How To Find The Cheapest AND Best Quality Anything On Amazon

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Okay kiddoes, you’ve come on a good day! As my brief bio on the site says, I shop at the Jedi level: I rarely pay retail for anything, and I know how to find stuff that’s both high quality and being offered at ridiculously low prices. Today I am going to share one of my biggest shopping secrets.

 

Amazon: Finding The Deep Discounts

On any given day there are some amazing bargains to be had on Amazon, and not all of them are being promoted as Gold Box deals or whatever. I’ve bought a genuine leather Kindle Fire case for ONE PENNY, and since it was Prime-shipping eligible I didn’t even have to pay for shipping. I’ve gotten top-shelf digital movies for $4.99. I’ve bought entire collections of classical music, over 500 tracks in the ‘box set’, for a buck. And all of these things were rated 4/5 stars or better on Amazon. Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it, too.

 

Begin Your Search On Amazon’s Home Page

Go to Amazon’s home page. If you’re not already logged in, do so. Enter your search phrase, but put plus signs between the words instead of spaces: this will return only the results that have ALL of your search terms in them. In this example, I’ll be searching for Kindle Fire cases (click or tap on images to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window):

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This first result set shows results from every department on the Amazon site. Note however that the left-hand column lists those departments in order by how many “hits” your search returned in each department (indicated by a red arrow in screen shot below). Whatever department is at the top of the list is where you’ll find the most results.  Now you can select that department from the drop-down box at the right (blue arrow) to limit your results to that one department.

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Notice how the drop-down department list is also sorted in order of most “hits” to least. Just select the top department in the list to get the highest number of “hits”:

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Refine Your Results

Here’s where most consumers go wrong. They limit their search results to a specific department, then set the sort option to “Price: low to high” (green arrow in screen shot below), and spend the next twenty minutes or so wading through all the stuff priced at .01 that’s either from an offshore supplier who makes up the price difference in shipping charges, or all the stuff that’s sorta kinda related to their search, but isn’t really the thing they’re looking for (e.g., styluses for Kindle Fire when what you were looking for was Kindle Fire cases) because they didn’t put plus signs in their search phrase instead of spaces. The orange arrow below points to some of these kinda-sorta-related items that were caught in the search net.

But you won’t make that mistake ever again. From now on you’ll be using the plus signs in your search phrase, and when you get to this point you’ll use those “Refine By” options in the left-hand column (purple arrow) . Begin by specifying Prime Shipping eligibility, if applicable. To do this just click to select the “Prime eligible” box that’s visible to the left of the purple arrow in the screen shot below.

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Next, limit your search to only the highest rated items, in your desired price range. And don’t be afraid to set your upper price limit very low; you’d be surprised how many amazing prices you can often find, regardless of the department or item.

In the screen shot below, I’ve highlighted the two key areas you will be using: the Avg. Customer Review rating block (click on the ‘4 stars and above’ option here to limit your results to matching items rated 4/5 stars or higher) and the Price block, where you can enter whatever price range you like. You have to scroll down a little bit to find these options, which may be the reason why so few people seem to know about them.

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Here’s the result set I got when I set the price range to “.01 – $10”.

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Click here to see the 142 results I got when I lowered the upper price limit to $6.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by Linda:

    Wow! this really works! thanks for the information, I will use this all the time now.

  2. Comment by Nancy Kartes Obrigewitsch:

    I can’t wait to try this! Thank you!