Amazon’s Return Policy: How Exactly Does It Work (Plus Some Insider Tips for Success)

April 11, 2017 by Kyle
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(Updated 9/01/19) There’s been a lot of confusion recently on how Amazon’s return policy actually works. Are all returns free? How often can you return something? Do you have to be a Prime member to get free return shipping? All questions that aren’t clearly answered by Amazon. So I figured is was time to do the research and find the answers to these questions. After several phone calls and live chat sessions, here’s how Amazon’s return policy currently works.

Amazon Return Policy: How Exactly Does It Work

What Exactly is the Amazon Return Policy?

Amazon Return Center

Here are the details of the Amazon return policy:

– You have 30 days from date of delivery to return items for free for a full refund if the item is defective, damaged, or the incorrect product.

– Items must be sold and/or fulfilled by Amazon directly, otherwise customer has to pay for return shipping, MAYBE. See below for details.

– UPDATE 8/05/17: 3rd party sellers now fall under the same return policy as items fulfilled directly by Amazon. You can actually print a prepaid return shipping label via the Online Return Center instantly.

Return policy does NOT apply to international shipping.

Do I Have to Pay Return Shipping Charges?

If items are fulfilled by Amazon, you typically won’t have to pay return shipping charges.

If items are sold by a 3rd party and you try and initiate the return through the Amazon return page, you’ll probably have to pay return shipping fees.

But…if you start a live chat and initiate the return that way, you stand a great chance of NOT having to paying return shipping fees.

Your chances of success rise greatly if you’re a Prime member and order quite a bit every month.

To prove it, here’s a screenshot of this exact scenario. I was going to be charged return shipping until I started a live chat and then the operator gave it to me for free.

Amazon Free Return Shipping

What if the Item is Opened or Used?

Easy Returns

Doesn’t matter.

If the item had been opened or used they’ll take it back within 30 days. Plus, they’ll pay for the return shipping charges.

Keep in mind that the item must be sold and shipped directly by Amazon and not a 3rd party.

Can You Abuse the Amazon Return Policy?

Absolutely, YES.

If you tend to return the majority of the stuff you buy, Amazon will take notice and could flag your account and not let you make any more returns.

Also, if you ask for a return, but never actually return the item, Amazon will take action against you.

The action they’ll take is to check the “concessions limit” of the seller.

For example, it could be a $1000 limit, or it could be $500. Amazon actually has a team that researches your returns and comes up with the specific dollar amount for policy “abusers”.

If you cross this limit, Amazon will mark your account as “concession abuse”.

In other words, if you typically only contact Amazon for a refund or discount, and abuse their policy frequently, you’ll fall into this category.

Once your account is marked “Concession Abuse”, no returns will be accepted on any orders made by you in the future.

Worried about getting banned? Amazon will send you a warning notice via email first.

If you keep abusing their policy you’ll get your account banned permanently.

How Do You Return a Gift to Amazon?

Gift Returns

Returning gifts to Amazon is slightly different than a normal return.

Start by visiting the Gift Return Page and enter your order number which is the 17-digit code found on the packing slip.

Next, follow the online prompts and you’ll get a free shipping label which you can print and attach to the box.

If you DON’T know the order number you can either ask the gift giver or contact Amazon customer service at 1-(888) 280-4331.

When calling, make sure you have the”gift giver’s email address, phone number and the package tracking ID ready (if you have it).”

Is the Return Policy Different for Prime Members?

No, it is not.

Amazon Prime and non-Prime members get to enjoy the same liberal Amazon return policy.

Do You Need a Reason to Return an Item?

Yes, you need to state a reason.

It could be you just don’t need or want the item and that’s perfectly acceptable.

You’ll be asked if it’s broken or the wrong item, but you’re under no obligation to answer.

How Many Returns Can You Make Before Raising a Red Flag?

As long as your issue is genuine, there is NO limit for the number of Amazon returns you can make.

Can Any Sized Item be Returned?

Yes, any product can be returned.

It doesn’t matter what size or weight, it can be returned within 30 days.

What About Holiday Orders?

Any purchases you make between November 1st and December 31st have an extended “Holiday” return period.

You have until January 31st to return any items bought within this 2-month time period.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever returned anything to Amazon? Was it a smooth process, not worth the hassle, or somewhere in-between?

 


By Kyle James

Kohl’s Will Now Accept Your Amazon Returns for FREE

April 24, 2019 by Kyle
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(Updated 10/21/19) In an effort to get shoppers into their stores, all Kohl’s locations will start accepting your Amazon returns come July of 2019. But wait…it gets even better. Keep reading to see how this news just might be a game changer if you’re a big Amazon shopper.

Kohl's Will Soon Accept Your Amazon Returns for FREE

Do Items Need to Be In Original Box or Packaging?

Surprisingly, NO.

Once you initiate the return via the Amazon site, you’ll be given the option to drop-off the item at your local Kohl’s.

Just bring it in and they’ll box it up appropriately and get it returned for FREE.

Do I Still Need to Print a Return Label at Home?

Again, surprisingly, NO.

All you have to do is drop off the item and they’ll print the return label for you and ship it.

Now that’s COOL.

See Also: Amazon’s Return Policy: Insider Tips for Success

Where Inside Kohl’s Do I Go?

There will be a specific desk in the back of the store (I’m guessing) where you take your return.

Check out the picture above as this is what it’ll look like.

The brain-trust at Kohl’s isn’t dumb as they’ll want you to walk through the entire store before getting to the Amazon returns desk.

They’re banking on you noticing a deal or two on your journey to the bowels of the store.

Do All Amazon Purchases Qualify?

No.

Only items sold directly by Amazon, and not 3rd party sellers, qualify for returns at Kohl’s.

It will be interesting to see if more exclusions are added before the full roll-out in July. Things like size and weight of the item jump to mind immediately.

Do I Have To Be An Amazon Prime Member?

Nope, all Amazon shoppers qualify for this handy return service.

Is This a Full Roll-out in July?

Yes.

All 1,150 Kohl’s stores will start accepting Amazon returns in July.

A specific date has not been announced yet.

Anything Else I Should Know?

You know I always have one more tidbit for ya.

Apparently Kohl’s is planning on designating specific parking spots close to the entrance for those making Amazon returns.

Since we will have to walk to the back of the store this will make the trek a little easier.

Ask the Reader: Will you use the Kohl’s return option or is more of a hassle than it’s worth?


By Kyle James

Image courtesy of Kohl’s.

All 32 Popular Stores That Offer Extended Holiday Returns

December 21, 2018 by Kyle
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As we start wrapping gifts and placing them under the tree, it gets my mind thinking about the inevitable returns that will be happening after Christmas. Specifically, which stores offer extended holiday return periods to make your returns a piece of cake. So I set out to do the research and came up with 32 popular retailers that all offer extended holiday return policies. Hope this helps…

All 32 Popular Stores That Offer Extended Holiday Returns

6PM.com

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: You have until February 28th for Holiday returns for ALL orders placed between November 1st – December 31st.

Amazon

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: You have until January 31st for Holiday returns for ALL orders placed between November 1st – December 31st.

Apple Store

Standard Return Policy: 14 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Apple’s 14-day return policy is extended to January 8th for all items purchased between November 25th – December 25th.

B&H Photo

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to February 1st for all items purchased between November 1st – January 1st.

Banana Republic

Standard Return Policy: 45 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 15th for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Barnes & Noble

Standard Return Policy: 14 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 31st.

Best Buy

Standard Return Policy: 15 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 14th for all items purchased between October 29th – December 30th.

Cole Haan

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 18th for all items purchased between November 12th – December 18th.

Disney Store

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 18th for all items purchased between November 7th – December 18th.

FinishLine

Standard Return Policy: 45 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to February 15th for all items purchased between November 15th – January 1st.

Forever 21

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 8th for all items purchased between November 13th – January 7th.

Free People

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

GAP

Standard Return Policy: 45 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 15th for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Hewlett-Packard

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 15th for all items purchased between November 1st – December 25th.

Kmart

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Kohl’s

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 25th.

Macy’s

Standard Return Policy: 180 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased at Macy’s between November 1st – December 31st.

Neiman Marcus

Standard Return Policy: 60 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between October 12th – December 25th.

NewEgg

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Nike

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Within 60 days of purchases made between November 7th – January 6th.

Office Depot/Max

Standard Return Policy: 90 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 14th for all items purchased between October 1st – December 24th.

Old Navy

Standard Return Policy: 45 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 15th for all Old Navy purchases between November 1st – December 24th.

Overstock.com

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 31st.

Pier 1

Standard Return Policy: 45 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Pottery Barn

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all items purchased between November 1st – December 31st.

Saks 5th Avenue

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 15th for all orders placed after October 15th.

Sears

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 31st for all Sears items purchased between November 1st – December 24th.

Staples

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 14th for all items purchased between November 19th – December 27th.

Target

Standard Return Policy: 90 Days, 30 Days for Electronics.

Holiday Return Policy: Your 30-day return period begins on December 26th. REDcard holders get an extra 30 days.

TJ Maxx

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 23rd for all items purchased between October 15th – January 4th.

Urban Outfitters

Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to February 28th for all items purchased between November 1st – December 25th.

Walmart

Standard Return Policy: 90 Days. 15 Days for select Electronics.

Holiday Return Policy: Extended to January 10th for items with a 15-day return window. Extended to January 25th for items with a 30-day policy. Purchases must be made between November 1st – December 25th.

Ask the Reader: What holiday return policy do you plan on taking advantage of this year?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

December 13, 2018 by Kyle
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As we finish up our Christmas shopping this year there’s NO doubt that fast delivery is something we are ALL looking for. Just ask anyone who shells out $119 a year for an Amazon Prime membership. But guess what? Amazon is not the only online retailer offering everyday 2-day shipping at no extra cost. Sure, most websites have the option to get it delivered in 2 days, but it’ll usually cost you an arm and a leg. With that said, here are all the retailers that will deliver your order within 2 days without charging you a penny extra.

Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

Amazon.com

The gold-standard for free 2-day shipping is the online behemoth known as Amazon.com. Here’s the skinny:

– Pay $119/year for an Amazon Prime membership and get 2-day guaranteed shipping on EVERY order.

– Because they offer a guarantee, be sure to hold their feet to the fire if they don’t deliver on time.

By doing so you’ll either get a $5 credit, a $10 credit, or a 1-month Prime membership extension.

See Also: 8 Amazon Savings Hacks That Just Might Blow Your Mind

Apple.com

Whether you’re ordering a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, Apple will deliver it within 2 days. Here’s how it works.

– Free 2-day shipping is available only on in-stock items from Apple.com.

– The only exclusions are customized Macs, engraved items, and items paid for via financing and bank transfers.

– Delivery to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico will take 2-5 business days.

If you’re ordering an in-stock iPhone you’ll actually get it delivered for free via next-day shipping. Just check out your virtual shopping bag as Apple will tell you if your iPhone qualifies.

BackCountry.com

The folks at BackCountry.com sell all kinds of gear and clothing for the outdoor enthusiasts.

Think REI, but a little cheaper, but still with hundreds of name brands. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Add at least $50 worth of merchandise to your virtual cart and you’ll qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– At checkout, just make sure you select the “Two Business Days” shipping option.

– Exclusions: Complete bikes, bike frames, bike wheels, ABS airbag packs, kayaks, SUP boards, cargo boxes, car racks, indoor cycles, pre-orders, and back orders.

It’s worth noting that you must live in the lower 48 to get 2-day delivery. Sorry Hawaii and Alaska residents.

Best Buy

Best Buy use to offer free 2-day shipping on thousands of items. But they’ve recently dialed it back and only offer it to My Best Buy Elite Plus members.

Here’s how it works.

– If you buy at least $3,500 annually from Best Buy you’ll get Elite Plus status and qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– No minimum purchase required.

– If you do get this free membership you’ll also get 45 return days instead of the standard 30.

See Also: 7 Insider Tips to Save Money at Best Buy

Blue Nile.com

Blue Nile is a popular online jewelry site that offers free 2-day shipping with some contingency.

– To get free 2-day FedEx shipping your jewelry purchase must exceed $500 otherwise you’ll have to settle for FedEx Ground.

– You need to place your order by 4:30 pm in your local time zone to get 2-day delivery.

– Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible.

If you need Saturday delivery they have options available for a small fee.

Jet.com

Jet.com is trying hard to compete with Amazon. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Jet will deliver all “Everyday Essentials” items via 2-day delivery.

– A minimum order size of at least $35 is required.

– When you think about “Everyday Essentials”, think about grocery items, paper products, laundry, baby items, pet supplies, and health & beauty. As long as you buy at least $35, they all ship free and quick.

As long as your order totals at least $35, all such items will get to your door for free in 2 business days.

Optics Planet.com

For those unfamiliar, Optics Planet sells top-of-the-line rifle scopes, spoting scopes, and holsters.

– While Optics Planet doesn’t offer site-wide 2-day shipping on every product, they have a webpage that lists over 2,500 eligible products.

– Eligible items change frequently so it’s worth bookmarking and checking back often.

– At checkout, you have to select “Two Day Shipping” and use code 2DAYAIR to get 2-day delivery. No minimum order size required.

Also, the coupon code only works for orders delivered in the 48 contiguous states.

Ray-Ban

When ordering sunglasses, eyeglasses, or lenses from Ray-Ban, they’ll happily ship EVERYTHING via Overnight Shipping. Here’s the scoop.

– No minimum order size required to qualify for Overnight delivery.

– For some reason they say on their website that overnight shipping is usually delivered in a 1-3 business day time window.

– This includes Alaska and Hawaii although orders may take an extra day or 2 to be delivered.

A cool bonus is that all Ray-Ban shipments are fully insured.

Running Warehouse.com

The Running Warehouse sells name brand running shoes, apparel, and outdoor shoes, plus a killer shipping offer.

– They offer free 2-day shipping on ALL orders in the lower 48 states.

– Place your order by 3 pm PST and it’ll get shipped within 1 business day.

– Their sister website, Tennis Warehouse.com, also has the same 2-day shipping policy when you spend $75 or more.

It’s also worth noting that they offer free returns, no questions asked.

Sephora.com

If you shop regularly at Sephora, you’ll want to consider the Sephora Flash 2-day shipping program.

– For a measly $15 a year, the Sephora Flash program will get you unlimited 2-day free shipping.

– No minimum order size required.

– If you need it, overnight shipping is available for a reasonable $5.95.

– Exclusions include orders to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, P.O. Boxes, and APO/FPO addresses.

If you don’t want to drop $15 on the Flash program, Sephora offers free everyday shipping on orders over $50.

Target.com

Just this holiday season Target introduced free 2-day shipping to try and compete with Amazon. Here’s everything you need to know.

– No minimum order size required when you use your REDcard. If you don’t have a REDcard you’ll need to spend $35 to qualify.

– This also includes free returns if you’re not completely satisfied.

– This special offer only lasts thru December 22nd, 2018.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon will also ship for free within 2 business days of delivery. Here are the details.

– When ordering a new phone, you’ll get free 2–day shipping when you order online Monday – Friday by 4:30 pm.

– Some customers may need to select free 2–day shipping option in drop down at checkout.

– When ordering accessories, you’ll need to spend at least $49 to get free 2-day shipping.

– This offer excludes purchases delivered to Alaska and Hawaii.

Also, be sure to plan accordingly as a signature will be required upon delivery.

Walmart.com

Last, but not least, is Walmart which last year introduced unlimited free 2-day shipping with no membership fee required.

While clearly an attempt to compete with Amazon, their new shipping policy does require you to purchase at least $35 from the Walmart website to qualify.

But that is a pretty low threshold if you’re buying goods for an entire household.

Happy savings.


By Kyle James

Amazon Hack: Use Their Satisfaction Survey to Get Price Protection

December 15, 2017 by Kyle
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Most of you know by now that Amazon axed their unofficial price protection policy back in May of 2016. So if the price of something you just bought goes down, which it often does, you’re stuck with the price you paid unless you want to go through the hassle of returning and re-buying at the lower price. Crazy if you think about it as it must be costing Amazon way more in return shipping costs than it would to offer price adjustments.

But as is so often the case, the squeaky wheel does indeed get the grease. The squeaky wheel in this case are those shoppers willing to voice their dissatisfaction via a survey Amazon sends you after your live chat session ends. Here are the exact steps needed for this Amazon hack to work successfully…

Amazon Hack: Use an Amazon Survey to Get Price Protection

1. Find a Lower Price On Something You Bought

Amazon is notorious for ever-fluctuating pricing.

So if you find a lower price on something you’ve bought in the past 30 days, this hack could very well get you some money put back in your pocket.

Note: This hack takes 10-20 minutes to complete so save it for big price differences. Personally, I’d use a $10-$50 difference as a smart range.

2. Start a Live Chat Session

Once you’ve found a lower price on something in your “Order History”, hit up an Amazon live chat operator.

Explain the situation and be prepared for a long spiel about how they don’t offer price protection any more.

Thank them for their time and politely end the live chat session.

This will automatically trigger an email/survey sent to your inbox asking you how your experience was.

How to start a Chat session: At the bottom of this page, under Step 2, select “More order issues” from the drop-down menu and “Other order question or issue” from the second drop-down menu.

You’re then given 3 ways to contact Amazon: E-mail, Phone, or Chat. Select “Chat” and follow the instructions.

3. Fill Out the Survey After Ending Chat

Amazon Survey

When you get the email asking you how your chat went, do the following.

  • First, click “No” at the bottom of the original email.
  • You’ll then be taken to a brief Amazon survey webpage.
  • Click “Terrible” under “How did we do?”.
  • Click “Very Unhelpful” under “How helpful was the Amazon representative?”.

Also, you’re given a spot to type in your exact issue. This is where you can politely explain the problem with their non-existent price protection policy.

Personally, I went into some detail about how it’s actually costing Amazon more money in the long run as many shoppers are simply returning items and re-buying at the lower price.

Lastly, I politely asked them to reconsider their policy.

When you’re finished, just click “Send Feedback”.

4. Get a Call From a Amazon Customer Service Rep

Typically within 5 minutes you’ll get a phone call from an Amazon rep willing to help with your issue.

Politely explain the issue and don’t let them transfer you to someone else. Be firm and stick to your guns.

In many cases the CSR will end up giving you price protection and refund your credit card the difference in price.

This obviously is going to work better if you frequently purchase from Amazon and have a clean history with them in regards to their policies.

5. Get the Price Difference in the Form of a Refund

While your mileage may vary, you stand a great chance of the CSR either issuing you a refund for the difference in price OR a hefty discount good for a future purchase.

Tim, a recent commentor here at Rather-Be-Shopping.com recently did this hack successfully and got the following confirmation email from Amazon:

“Thanks for letting us know the price difference you’re seeing on the Echo Show – White, to help compensate this I’ve issued you a discount. I’ve requested a refund of $35.99 to your Credit Card .”

Similarly, I got this comment from Nikki:

“I filled out the survey after the chat ended and stated that I was unhappy with their inflexible price adjustment policy. Now that the item is here I started another chat this evening and explained that I know they don’t do price adjustments and would like a prepaid return label. But he offered me a 30% discount on the original purchase price, which was the amount it had dropped since. Said it would be returned to my original payment method in the next few days.”

Lastly, Dana had this to say about her experience:

“2 Chat Reps and 3 Phone Calls later – It took me an hour to get the $20 x 2 echo devices price adjustment. But I DID win. I refused to give up! I didn’t yell or curse but I firmly told the last rep that I did not want to be transferred to another agent, I wanted them to fix it or issue Amazon dollars… (They ended up refunding my credit card $40)”

So as you can tell by these comments this hack definitely does work. Like any workaround, your mileage may vary.

Ask the Reader: What say you? Have you tried this Amazon price protection hack? If so, how did it work out?


By Kyle James

Amazon Baby Registry: 7 Tricks to Save Money and Win at Life

October 23, 2017 by Kyle
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(Updated 4/09/19) I sure wish the Amazon Baby Registry was around back when my wife and I were popping kids out like Pez candy. Not only would it have saved us money when getting ready to have a baby, but also some precious time. Here’s how the baby registry works at Amazon along with 7 tricks to get the absolute most out of it.

Amazon Baby Registry: 7 Tricks to Save Money and Win at Life

Here are the 7 “No-Brainer” reasons expecting parents should absolutely consider using the Amazon Baby Registry.

1. Add Items From ANY Site (Not Just Amazon)

One of the coolest thing about the Amazon Baby Registry is that it lets you add items from ANY website.

Amazon calls it their “Universal Registry” and it works by using their browser add-on they call Amazon Assistant.

From their website, Amazon Assistant allows you to “Save products from any website to your Registries or Lists with Assistant’s ‘Your Lists’ tab”.

This is a HUGE time saver as it allows you to quickly add all your favorite products into a single registry.

2. Wait for Your Amazon Registry Completion Discount

If you don’t get everything on your baby registry that you need, DON’T worry about it. Instead, use the “completion discount” that Amazon will send you and save some money.

For non-Prime members, you’ll get a 1-time use 10% coupon to be used on any of your remaining items. The discount for Prime members is a slick 15%.

This discount will be available to redeem starting 60 days from your child’s due date. You can only use the discount in these departments on Amazon.com: Baby, Beauty, Grocery, Drugstore, and Toys.

Also, it’s worth noting that the largest order you can place and still receive your completion discount is $5,000. Unless you’re Kim Kardashian this shouldn’t be an issue.

3. Get 20% Off All Diapers & Baby Food FOREVER

20% Off Diapers and Baby Food

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, be sure to take advantage of Amazon Family and get 20% off diapers and baby food.

Products will be mailed out to you on a rotating schedule that you have complete control over. Free shipping as well since you’re a Prime member.

While not an Amazon baby registry “perk” per-say, you’d be crazy to not take advantage of Amazon Family as the prices makes their diapers cheaper than Walmart or Costco.

4. Take Advantage of 90-Day Registry Returns

Most items on Amazon come with a 30-day return window, but not gifts purchased from your baby registry. They come with a very liberal 90-day return window.

To make a return, simply visit this page and follow the instructions.

Also, if the item is purchased from Amazon directly, and not a 3rd party seller, you won’t have to pay return shipping costs.

I confirmed this with Amazon personally, and they even told me they would reimburse on return shipping charges if the item was sold by a 3rd party. Guessing this will only work for long-time Prime members but it’s always worth a shot to ask.

5. Exclusive Limited-Time Deals

Did you know that Amazon offers a bunch of exclusive limited-time deals via their baby registry for those with a Prime membership? Yeah, me neither.

But it’s absolutely true. They have discounts, via Amazon Family, up to 30% off essential items like diapers and wipes, as well as strollers, toys, portable cribs, and car seats.

6. The Amazon “Welcome Box” is COOL

Amazon Welcome Gift

The Baby Registry Welcome Box is a registry benefit made available exclusively to Prime members and it’s chalked full of COOL baby items.

The box comes with $35 worth of samples, full size items, and coupons.

The requirement to claim the Welcome Box are to complete the Registry checklist by adding an item from each category and subcategory or manually marking the categories as completed.

You must also have a minimum of $10 worth of items purchased and shipped from the registry to verify it’s an active registry.

7. Be Sure To Use the Amazon App

This one seems pretty obvious but it’s often forgotten about.

Not only does the free Amazon app let you scan the barcode of items and add them directly to your registry, but it also serves as a great way to manage your baby registry.

Within seconds the app will show you what items on your registry have been purchased and what you still need to get.

Ask the Reader: Have you used the Amazon Baby Registry in the past? How did you like it, and more importantly, how much money did it save you?


By Kyle James

Amazon Price Match Workaround for Used or Already Assembled Items

May 23, 2017 by Kyle
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As I’ve talked about before, Amazon no longer has a price match policy of any kind (except TV’s). Official or unofficial, you’re stuck with the price you pay on Amazon. This sucks because they’re notorious for changing the price on their products on a daily, even hourly basis. But not all hope is lost…

Amazon Price Match Workaround

The “Re-Order” Amazon Price-Match Hack:

Because of Amazon axing their policy, many savvy shoppers have simply been returning items and re-buying them at the lower price.

But what if you’ve spent 5 hours putting something together or maybe you’ve customized an item and don’t want to return it? Here’s an Amazon hack for you…

I recently ordered 3 pendant lights from Amazon for a kitchen remodel I’m doing at home.

After spending a few hours taking down our old pendants and putting up the new ones, (and not electrifying myself) I noticed that Amazon lowered the price on these lights by $12 each.

$36 bucks in total on my 3 lights. I pretty big price reduction that grabbed my attention.

But since Amazon doesn’t offer a price-match anymore, I was NOT about to spend the time to take them down and try and get them back in the box and play the “return and re-buy game.”

So an idea hit me like a ton of bricks, and other than being a little dense, I’m not sure why it took me so long to think of it.

Why not just order 3 more pendant lights at the lower price, then when I get them, never take them out-of-the-box but rather return them via the more expensive original order number and details?

Guess what? It worked like a charm, and being an Amazon Prime member, I got free return and delivery shipping on everything.

So for just a few minutes of my time I pocketed a quick $36 which I’ll put toward the new tile backsplash in our kitchen.

Don’t Abuse It. I’m guessing if use this hack several times a month your account might get flagged.

I’d save this trick for when it really makes sense and scores you a bunch of extra dollars in your pocket.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever played the “return and re-buy” game at Amazon? Or do you just accept Amazon’s price fluctuations as part of the deal and never try to get money back?

Happy savings.


By Kyle James

Shop 3rd Party Sellers on Amazon to Get Price Protection

March 15, 2017 by Kyle
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(Updated 6/27/18) As I’ve talked about in the past, Amazon no longer offers price adjustments on anything besides HDTV’s. Totally silly that they changed their policy as it’s costing the company money as savvy shoppers simply return items and buy them at the new lower price.

But with that said, I recently discovered a clever workaround to this new Amazon policy. When shopping on Amazon, consider buying from 3rd party sellers as most will happily offer you a price adjustment if their price drops within a reasonable period of time. Here are the details…

Shop 3rd Party Sellers on Amazon to Get Price Protection

Here’s what you need to know to add this tip to your savings toolbox:

– When shopping on Amazon.com, start making it a habit to see if 3rd party sellers are selling the item for the same price as Amazon, or less.

– For this hack to work, the item has to be sold by a 3rd party and not fulfilled by Amazon.

– If you can afford to wait a little longer to get the item, and it’s competitively priced, buy from the 3rd party seller.

– Keep an eye on the price of the items you’ve purchased in the past 30 days. Tip: On significant purchases, I like to set a calendar alert on my smartphone to remind myself to check on any price adjustment opportunities.

– When you find a 3rd party seller (that you bought from) has dropped their price, go to the item’s product page and click on the sellers name to visit their Amazon page. See image below to see where to click.

Then on their Amazon page, click on “Ask a Question” or call their customer service number if available and politely ask them if a price adjustment is available.

Many, if not most, 3rd party Amazon sellers try hard to protect their reputation and will happily offer you a price adjustment within 14-30 days after your item is delivered.

Rate of success? I’ve tried this 11 times over the past 6 months and got a price adjustment (within 48 hours) 8 separate times. Not too shabby.

I’ve also received several emails from Amazon shoppers the past few months who’ve had success with this little trick.

It’s worth nothing that this hack won’t make sense on every item, especially for Prime members who want the item delivered in 2 days.

The good news is that many 3rd party Amazon sellers also offer free shipping, but it’ll usually take 5 business days for the package to get to your front door.

But if you’re not in a hurry to get the item, and the price tends to fluctuate, it’s worth your time to shop 3rd party sellers on Amazon knowing that a price adjustment is a viable option.

If you want to stick to “Prime eligible items” the only way you can get price protection is to return the item to Amazon and re-buy it at the lower price. It’s a time consuming drill but worth it for significant purchases.

Mileage will obviously vary with this hack as 3rd party sellers on Amazon aren’t beholden to a price protection policy.

But the good news for us shoppers is that many sellers will happily give you price protection as it gives them a “leg up” over Amazon. Not to mention it inevitably creates loyal customers who’ll buy from them again.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever dealt with 3rd party sellers on Amazon? If so, have you ever received a price adjustment when their price dropped?


By Kyle James

The Best Buy Price Match Policy: Tips To Help You Save BIG

December 19, 2016 by Kyle
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(Updated 1/17/18) The Best Buy price match policy serves as a great way to always get the lowest price when shopping for electronics. Surprisingly, I recently had a Best Buy employee tell me that not many shoppers take advantage of their fairly liberal price match policy. So I figured that maybe shoppers just aren’t aware of it and how to best use it to save money. So this article idea was born. Here’s exactly how Best Buy’s policy works, along with some insider tips to help you use it most effectively.

The Best Buy Price Match Policy: Tips To Help You Save BIG

How Does the Best Buy Price Match Policy Work?

The price match policy at Best Buy can definitely save you some money if you know how it works.

If you find a lower price at a local retail competitor, or from a qualifying online retailer, Best Buy will happily match that price.

To get a price match, the item must be identical in terms of brand, model number, and color.

When in-store, just find a “Blue Shirt” and show them the competitor’s ad or website (via your smartphone or tablet) with the lower price displayed. The Best Buy employee will then do all the legwork required to get you the lower price.

See Also: 7 Insider Tips to Save Money at Best Buy

Who’s Considered a “Local Retail Competitor”?

It’s a little technical, but here are the main points:

  • 25-Mile Radius – Competitor must be located within 25 miles of the Best Buy store you’re purchasing from.
  • New, Factory Sealed Products – Items gotta be brand spanking new and still sealed in the box. No open box specials, refurbished items, or “outlet” deals that are repackaged.
  • Warranty Required – Products must come with the same factory warranty as Best Buy.

I think the 25- mile radius “policy” may have some wiggle room in it as I’ve been able to score a price match from a store over 40 miles away.

Which Online Retailers Will They Price Match?

Best Buy will indeed price match some online stores. While the list is limited to only 7 retailers, they include some heavy-weights in the consumer electronics category and offer a great opportunity to find a lower price.

  • Amazon.com
  • Bhphotovideo.com
  • Crutchfield.com
  • Dell.com
  • HP.com
  • Newegg.com
  • TigerDirect.com

When shopping in-store, just show a Best Buy employee the product page from one of the above sites on your smartphone or tablet and they’ll verify the price and quickly get you a price match.

When shopping online, you’ll need to call them at 1-800-BEST-BUY for a price match request. From their site, “Best Buy will then review and verify the price match request on a Best Buy device.”

Which Items Won’t They Price Match?

These are there price match exclusions:

  • Contract mobile phones sold by any online retailer.
  • Competitors’ service prices.
  • Special daily or hourly sales.
  • Items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Fairly small list. The biggest one is no Black Friday price matching.

Can You Get a Match After Your Purchase?

Yes, absolutely.

Also known as “Price Protection” or a “Price Adjustment”, this is when you buy something from Best Buy only to have the price drop via a sale or a new everyday low price.

Crappy feeling for sure! The good news for you is that Best Buy now offers 15-day price protection.

From the Best Buy website, “If we lower our price during the return and exchange period (15 days), we will match our lower price, upon request.”

Just keep your receipt and head back to the store to get the lower price.

For online purchases, call them at 1-888-BEST BUY (1-888-237-8289) and request your price adjustment.

See Also: All the Stores that Offer Price Adjustments (32 Retailers and Counting)

3 Insider Tips for Success:

Here are a few insider tips to make the Best Buy policy work for you.

1. Use the Amazon App

A very easy way to check Amazon for a lower price is with their free app (iOS, Android).

Use the app to scan the product’s bar-code when standing in the aisle at Best Buy. If Amazon has the item cheaper, you’ll get that price. No Prime membership required.

2. Costco and Sam’s are Local Competitors

Surprisingly, Best Buy considers warehouse clubs like Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club to be local competitors. So if you find a lower price at any warehouse club, simply bring in evidence and show any “Blue Shirt”.

Look carefully at model numbers and SKUs as the product may look identical but in actuality be made specially for Costco and thus not be 100% identical to Best Buy.

Top Brands in Common: Samsung, LG, Apple, Vizio, Sharp, JVC, Canon, Nikon, Bose, Sony, and Yamaha.

3. “Local Competitor” Hack

Unlike many retailer’s price match policy, Best Buy accepts price matches from ALL local stores, not just national chains.

While you may want to support local Ma & Pa shops, it’s nice to have the option to get a price match if the local store has a significantly lower price and you happen to be near a Best Buy.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever used the price match policy at Best Buy effectively? If so, how much cash did you save?


By Kyle James

Returning a Gift? Know These Return Policy Changes

December 26, 2015 by Kyle
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Online shopping is awesome. Free shipping, coupon codes, price comparison tools…all designed to help you score a great deal. But what happens if you need to return something, or get an item as a gift that you have no use for? This is when things can get a little dicey and often inconvenient. Or worse yet, cost you more to return than the item is worth. Fortunately, more and more online stores are now offering free returns. Here are some stores doing just that, along with some significant return policy changes that you need to be aware of.

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The Online Retailers That Now Offer Free Returns

A growing trend in 2015 was the number of online stores that offered free returns via mail on unwanted items. No doubt a very handy convenience, and money-saver, for savvy online shoppers. Here are the most note-worthy online retailers that now offer free returns on your Internet purchase:

  • Amazon.com – Only on specific fashion items only.
  • Athleta
  • Banana Republic
  • Bloomindales
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Gap
  • Kate Spade
  • Macy’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Old Navy
  • Online Shoes.com – Free exchanges.
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  • Saks 5th Ave
  • Shoes.com – Free exchanges.
  • Target
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Zappos

Be-aware of Return Policies Changes

According to Consumer World.org, 2015 saw the institution of some significant return policies changes at specific store that shoppers should be aware of. Here are a few of them:

Unusual Return Policies Changes to be Aware Of

Consumer World also broke down some of the more “out-of-the-box” return policies that shoppers should be aware of. Knowledge is power, so be sure you keep these in mind.

  • Best Buy: Elite members now get either 30 or 45 days to return items depending on your “Elite” level at Best Buy.
  • Bloomingdales: To prevent “Ward-robing”, Bloomingdales requires “B-Tags” to stay on clothing items if you want to return them.
  • Express: Also to prevent “Ward-robing”, Express stores require items with “Do Not Remove” tags to remain on for a return.
  • Target REDcard: If you have a Target REDcard, you now get an extra 30 days to return items bought with the card.
  • Toys R Us: Apparently Toys R Us has a “secret” holiday return policy that you won’t find posted in their stores. From ConsumerWorld, “Secret policy: most items bought from September 1 onward can be returned until January 23, except November 1 onward for video game hardware, cameras, music players, etc. Netbooks, eReaders, etc. bought November 1 onward can be returned until January 9.”
  • Walmart: If you’re trying to return an item to Walmart without a receipt, you need to know your options. You can either get a cash refund for purchases under $25, a gift card if over $25, or an even exchange. Keep in mind that you can only make THREE “No Receipt” exchanges in a 45-day period. To prevent shoppers from abusing this policy, they track this data internally in their computer system.

Happy savings and hopefully, easy returns!


By Kyle James