Amazon shopper tips to save money and time anytime

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I love online shopping and I’m sure you do too. Amazon is a great place to buy gadgets, media converters, cases and other great gadget accessories online. Amazon is the largest online store ever.

As a savvy online shopper, you probably know that you can set alerts so you know when an item’s price drops. However, there are some other fun little tricks you might not know about.

I’m going to give you five good tips that any Amazon user can appreciate, and throw in a bonus for Amazon Prime subscribers.

1. Availability Alerts

Knowing when a price drops on an item is good, but what if the item you want to buy isn’t even in stock? You don’t want to keep checking back to see if it is – who has the time?

Instead,  just next to the product’s title you’ll see a button that says, “Email me.” Click that and Amazon will let you know when the item is back in stock.

If you want to manage your alerts, log in to your account and go to the Availability Alert area.

2. Text shipment alerts

The Internet has made it possible to not just order something, but watch its entire progress from the warehouse to your door. Of course, that involves going on your computer and looking it up.

If you want regular updates sent to your phone, you can sign up for Shipment Updates via Text. Amazon will send you regular updates on your package. Don’t worry, it’s only active between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern.’

3. E-mail subscriptions

Browsing online stores for products is always fun. In fact it’s more fun than going to a regular store because you can stay on the couch in your PJs.

Of course, random browsing means you often miss new products or great deals if you are not looking at the right place exactly at the right time. How would you like those sent right to your inbox?

Go to Amazon’s E-mail Subscriptions page and select categories you want to watch, like Amazon Instant Video, Books, DVD, Deals and more. You’ll get email alerts when new products are added, products become bestsellers or there are great new deals.

If you end up getting too many emails, you can always unsubscribe from the those you don’t want.

4. Turn off personalized ads

You know those personalized ads that pop up on Amazon and then follow you around the rest of the Internet showing you items you’ve already looked at? Well, you can make those stop.

Not the ads entirely, of course, but the personalized part of it. They’ll just be generic ads. Sound tempting?

Click this link and select “Do Not Personalize Ads from Amazon for this Internet Browser” and then click Submit. That’s all there is to it.

5. Make extra money

When you’re browsing Amazon, you might come across things you already have and don’t really want anymore. Well, check just below the “Add to Cart” button on the product page and you might see a “Sell on Amazon” button.

This lets you list your item for sale and make some money back. You can then put that money toward the purchase of something else.

Want to get rid of that old, unwanted phone? Find out the best way to turn it into extra spending money.

Bonus: Share Amazon Prime shipping

If you have Amazon Prime then you know the joy of free two-day shipping. Why not share that joy with your friends and family? Giving is better that receiving – although you might find yourself getting gifts faster.

Go to the Manage Prime Membership page and scroll down to the “Invite a Household Member” section. Put in your birthday and then enter the information about the person you want to share with. You can add up to four people.

Don’t worry; you can remove them later and add other people if you want.