So you’ve discovered the hidden world of extreme discounts on Amazon – perhaps as a member of Cheap as Bleep’s Facebook Community, or of another deals group, or from a daily deals website. Perhaps you stumbled upon this exciting secret all on your own by accident, and now you’re eager to know more.
Generally, the gut reaction to seeing an order total like the one above is: It’s a scam. Well, here at CaB, we’re super pleased to let you know that there is no trickier involved. You can find products on Amazon for incredibly cheap thanks to a little thing we like to call: stacking discounts. These are different promotion types that act separately to reduce a product’s final total, and when combined do some incredible things – even resulting in a completely free purchase. In this part of our Deal Hunting series, we’re going to discuss several types of these stackable promotions.
It takes at least two discounts for a product to be free.
Sellers can create single discounts up to 99% off on any product in their store, but it takes at least two (sometimes more) discounts for a product ever to be free. These types of discounts include:
- Promo Codes
- Automatic Savings
- On Page Coupons
- Prime Savings
- Lightning Deals
- Subscribe and Save
Let’s examine each discount type more closely and how they can work together.
The Promo Code
Promo codes can either provide a fixed % off or reduce a product’s total to a fixed amount. Occasionally, though rare, a single product may have two active promo codes that stack together.
To test this, select “redeem” on both codes and then proceed to checkout. If the codes stack, you’ll see two separate promotional discounts. If not, you’ll only see the highest one. Code discounts can only equal up to 100% and will not overflow onto other products.
Automatic Savings at Checkout
Instead of creating a code, a seller can set up a product to automatically discount a specific dollar amount or a certain percentage at checkout – no action required on behalf of the buyer apart from adding to cart. These types of promotions will look something like one of these:
These types of discounts almost always stack with any other discount type, including itself. Occasionally a seller will set up two separate automatic savings at checkout that will stack on top of each other. If both read: Save 50% at checkout – you have a free product!
On Page Coupons
Sellers can create a “clip-able” coupon on page for up to 80% off or that reduces product cost as low as $0.01. These coupons will appear right next to a product’s total like so:
By clicking on the box, you “clip” the coupon and should see a line in your discounts at checkout that reads “Your Coupon Savings.” Occasionally a coupon will not “stick,” despite being clipped. This can be because the seller has set up their promotions to prevent stacking, the coupon has reached its clip limit, the coupon is targeted and only available for select accounts, or because the coupon was not properly clipped.
Prime Savings are different from price drops because they are discounts that are only available to prime members. This is important because the main reason a coupon alone can make a product free is because that product is on prime savings. A seller can add prime savings without adjusting their coupons. If a $10 product has a $6 on-page coupon and then goes on Prime savings for 50% off, that product will be free with the $6 coupon if the seller doesn’t remove it.
Lightning deals are similar to prime savings; however, these price drops only last for six hours and have a set quantity available before the deal is sold out. You can find today’s lightning deals here (affiliate link). Lightning deals will stack with codes and coupons but will not stack with prime savings or subscribe and save offers.
When figuring a lightning deal’s discount, you have to consider list price, regular price, and lightning deal price. A 50% lightning deal and a 50% promo code don’t necessarily equal 100% savings. This is because lightning deals determine discounts based on list price, while your actual stacking discount is based on regular price.
Let’s take this discount, for example. Your lightning deal savings is 73%. However, if you were trying to stack this discount with another promotion type, your stackable discount would only be 51%. This is because $10.68 is 51% of $21.99 – the actual product price and the price that all promotions will apply to. An additional 10% coupon on this deal would make your total savings 61% and not 83%.
Subscribe and Save
Occasionally products will have the option to add subscribe and save to the order. This is most common on health, grocery, beauty, and baby products but can be added by the seller to most anything. If you’re unfamiliar with what subscribe and save is, check out our guide on Facebook here.
Subscribe and save works on a tiered system. If you have five products in your monthly subscription, you unlock the second tier. There is no penalty for canceling or delaying your next order. The first tier is generally 0-10% off. And the second tier is typically 10-20%.
Subscribe and save is a small discount, but it can be enough to push a good deal into an amazing one, especially on offers with a sub and save coupon and a max of 20% extra savings
Putting the Formula Together
So now we know the basic stackable promotions; the rest is simple math! Finding freebies and cheap deals on Amazon is all about putting together a discount formula that reduces your total to zero – or as close to it as possible!
Focus on one discount type and try matching that discount with a different promotion type. An easy (but obvious and therefore highly competitive) place to start is lightning deals. You can watch upcoming lightning deals here (affiliate link). You can also filter to only show discounts over 25% or 50%, typically where your best stacking discounts will be. Keep in mind again that this discount is reflective of list price and not regular price and therefore may be skewed. Search upcoming products for additional coupons or codes for extreme discounts.
The most common freebie formulas:
- Lightning Deal + Code (+ Coupon)
- Lightning Deal + Coupon
- Code + Coupon
- Code + Code
As you can see, the vast majority of run deals center around either a lightning deal or a promo code, and these should be your starting points for searching for stackable discounts. For info on where promo codes come from, don’t forget to check out our post here.
Finding extreme discounts on Amazon is all about finding products that offer more than one type of discount. It is a long and sometimes tedious process of sifting through one specific discount type (such as promo codes, lightning deals, or coupons) to find products containing a second type of promotional offer.
Now you have the formula and the deal types, it’s time to jump in and start hunting! Wishing you the best of luck from the CaB Staff!