Amazon consistently has the lowest prices on most, if not all, pet supplies. What many dog owners don’t know, is that there are added ways to save when you shop pet products through Amazon.com! Some of these money saving tips are free, while others may cost you a bit upfront but save you hundreds in the long run.
Remember that when buying products online, it’s best to do your research on the product and the seller. Unlike shopping in local pet stores, you don’t get to see the products before making your purchase. Things may be larger or small than they look in pictures, and edible dog supplies may not be as healthy as the description claims.
The best way to get the most accurate information on the products that you plan to purchase is by reading other consumer reviews. If there are issues with the product or the seller, you can find out about them through reliable reviews. Some reviewers will even post photos and videos to prove that their claims about the product are true.
Amazon offers a lot of great deals, as do many other online retailers. Just remember that sometimes these deals offer a “get-what-you-pay-for” situation. While the cost is cheaper, the quality is as well. Keep in mind that items like this may save you money at first, but they’ll end up costing you more when you need to replace them after just a few uses.
24 Ways Pet Owners Can Save on Dog Supplies with Amazon
1. Get Amazon Prime
Of course, I have to mention Amazon Prime Membership. Not only does Amazon Prime offer you free one- and two-day shipping options, but Prime members also have access to Prime-only prices and deals on certain pet products, Prime Cards with 2-5% cashback for every purchase.
2. Use a Free Trial of Amazon Prime
Sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and cancel before it renews and bills you for a paid membership. Amazon reps have confirmed that you can have as many free trials of Amazon Prime as you have e-mail addresses.
Effectively this means that you can sign up for a free trial every month using free e-mail providers. This can get hard to keep track of, however, and may become confusing after a while. If you do use this method of Amazon Prime membership, make sure that you cancel EACH of your memberships after signup.
3. Use Subscribe and Save
When you sign up for the subscribe and save service on Amazon, you sign up for regular delivery of your dog’s products. For example, you can sign up to have your dog’s food delivered every 30 days.
This automated shipping process saves you money in gas, saves you forgetting to buy more food for your dog, and it gives you a 5% discount on your products! Find out what pet products are available on subscribe and save here.
4. Subscribe to 5 Items or More Per Month
When you sign up to receive products monthly via Amazon Subscribe and Save you save the standard 5%. You can increase your savings to 15% if you subscribe to 5 or more products per month.
5. Check for a Deal of the Day
Amazon doesn’t often have a deal of the day in the pet supplies section, but once in a while, you may catch one. It’s always worth checking for extra savings, though. Check the Amazon pet deal of the day here.
6. Watch for Daily Lightning Deals in Pet Supplies
Every day, throughout the day, Amazon runs lightening deals that offer savings for a couple of hours. These savings are applied to a variety of pet products and are available to Amazon Prime members 30 minutes before all other Amazon buyers. Check the Amazon lightning deals for dog supplies here.
7. Check Amazon Coupons
Amazon offers their own coupons on pet products that can save you a percentage or a dollar amount on your purchases. Coupons are easy to apply by simply clicking the “Clip Coupon” button under each offer and adding the item to your cart. Check out Amazon pet products coupons that are live right now.
8. Take Advantage of Early Access Pet Deals for Prime Members
Prime members get access to certain pet product deals 30 minutes ahead of other buyers. This is particularly advantageous for the biggest savings and most popular products. Check out early access dog supplies deals for Prime members here.
9. Check Pet Product Savings and Sales
Amazon also offers savings and sales on pet products for varied lengths of time – most often these offers are updated weekly. You can see what pet products are on sale or offering savings on Amazon here.
10. Watch Your Amazon Deals
Amazon lightning deals are scheduled throughout the day and it’s easy to miss a deal if you forget to check in. Use Amazon deal watcher to track the deals that you are interested in. Simply sign up and “watch” deals you are interested in and you will receive a reminder before your deal goes live.
11. Check the Amazon Outlet
The Amazon Outlet is another place where you can find discounts on various pet products. These are most often products that are being discontinued, no longer carried by Amazon or that have been replaced with newer models. You can look at pet products available in the Amazon Outlet here.
12. Look for Open Box or Used Items in the Amazon Warehouse
Depending on what you are shopping for, you can often find great deals by buying an open box or used items. I wouldn’t suggest used bedding items due to the risk of pests or parasites, but items like crates or baby gates can be sanitized. You can see what pet items are available in the Amazon Warehouse here.
13. Don’t Forget Digital Deals!
If you are in search of training books or videos, Amazon offers great discounts in their digital deals section. Digital deals are most often fictional books, but you will occasionally find digital pet products if you are patient enough to scroll through all of the deals. You can see all of the digital deals available on Amazon here.
14. Woot Deals Are Amazon Deals Too
Amazon purchased the Woot.com website not too long ago, and now you can find Woot deals on the Amazon site too. Woot does not offer a pet category specifically but frequently list then in their “Home and Kitchen” section.
Woot dog supplies deals generally don’t include edible items, but often include beds, furniture, toys, mobility aids, bowls, and dog grooming items.
15. Check Alexa Deals for Amazon Echo Users
If you own an Amazon Echo device, you also have access to Alexa deals. Alexa deals are available in all categories of products and don’t always include pet products so it can be hit or miss.
To take advantage of an Alexa deal, you must use a voice command to ask Alexa to order the item for you. Only Prime members can take advantage of Alexa deals and buyers are limited to one item per deal per customer and per Alexa device. You can see which items are currently discounted for Alexa users here.
16. Check Other Sellers
Depending on the items you are looking for, you may be able to find better prices from other Amazon sellers. Do this by finding the item you want and clicking on it. Once the item page opens, scroll down the page and on the right side under the purchase button, you will see other sellers on Amazon.
When looking at other sellers on Amazon make sure to factor shipping costs into the price since not all sellers offer free shipping. Also, be sure to check the reputation score of the seller and only buy from sellers with a trustworthy reputation.
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17. Look at Used Items from Other Sellers on Amazon
When shopping with other sellers on Amazon, consider buying used items when hygienic. You can find used items from other sellers by following the directions above and looking only for sellers offering used items.
Used items vary in condition, it’s up to you what condition item you purchase but the better the condition, the higher your price will be.
18. Look for Multiple Item Discounts
If you are purchasing multiple items from one manufacturer or shop owner, check to see if they offer discounts on more than one item. Sometimes you will get a discount if you buy more than one of one item from a shop. Other times, you will get a discount if you purchase multiple items of any kind from the same shop.
Make sure to calculate whether a savings is worth buying multiple items. For example, if you can save $2 by purchasing two large bags of dog food but it takes a month to get through one bag, it’s not worth purchasing two bags and letting one sit for four weeks.
19. Look Through All Item Listings
Once in a while, you will find the same item listed multiple times on Amazon. This is usually the result of other sellers making new listings for items that are already being sold by Amazon.com.
This can also happen when multi-packs of items are listed. When searching for your item, scan through all listing for that item to make sure that you get the best price.
20. Consider Substitute Items
Depending on your dog and the item you are looking for, don’t be afraid to check out substitute brands. Whether you look at competing brands of the same item or generic brands is up to you.
You will save more using generic brands for most items, however, generic items aren’t always best. For example, if you use baby wipes to clean your dog’s paws, generic wipes may be flimsier and require twice as many for the same job. You may find, though, that a competing brand offers the same quality for a lower price.
21. Push a Promotion
Pushing a promotion doesn’t always work with Amazon but occasionally it will. Simply add the items you want to purchase to your Amazon cart and leave them there without checking out.
If you let items sit in your cart for a few days, you sometimes receive an e-mail prompting you to check out. This email often includes a promotion or coupon code to save money.
22. A Pre-Order Price Guarantee
On certain items that are offered for pre-order, Amazon displays a “Pre-Order Price Guarantee”. This means that if you purchase the item at one price and the price lowers before your item is in hand, you can request a refund for the difference in price.
Pet products are rarely offered on pre-order, but certain items like tech toys for pets and unique pet gadgets can qualify for this type of savings.
23. Use a Price Tracking Service
Some items follow pricing trends depending on varying factors such as the time of year. You can follow pricing trends on Amazon products by using a price tracking service like Camel Camel Camel. This will tell you the best time of year or time of the month to purchase the particular item you are looking for to get the best price.
24. Use a Price Searching Service and Deals Sites
If you’re short on time or just not confident in your savings skills, use a price searching service and check sites that constantly publish the best deals on dog supplies from Amazon. They do all of the legwork for you when it comes to Amazon deals.
…Just Know When to Stop Looking for Savings
There are plenty of ways to shop and save through Amazon, but it’s important to know when you are no longer shopping efficiently. I know that I can spend hours looking through items for my dog, but then I end up losing my savings on products because of the time I’ve wasted.
The bottom line? If you’re spending hours to save just a few cents, you’re costing yourself more in the long run. Bite the bullet, buy the product and get on with your day!
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