5 Things to Know When Shopping on Amazon

Online Shopping is always the easiest way to buy something without going to market, just for the sake of saving time. But at the same time, you need to be very careful before ordering. Either you are buying a high chair for baby, buying a laptop for yourself, or thinking to gift a cooking range to your wife.

We have listed some basic things you need to look into it before selecting a product or buyer.

1. EVALUATE “AMAZON’S CHOICE”

As you search on Amazon, you’ll see a black “Amazon’s Choice” badge on some listings, which Amazon says “recommends highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately.” That endorsement may sway you, but Amazon doesn’t disclose exactly how it selects products within those guidelines, so don’t assume that the product is of better quality or value without doing your own research.

2. CHOOSE YOUR SELLER WISELY

When you buy an item directly from Amazon, you’ll see the phrase “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” on the product listing. That means Amazon manages everything from shipping to customer service and returns. When you buy from a third-party seller, though, you might not get Amazon’s typical 30-day full-refund return policy. Click on the seller’s profile page link (under the “Add to Cart” and “Buy Now” buttons) to view that seller’s Returns and Refunds Policy. It’s also smart to look at the company reviews on the seller’s profile—they’ll help you see whether a seller tends to ship on time and sells quality products.

3. BEWARE OF “HIJACKED” REVIEWS

Rating stars indicate how many customers were satisfied (or not) with that specific item. But CR found that it’s worth digging into the written reviews as well. When we looked at reviews for an iPhone charger, for example, the page included positive reviews for other products, such as a computer keyboard cleaner. These reviews, which were “hijacked” from other product listings, can inflate a product’s rating. (Amazon is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it.)

4. BE SAVVY ABOUT SHIPPING

Prime items, identified by the Prime logo under the listing, offer members access to different shipping speeds: Some items have free standard shipping of four to five business days, and others offer the program’s signature two-day free shipping—through this means two business days after a product leaves the warehouse. So always check the estimated delivery date. Prime members in eligible ZIP codes may also see a same-day delivery option, but only if your order is over $35. (You may also see a countdown timer indicating the time by which you must place the order to receive your same-day delivery.)Alternatively, if you don’t need the product right away, Amazon sometimes offers a reward or discount when you agree to receive your order in six business days with “No-Rush Shipping” at checkout.

5. PRACTICE DEAL DILIGENCE

Don’t forget to comparison shop outside Amazon: You may find a better deal elsewhere. (In addition to competitive pricing, retailers such as Walmart now also offer two-day and next-day shipping on many items.) Amazon also has the ability to change prices frequently throughout the day, so it can pay to add a price tracker to your browser, such as Camelcamelcamel, that can show you a product’s price history and send you price-drop notifications.

I hope this guide helps you to choose a good product or a buyer next time you order on amazon. Please let us know your opinion using the comments section below.

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