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Secret deals to save you thousands on Amazon.com

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It's usually a matter of when, not if, you will score a great deal on Amazon.com.

It's time to see how deep a deal you can get!

Jessica White, blogger of MyMemphisMommy.com, said most savvy shoppers know how to find coupons on Amazon.com (click "Today's Deals" right under the masthead on the home page, then click "Coupons"). But we bet you didn't know Amazon Prime members can take those coupon savings one step further by typing "Amazon Family" into the search box on the coupon page. White said that's how you'll find deeper, secret savings on family-oriented products.

"You can actually save more on toddler needs, baby needs, everything for kids," White said. "It is included with Prime."

Kyle James of RatherBeShopping.com said Amazon Prime members also enjoy a two-day shipping guarantee on every purchase. If it doesn't get there in two days, Prime members get this: "Either a $5 credit to your account or a 1-month extension to your Prime membership, which turns out to be an $8 to $9 value," James said.

You don't have to be a Prime member to score secret savings on Amazon. James said any Amazon customer can use the Amazon.com price-tracking site CamelCamelCamel.com.

"It lets you track Amazon pricing on specific items," James said. Let's say you buy a $400 TV on Amazon.com. Then, you track the purchase on CamelCamelCamel.com and discover Amazon knocked $50 off. Amazon offers seven-day price protection to all of its customers. So Amazon will pay you back the $50!

"You can either start a live chat session or you can call their customer service line, let them know about the price drop, and they're going to refund that $50 back to your credit card," he said. You can also use CamelCamelCamel.com to track Amazon's price on an item before you buy it. Watch it drop, then pull the trigger when the price is right!

Oh, and did we mention that CamelCamelCamel.com is free?!

James said don't take your initial Amazon search on a product as the final price on that product. Instead, James said click on that product's page, then check out the "carousel" offers on that product at the bottom of the page. The categories will say "customers who bought this item also bought..." or "sponsored products related to this item."

"A lot of times, Amazon will hide even better deals and better prices in (those carousel offers)," he said. "It might be the exact same item or maybe last season's or something that is very similar to what you're looking at. Typically, it's sold by the manufacturer or sold by a third party, and in many cases, it's cheaper than what Amazon is selling it for directly."

Amazon also offers Amazon Trade-In. James said the e-tailer will offer gift cards or account credit for items that are in good shape, even if you didn't originally buy them from Amazon.

"Amazon will actually buy a lot of that stuff back, and they'll let you print out a free shipping label so you can ship it back for free, and they'll credit your account once they receive it," he said. "As for stuff you bought on Amazon, it actually goes back and searches all your past purchases, and it will let you know if it will buy any of those items back and for how much. For stuff that you might donate or try to sell on eBay, this is a quick way to get rid of it and make a little money."

White said some retailers will match Amazon's lowest price on a product to keep your business -- as long as you can prove it. She found the flat-screen TV that hangs in her living room at Best Buy for $2,100. She looked it up on her phone on Amazon.com. "It was $600 cheaper (at Amazon). Took my phone to Best Buy, and they price-matched it! So I was able to go home that same day with a cheaper TV," she said.

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