The only catch is that Amazon does not, it is not easy to find these offers at a discount, so you must learn where to look. Sometimes it can even be so difficult to find out if a certain item is available through Amazon Warehouse, it almost looks like Amazon is hiding it intentionally.
That's why I'm going to help you through the labyrinth of Amazon lists and show you how to proceed until you find the best deal. Once you have mastered this hack, you will never again have to pay the full sale price of an Amazon item.
Browse Amazon Warehouse deals
If you're not looking for something in particular – say you're just looking for gift ideas or want to kill time during your lunch break – you can go to the Amazon Warehouse Deals landing page by going to Amazon.com and searching for "Amazon Warehouse" or "Warehouse Deals". From there you can browse through the categorized lists, just like with any online store.
How do I find specific items from Amazon Warehouse
If you are something like me, I know exactly what I am looking for 99% of the time I shop on Amazon. If you already have something specific in mind, but want to see if there is an affordable Amazon Warehouse option available, then these are your investigative skills.
First pull the item that you want to buy just like you would on Amazon, but do not add it to your shopping cart yet. Search the page and keep your eyes open for words like "New and used", http://www.cnet.com/ "Buy used", "New and used offers" or simply "Used".
Usually a price is also mentioned that represents the cheapest available option (but excluding taxes or shipping costs). If you're not lucky to find the link, try the "find" function of your browser (usually Control-F on Windows and Command-F on Macs) to search for these keywords.
Once you've found the link, look for items with "Amazon Warehouse" listed as the seller and an Amazon Prime logo displayed near the price. If Amazon Warehouse has more than one item in stock, there is sometimes a separate list for each item, especially if the items are in different conditions.
Why Amazon Warehouse stuff is so cheap
Like other major retailers such as Walmart or Target, Amazon incorporates many customer returns that it can no longer sell as a newcomer, regardless of whether the buyer has returned the item or has even been opened.
That is why everything that Amazon Warehouse sells is listed as used, even if the product itself has never been touched. Regardless of the state, stuff used is simply worth less – sometimes a lot less. And that's good for you.
What to do if you get a lemon
Of the dozens (if not hundreds) of Amazon Warehouse lists that I have bought over the years, I only encountered problems with a handful of them – a Bluetooth my car adapter that would be randomly turned off, a wireless router that did not send a signal, a very well-worn puppy harness with dog hair tied to it; those kind of things.
When that happens, I simply return the item as if I had a defective product and then order another. Certainly it is a bit more hassle, but given the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars I have saved in this way over the years, it is worth the extra.
The truth is that most Amazon Warehouse items are in perfect condition – – many have not even been taken out of their package so much, such as the Ring 2 Doorbell that I received for $ 65 (it can be purchased for $ 139) or the Baby Trend stroller for which I paid $ 81 instead of $ 105. Even for items that were removed from the box, Amazon continues everything the company calls a "rigorous 20-point inspection process", after which each item receives a quality assessment and is priced accordingly.
Some items may have cosmetic damage or missing parts, accessories, instructions, or mounting tools, but Amazon will describe any damage to the product or packaging, as well as any missing element along with the condition, so you won't be surprised. For example, when I ordered a 100-watt Pyle amplifier for $ 29, I knew that the accessories were loose and that the amplifier would be repackaged. Who cares? I saved $ 15.
The different quality classes and what they mean
Amazon has five different qualities that it assigns to items it sells. Here they are with a brief explanation of what Amazon means to them.
Updated: This is the highest rating that an Amazon Warehouse item can receive and is similar to what other companies refurbished & # 39; could call it. Updated items have been carefully inspected and tested and are determined to look and function like new and come with a 90-day replacement warranty or refund. The "renewed" Roku Express Plus that I ordered was never opened.
Used, as new: No noticeable stains or spots on the item itself, although the packaging may be damaged, incomplete or missing. All accessories are included and any damage to the package is described in the list. The box for the Like New Evenflo locking port on which I saved $ 6 was a little broken, but I have seen much worse in the boards of Walmart. The gate itself was immaculate.
Used, very good: Item has been used lightly, with minimal visible indications of wear, but otherwise in good condition. The packaging may be damaged, incomplete or the item has been repackaged. Missing accessories are detailed on the list. I saved $ 4 on a Very Good Bosch Icon wiper blade with, like, one scuff on it.
Used, Good: Item shows moderate traces of use, packaging may be damaged or the item repackaged and accessories, instructions or mounting aids may be missing. Another Bosch Icon wiper blade I received was only in good condition, but I saved $ 15 there and to be honest, I can't tell each other now that they're on my car.
Used, Acceptable: Very well behaved, but still fully functional. Major cosmetic defects, packaging problems and / or missing parts, accessories, instructions or tools. I received an Echo Dot for $ 23 which was considered acceptable. I think it has a scratch near the power port, but now it is on my bedside table where it does its job well, and usually in the dark, for less than half the cost of a new one.
How to choose the right quality
If multiple listings with different qualities are available for the product that I want to buy, I think about what I will use it for. If it was purely functional and I didn't care about the cosmetic condition, such as hair clippers or a cordless drill, I would opt for the cheapest option, period.
If it was something that I would display, such as a kitchen mixer, side table or wall clock, I would read the descriptions a little better and look for items that are rated as Very Good or as New.
But frankly, a price that is low enough for almost everything can help me deal with some scratches or wear. Not to mention my experience, Amazon tends to stay on the side of caution, marking items as Good or Acceptable that the average person would regard as very good or as new.
No official guarantee, but your mileage can be very high  One of the benefits of purchases through Amazon Warehouse is that the standard 30-day replacement or refund policy from Amazon applies, which is useful if you have a lemon. Amazon warns that because these products are considered used, they are not supplied with the manufacturer's original warranty.
That said, if the product is not already registered in someone else's name, there is a fair chance that problems you encounter in Amazon's 30-day window can be solved with a call to the manufacturer.
Amazon Prime members still receive free shipping
Subscribe to Amazon Prime does not give you a bigger discount on Amazon Warehouse Deals, but you get free shipping just like any other Prime eligible item, so I still pay always for Prime, although most of my purchases come from Amazon Warehouse.
I get new items with most items that I have purchased through Amazon Warehouse ships and arrive within the same one to two day window, although some orders take longer to fulfill. If that is the case, the extra processing time is usually indicated on the list, so I know what to expect.
External sellers and other deals
As you wandered around looking for Amazon Warehouse Deals, you may have discovered even more discounted offers not sold by Amazon. What you came across are items sold by external retailers whose only relationship with Amazon is that their items are for sale at Amazon's marketplace, just like eBay.
Amazon & # 39; s buyer protection, however, is considerably lower than that of eBay. eBay guarantees customers their money back in the event of a dispute, and although Amazon will eventually do the same, the process is a bit more complicated, so be careful. Generally, if I cannot find a sufficient deal on Amazon Warehouse, I go to eBay and search for the item there. eBay is a little more transparent about both its suppliers and the merchandise they sell. If I go to buy garage sales unlike Amazon's never-used used one, I prefer eBay.
Of course Amazon also participates in the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year, with some deals starting on November 22. We've collected all of this month's Amazon deals here in one place, but if you're looking for deals you can take advantage of today, we've got a list of all the Amazon deals available now. But don't just limit yourself to Amazon when the Best Buy deals are now available, as well as the sales at Target.
Originally published earlier this month.