8 Money-Saving, Life-Changing Things Hidden on the Amazon Website

updated May 1, 2019
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Turns out that on top of fast shipping and affordable pricing, if you’re willing to spend some time digging through the navigational menu on the Amazon site, you can find some pretty special (i.e., highly curated and/or further discounted) sections to shop.

To prove our point, we’ve rounded up eight of the neatest (and largely undiscovered) unique sections and shops on Amazon. From handmade goods to early access deals, read ahead for eight things hidden on the Amazon website that might change the way you shop.

1. Prime Samples

If you hadn’t already heard the news, Amazon is now offering sample-sized products for Prime members — for about two bucks a pop. Even better, Amazon will issue you a credit for every sample you buy, redeemable when you purchase the full-size product. So you can try out trial-sized samples of everything from cosmetics to organic diapers, and score a discount if you decide to buy the bigger version.

2. Lightning Deals

If you weren’t already hip to Amazon’s daily lightning deals, then now’s the time to smarten up. Located under the “Today’s Deal” (aka the gold box ) tab, lightning deals are exactly what they sound like: major discounts on popular items that expire after a short period of time (usually about five hours). Only one lightning deal a day is available per customer, so be sure to check out all the different promotions before selecting your fave!

3. Amazon Handmade

Who knew Amazon had their very own handmade store? Brimming with one-of-a-kind handcrafted items created by local artisans across the globe, Amazon Handmade offers everything from home decor to pet supplies, with the same two-day delivery promise for Prime members to boot.

4. Worry Free Store

Searching for quality all-natural products on the web can be daunting. Luckily, Amazon now has their very own Worry Free Store, filled with nothing but vetted organic and paraben-free health and household products, ranging from diapers to dryer cloths.

5. Amazon Warehouse

Why buy pricey new products when you can get your hands on refurbished ones for a fraction of the price? Amazon Warehouse offers amazing discounts on quality used (and often expensive) products such as luggage, furniture, laptops, and other electronic devices.

6. Amazon Outlet

Believe it or not, Amazon actually has an outlet store (and it’s not in a big mall just off the highway either!). Shop Amazon Outlet for awesome bargains on all the usual name-brand outlet offerings — clothing, electronics, kitchen gadgets, etc. — but now from the privacy of your own sofa.

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7. Prime Early Access Deals

If you love a good deal — and who doesn’t? — look no further than Amazon’s Prime Early Access Deals for your next great discount. Available exclusively for Prime members, Early Access Deals are limited-time sales (usually around six hours) on a range of items that switch up every day.

8. Home Services

Did you know Amazon actually now offers a handpicked assortment of home services, including house cleaning, furniture assembly, and yard work? Complete with upfront pricing and easy online scheduling, Amazon Home Services sends vetted local pros straight to your home to do your dirty work, so you don’t have to.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 8 Money-Saving, Life-Changing Things Hidden on the Amazon Website