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Why I Shop at Amazon.com

By Just Heather |


I put a lot of time and effort into choosing where to shop. I have favorite stores for groceries. I have favorite stores for clothes. I have stores I detest. And, of course, there’s always online shopping.

Mostly, there’s just Amazon.

I find myself at Amazon.com almost every day — even when I’m not shopping, I may be researching prices, reading reviews, updating my account or just dreaming. There’s nearly always something in my cart, just waiting for a reason to officially place an order. It’s the internet version of window shopping.

In the end, I’m most likely to make my final purchase with Amazon anyway. Here are 7 reasons why it’s become my go-to store:

Low Prices: After years of researching prices and coming back to Amazon, I’ve finally realized there are just some things they’ll always offer at the lowest price. In fact, I have a few things I’ll only buy on Amazon. They also offer hidden price matches, where they’ll lower the price on items others are offering on sale.

Free Shipping: Super Saver Shipping is my favorite. With a low minimum purchase of $25, I don’t think I’ve ever paid for a shipment. It’s fun to have packages arriving on my doorstep without paying a penny for the service.

One-Stop Shopping: I remember when Amazon offered just books, movies, and music. Now, is there anything they don’t sell? I’ve bought electronics, toys, groceries, clothes, and even furniture. It truly is the one place I can go to order anything we need.

Easy Returns: I’ve only had to deal with their returns a few times, but it’s a very simple process. Fill out the form through your account, print the RMA and shipping label, then mail the item back. They’ll send a replacement or credit your account as soon as it arrives. Super easy.

Wishlist: I use my wishlist not just to offer ideas for birthdays & holidays, but it also helps me keep track of things I want to buy when it fits into our budget. You can create public or private wishlists and prioritize the items in order of importance. So, when I have a Swagbucks gift card lying around or need a filler item to reach free shipping, it’s very easy to find something to add to my order.

Subscribe & Save: This might be one of my favorite things about Amazon. Several items, like groceries and diapers, can be purchased as a subscription. They’ll ship the product to your house at regular intervals, on your schedule at the current price — and give you an extra 15% off!

Preorder Guarantee: Here’s another favorite feature — when you preorder new release books, movies or music, you get the lowest possible price between the day you order and the day it is released. Your credit card is not charged until the item ships, which is usually early so that your anticipated product arrives the day it comes out in the stores.

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More on Babble.com:
Why I Don’t Shop at Walmart
Where Is the Best Place to Buy Groceries?

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
5 Things I Only Buy on Amazon

About Just Heather

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Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Why I Shop at Amazon.com

  1. emily says:

    as a mother to four (one who is only 8 weeks old), I subscribed to amazon prime a few months ago (i have a kindle, which means one free book a month), and I’m loving shopping at amazon almost daily. Seriously, I’m substituting my Target shopping for amazon shopping. And I do believe I’m saving money….

  2. Jane Roper says:

    I like Amazon, too, but I try to buy books from local, independent bookstores at least some of the time. Even though it costs a little more, I think it’s important to keep money and jobs in my community and to support everything that’s great about *real* bookstores — knowledgeable staff, author events, and the ability to browse instead of just click and order. Amazon threatens to make these places obsolete (because there’s just no way they can compete with Amazon’s ability to discount) and I think we’ll all be worse off for it.

  3. Matt says:

    Amazon is the only way that I shop. I encourage everyone to take advantage of such an easy safe way to shop. No matter what I need, its always found cheaper on Amazon. Thanks for the informative post.

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