(Updated 5/30/18) If you’re a loyal Amazon shopper, you know just how difficult it can be to tell what kind of a deal you’re getting with the online retail giant. They have inflated “list prices” which make you think you’re getting a screaming deal, even when you’re not, and they often point you to items that maximize their profits, not your savings. It’s with this in mind, that I have an awesome Amazon hack that’ll help you find the lowest price every time you shop. You’ll never again have to guess how much savings you’re getting with Amazon.
Here’s How This Amazon Hack Works:
Have you ever noticed how long the URL is on Amazon when you do a product search? If you’re like many, and don’t know what a URL is, it stands for “Uniform Resource Locator” and it’s essentially the web address of any particular web page. See the image below, the big red arrow points to the Amazon URL of a product search for “Beats headphones”.
Anyways, the URL is really long and contains a bunch of info pertinent only to Amazon…well until now that is. By manually adding just a little bit of information to the end of the Amazon URL, we can easily find the best prices and deals. Sticking with the Beats example, here are some examples:
- Add “&pct-off=50-” to the URL: By adding the text “&pct-off=50-” to the end of the URL, it will sort the Amazon search results by Beats headphones that are priced at least 50% off the original price. (See image below) Not happy with the results you get, add whatever number you want in place of the 50 and Amazon will sort your search results accordingly and help you find some screaming deals. Don’t forget the dash at the end!
- Add “&pct-off=60-80” to the URL: This shows you all of the Beats headphones priced between 60%-80% off the original price. Add whatever 2 numbers you want and Amazon will automatically filter your results and save you a bunch of time in the process.
Keys to Your Success:
As with any Amazon savings hack, there are some key points to be aware of.
- Why Not Just Use the “Price: Low to High” search filter? – It’s a good question. But when you use this search filter you get inundated with all kinds of crap that’s only slightly related to the item you’re looking to buy. Going back to the Beats headphones example, you’ll get a bunch of headphone accessories like earbuds and headphone cases that you’ll have to sift through.
- Refurbished and Used Products: Be aware that often times Amazon will add used and refurbished items to your search results page when you use this hack. This is especially true when you get to savings above 50% off the list price.
- Do a Search, then Add your Qualifier: Always start by doing a search for whatever your looking to buy from the Amazon homepage, then manually add your search qualifiers. Don’t try to add them from their homepage or category page, it won’t work.
The cool thing about this Amazon hack is that it quickly brings up the search results that’ll maximize your savings. No more guessing if Amazon is hiding a better deal somewhere and instead pointing you to an item that maximizes their profits.
Ask the Reader: So what say you, have you ever heard of, or tried, this Amazon URL hack? If so, what deals did you find?
By Kyle James