve your shopping or make it more fun. Here are just a few that I like the most:

If the price on a product you buy from Amazon drops within 30 days you can often request a price match. These websites will track the price on your items daily and will notify you by email if a price drop is detected.

The next list is Amazon Filler tools — use them when you are just a couple bucks short of $25 total that Amazon requires to qualify for free shipping.

Do you know more Amazon related tips or hacks? Add them in your comments.

Update 11/30: If you are too lazy to build your own Amazon links you can use this little script by Ryan Stewart to do it for you. As the price for convenience he gets a small comission on the stuff you buy ;-)

Update 12/15: Added price tracking websites

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48 Responses to “Amazon shopping tips and hacks”

  1. 1 Ellen Nov 30th, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the useful information. I love shopping on Amazon and now I can find even better deals.

  2. 2 Jason Nov 30th, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips.

    File this under sites built on top of Amazon:

    Some friends of mine and I were annoyed that we could never set a price at Amazon for an item and have them email us if/when the thing we wanted met our price new or used. So we built WishRadar to do that. You can import your entire Amazon wishlist if you want, or add piece by piece at Amazon with a bookmarklet. Set prices by media type and/or by specific item, sort a bunch of different ways, share your list via RSS, etc. If you want, it will also comparison shop against to find the best deal.

    It’s free, and we’ve only had it up for a month or two. I use it tons (I’m biased), and I’d be grateful for any feedback (jason at wishradar dot com).

  3. 3 Robyn Tippins Nov 30th, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    Sweet article :)

  4. 4 Alexandra Nov 30th, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll definitely be sharing this article with friends. Very useful information.

  5. 5 irfan Dec 1st, 2006 at 5:07 am

    Heyy… nice hack to a great site like amazon where you can find almost everything. I do all my shopping there and now if we can find something like this for, that will be very cool.

  6. 6 Thom Wetzel Dec 1st, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Check out to get price alerts when items on your Amazon wish list hit target prices you pick.

    I wrote a pretty slick Greasemonkey script that embeds the WishstBuddy price tagging right in your wish list at

    It also works with all flavors of Amazon, not just .com, so no matter where you’re using Amazon – the US, UK, Germany, Japan, France or Canada – you can use WishlistBuddy to save money on the stuff you want.

    Check it out!

  7. 7 Jef Dec 1st, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Hey, was wondering if you could get us Brits a link to do the same on Amazons UK site.
    Nice work fella.

  8. 8 Brett Dec 1st, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    What’s most frustrating for me is the inconsistency of search results – I get my results in different formats all the time – sometimes I can sort by price, sometimes I can’t, etc.

    I don’t expect you to have a fix for that, but maybe for this:

    Is there any way to search only for products sold by itself? I often shop for small-dollar items and will only order them if they have free shipping. But I can’t find a way to exclude the affiliate items from my search.

  9. 9 Yan Dec 1st, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    To Bret: “&emi=ATVPDKIKX0DER” at the end of your link should exclude all affiliate stores.

  10. 10 grosstar Dec 3rd, 2006 at 2:47 am

    You have saved me a nice money today already with this nice post, because I am an avid Amazon buyer. Thanks a lot.

  11. 11 massive Dec 7th, 2006 at 5:49 am

    thanx for information.
    I understand that it is possible to buy. But who earns on this deals?

  12. 12 MJ Dec 10th, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    All I hope is that this will work with and .de in future, because for whatever reason it always tells me no reults (even though I can find listing with 25% or more of no problem)

  13. 13 Smitts Dec 13th, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Using the MSRP for finding discounts can find some good deals, but typically the MSRP can be greatly inflated.

    You may want to check out the Deal Scanner at which automatically scans for differences in prices and displays all the items that have dropped in price. New price drops are added all the time!

  14. 14 Deal Meister Dec 15th, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    This is an incredible resource. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together :) :)

  15. 15 Yan Dec 15th, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    You are very much welcome!

    I think am getting more credit than I should be. The knowledge is publicly available on the Net. The trick was just to find and organize it.

  16. 16 Zarro Dec 27th, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    I like to check prices and track Amazon price drops. It works right in your browser.

  17. 17 Pavel Jan 13th, 2007 at 2:41 am

    Good links! Thanks!

    Another free tools that automate watching for better price and availability on amazon marketplace. Excellent auto order feature and notifications.

  18. 18 Scott Jan 16th, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Just found on Digg, an Ajax powered Search engine to find out Items that are eligible for Amazon Prime Shipping.

  19. 19 J.D. Jan 30th, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    This easy-to-use site links to the top bargains on Amazon. Allows sorting by price, popularity, user rating, and bargains.


  20. 20 Venkat Feb 8th, 2007 at 6:28 am

    I love to shop Thanks for the tips.

  21. 21 Dawn R Dec 24th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I shop Amazon all the time. This year I found a free web browser add-on that automatically searches for the lowest prices when you click on an Amazon product. A little pop-up in the left corner of your screen will tell you where to get the item even cheaper than Amazon. Usually it’s from an Amazon seller and you can just add the lower priced product to your cart. Sometimes it’s from a different site altogether. Either way, you find deals effortlessly!

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