Amazon is my favourite online store.
We spend a lot of money as a family and I like several of their policies (customer service friendly). Many Canadian readers don’t understand how their website works or how great some of their policies are.
I wanted to share some of my shopping hacks to show Canadians how to save even more money using Amazon.ca
1. Amazon Canada Prime
Amazon gives you 30 days free trial of Prime. After your free trial, Amazon Prime is just CDN$ 79.00/year (plus any applicable taxes).
Here are the top features:
- With FREE Two-Day Shipping from Amazon Prime, you get unlimited deliveries with no minimum order size, and with millions of eligible items, the options are practically limitless.
- You get free unlimited photo storage. Your cherished memories are safe in Amazon Cloud Drive and accessible anywhere you are.
It’s like having a virtual album of every one of your photos that you can access at any time, no matter which device you use.
- You can can try it for free for a month and cancel it (even right away and still get your 30 days) if you do not like it.
- You can jump on any Amazon.ca deal and not worry about the shipping minimum of $25! With cloud storage being so expensive today having all your photos and memories safe on the cloud is priceless. You can also show them to friends from anywhere.
- One of the biggest advantages is the 30 minute early shop for the Lightning Deals. Prime members can see those and take advantage of the best lightning deals before the general public.
2. Students get 6 Months of Amazon Prime for free with Amazon Student!
Amazon Student members receive six months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime on eligible purchases and e-mail alerts for discounts and promotions.
Discounts and promotions will be e-mailed to your Amazon.ca e-mail account or made available on the Amazon Student membership page at www.amazon.ca/student.
Amazon Student members will automatically continue receiving FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime when their free period is over, at a cost of $39 a year for up to four years, with automatic renewal.
After you graduate or at the end of your fourth year of Amazon Student Prime benefits, whichever comes first, your subscription will automatically upgrade on its anniversary date into a full paid subscription for Amazon Prime (currently $79 a year).
3. Find cheap “Add-on” items to meet the minimum free $25 shipping level.
Amazon offers thousands of useful “add-on” items like lip balm, toilet paper, soap, and pasta for prices that are really cheap!
To buy Add-on Items:
- Look for the Add-on Item badge while shopping on Amazon.ca or the blue title bar around Add to Cart.
- Include the Add-on Item in an order that includes $25 or more of items shipped by Amazon.ca (including items sold by an Amazon Marketplace seller and shipped by Amazon).
4. Check out Amazon Coupons.
Did you know that Amazon has coupons that you could virtually clip?
I always visit this page to see if I can see any great sales. I found recently this product on sale for $10 with a $10 coupon!
5. Save money (up to 15% off) and time by subscribing to items you buy regularly with Subscribe and Save.
If you constantly have to stock up on essentials like toilet paper, diapers, pasta, etc you can use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program to get discounted items.
You choose how often you want items to be delivered, all with free shipping, and you can cancel at any time (even after the first order).
You can save up to 15% on your entire order when you receive five or more subscriptions on a delivery day, so it’s good to have all of your orders come in at the same time.
If you buy something via Subscribe & Save and you don’t want to continue your subscription, you can just cancel it.
Amazon will even remind you a new shipment is coming so you cancel it before they bill you. You make absolutely no commitment to the program by choosing a product, and you can skip any shipments if you don’t need it.
Amazon just gives you the discount on any Subscribe & Save shipment, whether or not you actually use that subscription. So if you want 10-15% off, just buy the first subscription. You can just cancel it afterwards if you don’t want more.
6. Guaranteed price adjustment if you find a lower price within 7 days of ordering.
Have you ever bought something on Amazon only to see the price drop shortly after your purchase?
If the price drops on a product you’ve purchased within the first seven days after you purchased, you have the option of requesting a refund on the price difference from Amazon.
To receive the discount, simply visit their contact page and your most recent order should be pulled up. You can choose to contact Amazon by email, phone or chat. In my experience, chat is the fastest way to get the refund, but email is ideal if you don’t have time to chat with a rep.
This policy is specific to items both sold and shipped by Amazon. It can’t be used on items sold by a third-party site and fulfilled by Amazon.
7. This Chrome extension will tell you if your library has a book or ebook while shopping on Amazon!
This is a cool Chrome extension that shows you whether the book you are browsing on Amazon.ca is available for free at your local library – they had my local library in Canada available.
8. Amazon.ca TV Low Price Guarantee
If you find a lower price on another qualifying retailer’s website within 30 days after the date we ship your order, let us know and we’ll credit your original payment method taking any differences in shipping and promotions into account. If we lower our own price within 30 days after we ship your TV, let us know and we’ll refund you the difference as well.
9. Use Amazon.ca’s Outlet Store
Did you know that they also have an outlet store?
Their virtual outlet shows you products discounted anywhere from 30-60% off their MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price).
I like this page as it shows you the biggest markdowns in pretty much any shopping category on the site.
10. Use Keepa to get alerts on price drops and to be able to see price history
This is a great free Chrome Extension tool I use to post all the Amazon.ca deals for our readers. It shows a bar graph of the price history of the item (easy reporting extension) right beneath its basic information on Amazon.
11. Convert your old prepaid gift cards into Amazon gift cards
I’m sure a lot of people have run into this problem with any prepaid Visa, Mastercard or American Express with a low balance:
- Check the back of your card for a phone number or website that allows you to check the exact card balance.
- Head over to Amazon and click “Your Account”
- Under “Payment” click “Purchase a Gift Card”
- Choose to send via email.
- Enter the card balance, write yourself a nice little message, and send that baby off.
- Once you receive your code, click “Apply a Gift Card to Your Account” under your account.
- Your money is safe from expiration.
12. Track price drops with CamelCamelCamel
Below is an example I have from an item I was looking for (a super high-end Router). The free service sent me an email once it hit my price point.
13. Use Cheap River to compare textbook prices in other countries
CheapRiver.com is for people that want to quickly find what the cheapest option is to buy English books on Amazon.
Here is an example below that shows a textbook that is cheaper on Amazon.com compared to Amazon.ca even using Shipping and currency exchange.
CheapRiver.com let’s you profit from changing exchange rates and finds the best price CheapRiver.com searches five Amazon sites: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr, Amazon.eu.
CheapRiver.com searches these sites for item you are looking for and converts the resulting prices all to Euros and also calculates the necessary shipping rates.
14. Find deep discounts on refurbished and open-box items (including cell phones, computers, and Kindles) with Amazon Warehouse.
I just found an outstanding deal using Amazon warehouse. Amazon Warehouse Deals offers open-box, customer returned and warehouse damaged merchandise, at deeply discounted prices, with all the benefits of Amazon.ca fulfillment and customer service.
Can you believe this deal I found? 5 pounds of organic coffee for under $12.30!
15. Get the Amazon.ca Visa and earn 2% cash back per $1 spent on Amazon.ca
This card features the following:
- Earn 2% cash back per $1 spent on Amazon.ca.
- Earn 1% cash back per $1 spent everywhere else your card is accepted.
- No Foreign Currency Transaction Fees.
- No annual fee.
I now use this card exclusively for all USD purchases. Unlike other Canadian credit cards, there is NO 2.5% foreign currency transaction fee.
So no extra $2.50 paid to the banks for every $100 spent on the card. With no 2.5% foreign transaction fee, using the card would yield the lowest CAD prices for foreign purchases.