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How to Find the Biggest Discounts on Amazon

The discount search trick is a great little hack for finding deals on Amazon.
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As a savvy shopper, you've probably picked up on one or two Amazon money-savings hacks. From using their filler item finder to snag free shipping (a particularly handy tool for non-Prime members), to saving up to 15 percent through Subscribe & Save, there are a number of Amazon tricks out there to help keep more cash in your pocket.

We want to shed some light on one more great tip — using Amazon's discount search to see specific items that are seriously marked down. This little-known maneuver allows you to manipulate the URL to filter your search results by what's on sale. The even better news is that it's super simple.

Ready to give it a whirl? Here's a play-by-play breakdown of exactly how to do it.

How To Use Amazon's Discount Search

Enter what you're looking for into the search bar. For our little experiment, let's go with coffee makers.

Amazon Discount Search Step 1

As you'll see, the associated results are populated by best-sellers and whatever models Amazon is pushing.

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To see which ones are 50 percent off, add &pct-off=50- to the end of the search URL. How about ones that are between 50 and 70 percent off? Simply add &pct-off=50-70 to the URL, and you're good to go.

To see it in action, let's return to our coffee makers search results page and add &pct-off=75-.

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You'll see that Amazon automatically comes back with models that are 75 percent off (along with others ranging from about 50 percent off and up). Since they're all listed front and center, it makes it much easier to navigate through the inventory to find what you're looking.

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While playing around with this tool, you might ask yourself why it doesn't make more sense to just sort your search results from lowest to highest price. Be warned: if you do, you'll have to weed through irrelevant (and annoying) items that are only slightly related to your search query. For example, if you type "coffee makers" into the search bar, then filter the results by lowest price, you'll have to deal with pages of results like these before getting to the good stuff:

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Also, don't forget to include a dash after a single number (so &pct-off=25- for 25 percent off). If you leave it off, the discount search function won't work.

Have you found a great deal thanks to Amazon's discount search function? If so, share the wisdom in the comments below!

If you're looking for other Amazon hacks like these, check out this post on how to make the most of your Prime benefits— it's loaded with additional money-saving goodies.

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This article fails to mention that Amazon widely exaggerates its discount claims. For example items that say 50% off are often the same price at other retailers.
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If your goal is to "feel good" about getting an expensive item for cheap - this is definitely the way to do it.

For those of us looking for value instead finding deals on SD with consumer reports crosscheck is often the best way to go.
  • Unfortunately, people had been using discount search for long enough that some companies optimize for it, they overprice a cheap product and then heavily discount it.
    • Especially beware brand new heavily discounted products. It is often better to get a year or two old flagship from a reputable brand than brand a new item.
  • Reviews as a channel lost a lot of the value as well, as amazon sellers nag people to leave reviews for their products. This produces overinflated score.
    • Study reviews carefully, especially mid and low star ones. Note if people have common complaints. Mid star reviews are good, because they almost always come from real people.
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thanks
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i try but itndorsnt work well. i try from iphone 6s case with &pct-off=25-50, it doednt show me the product that on sales with promo why?
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I don't put all my trust in Amazon as being the lowest priced. I might look there first but I will do a Google search for prices to see what other retailers are selling the item for. Then I'll look for discounts/coupons on sites such as RMN
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I don't get it. Isn't this the same as going to the left-hand panel//Categories list and clicking on "50% off"?
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I don't get it. Isn't this the same as going to the left-hand panel//Categories list and clicking on "50% off"?
This might explain the difference:

"you might ask yourself why it doesn't make more sense to just sort your search results from lowest to highest price. Be warned: if you do, you'll have to weed through irrelevant (and annoying) items that are only slightly related to your search query. For example, if you type "coffee makers" into the search bar, then filter the results by lowest price, you'll have to deal with pages of results like these before getting to the good stuff:"
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