Looking at the sheer amount of departments offered, each with their own sub-departments for more specialized items, it's no surprise that Amazon provides quality service to millions of customers every day, with the number of active accounts growing every year. Not only that, but Amazon now offers Amazon Prime Air service, customers to rush order items directly to their front door via drone. With that in mind, customers can now do 100% of their personal shopping on Amazon, all without having to leave the comfort of their own home.
With daily sales, Amazon is a great place to shop if you're looking to save some money. Taking into account various deals and coupons, the savings can add up to be quite a bit! Even if you're not the most frugal shopper, everyone likes saving money and Amazon is far and away the best place to do that. Setting up an account is easy, and once you're logged in you're good to go. Add items to your cart just like you would and then check out. It's that easy!
Five Money-Saving Tips for Shopping at Amazon.com
While just shopping at Amazon.com is already a great way to save, there are some other money-saving tips you can take advantage of so you don't pay a penny more than you have to on a product you want.
How to Redeem a Coupon Code at Amazon.com
To redeem a promotional code via Amazon Coupons or Amazon Deals:
- Follow the instructions or visit the promotion’s ‘Here’s How’ page to review its Terms and Conditions.
- Enter the claim code on either the ‘Select a Payment Method’ or ‘Place Your Order’ pages of the order form.
If you’ve received an email that includes a concession promotion from Amazon’s Customer Service team, please note that it’s automatically credited to your account and will appear on the ‘Order Summary’ page before you finish ordering. Additional things to keep in mind when using a promotional code at Amazon.com:
- Amazon will prompt you to provide payment information if the total cost of the items you’re purchasing exceeds the amount the promotion covers.
- Amazon won’t return the value of the promotion if you cancel or return items that you’ve purchased with the promotion code.
- You can’t apply promotion codes to gift card purchases, gift wrap, sales tax or additional shipping charges.
To verify that Amazon applied the promotion, simply visit ‘Your Account’ or review the Order Confirmation email.
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Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has evolved to become the world’s largest online retailer with more than $107 billion in net sales in 2015. But the company wasn’t originally incorporated as Amazon: Bezos originally named it ‘Cadabra.’ After a lawyer misheard the name as ‘cadaver,’ Bezos knew he needed to change the name of his company. Although he initially considered renaming it to Relentless, even purchasing the corresponding domain, which still redirects to the online retailer, friends advised him that the name sounded too sinister for his vision.
So Bezos flipped through the dictionary and eventually decided on ‘Amazon.’ Like the Amazon River in Brazil, he envisioned his online store being the biggest in the world. And he wanted it to be just as “exotic and different” as the rainforest. Bezos also noted that a company name starting with the letter ‘A’ would have a greater chance of being at the top of any list that was ordered alphabetically. In July of 1995, Bezos’s company went online as Amazon.com – an online bookstore.
Bezos decided to start as an online bookstore after he read a report about the internet’s future, projecting that e-commerce would grow at 2,300 percent. He created a list of 20 possible products he could market online and narrowed it to the five most promising ones: computer hardware, computer software, compacts discs, videos and books. After discussions with other contributors to the company, including John Ingram and Kevur Patel, he decided his business would sell books because of the worldwide demand for literature and their low price points.
During the first two months in business, Amazon sold books to all 50 states and to more than 45 countries. Its sales were up to $20,000/week within months. When the dot-com bubble burst at the turn of the 21st century, Amazon survived while many other e-companies saw their demise. It became a major player in the online retail game, turning its first profit in the fourth quarter of 2001. Fifteen years later, it has surpassed Walmart and is now the world’s go-to online retailer.