Two of the biggest shopping events in the retail calendar are now just weeks away, with thousands of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals about to be unleashed – and that's just from Amazon. To make sure you grab the best creative bargain around, we've put together this guide to help you work out what to look out for, and how to find the best deals at Amazon on Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2018.
Ben’s Bargains tracks about 2,000 retailers and publishes about 150 to 200 deals daily. It includes price history data on products that have been posted before, and users can register to get deal alerts based on product, brand, store and price range. What we really like about this site is its “Cheaper Than Amazon” feature that highlights deals that are much better than what the retail giant is offering – as well as its small-business deals and freebies pages.
BuyDig offers the Sony Bravia 60.1" 4K HDR Flat LED Ultra HD Smart Television, model no. XBR-60X830F, bundled with a $100 Visa Gift Card for $1,098 with free shipping. Assuming you'll use the gift card, that's effectively tied with last month's mention as the lowest price we've seen. (It's the best deal we could find today by $100.) This 2018 model features:
With orders of $25 or more, Amazon offers the Bloom Baby Sensitive Skin Unscented Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes 80-Pack for $2.74. Check out via Subscribe & Save to cut that to $2.60. (Walmart charges a few cents more with in-store pickup.) With free shipping, that's the lowest price we could find by $3. These USA-made wipes are safe for all skin types.
As part of their Deal of the Day, Zojirushi is offering great prices on some of their best products, including the best travel mug we've ever tested. We loved this mug because it literally keeps your drink warm all day long, easily fits into a cup holder, and comes in a few stylish colors. Right now, you can get it Smoky Blue for the lowest price we've ever seen and Slate Gray for just a few dollars more. It's the perfect container to make that switch to hot coffee and save a few bucks (and the environment!) by not going to a coffee shop each day.
After the introduction of the September 5, 2018 'Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (Stop BEZOS) Act', Amazon announced to its workers on October 2, 2018, that the minimum wage paid to salaried workers be increased to $15 per hour. The wage increase applies to about 350,000 workers. It does not apply to the majority of Amazon's employees who are contract workers. Furthermore, Amazon has also removed some grants and stock options.
When you first move into a new apartment, you're always missing a few things—like say, a complete knife set. If you're not looking to spend too much, this colorful, stainless steel set from Vremi is one of the best knife sets we've tested under $100. They come with hard plastic covers that are ideal for storage and right now, you can get them at their lowest price. They're not the sharpest knives out there, but they make a great set for a basic kitchen.
ShopSavvy is a price comparison app that allows you to scan barcodes in store. You’ll be able to see prices for both physical and online stores. The app does a price comparison, showcases product reviews, and helps customers find the best deals. But it’s functions don’t end there. This comparison shopping engine also allows you to set up notifications for specific categories, items, or searches so that you can get notified instantly if there’s a sale on your selected items, or if it’s available in store again. As one of the most popular price comparison apps, ShopSavvy has over 100 million downloads. The platform receives over 50 million product scans each month.
It has also partnered with popular brands among teens. Nike, for example, became a partner seller on Amazon last summer. Snapchat users can shop on Amazon easily, too. As of last month, some Snapchat users are able to point its camera at an item or barcode and buy it from Amazon. Snapchat is the second-most used social media among teens after Instagram, according to the Piper Jaffray survey.
A study by the e-tailing group discovered that consumers highly value the ability to research a product before purchasing it, in order to find the best price guarantee. The current online consumer behavior is based on the efficiency of price comparison. This means that customers are highly likely to Google prices of the products that they’re interested in, or for instance use the Amazon price check before they decide what they should buy. This is where comparison shopping engines and apps step in, in order to facilitate this growing need of consumers.
Free Shipping - While it has not yet made the announcement, I expect Best Buy to offer free standard shipping on all orders for the duration of the holiday season. As mentioned above, Amazon forces non-Prime members to spend at least $25 before being eligible for free shipping. If you are not a Prime member or are unable to sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial, then you should shop at Best Buy for small orders under $25. If you are eligible for a 30-day Prime trial or you are already a Prime member, Amazon wins easily because of its free two-day shipping with no minimum order size.
Century Products via Amazon offers the Century 24-Hour Plug-In Mechanical Timer for $9.99. Coupon code "30D33HQM" drops that to $6.99. With free shipping for Prime members, that's tied with our mention from two weeks ago and the lowest price we could find by $3. It allows you to create schedules that repeat every 24 hours and features a built-in pin dial and manual override. Deal ends November 24.
The Subscribe & Save program lets you save on items you constantly need to restock like grocery, beauty and health products. Choose your items from a select list, and they are automatically shipped to your home on a regular schedule. The discount varies depending on the day and the specific item, but generally said to be about 15%. Keep in mind, you won’t be able to use extra coupons or tap into Warehouse sales and Amazon Prime deals. However, you can change your order or cancel it at anytime, even if you only use it once.
Amazon lobbies the United States federal government and state governments on issues such as the enforcement of sales taxes on online sales, transportation safety, privacy and data protection and intellectual property. According to regulatory filings, Amazon.com focuses its lobbying on the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Reserve. Amazon.com spent roughly $3.5 million, $5 million and $9.5 million on lobbying, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
You can trust Google to always do the best. Google scrapes data from around the web, and presents it to you in a way that’s useful for you to use. The price comparison feature of Google Shopping is just a part of the search engine itself. All you have to do is search for the product under the Shopping section. When you click on the product that you’re interested in, you’ll be presented with a few photos of the product, a product description, reviews, and pricing information from various different retailers. Products are automatically listed based on the lowest price showing as the first option, but if you’re not fond of a particular retailer, you can expand the options and see the full table comparison.
One of the least-known and best perks of Amazon is that you can use your leftover boxes to ship donations to local charities for free. Just go to GiveBackBox.com, click on the logo of the participating company you have a box sitting around from (like Amazon), type in your zip code and email address, and you'll get a prepaid shipping label emailed to you. After you've filled the leftover box with your donations, attach the label and schedule a UPS pickup. It won't cost you anything, and it's an easy and 'green' solution.