If you shop on Amazon regularly, I guarantee you’ve been RIPPED OFF multiple times. The pricing they show you when you first visit a product page is often NOT the cheapest option. Get in the healthy habit of spending the 30 seconds required to look at ALL your buying options. Here are a bunch of Amazon screenshots and examples to show you exactly what I’m talking about.
Side-Note: In case you’re wondering about the above Oreo picture, my son used money from his first job to order a 12-pack of Peanut Butter Oreos from Amazon. It’s safe to say he didn’t look for a better price.
Example #1 – Get More BUT Pay Less
My first pricing example is stuff on Amazon where you can actually get more for LESS.
Yes, you read that correctly, by looking at the different quantities you can often get more stuff for less cash.
Here are 2 examples…
Would you rather buy 20 AA Duracell batteries for $15.98 -OR- would you rather spend $0.57 LESS and get 4 more batteries?
Tough question, right? Give me the 24-pack every single time.
This one was a real head-scratcher.
A 4-pack of Colgate toothpaste for $9.98 -OR- a 3 pack for $14.60?
The odd thing about this one was that Amazon gave me the 3-pack by default for some reason.
If I hadn’t looked at the different quantities I would have gotten ripped off.
Moral of the story? ALWAYS look at the different quantity sizes!
Example #2 – Pay Just a Little Extra BUT Get a BUNCH More
I found many examples on Amazon of products that provide huge value when you pay just a small percentage more.
Here are some of the most glaring examples that I stumbled upon.
Looking for a new Flash Drive or two on Amazon?
Be sure to look at the various capacity sizes available.
BTW, the same goes for ANY external hard drive or portable storage device.
As you can tell by my screenshot above, you can get a 10-pack of Flash Drives, with twice the storage size, and only pay $1 more.
Or get 8x the storage and only pay $3 more.
I love these Flossers and tend to leave them all over the house which grosses out my wife. But I digress.
So when I went to buy some from Amazon I was stunned that I could pay $10.16 for 150 of them -OR- drop an extra $4 and get 540 of them…enough to last me until all my teeth fall out.
Would you rather have 8 bars of Basis soap for $22.59 -OR- 7 bars for $21.45?
If you opt for the 8-pack you’re basically getting that extra bar for a measly $1.14, a savings of about $2.
Energizer Batteries also make my list as you can get a 20 pack of AA’s for basically the same price as the 16 pack.
With batteries appearing twice on my list, you ALWAYS need to check the quantity options and find the best deal as Amazon doesn’t always show the item with biggest savings as a default.
Example #3 – Buy Less and Pay Less (per Unit)
Sometimes it’s smart to buy stuff on Amazon in the smaller sizes.
Here’s an example.
The above screenshot is evidence that the “5 pack” is not always the better deal.
If you really need that much tape, you’d be WAY better off buying five 8-packs individually as you’d save over $127 by doing so.
Example #4 – Don’t Be Picky About Color and Save BIG
This particular scenario is probably my favorite way to save on Amazon.
If you don’t care about color, you MUST try this Amazon hack.
I love my Anker portable battery, especially since I was able to save $23 by opting for the black one.
Always look at the different color options for not only portable batteries, but ANYTHING that comes in multiple colors.
I’m guessing Amazon is taking the stance that people will pay a premium for their favorite color.
Sorry, but that’s dumb, especially when the price difference is often HUGE.
“But Dial Gold doesn’t get me as clean as Dial White.” Said NO ONE EVER!
Opt for the Gold 3-pack and save BIG.
Stop letting Amazon mess with you and take more of your money than they should.
Always look at the different quantities, colors, and “packs” available before making a purchase.
Your wallet will thank you, I guarantee it.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever noticed these weird pricing phenomenon on Amazon and how do you deal with it?
By Kyle James