Loving the new house, but winter is coming. I started looking around at space heaters online. One that caught my eye was the new Dyson AM05 Heat and Cool fan, it typically retails for $399 on Dyson.com, but right now they have a sale on that takes $100 off, making it $299. Amazon had it listed earlier for $345.
I did a little research on this, and it seems that Amazon doesn’t have a price matching policy other than for TVs and certain cell phones with plans. The policy is here. This was somewhat frustrating, as I want the product, but also I wanted to buy it through Amazon because I still have a bunch of ‘funny money’ there. In the past I have cashed out money from sites like TopCashBack in the form of Amazon Gift cards for a 2.5% bonus.
So I have my Amazon Credit, and I have this item that I want to buy, and they won’t price match… what does one do? This is where I feel a bit dirty…
I found blog post that explains how you can ‘report’ a lower price to Amazon, and then Amazon will drop the price of the product. It’s really very simple, but rather than me copy their post explaining how, and pretending I did all the work, I’ll just link to them. Short story, short… you hit the report button, send Amazon the link, and it seems that the price just drops down to be competitive. I’m not sure of the mechanics here and if individual sellers have to OK this or not, but it seemed to happen quickly.
I’ve learned more and more about reselling via Amazon, and what I didn’t know a year or two ago was that a lot of the time it is small, individual sellers that are moving their product through Amazon via a service called Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). Big Habitat and Tagging Miles both use this service quite widely, as do other members of the blog and many members of the forum.
So basically, I kinda screwed my brethren here in order to get a ‘deal’.. finding opportunities where the product is selling for $299 on the official site and $50 more on Amazon is a perfect reselling opportunity. Not only can you capture the spread in the sale price (minus fees) but also you earn credit card points, and 4% cash back on the portal.
So, while I will be warm and toasty this winter, someone surely is sticking needles in my voodoo like body – sorry guys!
PS, to add insult to injury, if you buy that heater for $299 via my link here, I earn a commission.
If you purchase certain tax software through Amazon, you can collect your tax refund plus a ten percent bonus if you take the refund as an Amazon credit. We did this last year, generating a large credit on Amazon. Amazon has good prices on components we need for our home renovation project, so we made out okay.
Yeah good point, I remember seeing that too. I don’t buy too much on Amazon, but since moving away from the city that might change.
Andy Hough says
If it makes you feel better you also screwed yourself by buying a $300 space heater that doesn’t produce any more heat than a $20 heater. It does look pretty fool but it isn’t worth a $280 premium.
I suppose you just burn coal and waft it around your place? 🙂