Although other websites might have some items which are a couple of bucks cheaper than on Amazon, I still order most of my stuff from there because I can get almost everything at one place – books, DVDs, software, electronics and computer stuff.
I’m a “burst shopper” because I’m overseas. So when I come visit the US, I tend to buy a couple hundred bucks worth of stuff each time and send it to my hotel or conference location.
I just saved about $60 on an order placed just this weekend. It was really easy since Amazon has just changed some of their terms and conditions. Want to know how?
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Amazon Prime: If you’re not aware, Amazon Prime is the retailer’s membership/loyalty program for customers.
You get free 2-day shipping and 1-day/overnight shipping at lower rates. Especially if you’re going to be visiting the US for a few days, or you want to get your stuff quickly, this is the way to go.
But what about the $79 annual fee?
Regular Amazon shoppers will know that there’s a free trial period (about a month) where you can get free shipping for all products during that period of time. If you choose the option to discontinue the trial, you won’t be charged the membership fee.
Here’s the kicker: I noticed a new clause that says “If you haven’t signed up for a trial in the past 13 months, you can sign up again”. This means if you visit the US about once a year, you can sign up for an Amazon Prime account each time, enjoy the free shipping and discontinue the trial.
With a “per shipment” fee of $10 for my recent order and an additional charge of $0.99 per pound, I saved about $60 in my most recent order.
Be sure to check out Amazon Prime.
Amazon Rewards Visa Card from Chase: This is a private-labelled Amazon credit card card from Chase.
The most obvious benefit I see is the $30 credit you receive within days after signing up for the card.
There’s the option of accumulating rewards points when you charge to the card (About 3 points for each $1 spent at Amazon). The redemption looks pretty high though, at 2,500 points for a $25 Amazon voucher. (about $800 spend for a $25 rebate which works out to a 3% rebate.) This is attractive, although if you want to generate more cashflow, the Amex Plum card gives a 1.5% cash rebate. I’d think that the Amazon credit card will give you the most bang for you buck when buying stuff on there.
The disadvantage is that you need to be 18 or older, a US citizen and have a social security number or tax ID. So most foreigners will not be able to get approved for it.
Check out the Amazon Rewards Visa by Chase.