It’s easy to get caught up in the hunt for deals when a Prime Day or Prime Early Access sale hits, but my first stop is always to check out my order history, and it should be yours too.
Why buy your old orders from Amazon?
Amazon doesn’t offer a single location to see if things you’ve previously bought are on sale. In my opinion, that’s a huge oversight because what safer way to sell someone something than to tell them that something they’ve already bought is on sale? Either they need more (and will buy it again), or they can recommend it to a friend.
Unfortunately, until such a useful list comes along, I do something like this for every major Amazon sale in a more indirect but still effective way. I look up my order history and buy it before looking at the flashier deals.
With my order history open, I scroll back through the purchases I’ve made over the last year or two and open items in new tabs using Ctrl + click to check prices on things like home essentials or goodies. gifts, which I would like. consider buying again.
What kinds of things should you look at?
There are most likely many things in your Amazon order history that are not good candidates for repurchase, such as specific books, impulse purchases, expensive items like TVs, etc. But if you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, there’s a good chance you have a lot of repeat purchases.
These are the criteria I use to review my order history:
- Is this a consumable that I will buy in the future anyway? Soap, vitamins, and other personal care products, as well as air filters and such, fall into this category.
- Is it something I bought in the past that isn’t a consumable but wears out and will need replacement in the relatively near future?
- Do I need more of these things, like smart plugs, humidifiers, or other household tools?
- Would it be a good gift?
Top sales tend to focus on flashy, high-value things, so it’s easy to get caught up in searching for discounts on smart home laptops, displays, and speakers, etc. But with each Prime sale, I find a shocking number of mundane everyday things at a discount that I would have bought anyway.
Small savings add up fast
During the 2022 Prime Early Access sale, for example, I bought filters for my whole house water filter, several bottles of a B-complex multivitamin that I love, some indoor and outdoor smart plugs that match the platform that I’m already using, and some jugs of bulk hand soap (seriously, combine these things with a hose connection under the sink and skip constantly refilling little bottles).
All told, between those purchases and others I’ve made, when I add up how much I would have spent simply waiting a few days after the Prime sale to buy the exact same things I probably would have bought anyway, I saved over a hundred dollars just restocking my home with the necessities and snagging a few extra things, like those smart plugs, that I would have bought anyway.
So whether you’re reading this during a Prime sale or need to archive the tip for use in a future sale, I highly recommend opening your Amazon order history and seeing how many of your regular recurring purchases are in salt.
You might not think of vitamins and hand soap when you think of Prime sales, but there are tens and tens of thousands of items for sale during Amazon mega sales, and you might as well take advantage of them.