It’s no secret that Amazon is a retail GIANT! I have been an Amazon Prime member since 2006. Woah. Online shopping is an introvert’s dream, and, therefore, I was hooked. The free shipping and other perks are too much for me to pass up. Pair that with Kindle Unlimited and I’m not going anywhere. Free shipping, free ebooks, free cloud storage. I mean, I love the convenience factor of it all.
Hidden Amazon Perks
But, even as a longtime customer, I realized recently that there is so much more to Amazon.com than meets the eye. Once you begin digging into each category, you will find a host of services and items you may have never known you were missing. Most of us head there to shop for a particular item and don’t spend a ton of time perusing the site. So, I went through and found as many awesome categories and services as I could to share with you. Let’s do this!
- **Amazon Originals — Watch original series and movies only found on Amazon Video.
- Music Web Player — Stream music online using **Prime Music, Prime Stations, or your own library.
- Appstore for Android — Find over 800,000 apps and games for your Android device + manage your device online.
- Kindle Singles — In addition to Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading, Newsstand, and more, you can also find a variety of “reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform.”
- **Amazon FreeTime Unlimited — An all-in-one subscription for kids that offers unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games —in a kid-friendly environment
- Echo Look — Part of the Echo & Alexa family, let this innovative hands-free camera take your picture and help you look your best.
- Alexa Skills — Once you have your Alexa, get tips and tricks on how to put Alexa’s skills to work for you! For example, **Alexa Voice Shopping gives you hands-free shopping.
- Textbook Rentals — Any college student knows how expensive textbooks can be. Now, you can rent your textbooks and save up to 87% through Amazon’s Textbook Rentals. PLUS, college students can receive a six-month trial of **Prime Student.
- Trade-In — Have old items sitting around you want to sell? Trade-In eligible items using a free pre-paid shipping label and receive an Amazon Gift Card for their value.
- Video Shorts — Watch videos that cover recipes, product reviews, tutorials, music and more through this extensive video library.
- Craft Ideas — In addition to offering a vast array of crafting products, you can also get inspired through Amazon’s Creative Projects and Craft Ideas section.
- Amazon Launchpad — Shop for new products from some of today’s brightest startups!
- Amazon Prints — With this professional photo printing service, you can create custom photo books, photo prints, cards, calendars, canvases, and large prints right from your computer. Plus, you still get free delivery as a Prime member.
- **Wickedly Prime — Discover new ways to get creative in the kitchen with a line of distinctive food and beverages available for fast, convenient shipping across all Prime delivery services.
- Sample Boxes — Get a box of samples shipped straight to your door. Buy a **sample box, get an equal credit on a future purchase.
- Coupons — Get discounts with coupons just as you would a brick & mortar store, without the clipping! **Some coupons only available to Prime Members.
- **Amazon Elements — Premium products that include a unique code on its packaging that provides deeper information about the product itself.
- STEM Club — STEM toys are handpicked by Amazon’s toy experts and delivered through the monthly STEM Club Toy Subscription. Choose your child’s age range, pay $19.99/month (with free shipping) and cancel anytime.
- Handmade — Amazon shows you there’s more than one site for handmade items! Find unique wedding ideas, personalized jewelry, artwork, and more from around the world.
- **Free Shipping Partners — Not finding exactly what you need on Amazon.com fashion wise, try Shopbop.com and EastDane.com, and use your Amazon Prime shipping benefits.
- Your Garage — Add your vehicle(s) to Your Garage, then find the right parts and accessories to fit your vehicle. Plus, you can ask other owners for tips and advice with upkeep and more.
- Amazon Vehicles — Speaking of vehicles, search for reviews, specs, images, and more for thousands of new and classic cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans before your next purchase.
- Amazon Business — Discover the solutions and benefits that meet the needs of all businesses, big and small, with Amazon Business.
- Home & Business Services — Need smart thermostat installed? Looking for a painter, house cleaner, plumber, or any other service tech you can think of? Find the person you need through Amazon’s services, plus apply to become a service provider yourself if you have the skills!
- Credit and Payment Cards — Looking to build your credit? Let Amazon help you compare credit cards to find the exact one you need to fit your needs.
- Amazon Allowance — Easily add gift card funds for yourself or someone else on a one-time, daily, weekly, monthly, or every-two-week basis that is directly added to the recipient’s Amazon.com Gift Card Balance. The funds can be used instantly to shop among millions of items on Amazon.com.
- Amazon Cash — No credit card? You can still add cash to your Amazon.com account! Amazon Cash lets you add cash to your Amazon Balance at thousands of participating convenience, grocery, and drug stores.
Seriously, some of these I just noticed while creating this list! And, most recently, Amazon Prime Wardrobe just arrived! Similar to other “try-before-you-buy” services, you pick three or more items you try on. Once they arrive, you have 7 days to decide on what you want to keep or return, then simply return what you don’t want to keep. With each purchase, you have a chance to save based on the number of items you order from your box. Not to mention, return shipping is pre-paid… and you can request a free pick-up from UPS so you don’t even have to leave your house! The service is included in your Prime Membership. Just another way your Amazon Prime Membership pays off!
(items marked with ** are exclusive to Amazon Prime Members only)
Which hidden Amazon perk where you most surprised to learn about?
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