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Amazon’s new Back to School Deals and Online Tools Launch Today

Amazon has quickly become the Back to School leader

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July usually marks the beginning of the Back to School sales, where parents and students can save a lot of money on everything from school supplies to new tech and clothing. Amazon officially launched the company’s Back to School and Off to College stores this week, offering low prices on practically everything one could need between Kindergarten and College. New features like PeerPicks, Teen Logins, Student Discounts on Amazon Prime, Amazon Textbook rentals, Amazon Business sites, and other online tools should make shopping a little easier this year, and could save us all a lot of money over the next few months. Don’t forget to find the nearest Wholefoods as well, you could use that Prime Membership to save on much needed snacks throughout the year.

Dorm gear, laptops, clothes, glitter, shoes, notepads, and everything in-between is on sale, and all of the items are searchable through the categories on the website and online tools. Brands like Crayola, GoPro, BIC, Sharpie, Osmo, Keurig, Calvin Klein, Elmer’s, Acer, Bose and many more are all offering their lowest prices of the season, and millions of items are offering free shipping throughout Amazon.com. Amazon has a lot of hidden tips and tools to make shopping even easier this year, and parents and deal-hunters will want to take advantage of them to get the best prices.

A curated selection of everything from textbooks and electronics to apparel and accessories is available now at amazon.com/backtoschool and amazon.com/offtocollege, as well as via the Amazon App and any Echo device if you rather shop that way.

The Off to College store serves as a one-stop shop where parents and students can easily access everything they need for life on campus. Parents, students, and educators can browse popular categories like Textbooks; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Study Supplies; Home; and Deals. Higher education institutions can enjoy a dedicated shop that makes it easy to find everything from lab equipment and supplies to common books for first year reads, academic journals and items for trade or nursing schools on Amazon Business. College students can easily ship millions of items and pick up their orders at a secure Amazon pickup location on or near campus. To find a pickup location visit amazon.com/ulp. This can be an easy way to get the gear you need sent right to your College if you’re going out-of-state.

For college students looking for a great deal on campus, Prime Student is a Prime membership designed specifically for students. Students of two- and four-year colleges can receive exclusive discounts on a wide selection of college essentials, access thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, stream more than two million songs with Prime Music, enjoy a selection of free games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, along with fast, free shipping on tens of thousands of textbooks and millions of other Prime-eligible items. The cost of Prime Student is half the cost, or 50 percent off. Signing up is simple – students can provide their .edu email address and enjoy a six-month trial to start their membership. To learn more, visit amazon.com/joinstudent.

Students can purchase and rent textbooks on Amazon and save up to 90%, with the option to extend the rental period or purchase the book. Students who have textbooks they no longer need can sell them back for Amazon.com Gift Card value via Amazon’s Trade-In program. In addition to textbooks, students can trade in other eligible items for Amazon.com Gift Card value, including video games, Kindle E-readers, books, and more.

Parents, students, and educators can start shopping the latest off-to-college trends, including fall fashion items like the adidas Foundation Iv Backpack, 7 For All Mankind Women’s Josefina Boyfriend Jean, adidas Originals Men’s Cloudfoam Ultimate Running Shoe, Goodthreads Men’s Short-Sleeve Slub Henley Tee, and Monrow Women’s Relaxed Crewneck with Embroidered Heart; dorm room decor such as the Rivet Caden Task Table Lamp, Rivet Modern Ombre Effect Lightweight Throw, AmazonBasics Closet Storage Organizer, Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by De’Longhi, and Umbra Estique Entry Organizer; and study necessities like the ASUS Chromebook, Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, Sharpie Liquid Highlighters, and Avery Big Tab Reversible Fashion Dividers in Assorted Glitter Colors. Students can also find inspiration from their peers by shopping their curated lists at amazon.com/peerpicks.

The new Back to School store offers a seamless shopping experience that allows customers to add must-haves to their shopping cart without navigating between product pages. Parents can shop school list essentials by grade or simply browse curated products within the most shopped-for categories, including School Supplies; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Everyday Essentials; Toys & Games; and Deals. In addition, educators have their own dedicated shop where they can discover classroom necessities, including everything from desks to pencil sharpeners on Amazon Business.

New this year, teens 13 through 17 years old can get their own Amazon login under their parent’s account and shop independently using the Amazon App. Parents can either approve all orders or set pre-approved spending limits, providing their teens with a customized level of autonomy to browse, shop, and make their favorite school purchases. Parents who have a Prime membership can share select benefits with their teen at no additional cost, including Free Two-Day Shipping, Prime Video and Twitch Prime. To learn more, visit amazon.com/forteens. To shop, visit amazon.com/teenshop. It’s a pretty great idea, the kids do all the work, then the parents just approve the purchases.

Parents, students, and teachers can start shopping the latest back-to-school trends, including fall fashion items like the Converse Kids’ Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas High Top Sneaker, Rockland Jr. My First Backpack, STATE Girls’ Downtown Kane Backpack, Spotted Zebra Boys’ Fleece Zip-up Hoodie, Kid Nation Girls’ Long Sleeve Rainbow Pullover Sweater, and adidas Boys’ Athletic Pullover Hoodie; playful classroom supplies such as the Blue Sky 2018-2019 Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner, Avery Despicable Me Durable Binders, Llama Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies, KLUTZ BFF Backpack Charms, and Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons; and colorful learning essentials like Elmer’s Glow-in-the-Dark Glue, Crayola Back to School Supplies Set, Canon IVY Bluetooth Mini Photo Printer in Rose Gold, and Cosmic Color Sharpie Permanent Markers. Customers looking for further inspiration can explore picks from parents and teachers, available at amazon.com/parentteacherpicks.

“Embarking on a new school year is a significant milestone for the entire family, whether customers are preparing to send their little one off to kindergarten or seeing their recent high school graduate gear up for life on campus, Amazon has everything parents and students need to stay ahead of the class and stand out in a crowd,” said Steve Downer, Director of Consumer Electronics at Amazon. “Our goal is to help customers save precious time during the beautiful summer months by offering a one-stop shop where they can easily find everything they need for the upcoming school year, such as a pair of stylish shoes that can endure a semester’s worth of campus treks or flexible seating options for students whose teachers want to create more movement in the classroom.”