Ah, the coveted promo code. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as googling a store and finding an extra 30% off code to turn your shopping spree into a savings one.
Unfortunately when it comes to Amazon, there is no one-size-fits-all code. You see, Amazon is a marketplace full of thousands of retailers. Each retailer has the ability to generate codes for their individual products, for their entire store, or for orders that meet specific requirements (such as a specific combination of products or a specific amount spent in store). These codes can be single use or have the ability to be used repeatedly. They may be displayed on the product page or hidden completely from the average buyer. In short, the promo game when it comes to Amazon is nothing short of complicated. In this part of our deal hunting series, we’re gonna dissect the Amazon promo code and breakdown: where they come from, their unique characteristics, how they can be applied, and most importantly, where you can find them.
Where do promo codes come from?
Always, always, always – the seller. Amazon is a massive marketplace with tens of thousands of sellers (including Amazon itself). Every promotional code you see was created by that product’s seller – not an affiliate, not Amazon (unless it is an Amazon sold product), not anyone except the person in control of the product itself.
The seller also has the ability to put a purchase limit on the code (i.e. first 50 buyers) and may pull the code at any time without notice, even before posted expiration dates.
Single-Use vs Multi-Use Codes
Codes exist in two formats when it comes to Amazon: single or multi use.
- Single-Use Format: XXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX
- Single-use codes will always have two hyphens that break up a massive block of digits.
- Once claimed by any one person, this code is immediately dead. Meaning if you use a single-use code, even to just test a discount without purchasing, that code can never be used again by anyone else.
- Sellers will typically create batches of single use codes to distribute to affiliates or third party websites (see more info below).
- Multi-Use Format: XXXXXXX
- Multi-use codes always appear as a single block of digits – most typically 8 characters long but may be longer or shorter.
- Multi-use codes are not account bound. They can be used by everyone and anyone. You can claim it just to test it without affecting others’ ability to use it.
- It’s important to note that multi-use does not mean the code can be used multiple times by the same person or that there is no quantity limit with purchase. It’s impossible to know without testing what restrictions a seller has put on their code, but most frequently even a multi-use code can only be applied once per account with a quantity limit of 1 (though there are exceptions).
Where to find promo codes?
We know that all codes are created by the sellers, but how they are distributed is what we need to unwrap.
Sources of hidden codes:
- The Affiliate Portal
- Hundreds of codes are released every hour on the hour specifically for Amazon’s contracted advertisers. You’ll recognize these codes easily because they typically start with the discount amount (i.e. 50XXXXX is a 50% affiliate code).
- The best source of these codes is affiliate deal groups, such as Cheap as Bleep. If you make a general Facebook search for “deals group” you’ll pull up hundreds of results of hardworking affiliates pushing out codes for consumers.
- If you happen to be an affiliate, one valuable resource is Ace’s Space – a huge platform that organizes the affiliate portal into easily searchable deals for a small monthly fee.
- Direct Contact with Sellers
- Sellers are the source. Once affiliates reach a certain audience level, sellers will seek out relationships with affiliates to distribute codes to buyers. See below for a list of websites that are a decent source of such codes.
- It is possible as a consumer to get codes direct from sellers. You can search out such groups on Facebook, but be warned that often times these sellers will request an exchange in the form of a review. Discounts/freebies for reviews is directly against the Amazon TOS.
Finding Codes on the Amazon Website
While the two sources above can be difficult for non-affiliates to gain access to, it is possible to find codes directly on the Amazon website itself. This technique is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, but it’s not uncommon for a promo code to be published directly on the product page – for all to see!
When searching for a product, on the Amazon results page you want to look for the terms “promotion available” underneath a listing. I like to keep the word “promo” in my CTRL+F search bar. If you see those terms, check the product listing. Underneath the price you’ll see a box that says “Extra Savings,” and in the special offers section will be a list of all public promotions and promo codes attached to that product.
The nice thing about codes that are displayed on-page is that you can simply click on the “redeem” button to automatically apply the code to your account!
Websites to With Codes
Lastly, here’s a small list of websites to add to your deal-hunting journey specifically for Amazon codes.
- Cheap as Bleep: Our website keeps up with 100-250 active codes, but our group dishes out the best deals we can find, including codes for 80% off to free deals.
- Facebook Amazon Deal Groups: A quick search to pull other groups like ours that push hundreds of codes daily.
- Ace’s Space: Website designed for affiliates to source thousands of active portal deals.
- eDealinfo: Source of daily codes, price drops, and coupons.
- techbargains: Daily codes for electronics.
- Vipon: Single-use code distribution on thousands of products.
- Jump Send: Another single-use distribution code site, may be a small delay between requesting and receiving a code.