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How To Shop The Best Deals On Amazon Like A Pro

By Mark Yeong - 20 Nov 2022

How To Shop The Best Deals On Amazon Like A Pro

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Amazon is one of the biggest online marketplaces, with millions of useful products for everyone in the family. With all things in life, it may take some time to get familiar with the system, so we prepared this guide to help you shop like a pro on Amazon. Check out our tips on getting your dream products at a great deal.

Amazon offers deals all year round, so who knows something you have been eyeing could suddenly go on sale. Keep checking back on big sales events, which include Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Prime Day, Christmas, double-digit sale days like 11.11, 12.12 and more!

In this article:

 

Sign up for Amazon Prime

Signing up for Amazon Prime grants you exclusive access to lightning deals before everyone else. For just S$2.99 per month, you get:

  • Free and fast delivery on Amazon.sg products with no minimum purchase
  • Free standard international delivery
  • 2-hour same-day delivery on Amazon Fresh and Watsons products

What's more, with an Amazon Prime membership, you also get access to Amazon Prime Video, where you can watch Prime Video Original Series, such as The Grand Tour. 

Sign up for a free 30-day trial before committing to the full service. Find out more about Amazon Prime

 

Shop on Amazon US and Japan

If you cannot find what you want in Singapore, try browsing for deals on the Amazon International Store. The good news is you can access millions of products from both Amazon US and Amazon JP without leaving the Singapore Amazon marketplace. The prices you pay at checkout are final, so you don't have to worry about being hit by extra hidden costs, like customs fees once the package arrives in Singapore.

Existing Prime member? You can identify items that qualify for free international shipping by selecting "Prime International Shipping" as a filter when browsing. Or look out for the Prime badge when you Add to Cart or Buy Now.

 

Browse the top categories and deals

If you're not sure where to start, Amazon has you covered with Today's Deals. Amazon tailors your shopping experience by displaying a curated list of items as "Recommended deals for you". This is visible when you browse the Amazon deals category. This section also aggregates the best deals in the top user categories, so you can just select a category of choice and be presented with hundreds of deals to choose from.

Some categories to get you started:

Plenty of brands have official storefronts on Amazon, so you can shop there knowing what you're getting is authentic. Here are a few examples:

 

 

Still hungry for deals?

Check out Amazon Clearance, a lesser-known section that offers discounts on thousands of products. You can find deals on broad categories such as Electronics, Family Essentials, Home & Lifestyle, as well as Living & Hobby.

 

Savings on everyday essentials

Ever since the pandemic, more households have been doing their grocery shopping online. Stock up on all your essentials via Amazon Fresh. You can get 2-hour same-day delivery for your groceries with Amazon Prime, saving the need to carry bulky and heavy products from the nearest supermarket back home. 

Occasionally, Amazon will offer discounts on these daily necessities, so it's always the best time to load up the cart and order when that happens.

Here are some popular items that other readers have been ordering regularly:

 

Check out available vouchers or promotions

Don't forget to look at Deals & Savings for further deals or promos that you can layer on top of your purchase.

 

Quick tips for a quick checkout

 

  • Add to Wishlist

Sometimes we're interested in items during our browsing sessions, but fail to find them when we're ready to buy. Add items to your wishlist as you go along, monitor the prices, and the moment your desired item goes on sale, add to cart and checkout immediately!

  • Get your details ready

Nothing's worse than wasting time keying in your shipping and payment details when you're checking out. Keep your account updated and set up your default delivery address and payment options so that you can quickly checkout without hassle. Note: Amazon offers PayNow too!

 

Caveat Emptor - Avoiding third-party merchant scams

While Amazon does their best to weed out products that are inauthentic, we need to be aware of the red flags and take a bit more caution when purchasing from third-party merchants. When in doubt always try to buy directly from Amazon, the Brand or Manufacturer.

When buying from a third-party merchant is the only choice, do check some of the following before considering the purchase.

  • Bad or fake product reviews by other users are indications that the product might be inauthentic
  • Prices that are way below market rate, for example, if it's going for 80% off the original price, it might just be too good to be true
  • Recently created seller account, usually indicated with a "Just Launched" badge
  • Dubious seller names
  • Low product image quality
  • Longer than usual shipping times
  • Seller requests to be contacted before purchasing the item or requests for you to make the purchase offsite.
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