Shopping Smart on Amazon

How an Otter Saved My Kindle Fire

July 4, 2012

I was excited to finally get a Kindle last April, and doubly-so that it was the awesome Kindle Fire–Amazon’s newest entry into the e-reader market. It had a full-color screen, and was a sexy black (compared to the silver hue of the older Kindle models), and was reputed to be better for browsing the web […]

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3 Ways to Get Free Amazon Prime

October 23, 2011

I LOVE having the benefits of Amazon Prime’s free 2-day shipping. I shop a lot on because their prices are almost always better than those I find at my local retail stores PLUS shopping on Amazon saves me time–something that, as a single head-of-household mom, I have far too little of. Even for Amazon’s […]

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Returning vs Exchanging Items on — Which is Better? | An Amazon Return Review

October 15, 2011

Let’s face it: once in a while, the stuff we order from might not cut the mustard. Sometimes, we realize we should have bought a different item; other times, the item we ordered is damaged during shipping. In the cases where we purchased the wrong thing, the only option is to return the order […]

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Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program — What You Should Know Before You Sign Up (A Review)

September 1, 2011’s Subscribe and Save program saves you as much as 30 percent on items on consumable items you’d buy anyway:  15 percent off eligible products for all customers, plus an additional 15 percent off select diapers and wipes. Sign up for (or learn more about) the Amazon Subscribe and Save program. Things You Should Know […]

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What Is Amazon Prime — and How Joining Can Save You Money

July 28, 2011

Amazon Prime is’s membership-only special shipping program. To join the Amazon Prime program, a customer simply signs up for the program and pays the annual fee. There’s also a free Amazon Prime trial. For years, I was always a Free Amazon Super Saver Shipping girl. (Most items sold and shipped by Amazon are eligible […]

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Should You Trust Amazon Product Reviews? Evidence in the Face of Opposition.

July 3, 2011

Recently, I’ve seen a couple of articles around on the Internet suggesting that some product reviews may be fraudulent–or misleading, at the very least. Specifically under attack were the reviews by members of Amazon’s special reviewers group called the Amazon Vine. Through the Amazon Vine program, Vine Voices–what the Amazon Vine reviewers are called–get […]

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Changing Prices on Driving You Crazy? 3 Ways to Regain Your Sanity.

June 16, 2011

Today’s Phenomenon: The Never-ending Roller Coaster of Retail Pricing Have you ever noticed that the prices at your favorite retailer are in a constant state of flux? This is true regardless of whether you’re  talking about a big-box, general merchandise store like Wal-mart or Target, a grocery store like Giant Food or Safeway, or a […]

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Surprise! Amazon Offers Fresh Groceries for Home Delivery — If You Live in the Right Place

June 2, 2011

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I discovered the Amazon Fresh website. Amazon Fresh is an Amazon company that sells a wide variety of fresh produce, dairy, meat, seafood, bread, beer, wine, and more. I was quickly disappointed, however, to discover that Amazon Fresh is currently only delivering to addresses in Seattle, Washington. Darn it!   […]

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