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Are Amazon Warehouse Deals Any Good?

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Amazon Warehouse Deals deliver great brands at a bargain price.

Amazon Warehouse Deals deliver great brands at a bargain price.

What Are Amazon Warehouse Deals?

Amazon Warehouse Deals are goods sold at a reduced price on the main Amazon website. The Amazon Warehouse is a shipping division of Amazon, not an independent marketplace seller. Amazon gives a detailed description of the reason each item is being sold as a warehouse deal, so you should be fully aware of its condition before you buy. Worst-case scenario: if you're not happy with the item, you can return it under Amazon’s 30-day return policy. Some of the reasons a product may be listed as an Amazon Warehouse deal are as follows.

  • damaged outer packaging (either banged in transit or the package is open)
  • lost instruction manuals
  • small scratches or other insignificant damage
  • food at or near its expiration date

Why Are Amazon Warehouse Prices So Low?

Amazon offers a huge selection of goods to buy online with competitive prices, and a no-quibble 30-day return policy. They have large fulfilment centers (or warehouses) that ship goods, and check and resell the returned items. Online retailers have a high rate of returns because customers can only view a photo of the goods before buying. It's not the same as actually handling the items before making a purchase. As a result, many customers change their minds and return their purchase.

Some of these goods can be restocked into the main inventory if the original packaging is undamaged. However, many items have to be resold as "used" if the wrapper has been opened to examine them. These are the Amazon Warehouse Deals, and some offer big savings compared to buying new. Another example is when a package has been damaged in transit: Another person's return could mean a bargain for you.

Do Amazon Warehouse Deals Come With a Manufacturer's Warranty?

No, used products generally don't come with a manufacturer's warranty. However all Amazon Warehouse Deals are backed by Amazon’s standard 30-day return policy. This is extended to a 90-day return policy for Renewed items.

Are Smartphones Included in the Amazon 30-Day Return Policy?

Yes, any item offered by Amazon as a Warehouse Deal is covered by their 30-day return policy. This gives you time to examine your purchase properly and make sure the damage (if any) is no more than was described on the product page. You have the choice to either keep the item or return it in the same condition if you are not happy with it. The date by which you need to return it will be marked on the email you received confirming your order. If you deleted the email, you can check the order details in your online Amazon account. Smartphones are included in this generous return policy. However, you should check that all the phone's functions work properly as soon as you can. You won't be able to get a refund if you find the phone is faulty after 30 days has passed.

How to Time Your Purchase to Get the Best Deal on Amazon

Price Changes Depending on Demand

Prices of deals can fluctuate. I have no inside knowledge of how or why the prices change, but it seems to be tied to the time of day as well as day of the week. Amazon monitors when most sales occur and alters its prices to encourage you to spend. For example, I find that if I log onto the site in the middle of the night, prices are lower than if I view them the following morning. If I'm patient, the price has usually dropped down again by the evening.

Black Friday Bargains in Amazon Warehouse

Every year in the Amazon Black Friday Sale, you can get 20% off Amazon Warehouse Deals. In addition, if you are a Prime Member you get other discount sale opportunities. About twice a year, Amazon offers an extra 20% discount to Prime members on all goods sold directly by Amazon including their Warehouse Deals. So, if you time it right, a good buy becomes an exceptional buy.

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Difference Between Buying Used and Buying a Warehouse Deal

  • Always make sure the item you want to buy is listed the item under “Amazon Warehouse Deals.”
  • Don't confuse these deals with other used and secondhand items sold by marketplace sellers.
  • Marketplace sellers use their own definitions of an item’s condition, and they also don't offer Amazon's no-quibble return guarantee of satisfaction.

How Do I Know If an Item Is in Good Condition on Amazon Warehouse?

Amazon rates its warehouse deals into one of five quality categories:

  • Renewed
  • Used - Like New
  • Used - Very Good
  • Used - Good
  • Used – Acceptable

Be aware that these descriptors are only as good as the human who inspected them. What they consider “good” I may find to be only “acceptable.” On the other hand, their “very good” may be “like new” in my eyes. I find it is more useful to read and take note of the accompanying detailed description of the item’s defects. Remember, you get what you pay for. Unless you want to be regularly disappointed, I recommend you only buy warehouse deals that are marked as “Used - Very Good” or “Used - Like New” and always read the description.

Can I Return an Item I Bought From the Amazon Warehouse?

Yes, you can. You can return an item for free without paying for shipping if you do so within 30 days from the date of delivery, for a full refund, if you have bought it from Amazon Warehouse. N.B. This no-quibble guarantee does not apply to goods bought from Amazon marketplace sellers.

Amazon Prime Day Sale Bargains

Once or twice a year selected goods are offered at 20% extra discount to Prime members. These include many Amazon warehouse deals. You could take advantage of the free 30-day Prime trial subscription and make an extra 20% saving on goods you intended to buy anyway. The selection of goods included in the sale is huge, but you have to be a Prime member to get the discount. If you've never signed up for Prime before look for the invitation banner when you're signed in to Amazon's home page and get a 30-day free trial of the service.

The website asks for your credit or debit card details before you complete the sign-up. This is because Amazon hope you'll forget to cancel the payment mandate after the trial. If you don't cancel, the free offer automatically converts into a paid membership. If you are a savvy shopper, after registering with the service, I suggest you go immediately to the “cancel your trial Prime membership” option in your account. By cancelling straight away, you retain the free period, but won't be billed when it ends. If you like the service, you can always rejoin. The monthly fee is the same whether you opt for continuous membership now, or come back later and reactivate it.

Amazon has made online shopping easy and hassle-free.

Amazon has made online shopping easy and hassle-free.

Can You Trust Amazon Warehouse Deals?

It depends on what you mean by trust. Each item has been categorized so that before you buy you should have been made aware of any defects. But mistakes are sometimes made and an item does not always meet with your expectations. If that happens to you, just return it under the 30-day returns policy, and tick the box performance or quality not adequate. I have found Amazon always refunds your money in full in these circumstances.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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