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Blogging is my life! Truly, I’m not trying to be melodramatic here, but it’s the only job I have and it’s how I support my family. So when exciting money-making opportunities like Amazon Prime Day come along, I get a little excited.
For the sake of transparency, let me break down for you how this works and why it’s such a big deal for Amazon Affiliates. Once we join as an Amazon Affiliate, we can advertise any product on their site using our unique link. Once you purchase that item via our link, we make up to 10% of the sale at no additional cost to you.
Affiliate sales are nice and sometimes an easy way to make money if you have a plugin that auto-populates links in your posts or when you have awesome days like, oh, let’s say, Amazon Prime Day! We try to share as many great deals as we can find, but after seeing a watch from a brand name that I didn’t recognize marked 95% off their original price of over $800, I started to question how great these deals were.
Looking Into The Amazon Prime Day Deals
There were hundreds of thousands of deals posted today on Amazon, so posting or tracking them all would be nearly impossible, especially for one person. But, I did have a few useful resources at my disposal and most of the deals I was posting were the Top Trending Deals, tech, school and office supplies, and a few others.
One of the trending deals that caught my eye was this Henry Jay Men’s Stainless Steel Watch. It’s a handsome watch, but I’ve never heard of this brand name; I would remember a brand name that could get away with charging over $800 for a watch. I have a site that I use called Honey that automatically helps me find coupon codes for things I buy. Because I have it as a Chrome Extension, it also helps me save money on Amazon, track price changes, and add it to a “Drop List” which contacts me when the price drops.
When I click on the “Price Change” button, this is what I see for that product:
Using the Honey extension, I can see that the price on this watch has been pretty consistent and just under $70. NOT over $800 as it states on Amazon. In fact, I used Google Shopping to compare the price of the same watch at other stores.
I didn’t sort this in any way. I just Google searched the item and selected “Shopping” at the top of the page. Nowhere does it suggest that this watch is anywhere near the $800 mark.
Amazon Prime Day also advertised a special on a Bissell SpotClean Carpet Cleaner. We have an older model of this produc at our house and we love it, so I thought perhaps we’d use this opportunity to upgrade. Again, I used Honey and a simple Google search to investigate this “great deal.”
Using the Honey button within Amazon (you can see it above) I can see that the average price online for this product has been around $128.45 while the lowest price has been around $103.20 – that’s not even the lowest price that Amazon is offering.
Guess what we did next? Yep, a Google Shopping search. Again, for transparency issues, we did find this model and models that were similar enough that I wouldn’t care about the difference, only the price. These are the results before I even narrowed them or fine-tuned them. I could have tried harder, but this was all I really needed to see to convince me to shop elsewhere. Note, too, that this was an Amazon “Lightning Deal.”
Don’t get me wrong – there were definitely a few good deals to be had on Amazon Prime Day, but most, I felt, were a total bust considering the hype that lead up to the day of good deals.
Mostly, I think it was a marketing ploy to get more people to buy into their Amazon Prime membership that likely worked. I find more value in the every day deals, like free two day shipping, as an Amazon Prime member.
Definitely use Honey, though, for future online shopping “trips” as it seems to save me money nearly every time. It’s free to sign up and NO they did not pay me to write this. I just find it useful and, especially in the case of Amazon Prime Day, a huge time and money saver.