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Amazon – How to Shop with Promo Codes

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I am not referring to the coupons that you search on Amazon.com or Google by typing ‘Amazon coupon”. That’s one way to get coupons and discounts on Amazon. I am referring to promo codes offered by brands who sell on Amazon, which give customers a discount on eligible products at checkout. 

How Amazon Promo Codes Work

Hands down, Amazon.com is the most ‘go to’ site for shoppers. Probably because it has just about everything most people are looking for. There are thousands of brands that partner with Amazon to sell their products, as well as marketplace sellers. This is great for consumers! How? Because these merchants compete for online shoppers to purchase their products. This results in creative ways for merchants to attract customers. One way brands attract consumers is by providing discounts – such as promo codes. These promo codes are different than the ones found on ‘deals websites’ like Retail-me-not and others, which offer codes that can be used on whatever you buy on the retailer’s website, or are specific to any item within a category. The promo codes offered by Brands are specific to a product, rather than a category. 

How to Shop with promo codes 

Brands that sell on Amazon create special codes for discounts on their products. These promo codes are usually a combination of letters and numbers. The code may be either specified as a ‘promo code for you to enter at checkout‘ or easier than that, you may be given ‘a link which automatically adds the promo code to your cart at checkout and done! Most promo codes are single use, meaning that it can only be applied to one product. So if you want to buy 2 of the same product, you’ll have to apply a different code for it at checkout. With multi-used codes you can buy as many of the same product as you’d like using the same code.

Here is what it looks like: In this example, you’re given a text link 

amazon promo code link example

Once you click on the link, the items eligible for the discount appear. These may include different colors or sizes. In the example below, the code works for only one product. 

product for sale using amazon promo code

If you wish to purchase the product, add it to your cart.  Note: the subtotal will not reflect the discount price. The total discounted price will be listed before you place your order. This is confusing though, because the subtotal does not reflect the discount, and it seems as though the savings aren’t applied. The picture below shows you what I mean. Don’t worry, you’ll see the savings after you click “proceed to checkout”.

amazon product added to cart proceed to checkout

Where is the promo code to enter at check out?

When you click “proceed to checkout”, the code will be automatically added to your cart and discounted at checkout. There’s no need to copy and paste the code. That’s time consuming.  This is what it looks like:

circled Amazon promo code discount

You can see the promo code as well as any other savings applied before you place your order. In this example, there was a coupon in addition to the promo code, which was applied automatically bringing down the final price. 

How to enter the promo code manually:

Sometimes, I will include just the promo code. In this case, you just enter the provided code at checkout to get the discount. To view more details and shop for this product, click on the image. Here is an example: 

amazon promo code to enter at checkout oral B toothbrush refills

Frequently asked questions:

Can promo code & coupon be used together? Absolutely! In addition to the promo code, sometimes there may be an additional coupon which you can clip to add at checkout. In the picture above, there was an additional coupon which was applied at checkout. Double savings!

Is an Amazon Membership required? An Amazon Prime membership is not required, but helpful. Not sure about membership? Try it free for 30 days!

What about shipping cost? Most products listed have free shipping. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can choose free 2 day shipping as well. 

There are several ways to save money shopping on Amazon. Using promo codes is just one way to save money. 

Happy Savings, TaLis

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