Understanding the Amazon Warehouse for Holiday Shopping
The hidden secret of Amazon
The Amazon Warehouse promotional pages are still the hidden gems of Amazon. While Lightning Deals and Amazon Devices usually get the most marketing leading up to Black Friday, the Amazon Warehouse is still one of the best places to shop online. The deals aren’t just great around Black Friday but leading up to the holidays there does seem to be a better selection.
If this is your first time looking into the Amazon Warehouse, congrats, you have found the secret lair. In the Amazon Warehouse you can find great deals on quality used products, even old textbooks and barely touched gadgets. There are millions of products in the Warehouse everyday, and Amazon goes to great length to make sure you are still getting quality products from its partners. According to the company’s website, “All items are inspected and graded using Amazon’s rigorous 20-point quality inspection process and sold at a discount.” The company continues, “Purchases are Prime-eligible and backed by Amazon’s 30-day return policy and award-winning customer service.”
Amazon’s return policy is easily one of the best in the entire industry and these Amazon Warehouse deals are covered by the exact same policy, but cost a fraction of the regular price. The benefits stack up rather nicely: you get Prime Shipping if you’re a Prime Member; you can shop the same brand names that you find on the regular Amazon storefront; you have the same awesome 30-day return policy if you’re not happy; and you are saving a ton of money.
The items are described in standard terminology, just like you would find on sites like eBay. “Used Like New” is the top of list, an item that Amazon says is in perfect condition, but because of the condition of the packaging, it does not meet the company’s standards for new product. Returned items with minor packaging defects are classified as “Used-Like New.” If an item has cosmetic damage or blemishes, shows slight signs of use, has minor accessories missing, or the packaging has been replaced to better protect the item, Amazon will call this product “very good.” The “Used – Good” items may have large cosmetic damage or blemishes and/or missing accessories. Sometimes Amazon will replace the standard packaging for these items. Finally we have “Used – Acceptable,” an item that may show signs of wear including scratches, dents, and other aesthetic problems. Again, the packaging may be replaced to better protect the item in these situations, and the manuals or third-party attachments may be missing. Obviously the price goes down considerably for each grade, and you can save a bundle just because of a dented box or a minor scratch.
These items are not “Certified Refurbished,” which have an entirely different set of rules. Items that are marked Certified Refurbished have all been inspected and certified to work and look like-new, and they come with a limited 90-day return policy. These are they safest bets, but cost a little more than if the item got the “Used Like New” rating. In general, items do not come with a manufacturer’s warranty but you do get the 30-day return policy from Amazon, while Certified Refurbished get a 90-day return window.
Shopping the Warehouse deals or the Outlet section is just like shopping on Amazon. You can shop by category or keyword and you use the same checkout and payment information you already have on Amazon. There’s no need to enter in any new information if you are a regular Amazon shopper.
Since these items are from the same Amazon that you already use, you get the amazing FREE shipping that customers have grown to crave. In the past I’ve used the Amazon Warehouse for PC parts, stocking stuffers, kitchen appliances, and even winter clothes. Like I said, it’s my secret store of savings.
The downside to the Amazon Warehouse is the inventory numbers. The Amazon Warehouse doesn’t have huge quantities of each item, so if you see something you like, you have to pounce on it quickly. The inventory also changes everyday, so I bookmark this page on Amazon to stay on top of the deals.
If you need parts, clothes, toys, gifts, furniture, gadgets, or home decor, it’s the best place to start.