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Amazon Prime has more than 100 million members.
Amazon has become a go-to among its loyal customers for its deals, but they’re not always cost efficient.
Consumer savings expert Jeanette Pavini of Coupons.com revealed to Business Insider what shoppers shouldn’t be buying on Amazon — at least, not without a little research first.
Among the items you can find cheaper elsewhere: Beauty tools, kitchen supplies, and clothes.
Amazon is a powerhouse. It has mastered e-commerce so well that it’s acquired 100 million Amazon prime members globally, building a loyal consumer base that enabled it to successfully branch into other industries.
Aside from helpful customer service and speedy shipping, consumers flock to Amazon for its deals and lower prices.
Yet, not everything sold on Amazon is cheaper.
“Oftentimes you can find better prices at other retail outlets than Amazon, especially if there is a sale and a coupon,” consumer savings expert Jeanette Pavini of Coupons.com told Business Insider. “It only takes a few minutes to check and compare!”
With more than 20 years of experience, Pavini revealed just what you shouldn’t be buying on Amazon — at least, not without a little background check first.
“These are the items that I say before you press buy, do a little research,” she said.
Keep reading to check out the deals that aren’t always worth your money. All savings comparisons were based on Pavini’s research and may be subject to change.
Small kitchen appliances
Look no further than your nearest department store to stock up your kitchen with small appliances. They often have good deals, according to Pavini, who feels that Macy’s sometimes has the best deals thanks to their coupons and discounts.
For example, Pavini found a KitchenAid five-quart mixer for $276 on Amazon, but at Macy’s she was able to get one for $225 with a store sale and a rewards coupon.
And, if you’re ordering online, Macy’s often offers 20% off coupons or you can use a coupon code, says Pavini.
Don’t miss out on the prime time to shop for small kitchen appliance deals: during wedding season.
If you think you’ll get a bargain at Amazon on clothes, that may not always be the case.
For example, Men’s 501 Levi jeans were $30 on Amazon and $20 at Kohl’s, according to Pavini’s research.
“Plus with Kohls, a lot of the time, they will do Kohl’s cash,” she said. If you shop during a Kohl’s Cash earn period, you get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend.
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“Pet supplies are definitely worth checking,” said Pavini.
For example, a 20-pound bag of cat litter was $8.99 at Pavini’s local Safeway when she used her rewards cards. On Amazon, it was $11.99 — that’s a $3 difference.
Even if you don’t have a Safeway nearby, she suggests checking prices at any local grocery store, as most have rewards cards.
“Everyone has to do a rewards card for grocery shopping, without a doubt,” she said.
And don’t forget pet stores for all pet supplies. While they have a reputation of being pricey, pet stores often have loyalty programs and rewards you can take advantage of, Pavini said.
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