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Bargain hunters are gearing up to save big during the Prime Day sales when they kick off on June 21, but the two-day shopping event isn’t the only way to save money on Amazon Australia.
The global juggernaut has just launched a local version of Amazon Warehouse, a platform that sells on items that have been returned by Amazon customers.
Unlike second hand marketplaces Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace where items are listed and sold by individuals, everything on Warehouse is sold and shipped by Amazon.
This means that the used and out-of-box products purchased there come with return rights and customer service, and they’re also eligible for free shipping for Prime members.
“Items are returned to Amazon for many reasons – sometimes a product is just not what a customer is looking for, or perhaps there’s a cosmetic defect or the packaging is damaged,” Matt Furlong, Amazon Australia Country Manager says.
“These items can’t then be sold as new but are still great quality and in good working condition. Amazon Warehouse gives these products a new lease on life and offers customers an even wider selection to choose from.”
Products on the platform are quality controlled before being listed and rated as either, ‘Like New’, ‘Very Good’, ‘Good’, or ‘Acceptable,’ and priced accordingly.
This Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite tablet is classified as ‘like new’ but reduced to $550 from $662, however other items classified as ‘like new' are only slightly discounted.
This pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earbuds that has a damaged box, for example, is listed for $117, but a new pair is currently on sale for $123, marked down from $299.
Similarly, a ‘like new’ Philips Air Purifier Series 800i with a damaged box is being sold for $208 by Amazon Warehouse, while a new one is on sale for $219.
Bigger discounts are on offer when the product itself (rather than just the box) is damaged or less than perfect, like this pair of Sony noise cancelling headphones which is classified as ‘very good’ and missing an AV cable, which is being sold for $291 rather than $330.
While still in its infancy, the platform already has items in a number of categories including electronics, kitchen and dining, toys, clothing and video games, however you can see if any item listed on Amazon Australia has warehouse options by scrolling down to see if there is a ‘used’ hyperlink at the bottom of the product description.
Prime Day next week
The other big Amazon-related news around is that the dates for Prime Day 2021 have been announced as June 21 and 22.
Prime Day is Amazon Australia’s annual sales event where hundreds of thousands of products are marked down for Prime members.
Big ticket and everyday items are discounted as part of the sales, but you have to be a Prime member to take advantage. There is a 30-day free trial period however, so if you aren’t currently a Prime member, you can sign up within that time to get access to the sales next week.
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