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Amazon’s Made Some Changes To Their Instant Video Search Options…
…and the upshot is that it’s getting harder to seek out the bargain-priced vids you’re looking for.
I’m going to describe the changes here and how to get around them, but if you’re just looking for the cut-to-the-chase solution to this problem, here it is: because the searches I set up on my Digital Media Bargains & Freebies page were created before these site changes on Amazon, they still work, and they still provide super-speedy shortcuts to bargain-priced digital content of all kinds—in this case, Instant Videos in particular. Later in this post I’ll explain how to customize those searches as well, but the long and short of it is this: use the links on my Digital Media Bargains & Freebies page.
Meet The New Boss
Looking for discounted Instant Videos on Amazon is getting very difficult if you’re trying to do it via Amazon’s own search tools. Consider the following example search, in which I try to find sale-priced Action/Adventure videos. Click or tap on the images below to view an enlarged copy in a new tab or window.
1. Go the the Instant Videos landing page on Amazon and click on the Shop Instant Video menu link. Click on the genre you’re interested in. In this case, I’ve gone with “Action & Adventure”.
2. On the Genre landing page, the left-hand column no longer includes a price range search form (blue arrow below). To include any kind of price range criteria in your search, you’re going to have to click the Genres link (red arrow below) to load the Genres page.
3. On the Genres page, click on the link for the Genre you’re interested in. You’ll notice that these Genre names don’t match the ones on the drop-down menu shown in the first screenshot above.
4. Refine your search using the Sort By drop-down box, and the filters in the left-hand column. On this page, you’ll notice how the default listings for the genre you’ve chosen are not recent releases or bestsellers.
5. On the same page shown in the screenshot above, you can finally add some pricing criteria to your search. The pricing filters are located near the bottom of the column, and are now provided in fixed ranges only. This is where you used to be able to enter whatever price range you wanted in text boxes.
6. Compare to the page you get by using a link on my Digital Media Bargains & Freebies page. Here, I’ve clicked the link for Instant Video Movies Rated 4/5 Stars Or Better, Now On Sale For $6.98-$6.99. The search criteria are highlighted by the green arrow below. You’ll notice that there are recent release and bestselling films shown right on the first page of results, and that you still have the same filtering options in the left-hand column (blue arrow), but all the results shown are within the specific price range I’ve provided right in the link. Read tip #2 below for how to customize the price range by customizing the search link, which is indicated by the red arrow below.
How To Make My Links Your Own
Tip #1: click on the three-stars link in the left-hand column to include films rated 3 – 3.5/5 stars in your results. Some of my favorite films of all time fall into that category, and you can’t know what you’re NOT seeing unless you broaden your search.
Tip #2: Customize the search link to include all films within a broader price range.
I’ve set up my links to have one set of results for movies priced around $5, another for movies priced around $6, et cetera. But if you don’t want to check those links one by one, you can customize the search link.
Click anywhere on the search link, indicated by the red arrow in the screenshot above, and with it highlighted press the Ctrl + C keys on your keyboard to copy it. Paste it into Notepad or any other plain text reader program. Here’s the first part of the link, with the price range details shown in boldface red:
Just change those “low price” and “high price” amounts to whatever you want in your copied/pasted link, then highlight the entire revised link, Ctrl+C to copy it again, and finally go back to Amazon (where the original version of the link should still be highlighted) and press Ctrl+V to paste the edited link into the URL bar. Press the Enter key to load the new search results.
This is a very handy way to find all videos priced between $4.98 – $7.99, for example. Going lower than $4.99 will bring a lot of shorts into your results, and in my opinion Instant Videos priced higher than $7.99 aren’t really bargains at all, so that range is good one to go with.
If the original link is no longer highlighted on the Amazon page, you’ll have to manually highlight the link (make sure you get ALL of it, it’s very long!) and then do the Ctrl+V to paste the new link in.
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