This could be my doorstep almost every day of the week before the holidays! “My name is Jillee and I am an Amazon super shopper!” Not only is it incredibly convenient (considering I live almost an hour away from any real shopping)….I just plain get great deals! So I’m very excited about today’s guest post – How to Use Amazon’s Lightning Deals to Get All of Your Christmas Gifts for Less!
Melea has been sharing deals on her blog Freebies2Deals.com for over 5 years and is a holiday shopping PRO! She is going to be joining us every other Friday through the holidays to share her expert tips for getting the best deals on your holiday shopping! It’s never too early for a good deal…so let’s get started!
If you haven’t heard of Amazon Lightning Deals, you will want to make sure you are using them to save a TON of money this Holiday Season!
Here are The Basics:
Starting NOW you will begin to see more and more Lightning Deals begin to pop up on Amazon. Each item is deeply discounted and only a certain number of them are available. Most are at Black Friday prices and I have even seen some at BETTER than Black Friday prices. The deals are so hot in fact, that the most popular items (like Frozen Toys) run out super fast.
Each deal lasts 1-2 hours and is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. So you will start to notice that the crazier deals only last for a minute or two before they are all gone. It’s like LIGHTNING! :-)
If you are lucky enough to get the item into your cart, you will have only 15 minutes to actually purchase it or they will take it out of your cart and give it someone on the waitlist! So don’t delay!
If the Lightning Deal you are trying to get your hands on goes out of stock before you get a chance to grab it, make sure you Join the Waitlist. Like I mentioned above, if someone doesn’t check out in time or decides they no longer want the item, Amazon will notify you with a pop-up message on your Amazon screen telling you that you have 10 minutes to purchase the item if you want it! I have been successful using the waitlist strategy many times! So don’t forget to do that if it is an item you really want!
An important change to note this year: Amazon is now giving Amazon Prime Members 30 minute early-access to certain deals. That means that some of those hotter deals might actually be gone before you even get a chance to grab them–IF you aren’t an Amazon Prime member. So how do we get around that??
If you have never had Amazon Prime before, you can sign up for a FREE 30-Day Trial of Amazon Prime here. Another benefit of having Amazon Prime (or the FREE 30-Day Trial) is that you also get FREE 2-Day Shipping on any of your orders! If you time it right and sign up around the 1st or 2nd week of November, you could potentially get all of your Holiday shopping done before and during Black Friday Week & Cyber Monday and have it all shipped to you FREE! (Note: You will need to cancel your membership before that 30 days is up, or you will get charged $99 for a year membership to Amazon Prime. However, because of the amount of deals Amazon has and the Free 2-day shipping, a lot of people opt to keep the membership and pay for it. To give you an idea, in 2013, I placed 123 orders! That ends up being $.80 per shipment. And some of those were heavy items like a Wakeboard!)
Now that you know how Lightning Deals work and how to get all of the deals shipped to you free, you will want to know how to locate them on Amazon’s site. You will want to bookmark or save this Lightning Deals Main Page on your computer to access them easily.
Once we get closer to Black Friday (Amazon calls it Black Friday WEEK), you will notice that more and more Lightning Deals are available and are frequently available for the hotter Christmas items.
All you have to do is jump online each morning and see what time the deals start for different items. If it is one you want, just set an alarm on your phone and be online ready to go about 5 minutes before the deal goes live. You will see a clock counting down the seconds until the deal goes live!
If you need help finding deals on all of your Christmas gifts, feel free to visit Freebies2Deals.com! I will post any amazing deals I see from now till Christmas. And I will give you a heads up about Black Friday deals, when the sales will be starting and more.
Thanks Melea! Even though I’m an Amazon super shopper, I’ve never tried the Lightning Deals before! Can’t wait to give it a go!
Be sure and check out more of Melea’s super secret holiday shopping tips throughout November and December!