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Useful Amazon Power Shopper Tools

Kevin published a great top ten list of Amazon Power Shopper Tools at Lifehacker which is a great list of services that can save lots of time and money. I want to take a closer look at four of the ten services that have been mentioned in the article. These four are in my opinion the essential ones, the services that can save you the most, money and time wise.

Lets start with Amazon Filler Items. Shipping is not always free at Amazon and it is really awful if you miss free shipping because of a few cents. The amount that qualifies for free shipping is $25 and it would make sense to purchase another smaller item to take that hurdle and qualify for free shipping. Filler Item is a online service that finds a product for you so that you can reach that mark. Enter the price that you need to reach the $25 that qualifies for free shipping, say $0.99, pick a category and Filler Items displays all hits for you. Just add one item to the shopping cart and enjoy the free shipping benefits.

Refund Please is the next service in line. Amazon guarantees a refund if the price of an item drops in the first 30 days after the purchase. Keeping track on the prices manually is quite some work and that's why Refund Please is so comfortable. Add an item and your email address and you will be notified if the price drops in that period that qualifies for the refund.

Buy It later is the third service that I would like to introduce. It's an extension for Firefox or Flock that informs the user when a price of an item drops or when it comes back in stock. Useful for purchases of hard to get items or if you have a limit for a purchase.

The last service is called Jungle Crazy which finds products that are at least 70% off the original price. The problem is that I checked the website and it's spilling out sql errors all over the place. Could be a problem because of the traffic increase due to the Lifehacker article. Should return back to normal in a few days.

Do you use other services or tools when you purchase items at Amazon ? One additional service that I use is the Coupon Code list at Retailmenot.

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Comments

  1. JD at NetRender said on April 23, 2008 at 10:17 pm
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    Thanks for the great post!

    For people that use Amazon Prime, Amazon makes it surprisingly hard to narrow search results to Prime eligble items. That’s where the following two search sites come to the rescue:
    http://www.isearchbetter.com/
    http://www.bigscreenprices.com/amazonprime.html
    They only show items eligible for Amazon Prime.

    Isearchbetter.com seems more full featured than the second site. But they are both decent :-)

  2. Morty said on April 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm
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    To follow up on JD’s comment, there is also another site http://www.product-place.net which lets you search just for Amazon Prime and free shipping items, plus you can search their current promos (like 4-for-3 and subscribe & save).

  3. Andy said on February 17, 2009 at 4:58 am
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    Thanks for your post. Good info.
    I like jungle-crazy and also use other amazon search tools, http://www.tophotdeal.com/amazon-discount-finder/ and http://www.retailmenot.com are all my favorite amazon coupon sites.

  4. Chris said on March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm
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    To find items eligible for Prime or Super Saver Shipping, I would recommend http://www.guaranteedprime.com. For cart fillers, and general good deals, I would recommend http://www.jungle-search.com.

  5. sharry said on June 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm
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    There’s one nice amazon filler finder site
    http://www.clickingsave.com

    where
    you could find items by
    categories (multiple of them)
    discounted rate/reviews/prices
    and by product name!

    I like this one better than other amazon filler site, because I was actually able to find bargain from this site instead of just random filler unuseful item

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