There are some drawbacks to buying from a third-party. For example, shipping might not be free. Or, if it is, it might take longer to get to you. Still, depending on the item, it might be worth waiting if you’re worried about a price drop. As Kyle James of Rather Be Shopping points out, if you can afford to wait for the item and it’s competitively priced with Amazon, you might consider buying from the third-party. After you buy, keep tabs on the price. If it’s dropped, here’s how to contact them for a potential refund:
- Then on their Amazon page, click on “Ask a Question” or call their customer service number if available and politely ask them if a price adjustment is available.
- Many, if not most, 3rd party Amazon sellers try hard to protect their reputation and will happily offer you a price adjustment within 14-30 days after your item is delivered.
- Rate of success? I’ve tried this 11 times over the past 6 months and got a price adjustment (within 48 hours) 8 separate times. Not too shabby.
- I’ve also received several emails from Amazon shoppers the past few months who’ve had success with this little trick.
Beyond this, you can still get a price drop refund directly from Amazon, but unless it’s a TV, they make it kind of a pain. You have to request a refund, ship the item back, and rebuy it at the lower price. While not every third-party seller offers price protection, it’s an easier option that might be worth a try.
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