Have You Heard of Amazon Handmade?

In 2015, Amazon quietly launched a new division called Amazon Handmade. This division was for people who make/sell handmade art, crafts, jewelry, baby items, clothing, handbags, stationery, toys and other items to sell their wares. If you've ever heard of Etsy, this is a similar idea, only on Amazon's huge platform. Over the past year, Amazon Handmade has been growing nicely. I actually have a store there as well. I sell upcycled art prints. It's actually one of my biggest income … [Read more...]

How to Save Up for Black Friday Starting Now

Believe it or not, I actually bought a few Christmas presents a few weeks ago. There were some great items on clearance at Target that I knew my daughter would love, so I went for it. Normally, I am not this proactive about Christmas shopping. I tend to do most of it in December. But, this year I really want to spread the cost out a bit more, so I'm trying to start a little earlier. I also want to be more proactive about taking advantage of Black Friday sales. I am not the type of person to … [Read more...]

Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

July 12, 2016 is Prime Day on Amazon. If you haven't heard already, this is the anniversary of Amazon's Prime service and the day when they run a ton of great sales on Prime items. A Prime item is an item that is stored in Amazon's warehouse and that is eligible for free 2-day shipping (or sometimes even free same-day shipping) to Prime members. The item can be one that is sold directly by Amazon or one that is sold by one of their third-party sellers through the Amazon platform. Prime … [Read more...]

Sometimes it Pays to Complain: Amazon’s Customer Service Rocks

So, recently I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.com. I had waited a long while to order because I was looking to score a really good deal on one. The regular price on a Paperwhite is $119.99, which was more than I wanted to spend, so I was keeping my eye out for a much better price. Back a few months ago, Amazon started offering to take back your old Kindle and give you a credit towards a new one. Since I wasn't really using my old one much, I decided to go for it. I ended up getting … [Read more...]

The Best Deals in April

Retailers are known to discount certain types of items at specific times of the year, every year. The reasons for this vary, but it usually has to do with seasons and holidays. If you can time things right, you can get great deals on everything you need. It's good to be knowledgeable of these times and plan ahead. For the month of April, there are several types of things that usually get discounted. If you are planning on buying any of these things soon, April may be a good month to get … [Read more...]