What is Amazon Basics?

What is Amazon Basics?

When finding deals on Amazon, it’s hard not to notice AmazonBasics. Launched in 2009, AmazonBasics is one of the online selling giant’s popular private level brands, along with Amazon Gear Store and Pinzon Bedding & Bath.

AmazonBasics provides a huge set of choicesAmazonBasics provides a huge set of choices for everyday items such as electronic accessories like batteries, earphones, keyboards, HDMI cables as well as home necessities like bath towels, dinnerware sets and bed sheets. If you need a school backpack for your kid, a dog bowl for your pet, or an ergonomic chair for your home office, it’s all covered in AmazonBasics.  Basically, it provides the type of items that are basic and commoditized – everyday items you don’t want to waste time shopping for.

Products sold on AmazonBasics are not different with off-brand versions of popular products other retail stores offer. Amazon seems to be into targeting products that sell very well on other sites and brands, and then creates their own that are often nearly identical to the original, launching them as new AmazonBasics products.

If that’s the case, you might be asking what is their products’ edge from the popular brands. The most obvious benefit would be the low prices offered for electronics. None of these would be the flashy type of items that will make your friends green with envy, but it will surely get the job done with less expense.

PackagingFor Amazon, their advantage would be less expenses in packaging. Amazon’s packaging is easy to open, cheaper to produce, more environment-friendly and less expensive to ship because they don’t need to compete with packaging of other brands on store shelves.

Judging by the number of positive reviews the products have gotten, AmazonBasics is doing pretty well. Most of the products have several thousand user reviews, each with four-plus star averages, while none of them have fewer than 3.5 stars. Users are saying their purchased AmazonBasics products still work well after a few years. It is because Amazon is excellent at benchmarking and has a very strict quality control. Products that mostly get low star ratings are discontinued as soon as Amazon starts struggling with it, so they don’t drag the average down. They make sure that they provide a decent amount of selection which are actually of great value.

The list of product categories for AmazonBasics include:

  • Audio accessories
  • Computer accessories
  • Audio/visual accessories
  • Camera accessories
  • Batteries
  • Office accessories
  • Storage & organization
  • Bedding
  • Bath
  • Kitchen & dining
  • Patio, lawn & garden
  • Pet supplies
  • Sports
  • Travel accessories
  • Outdoors

 

Best SellerAccording to CNET, the #1 best seller at AmazonBasics for February 2017 is its 48-pack of AA Performance Alkaline Batteries, which boasts of superior performance that perform as good or better than the most popular battery brands on the market.

Next in line would be the Portable Bluetooth Speaker BTV1 and its smaller brother, the BTV2. Both are available in different colors and are sold on a low, low price.

To get more insights on AmazonBasic products and to get the best Amazon deals, it would be helpful if you would check out some site and Amazon shopping user reviews. With AmazonBasic, the e-commerce site promises “to make products that you need, want, and above all – love.”

Love Audio Books? Check Out Audible from Amazon

Love Audio Books? Check Out Audible from Amazon

You don’t need to curl up in a corner and spend hours focused on reading to finish your favorite writer’s work. With audiobooks, you can be more productive as it allows you to feed your mind or be entertained while doing your own thing at any place. You can enjoy your favorite genre of literature while working out, doing chores and commuting.

Sign Up for Audible today!Amazon’s Audible, an audio programming online service, offers you a large library of more than a hundred thousand high-quality audiobooks to choose from. By signing up, you can gain access to different audiobooks, with categories ranging from fiction to non-fiction in different genres, types and languages. Check it out and see the benefits for yourself.

Once you subscribe to Audible, your first month is free. Plus, you can get to pick two free audiobooks that are yours to keep, even if you cancel your subscription.

After your 30-day free trial, Audible will cost you only $14.95 a month. You will receive one monthly credit for any audiobook and a 30% discount from any purchase. And if you don’t like an audiobook you bought, Audible will refund you the cost of your book, no questions asked. Amazon deals are truly worth it, even for literature lovers!

Audible is also user-friendly and easy to navigate. Using the search box, you can search the inventory by title, keyword or author. Or, you can simply browse its categories to find a book of your choice.

One amazing feature of Audible is that you can get to listen to best-selling authors narrate their own books! You can actually get to listen to the book the way the author meant for it to be understood. In some cases, professional actors get to narrate popular classics and other books. How cool is that?

Now, if you have a Prime membership, you will always have the edge. Besides the free shipping and tons of other perks, Amazon offers its Prime members free access to Audible Channels – a new service featuring a collection of content from original content producers. It offers talk show-type streams and ad-free programming of recordings from well-known publishers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Charlie Rose, The Onion, McSweeney’s and more. You can also gain easy access to its 20 Audible playlists spanning around comedy, news, meditation, science, history and more, and to a rotating selection of more than 50 audiobooks.

Sign Up for Audible today!To access Channels, Prime members can download Audible for Android, iOS and Windows 10. This service costs about $5 a month for non-Prime members, so you’re getting an extra more content with your $99-a-month Prime membership if you would enjoy and make use of Audible Channels.

So, do you love Amazon shopping? Maximize your benefits by finding deals on Amazon and trying out their great useful and entertaining services like Audible.

Check Out Amazon’s Baby Registry

Check Out Amazon's Baby Registry

Shop Amazon - Create an Amazon Baby RegistryIf you are expecting for a baby, probably you are very stoked right now with the idea of buying baby stuff. Those little shoes, extra small outfits and fluffy animal sheets – they’re too cute to ignore. But because you know you can’t afford them all, you wish your friends and family knew what you wanted for your child and have them buy those baby stuff for you.

Now, that’s enough reason to build your own baby registry. For some, it may seem selfish, tacky or childish, but the truth is, it benefits both sides. For the mom-to-be, it would be very helpful and practical. And because most people get excited with buying gifts for newborn babies, a baby registry will actually do your friends and family a favor, since we all want to give gifts that will be appreciated and used by the recipient.

Amazon can offer you the best baby registry service you could ever wish for. Check out its benefits:

Tons of products to choose from1. Tons of products to choose from

Amazon is proudly offering the biggest selection of baby products. Almost always, what you need is available at Amazon. You can choose from various brands at different prices that will complement your givers’ budgets.

Easy to use2. Easy to use

Having a baby is difficult and overwhelming enough, so you need everything else to be light and easy for you. Amazon provides a helpful starter checklist, where they suggest things you most probably need. You can easily look at the best Amazon gift ideas, most popular and top-rated items for babies you can add to your registry. You can also manage your list conveniently on any device – giving you access anywhere you go.

Discounts and bonus items3. Discounts and bonus items

With Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom, you can have a chance to get a free parenting eBook, welcome box and maternity savings. These are great membership opportunities that will surely offer you reasonable Amazon deals. You will also be eligible for 10-15% completion discount, compliments of Amazon Family. Plus, there will be no hassle because shipping is fast and free!

4. Universal Registry

If you badly want some items but it’s not available on Amazon, you don’t need to sign up with another registry or shop from others. With Amazon’s Universal Registry, you can add items from another website to your wish list! You just need to install a free Registry/Wish List Add-on to your Firefox browser.

5. 90-day returns

If the item you or your recipient received turns out into not what you expected it to be, you can return it to Amazon with no questions asked within 90 days.

Shop Amazon - Create an Amazon Baby Registry6. Automatic “thank you” note

Amazon sends out Thank You cards to people who buys something from your online list. If you have no time to thank people for their generosity, don’t worry – Amazon will do it for you.

Finding deals on Amazon might be easy, but the Amazon baby registry will help you take care of your baby’s needs with less cost, less effort and less time! Happy Amazon shopping!

Amazon Shopping Secrets

Amazon Shopping Secrets

check-out-amazon-prime-fee-for-30-daysAlmost everyone has bought an item at Amazon at one point in their lives. It’s convenient and prices are competitive. However, not all people know the different ways they can use to get the best value for their money while shopping at Amazon.

Here are some shopping tips you need to know to get the best deal out of Amazon:

Be familiar with Amazon deals1. Be familiar with Amazon deals.

Finding deals on Amazon is so easy because the online selling giant offers its users a lot of perks. Every day, you can find great discount offerings by checking out the Deals of the Day and Lightning Deals. Keeping Amazon Coupons also helps.

You may have heard of Amazon’s Prime membership. It’s a deal in itself because for only $99 a year, you can enjoy free shipping, tons of other free stuff, and exclusive privileges. For Amazon Family, you can save 20% on diapers and wipes, and 15% off of your baby registry. Amazon Warehouse is the place to go if you’re looking for used, pre-loved items to gain additional 15-20% discounts. You can also check the Amazon Outlet for great deals on close-out or overstocked items for 30% off or more.

Order your household staples with Subscribe and Save2. Order your household staples with Subscribe and Save.

Save more when buying various grocery items you need on a regular basis through Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. If you subscribe to one item, you get a 5% discount. If you subscribe to more than five, you get a 15% discount for all of them. Plus, the items will be delivered to your doorstep. Totally effortless!

Monitor prices daily and buy at their lowest point3. Monitor prices daily and buy at their lowest point.

Amazon’s prices change daily, so if you want to save on an item you don’t urgently need, check its price history at CamelCamelCamel.com. The website has a price tracking service that can keep you notified when an item you want from Amazon goes down in price. You just have to copy and paste URL of an item from Amazon and it will display the price history. Using this may help you observe a pattern on specific times its price goes the lowest so you can plan your purchase.

Gain Amazon gift cards in exchange of your old stuff4. Gain Amazon gift cards in exchange for your old stuff.

Books, electronics, video games, and other eligible stuff that you don’t use anymore can be traded in for Amazon for gift cards you can use to purchase new items at the site.

Get shipping refund or Amazon Prime extension if a shipping date is missed5. Get shipping refund or Amazon Prime extension if a shipping date is missed.

Amazon sets a guaranteed delivery date for your orders, and if items you purchased did not arrive by that time, you can contact Amazon’s customer service to get a refund on shipping fees. If you’re a Prime member enjoying free shipping perks, you can get a one-month free extension on your subscription.

Choose no-rush shipping with Prime to get store credits6. Choose no-rush shipping with Prime to get store credits.

Patience is not only a virtue – it also pays. If you’re a Prime member, you can opt for standard shipping for your non-urgent items to get a complimentary promotional credit you can use for future purchases with Amazon.

Add a pre-order item to skip the minimum needed to buy discounted add-ons7. Add a pre-order item to skip the minimum needed to buy discounted add-ons.

Amazon’s add-on items like lip balm and toilet paper are offered at a very low price, but your orders should at least cost $25 to use the discounts. You can add a pre-order item to your purchase and check out, but if you change your mind about it in the future, you can cancel it and still keep your add-on items.

Spice up your Amazon shopping experience with browser extensions8. Spice up your Amazon shopping experience with browser extensions.

To add functionality and make some tasks a lot easier, you can install browser extensions that can enable you to track price changes, add to your wish list, donate to charity and more.

Get a refund if you see price drops after your purchase9. Get a refund if you see price drops after your purchase.

Amazon is willing to issue a refund for the price difference on an item you purchased from Amazon if you end up seeing its price drop within 7 days. Sweet!

Find a person’s Amazon Wishlist with just their name or email10. Find a person’s Amazon Wishlist with just their name or email.

Not sure if you can choose the best present from Amazon gift ideas? If your recipient is an Amazon member, you can search and look for their wish list, baby, or wedding registry easily by typing in their full name or email address.

Check Out Amazon’s Home Service

Check Out Amazon's Home Service

Try Amazon Home ServicesAmazon has become the go-to place when you need to shop online. From appliances, electronics, books and digital content –  Amazon has it all. But they do not stop there. Besides Amazon shopping and Amazon deals, it also offer Amazon Home Service. The company does not want to be your only online seller; it also wants to be your plumber, your iPhone repair man, your car stereo installer, and your guitar teacher.

In 2015, Amazon launched its Home Services business to connect customers with service providers such as electricians, painters, plumbers, home cleaners, and almost every type of professional you need for a home service. Amazon took on the burden of looking for the right professional personnel for a service you need. The company hand picks them and does a criminal background check on them. You can also read reviews of the service providers from verified customers.

House CleaningHundreds of services are offered, with featured categories such as:

  • House Cleaning
  • Smart Home Services
  • TV Wall Mounting & Home Theater
  • Assembly
  • Home Improvement
  • Yard & Outdoors
  • Computer & Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Custom Services

New Furniture Get It AssembledCommon services offered include plumbing, painting, TV-wall mounting, car maintenance, furniture assembly, appliance repair, and house cleaning. Prices are shown up front, so you don’t need to get a quote from the contractor. For a custom job, a quote will be delivered to you after you indicate and specify the details.

Amazon’s smart devices like the Fire TV, Echo, and Dot need set up and configuration, so you can also hire someone from them to install these for you. If you have a smart home, Amazon lets you hire their own employees, not contractors, for expert recommendations for smart home products that are compatible with Alexa and how they will work for your home.

Amazon not only offers home-related services – it can also provide lessons and classes. The company has experts who can give one-on-one voice lessons and teach you how to play guitar, piano, violin, and drums. If you need tutoring in math or in languages such as English, Spanish and French, Amazon has instructors you can choose from to tutor your. You will also be the one to choose the frequency and duration of your lessons. Amazon can personalize curriculum for your skill level for better learning.

You can also hire a goat to graze your lawn (no kidding)! The price will depend on how much yard you need the goat to eat in.

Game Table AssemblyAmazon guarantees your satisfaction as well. Each of its services are backed by its Happiness Guarantee. If the service you ordered was not done the way you wanted it to be, or if your product or property was damaged as a result of the service, you can submit a Happiness Guarantee claim and Amazon will work with you and your contractor.

However, professionals are not always available in every area. Key in your zip code and Amazon will show if there are available pros near you.

Finding deals on Amazon is not the only option to save money and effort. If you need experts to come to your home for a needed fix – Amazon Home Services could come in very handy.

Shop Amazon’s Daily Deals

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Everyone likes savings and discounts — well, who doesn’t? If you’re a certified cheapskate, you might need to shop at Amazon whenever you have a need for a new gadget, an appliance or any item, because great savings await you there.

Finding deals on Amazon is very easy. From Amazon’s home page, you just need to click on “Today’s Deals” on the top portion, and thousands of discounted products will be displayed. It’s also called the Amazon Gold Box – where Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals and different kinds of savings are offered. Deal offerings that vary every day are the first two, which are: Continue reading

Shop Amazon Most Wished List For Gift Ideas

Shop Amazon Most Wished List For Gift Ideas

Due to the fast-paced lifestyle of most people nowadays, shopping for gifts may not fit into their own schedules. Because millions of different products can now be purchased online, many people are relying on online shopping, especially on Amazon, to get started with their gift buying.

However, there are times when you can’t think of a perfect gift to give – something that your recipient will surely love. Especially if you don’t know the person closely. Continue reading

Introduction to Amazon’s Technology

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Amazon is not just an online shopping site, as most people know today. It started as an online bookstore and now, it offers downloads and streaming of video, music and audiobook content, software, videogames, furniture, apparel, food, toys, jewelry, household items – in short, almost everything!

Amazon is also a notable producer of consumer electronics, especially its e-book readers. Here’s a list of technologies Amazon is offering in its product pipeline: Continue reading

The Benefits of Amazon Prime

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check-out-amazon-prime-fee-for-30-daysIf you are a frequent online shopper, being an Amazon Prime member for only $99 a year to get free two-day shipping will already be worth it. But, Amazon Prime offers you a whole lot more exclusive benefits that will surely give you more than what you paid for. Are you aware of them?

If not, here are the perks of being an Amazon Prime member, starting with the most favorite one: Continue reading

How to Find Deals on Amazon

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Amazon shopping itself can save you money, time and effort compared to conventional shopping. And compared with other online retailers, Amazon offers cheaper-priced items of the same quality. But it doesn’t stop there. Amazon gives you many ways to grab an even better deal for a great selection of products.

Finding deals on Amazon is never hard, but you might need to be acquainted with what those cost-saving offerings are. Here are some of Amazon’s deal options: Continue reading