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Amazon is one of those businesses that started off small and become something much bigger and much greater. It was started in 1994 by Jeff Bezos as an online book retailer; obviously it is much more than that now. Amazon is one of the biggest online retailers and will be for the foreseeable future. Amazon has the best prices for all manner of products, in my case I usually buy games from amazon and they always have the price drops first and the start price for some games are £45 but amazon they are almost always £42. I have bought headphones, DVD’s , games, consoles, controllers, cases etc from amazon. I have always been happy with them, no complaints whatsoever. If I’m honest I’m not sure where I would get things for the same price if it wasn’t for amazon. Especially as it is online and easier to get to than physically going to the shops, I really can’t complain.
Now to buy from Amazon you have to sign up, it is fairly simple just contact details, delivery address and payment details, I think it’s most mainstream cards and PayPal that can be used as payment options but this may have broadened since I have been signed up. Once you are in your account you can review your orders, cancel orders (if in time) leave feedback to those who you have bought from, contact those that you’ve bought things from etc. You do have to be aware that fairly recently Amazon’s Third Party Sellers became much more prominent and you will find yourself much more than not buying from a trusted TPS than Amazon, at least this is my experience now, it is very similar to an eBay feel but you can still buy from Amazon themselves in most instances. The TPS’s can be big businesses (with their own websites), smaller businesses or even individuals just wanting to sell their stuff. Regarding delivery costs Amazon almost always offers a free standard delivery, they have recently (2013) introduced products that are called ‘add on’ items which are smaller cost items that would be loss making if dispatched on their own, so they will only be dispatched if you buy other items from Amazon that total up to £10 including your ‘add on’ items. When it comes to TPS it is a different story, most if not all TPS charge for delivery so you have to be aware and try to not be fooled by price as I have seen delivery charges that are almost as much as the product cost. Amazon itself always offers next day delivery at an extra cost, up to 2pm the previous day is the cut off point for next day delivery. Although now if you buy Amazon prime you pay £80 a year and get their Netflix type service and next day delivery on all qualifying items, I am thinking of doing this when my Netflix subscription runs out. Though be warned Amazon offer a free trial of prime for 30 days and if you have not cancelled by the 30th day you will have to pay for the service for I think 6 months which is the ‘catch’ here. I have had almost all my items from TPS intact and delivered on time, occasionally (twice) I have had a delivery time of almost a month the items were both from China but I have received a parcel from China at standard delivery in a week and half before so I don’t see this as an excuse. With Amazon I have generally got my parcels from Royal Mail and no complaint whatsoever, quick and intact every time.
Now with the structure of the website, it is very well structured, nothing is hard to get to and it is not complicated to navigate. If you are logged in your name will come up on the right side next to the categories and you can make changes to your account in anyway with the drop down bar, the search bar is very visible and has an autocomplete to save time. The homepage will have newly released or highly discounted items on it so you can see, maybe by chance it will influence a buying decision, at least amazon hopes so. Usually the items offered are quite high prices but I have come across something on the homepage for £20 before. Also if you are logged in there are recommended products that are along the bottom of the page when you are viewing a product based on your previous buying decisions, there is also one for what others bought as well as buying this item you are viewing. So for example if you are buying headphones, there will probably be products such as headphone cases and protectors for those headphones as extra purchases along the bottom of the product page.
I will list some of the departments amazon has that I use regularly to look through and buy when I can afford to do so; (I should mention that these are the main headings, these headings have many subcategories under them)
- Apps for Android- This is just like the Google Play, you connect your phone and move the app into the correct folder for your particular phone. There is nothing for the App Store (iPhone). Sometimes the prices for these apps are cheaper than on Google Play and do relatively the same thing as the equivalent but are only cheaper by a small margin
- Books and Kindle – This is a marketplace to buy all sorts of books ( for a relatively cheap price, either physical books or e-books for the kindle as I have seen so far Amazons the best delivery for the best price and when buying Kindle books the process is fast and I have never experienced any problems. You should bear in mind that Books and Kindle are 2 different categories but they are very similar, as kindle books are under the books category and kindle accessories are under the kindle category
- Electronics and computers – This is a category that sells all sorts of electronics and hardware such as cameras, TV’s, sound systems, sat nav’s, phones, general accessories and much more. I have seen some of these things offered very cheaply and of great quality but I have seen some products offered more cheaply with sales on the main provider’s website e.g Samsung. Really depends on the time of the year, seasonal sales is a variable time. I have bought headphones, charging cables, storage cards and second hand phones from Amazon and have been happy with them all
- Movies, TV, Music and Games – This sells hardware for TV such as love film, amazon instant, DVD and Blue ray movies and games. I have bought around 15 games from amazon and have always been pleased, although recently I haven’t been buying from Amazon but from one of the trusted sellers on Amazon and again pleased with the results
I will briefly list the other main departments as I do not frequently use them
- Car and Motorbike
- Beauty, Health and Grocery
- Clothes, Shoes and Jewellery
- Sports and Outdoors
Now onto the actual buying process when buying items you should keep in mind that some public holidays warrant big sales so you may want to wait for them and most electronic products have sales at some point in the year generally quite randomly so keep a look out for that also. Like I have mentioned Amazon does not have the best prices all of the time but mostly it does and the quality is always good in my experience. Usually if Amazon does not have an item in stock a TPS will. One thing I will highly recommend to use with your account is your ‘wish list’ you can add items to your wish list and when you log in you can go straight to your wish list and check the prices of the items etc. Items themselves do have Amazon reviews as do sellers (they have feedback you can check to see if they are a trustworthy and good seller) although if it is Amazon I see no need to check that, I have never had any troubles with TPS or Amazon but I have stuck with TPS that have positive feedback to be safe
Finally I will speak about a relatively new addition to Amazon, which is Amazon trade in competing with the likes of Music Magpie and many other trade in sites that exist. Now Amazon isn’t very different with their trade in service to others, although what they will accept is very limited, a range of Games, various electronics and books are accepted and in return you don’t get cash but an Amazon gift card, on their site Amazon says that over a million products are eligible for trading. The process is pretty easy. I would say much easier than the eBay process
1) Enter the barcode number of your product or scan the barcode
2) Total the prices and check the conditions of all products
3) If your total is over £10 print off a free postage label and post (if under £10 you’ll have to pay for postage fee’s)
4) Send and await the email confirming they’ve received your items
When I used this service I tried to sell some DVD’s now as I have mentioned they have a very limited range which in some ways in good and some ways bad, let me explain. Most other companies such as Cex and music magpie will accept many different DVD’s but at about 5-10p, generally this just isn’t worth selling a DVD you may watch in the future for such a measly price so in this way it is good that Amazon trade in does not accept all but this does not mean that it is free from those types of deals, just less so. The bad side is that you can have a pile of 100 DVD’s and be lucky if 20 are eligible. In the end I managed to sell 20 DVD’s for £25, most were relatively new and I had just bought Netflix and other services and did not really have use for all of my DVD’s I did keep some but sold most, also if the items are rejected you can have an option to have them sent back to you for free but I have not had this problem, it would be advisable to check thoroughly through the T&C’s so you know what they will and won’t accept. So bringing it all together if you have modern (ish) books and DVD’s and a lot of time on your hands, go for it. Otherwise try the other services for a quicker and simpler send off.
P.S. Sorry for being gone for so long, I’m back now
We use Amazon for so many of our bits and bobs, household gadgets and recently computer parts for my partner building his own PC (yes, I did not realise how many of these parts would be allover the dining table when I agreed..... :D).
Amazon stocks a range of products, right through from beauty, electricals, clothing, pet supplies, stationary, homewares, musical instruments.....they really do seem to have "a bit of everything". Generally speaking, prices are good too, although there are some products that I occasionally don't bother with as they work out more expensive than the local shops.
One thing that Amazon does that I quite like looking at (but rarely purchase from) are the "lightning deals". These are deals set for a certain amount amount, with a limited supply. However, I tend to find that most of these things are the more expensive products, and often don't bother. I have found some nice things through this though - jewellery items particularly.
I also like the layout of Amazon, as it is relatively easy to use, and you can see lots of information at a quick glance. However, I do realise most of this is yet more product advertising, but at least they are products that I am actually interested in!
My partner has also subscribed to Amazon Prime which is a great service considering how many parcels we receive from them. However, they have recently increased the price massively (about £40 a year to around £70 I think!), because they added in the feature of the films and TV series. Unfortunately, you cannot remove this from your subscription, and it isn't really any use to us so we're really disappointed about this. However, we still love our free next day delivery!
Our one "bug bear" with Amazon is that every time you order a parcel being delivered Amazon Logistics, you need to specify specific details. The one that really is incovenient for us is when they automatically deliver to a neighbour. We had told them previously that we would prefer to pick up, as not to inconvenience our elderly neighbours. However, the kept doing this and delivering next door, which was really frustrating. On speaking to the Customer Service team, they told us that you have to apply these setting for every order - it would be nice if you could just set a preference rather than changing every time.
Other than that, we really like the service that Amazon provides, and would recommend it to anyone really! I am confident that you would probably find what you are after on these - I have had very few "unsucessful" Amazon shopping trips. The only thing is...I do sometimes buy a little bit more than I actually need.....:)
I love Amazon for purchases and used to buy all our cat food from them.
I still continue to buy a lot of general items from them but recently they stopped the cat food at affordable prices and were not very helpful with my messages.
It's left a little disappointing feeling but they still are one of the best places online to shop especially for health care, cosmetics and even just general grocery shopping.
The 'subscribe and save' scheme is fantastic for saving money as you get 5% off orders and then 15% off with 5 or more orders. This used to save us a great deal of money with the cat food.
Amazon are also amazingly cheap for CD's, DVD's and Blu rays and I love the fact they offer free postage on a great deal of items.
It's also possible to sell your own items and to buy second hand items. I've done this a number of times and have never had any problems. Just a warning if you do decide to sell your own items on Amazon, the fees are high if it sells and I have found Ebay to be better for this purpose.
Amazon sell gift cards which make great gifts and the website is easy to use. It's easy to sign up and to get into your account and seems very secure.
Amazon is definitely a website to visit and perfect for purchasing a wide range of items quickly, cheaply and with minimum effort.
Back in the day Amazon just sold books, now it literally selfish everything! Amazon is now really quite similar to eBay as anyone can sell anything on there but there is no bidding, just 'buy it now'. If I am going to compare Amaszon to EBay I must say that Amazin is fast superior. It is reality easy to set up and make any changes to your profile on Amazon..
I hasd purchased everything from Amsszon from books, CDs, clothing, shoes, nicotine patches to wedding favours. I gave never had any problems buying from Amazon. I did once buy some children's activity packs from Amazon and they arrived all squished in the post, it wasn't a disaster but I contacted the seller and they sent me more free of charge so it's as great service!
As well as Amazon allowing people to sell their own items from Amaszon, Amazon also sell their own stuff on their from their own warehouses. It great when you buy direct from Amazin as if you spend more than £10 you get free delivery.
I highly recommend Anazon to anyone wanting to do some online shopping. It is safe and secure and a really easy way to shop.
I have ask so sold some old university text books through Amazon. I didn't make a great deal of money back but hey evey little helps. I found selling on Amaszon as easy as buying. As soon as someone paid for San item I posted it and the money could quickly be transferred into my bank account.
Whenever I shop online I am always cautious of how safe the sites are and so shop at very few online stores myself but when there is a shop like amazon there is almost no need to shop anywhere else. When I started earning vouchers from survey sites I began to shop on amazon and now that I see you can get almost anything at great prices I now shop on there for most things and it has been this way for years. I like how amazon is laid out and it makes it really easy to find what you need. The recommendations are always great on the homepage but although they can be useful they can also make me spend more money, good for amazon but not so much for me. I find the prices on amazon are always much better than if I were to buy in my local stores and there is so much more choice than on the high street. I have bought quite a few presents off amazon so they have looked really expensive because of the RRP but only been 5 - 10 which is one thing I love about amazon, there are so many bargains. I think the daily deals are always worth a look at on Mondays to Wednesdays and the Black Friday Deals around Christmas are always fantastic so there is usually some items to buy at bargain prices conveniently around Christmas. I like the convenience of the Wish List as it means I can keep track of all the things I wish for and keep an eye on the price. I think the payment process is so quick and easy yet still secure which is always good. It never takes me long to get through and order my items but it does annoy me now that you have to spend 10 on amazon itself and not marketplace before you will get free postage. I won''t pay postage from amazon so I always find myself looking for a cheap book or something to make it up to 10. As I live in the Channel Islands I get VAT taken off which is brilliant as I save even more money with amazon. After ordering I like how amazon is quick at postage and I usually receive my items within a week, most times it''s the day before the estimate. They are always packaged well and arrive safely to my door. Whenever I have needed to contact amazon or a marketplace through amazon they have always had exceptional customer service and will answer any emails really quickly. I can''t recommend amazon enough, I really think it is the best place to shop online.
I have been a regular user of Amazon for around 5 years, and I have no idea how I managed before- It is very rare that I cannot find what I want, and the prices are generally the best that can be found online, although I do always check other distributors just in case. and far outstrrip the high street for value for money.
Although you cannot actually feel or touch the product, there are nearly always a selection of reviews made by ganuine Amazon customers, giving their opinion of the product, much like you will find on this site.
Out of the hundreds of items I have purchased via Amazon, I have only been dissapointed by the product one time. A large majority of the products come directly from the Amazon warehouses directly to you and the postage will be free of charge. If the product is coming from an independent Amazon seller, you may have to pay postage, but this is clearly displayed.
Once you have opened your personal Amazon account, the whoie experience is very easy. You search for the product you want, look at all the different options available, each with their own photos, description and reviews. the full price plus postage costs are always shown before you make you selection ( with many items postage free). Once you have made you choice and placed it in your online basket, you can choose to carry on shopping or go straight to the checkout.
This again is very easy, you choose the address you wish it to be sent to from a list of previous contacts or entering a new one, choose whether you would like to add a note (if it is a gift) or even have it gift wrapped ( for and extra fee) , then you choose the method of delivery between 1 and 5 days usually. The final step is to pay for your items. You are regularly reminded of the total of your purchase, and given the oportunity to edit or delete items. And on the final confirmation page, you will have a summary of the postal address, the billing address and the full total of the purchase including postage if applicable.
The products I have ordered in the past have always arrived within the specified time period, sometimes early. They are also always extremely well packaged, sometimes excessively so, but at least your new purchase is protected.
I've been an Ebayer for years and wish I started using this website sooner. I always find Amazon so easy to use. Whenever I search for a product on google 90% of the time amazon comes up and is always the cheapest! The website is easy to use to search for a product straight up the price and the description of the product you're viewing. Simply add it to your bag head straight to your basket which is easy to find - continue to pay for the item and select the FREE delivery and within days the item is with you. I've bought a few products from amazon and haven't been disappointed so touch wood I never have any problems in the future. It's just as simple as that. Searching on the website is easy it is separated into categories so even if there isn't something in particular you want you can just browse away and grab some bargains!
Thanks to writing reviews on Dooyoo.co.uk I receive rewards for writing which I really enjoy. I usually opt to cash out when I get up to £20.00 and receive an online code via my email to tap in and spend on Amazon.co.uk.
What Is Amazon?:
Amazon is an online store which pretty much sells everything you can think of from socks to power drills. The beauty of this site is that although you can buy new and unused goods most of the time you can purchase used items from people who also sell on Amazon which is what I opt to do with things like dvds and books as huge savings can be made. I have never sold on this site personally so I really can't comment on that but do know its easy to set up selling on here and you pay a fee for doing so.
How Simple Is The Site To Use?:
Very. The process of signing up is simple. You do have to fill in your bank details and your ready to go. You buy items via using your bank account, paypal or voucher. You can have items sent to your home address or opt to send them to other addresses (I have sent items to other people and its been very easy to do so). On some items you can pay about four pounds and get next day delivery however most items I opt to purchase take about 3-5 days with normal delivery unless otherwise stated.
What Have I Bought?:
I have bought hundreds of items from this site over the past few years. I have bought over 20 recipe books, about 300 dvds and over a 100 cds. I have ordered tools for my Stepdad and a workbench. Three stereos, a microwave, tv, dvd player, Christmas decorations, cat food and cat toys, hamsters cages, lots of make up, jewelry....... really allsorts.
I have ordered things that haven't arrived a couple of times however this hasn't been as issue to be fair. The items were not from Amazon themselves but from online sellers who pay a fee to sell through the site and actually from China both times. I have to admit though its simple to get your money back and all I did was contact the seller to ask where my items were and both times I got no reply and then I filled in an online complaint form and requested the money back and both times the money was given back to me with no further contact with Amazon, the money was just put back within a day!
The other thing that is good is that once you have had your experience of dealing with Amazon or independent sellers you get to leave your feedback and rate your experience which I think is great from my buying point because it allows me to check that other people have received what they ordered but also that it arrived in good time and that the item was as described. I do know people who have sold their items on there though ho are not happy and feel that their ratings were sometimes undeserved but of course I don't sell.
I absolutely love this site. Searching on there is simple, fast and easy. I can add to my wish list things I spot that I want to buy when I can afford them which again is simple to add and delete from and also Amazon do show me items on my log in that they think I may be interested in which is chosen from items similar I have been looking at which is great because I'm introduced to things that sometimes I haven't heard or thought of.
I find that most of my dvds cost me just £1.25 (used but in great condition and including postage and packaging) as well as the majority of my cds costing that and with no shops on my local highstreet anymore that sell older dvds and cds this is brilliant for me! The only issue that I have with this site is that I tend to buy alot more stuff through my browsing than I used to but really some of the savings I have made on things has been amazing!
Really though I find that Amazon is usually cheaper on many things than anywhere else and I always price compare on Amazon before buying from anywhere else now and I cant rate Amazon highly enough, it really is just brilliant!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have used amazon for a while and it is great. It sends you everything you order as quickly as they can and it is all in great condition. I always use amazon and always will. It helps me with the smallest problems to the biggest, Amazon is amazing!!!
The changes that Amazon have seen over the years have been paramount, starting off as an Online Book Store they now have everything that you could wish for in one handy place from hat stands to dining tables, dog collars to play pens, toys to perfume, bedding to wall art - literally anything you could think of you will find on Amazon. I have bought possibly 100+ items off here in the last couple of years alone and absolutely love the simplicity of making a purchase. You are shown the best price, customer reviews, product descriptions, payment options and delivery options before making a purchase. Once confirmed you receive an email with your order and tracking number, you can also check your Amazon account for where your order is upto, whether it has been dispatched etc.
Many businesses now use Amazon to sell their wares and is the Online shopping phenomenon is huge they are all extremely competitive meaning you are guaranteed to receive a good service as a bad review from you on their page could make proposal customers shop elsewhere, they do not want this so will do all they can to accommodate your needs. Speedy deliveries, Excellent Customer Service and low prices are guaranteed on this website. Love it!
I have used amazon for years now and must have bought well over 100 things, Everything from albums to dvds to headphones and other stuff. I currently have amazon prime which is a great tool which I will go into detail about later in this review. So what is amazon.co.uk? and Why do I like it so much? Well it's one of the biggest websites around and has thousands and thousands of different items to sell from Audio/Video to Beauty and fragrance to all sorts of other goods. First I will go into detail about the layout of the website which I think is one of the strong points.
This is one of the things that I find very helpful about the website, It is easy to look around as all the various sections are clearly laid out in menus which have sub menus, for instance if you are looking for a DVD it will show you all the various genres of film available or male or female fragrances when it comes to perfume or aftershave etc. There is a clear search bar which is on the homepage and every page which has an item on it. Simply search on this and you will find what you are looking for. Like google you will see options come up when you are tying something in which allows you to find what you are looking for more easily and more quickly than you might have to without it. Ideal when buying for someone else.
**Prices and Value**
You can buy all sorts of things at decent prices and you should find plenty of items in stock for anything you look for. It's worth looking around for the best deal and not necessarily the lowest price that you see as some items may take a while to arrive so it's important to look at the feedback of the seller and the condition of the item if they are used. Amazon prices are amongst the best on the Internet when it comes to many items and it's worth looking around on here before buying a considered purchase or you just want to get the cheapest price if you buy a lot of cds or dvds for instance. It's worth going for amazon prime if you want to save money on delivery, that's only if you buy a lot of things on the website though.
**Buying from Amazon**
This is really easy and hassle free, You simply sign up with your email address and then once you are logged in you can enter your relevant details and it saves them for when you need them when you are placing an order. There are various delivery options and you will be advised in how long you should expect to receive them. I have bought many CDs from amazon and they have arrived quite quickly but it depends who you buy them from as like ebay there are various Companies and also just one person selling their old or unwanted items.
This is where you can update payment details and look at your buying history, It will also show your delivery addresses and many other options regarding your amazon account. It's easy to use and navigate through different sections and options and you can easily change things if and when you need to. Here you can review your purchases and when logged in you will see whether you have purchased an item before, This is handy if you have a joint account or if you need to buy a new thing that you had bought previously like a remote control or something that you might need more than one of. You can also rate and review products when logged in so you can have your say on things which you have bought on amazon in the past.
I believe that amazon is a really great website for those of us who want to buy things online and get the best deals. The amount of music I have bought from amazon over the years is massive and I have saved quite a bit compared to if I would have bought them all in store and the great thing about somewhere like amazon is you can buy the rare stuff that isn't available in stores. There are so many great things about amazon that to pick out one or two would overlook several others. I will continue to use it a lot and take advantage of the free delivery from amazon prime. All round it's a fantastic site which is a must for any Music lover who likes to have a physical copy of an album rather than an Itunes download.
Amazon began in 1994 by Jeff Bezos in Seattle USA. It did start off as an online book retailer however it has since grown into something much bigger and pretty much stocks anything you could ever want. Amazon sells all over the world, I currently use the UK version and have been a member now for about 3 years.
The UK Amazon homepage does change quite often. It will display the current offers, deals and saving as well as items you might be interested in based on search history or wish list. At the top of the page you can shop by department or simply search for an item. We all have our own ways of searching or browsing for things, if I know what I need I simply type it into the search box, other times I might browse a department if I need ideas or inspiration.
Amazon sells ALOT of stuff however departs include -
Toys, Children and baby (Wide range of toys, baby gifts, baby accessories etc)
Books (physical books to buy, kindle editions)
Kindle (different types of readers and accessories)
Car, motorbike (car and bike accessories)
Grocery, health and beauty (food items, perfumes, toiletries etc)
Clothes, shoes and Jewellery (all age ranges for clothing and shoes, luggage, hangbags)
Music, games, TV and Movies (DVDS, CDS, downloads, Blu-ray)
Home, garden, pets and DIY (Kitchenware, furniture, outdoor items, lighting etc)
Sports and outdoors (equipment, fitness etc)
Electronica and computers (cameras, DVD players, TVs etc)
Digital games (App stores)
MP3 Downloads (Music)
Amazon as you can see does sell a wide range of goods, these come from UK as well as other international places. They have their own distribution centres for items they stock direct as well as other online third party sellers (TPS). The TPS can be small business to much bigger ones, some companies sell on Amazon as well as their own web page, an example of this is Yankee Candle.
How it works
To buy from Amazon you need to sign up, now the sign up process is quick and easy, once you have done all this you have then created an account, here you can make any amendments to your address, card payments etc as well as review your ordering history, track orders, leave feedback, contact the seller etc. Creating an account is good but also "dangerous" if like me you are prone to spending Amazon do make it so quick and easy to buy items, a few links and before you know it you've made another purchase!
Delivery costs, if applicable are usually given next to the item price. Its up to you if you feel the delivery cost is worth it, however if you order several items from the same seller most often the charges only apply once. Most items are free delivery so it does depend on the seller and/or item you are purchasing. The length of delivery will range seller to seller however some are good at offering next day, at a cost but if its urgent then the next day delivery is possible on some items.
Ive had a mixed bag when it comes to delivery of items from Amazon. Amazon themselves use Yodel, possibly the worst courier company known. Yodel are known for leaving packages in bins, hedges, out in the rain etc so if you do order from Amazon direct and its a fairly large item do try if possible to get it sent to an address which has somebody in during the day, I personally haven't had much of an issue with them but others have so its an important point to remember.
For other sellers the delivery mode and courier will vary, as a general rule expect small items (small to go through letter box) to be Royal Mail and bigger items tend to be courier but again it will vary depending on seller.
Things to remember/useful information
As an account holder it is very helpful to set up a wish list. If Im browsing and see an item I like or think would make a good present and it doesn't need to be purchasing straight away then I stick it on my wish list. When you are logged into your account you can view this wish list at any time and its really useful for reminding you of items you liked and more importantly keep an eye on the price as it will tell you if the price has gone up/down so you can buy when you feel its at its best price. You can have more than one iwsh list if you feel but I just stick it all in the same one!
Delivery charges, now I've mentioned delivery above but I wanted to state an important thing with Amazon deliveries that I've discovered. Some items that have free delivery are based on standard carriage and take longer to arrive, the seller might offer a quicker delivery at a cost, when ordering Amazon will most often than not automatically select a payable delivery fee, now you can change this before ordering and you will not be charged but ensure than before ordering the delivery you want (if its standard or next day) is applied and you are not hit with the unexpected charge.
Items and sellers as a whole do have useful reviews. Just like we review items on here some account holder review items and sellers on Amazon, these are very useful when buying an item, some sellers will have bad feedback so its up to you if you feel its worth the risk, however I have not come across a seller on there that has let me down, even with queries they have all been resolved very quickly.
Deals and prices on Amazon change very often so its good to browse about often. They have for the past few years done a "black Friday" normally in December time which has good deals on items such as gifts and electrical, its worth looking at that if you are keen on a bargain. If you are looking for an item but it isn't on Amazon, do check back as a seller might begin to stock it. I think that the range of goods has grown quite a bit recently. With regards to the prices, most of the time they are the best around, but sometimes they are not so try to look at other web pages and/or in store to ensure you get the best deal.
I know Amazon have been in the news regarding corporation tax, I'm not here to debate this side of it I am merely giving my views as a user of their webpage. Overall I do love Amazon, I think its easy and simple to use and in these hard times they do offer good prices for a lot of the items sold on there. I personally could spend hours on here searching and browsing for things and as a whole my experience with them and TPS is good, any issue Ive had is dealt with straight away. Its worth a look.
I have to admit i'm a bit of an Amazon junkie. I like looking through different things they have to offer, I love the 'recommended for you' that comes up on the page based on previous purchase and I have about a million things saved in my basket. I clearly don't get out enough! I think I probably used to spend most of my card earned cash on Amazon but I have cut back drastically (haven't we all!!). There are some things I like though.
Subscribe and save- I like this feature which they now offer. It means that some regular items (mainly cat food) I can get each month delivered with a 15% discount (for having 5 different items delivered) without having to worry about it. I have started adding other things now such as shampoo, razor blades and dishwasher tablets! You do have to be careful not everything is a good deal and I certainly wouldn't advocate regular grocery type products as they are invariably cheaper in the supermarket.
Trade in- have used this a couple of times for old games. Yes it is a bit of a pain putting them each in but trade in value can be higher than other sites and I haven't had a problem.....yet.
Kindle- I am afraid i'm a sucker for books and when the kindle came out I said no way am I getting one, I love the feel of the books turning the pages blah blah. Yes that's gone out the window now, I am a kindle convert. Gone are the paper books. So now I can't help having a look on Amazon (yes probably every day) to see what the daily deal is and if there's anything that looks interesting.
Christmas- I'm sorry but I'm getting too old for dragging round the shops Christmas shopping so if you can't get it on-line, you're not getting it. Amazon was made for Christmas shopping, everything in one place for a good price.
The bad things- yes there are some too. Delivery is one, I'm sorry but I shop on-line to get it delivered not to go traipsing round post offices trying to pick up my parcel. If I'm not in leave it in the shed for goodness sake! Also tax avoidance, I work long hours and expect people and companies to pay their fair share of tax like I have too shame on you Amazon :(
With Britain estimated to spend 87 billion this year (International business times) Online shopping has become a way of life for many of us. One of the largest online retail sites is Amazon.
Amazon is an American company that Jeff Bezos founded in his garage in 1994, beginning as an online bookstore. The name was picked (according to Wiki) as it started with an A, as the intention was it would alphabetically appear early when searching, the Amazon being picked as it is the biggest river in the world and the biggest was what they wanted their company to be.
It has been involved in many controversies, including being accused of anti-competitive behaviour, having book titles including paedophile and animal cruelty, remote deleting of kindle content, tax avoidance and poor treatment of workers.
Saying that, I do use Amazon quite a lot... More so nowadays with many survey and other money making sites having the option to be paid in Amazon Gift Certificates. When receiving a gift certificate, in seconds I can cut and paste to my account, with the balance instantly updating.
My goal this year was to use my Amazon money for predominantly Christmas gifts, buying small items all year round.
The variety of products available seems to have increased incredibly, its departments including electronics, clothes, toys, shoes, jewellery, DIY, even car parts. Its easy to navigate, with quick search functionality.
I have various habits in order to ensure I get a good deal.
1. Always double check prices elsewhere (ie Ebay and other online sites), I recently bought cushion covers for a pound less each on Ebay.
2. Always check the postage. If its eligible for free delivery, make sure the correct option is ticked or you'll pay for it.
3. Via Money Saving Expert under shopping tricks, you can access Amazon bargains, by creating your own Bargain searches.
4. When I want something, I place on my wish list, and write in the comments the current price. I then watch it go up and down in price. If I have time I will wait weeks before it reaches the optimum price to buy, keeping track of prices by adding each change the new price in my comments. I know others use camel camel to do this.
5. Even the most random items can be bought for often far cheaper than the shop prices and some cheaper products can be "added on" to others to save postage.
6. Freebies can be had with the free kindle books
I do love receiving parcels (the child in me) and fortunately I have a lovely post lady who leaves my parcels in an agreed place when I am not in.
I am awarding Amazon 4 stars, it loses one star for its various controversies
I never usually use Amazon and tend to make a lot of my online purchases on Ebay but I like to get a voucher from Dooyoo rather than waiting to make it to £50 as I feel less guilty spending a voucher than I do cash aha. I have used two or three amazon vouchers from Dooyoo now and can say that I'm actually quite pleased with Amazon.
You can browse on Amazon without logging in or signing up but if you wish to purchase anything you do need to create an account. This doesn't take long and is quite simple to do. Once done, you get your person login details and you address is saved so you don't have to put your postage details on everytime you buy something. In order to create an account you will need to have an email account so they can send your confirmation and order details to you.
The website layout is clear with lots of headings on what you can search for. There's a search bar where you can search for specific items or tabs that allow you to search by department i.e homeware or for Her. One thing I have noticed is the large array of products that they sell. There's allsorts on there! You can buy anything from electronic cigarettes to blenders and socks. It's a great site to use around birthday and christmas times as theres a lot of nice gift ideas on there too. I bought a lovely wall vinyl sticker saying Sweetdreams in large cursive font to go above my headboard for just £3.50.
A lot of products on the site are priced really well and if you shop well, you can get a lot of bargains. There was a lovely Firetrap t shirt that I saw last night that was £26.99 now £5.50. You do have to shop around on there a little bit though, I found some products that were the same but considerably more expensive so when I find something I like on there, I shop around and see if it's on the site at a lower price before I buy it.
When you find a product that you want to buy, you can scroll down to read a description of the item as well as other peoples short reviews on the item. I've been put off buying items I would have bought by reading some of the consumer reviews that speak negatively of the products. There's a good sized picture of each item that you can click on to enlarge and a lot of products have more than one picture of different angles allowing you to see what you're buying.
When you decide to purchase a product, you click add to basket and can carry on shopping if you wish. I like this as you don't have to stop shopping to sign in or go to your basket unless you're ready to do so.
Once you've finished shopping, you click on your basket to view your products. Here, you can change the quantity of each item, check postage charges and continue to a summary page. I had to go back as I didn't realise you can select different postage options. You can choose to pay more for express delivery or keep it standard. I had to access my email and add the gift card balance to my account. Once I'd done this, I checked my order, clicked my address to confirm then used the balance from gift card to pay for the purchases. It was really simple and quick to do.
Overall, Amazon is a good site for shopping. There's a large variety of items on there and if you shop wisely you can pick yourself some bargains up. Delivery on my last order a few months ago was really quick and came about five days after I'd ordered it. They'd packaged it suitably and discreetly so there was no invoice or anything on the outside. I'm impressed with Amazon to be honest, the site is simple to use, registration is quick and easy to do as is the shopping. I'd be more tempted to use this now I've encountered it a few times as I think you might get a few more bargains on here than you do on Ebay.