(Updated 9/28/17) I come today bearing bad news for loyal Amazon shoppers. As of early May 2016, Amazon is no longer offering 7-day price protection on your purchases. Apparently this was never an “official” policy, and was offered as a one-time exception at the discretion of chat operators and customer service reps.
But the fact of the matter is, they almost always gave you a price adjustment if an item you just purchased went down in price.
But unfortunately, no longer. With one exception that is…new TV’s. Amazon now gives you 30-day price protection on any TV purchase, just as long as the order is fulfilled by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller.
So….Now What? A Camel to the Rescue
But alas, all hope is not lost, you’re just going to have to change your Amazon shopping strategy slightly. Instead of requesting the price protection after the fact, you’re going to have to get good at buying when the item is at it’s lowest price. Here’s what I mean…
So if you shop regularly on Amazon, you’re aware that their prices change all the time, which was why it was nice to have “price protection” in your back pocket.
But since you don’t any more, it’s become much more important to be sure you’re getting the lowest price at the time of your purchase.
The absolute best way to do this is to become proficient with the site CamelCamelCamel.com. This site “monitors millions of Amazon products and alerts you when prices drop, helping you decide when to buy.”
It also allows you to view the price history of over 18 million Amazon products so you know just how low the price of a particular item should go and shop accordingly.
Will Amazon hear the backlash from shoppers and start offering price adjustments again? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, go create your free Camel account today, or download their Browser Add-On and start saving money by only buying when the price is right.
By Kyle James