If you shop on Amazon often, I’m sure you’ve been ripped off at least once. When you first visit a product page, the pricing they offer you is always NOT the cheapest choice. Make it a habit to take the 30 seconds it takes to look at all of your purchasing choices. Here are some screenshots and illustrations from Amazon to demonstrate what I’m talking about.
Example #1 – Get More BUT Pay Less
My first example of prices is on Amazon, where you will find more for less.
Yes, you read that correctly; by comparing amounts, you can sometimes get more stuff for less money.
Here are two instances of this.
Would you rather spend $15.98 on 20 AA Duracell batteries or spend $0.57 less and get 4 more batteries?
Isn’t it a difficult question? I’ll take the 24-pack every time.
This one had me stumped for quite some time.
Is it better to buy a four-pack of Colgate toothpaste for $9.98 or a three-pack for $14.60?
The strange thing about this one was that Amazon automatically gave me the 3-pack.
I would have been ripped off if I hadn’t looked at the various amounts.
What is the moral of the story? Often take a look at the various quantity sizes!
Example #2 – Pay Just a Little Extra BUT Get a BUNCH More
I find a lot of examples on Amazon of goods that have a lot of value for a small price increase.
Here are a few of the most egregious examples I came across.
On Amazon, are you looking for a new Flash Drive or two?
Take a look at the different capacity sizes that are available.
The same is true of every external hard drive or portable storage unit, by the way.
You can get a 10-pack of Flash Drives with twice the storage capacity for just $1 more, as seen in my screenshot above.
Alternatively, for just $3 more, you can get 8x the room.
I adore these flossers and like to scatter them around the home, which irritates my mom. Still I’m getting ahead of myself.
So when I went to Amazon to buy some, I was astounded to discover that I could pay $10.16 for 150 or $4 more for 540…
enough to keep me going before I lose all of my teeth
It was a simple choice.
Will you choose to pay $22.59 for 8 bars of Basis soap or $21.45 for 7 bars?
If you buy the 8-pack, you’ll get the extra bar for just $1.14, a savings of nearly $2.
Example #4 – Don’t Be Picky About Color and Save BIG
This is definitely my favorite way to save money while shopping on Amazon.
This Amazon hack is a must-try if you don’t care about color.
I really like my Anker portable battery, particularly because I saved $23 by getting the black one.
Look at the various color choices for something that comes in several colors, not just portable batteries.
Amazon, I’m thinking, is betting that customers would pay a premium for their favorite color.
Sorry, but that’s a bad idea, particularly when the price difference is frequently significant.
“However, Dial Gold does not clean me up as well as Dial White.” NO ONE EVER SAID THAT!
Choose the Gold 3-pack to save a lot of money.
Allowing Amazon to take more of your money than they should is a bad idea.
Before making a purchase, consider the various amounts, colors, and “boxes” available.
I guarantee your wallet will thank you.
Reader Question: Have you ever seen these strange pricing anomalies on Amazon, and how do you deal with them?