Amazon is huge. So huge, in fact, that approximately 64% of American households had a Prime membership in 2017.

And yet for how pervasive Amazon is, far fewer of that 64% percent would likely say they put much conscious thought into getting the most out of their membership.

We recognize the low prices, easy layout, and ultra-convenient deliveries. And most of us, it’s safe to say, have picked up a proficient understanding due to everyday use — knowing how to navigate, price-match, and shop the deal-heavy events like Prime Day relatively well.

But there are certainly untapped channels. Whether you’re paying for Prime already or you shop infrequently, there are plenty of hacks that can help you get the most out of something many Americans rightly view as ubiquitous.

Below are 19 ways to be an Amazon power user:

Sign up for Prime Student if you have access to an “.edu” email.

If you have access to a “.edu” email address you can sign up for Amazon Prime Student. You get a six-month trial of Prime Student and then pay 50% less than other Prime users ($6.49/month) for nearly all of the same perks after the trial ends. It lasts four years or until your listed graduation date, whichever comes first.

Prime members earn 2% rewards every time they reload their Gift Card Balance.

Prime members earn 2% rewards every time they reload their gift card balance with their checking account. Set up 2% rewards and then reload your gift card balance using your rewards payment method. Your 2% rewards will be added to your gift card balance at the same time you reload.

Shop between Nov. 1 – Dec. 31 to double or triple your return window.

You usually have 30 days to return most Amazon-fulfilled products, but during the holidays, items shipped by Amazon between November 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31.

Take advantage of Amazon Trade-In to get Amazon gift cards in exchange for used items.

Trade in used items like cell phones, Kindle e-readers, gaming devices, and books for an Amazon gift card. You can also take advantage of frequent promo deals like getting an Amazon gift card plus 25% off a new Kindle E-reader or trade in a Bluetooth speaker and get 25% off an Echo device.

If you have trouble with packages walking off, get your shipment sent to a nearby Amazon Locker.

Instead of sending to your doorstep, you can pick an Amazon Locker in over 50 U.S. cities. Just go to ‘Manage Address Book’ in the settings section of your account, click ‘Enter a new address,’ and search for an Amazon Locker location using the search fields shown. You can search by address, zip code, landmark or Locker name. You can also add an Amazon Locker to your address book by scanning the QR code on the Locker screen itself.

Use Amazon Household to share select Prime benefits with other people.

Amazon Household lets you share select Amazon Prime benefits (like Prime shipping, Prime Now, and AmazonFresh) with another adult, teens, and children in your household and it can contain up to ten members.

Use Paribus to get Amazon gift cards or refunds if your shipment is late.

Paribus is a free tool that connects to the email account where you send your shopping receipts. From there, it tracks your receipts and stores’ policies to see if you might be owed money (price drops, late deliveries, etc.). If they identify potential savings, Paribus will let you know and streamline the claim process to make it as easy as possible to get your money back.

Amazon doesn’t have a price protection policy for any items (no refunds for price drops) but you could be eligible for money back for things like shipping fees if your delivery is late.

Ship donations to local charities for free when you use an Amazon box.

One of the least-known and best perks of Amazon is that you can use your leftover boxes to ship donations to local charities for free. Just go to, click on the logo of the participating company you have a box sitting around from (like Amazon), type in your zip code and email address, and you’ll get a prepaid shipping label emailed to you. After you’ve filled the leftover box with your donations, attach the label and schedule a UPS pickup. It won’t cost you anything, and it’s an easy and ‘green’ solution.

Plus, GiveBackBox will email you a tax receipt for your records once your box is received.

Use Alexa to add top-selling recommendations to your cart, buy products again, and get automatic discounts.

All you have to do is say “Alexa, what are your deals?” to hear a list of Alexa Deals that include daily deals up to 55% off.

Free release-date delivery on items when you’re a Prime member.

Amazon’s free Release-Date Delivery is one great way to skip the lines and still get whatever you’re anxiously awaiting for day-of.

Just pre-order the item you want from Amazon’s eligible items (spanning new video games, books, music, movies, and more) and choose ‘Release-Date Delivery’ at checkout and your package will arrive on release day by 7 p.m.

For Amazon Prime members, Release-Date Delivery is free when selecting Two-Day Shipping.

Give 0.5% to local organizations when you shop through Amazon Smile.

Use Amazon Smile to give back to charity when you shop. You can choose an organization dear (or local) to you and shop as normal. However, it’s important to note that only about 0.5% of every purchase makes its way to charity, and you might do more good by giving more tangibly elsewhere. However, if you don’t let shopping through Amazon Smile negate all the good you would have done otherwise, it’s a great way to maximize your shopping.

Shop previously used or returned items at up to 50% off with Amazon Warehouse.

Save up to 50% off previously used or returned items (like an Echo Plusor refurbished Echo) by shopping through Amazon Warehouse. You’ll find everything from Amazon devices to unlocked cell phones and televisions with deep discounts.

Reload your Amazon gift card with $100 or more and get a $5 bonus.

If you got an Amazon gift card (or gifted one to yourself), you can reload it with $100 or more and receive a $5 reward on top of that. The offer is limited to one $5 reward per account, though.

Select Free No-Rush Shipping at checkout to get rewards as a Prime member.

If you have Amazon Prime but select ‘Free No-Rush Shipping’ at checkout, you can get a promotional reward or discount on your order. If you don’t need it right away, this is one of the easiest ways to receive discounts immediately or earn future rewards.

Take advantage of Prime Family and get up to 20% off staples like diapers and baby food.

As a parent, you can sign up for family-related discounts through Amazon’s Prime Family. You can get up to 20% off diapers and baby food among other things and a 15% discount on your baby registry (which you can build here). You’ll also get continued access to exclusive deals and offers.

You can even find articles and little knowledgeable tidbits from experts based on your child’s age.

Take advantage of Audible and Prime Reading/Amazon Reads for free reading.

You can start an Audible trial for 30 days and get a free book when you start. Even if you cancel later, you’ll still keep your library.

If you’re a Prime member, you may want to check out Prime Reading before paying for Audible ($14.95/month after trial). You might still decide you like Audible better, but Prime Reading gives Prime members access to a selection of 1,000+ of the most popular books and magazines at no extra cost to them.

Use a Kindle, Fire tablet, or the Kindle app to access books and download up to 10 titles at a time. Some even come with Audible narration and Kindle First, which lets readers get early access to editors’ picks before they’re public.

Prime readers will also get access to Amazon First Reads, which is basically early VIP access to certain books before they’re released to the general public. First Reads gives Prime members the option to download one free book each month from a selection of six editors’ picks.

Save 15-30% plus free shipping with Amazon Subscribe & Save.

Cut down on things you have to remember to buy every month and sign up for Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program to get automatic deliveries of your favorite items. You’ll also save up to 35% on the items you would buy anyway.

You can cancel or skip anytime, and they’ll send you an email reminder before they ship anything.

Get alerted when special deals go live so you can shop them first.

Use Today’s Deals on Amazon with the availability filter ‘Upcoming’ selected. From there, you can select “Watch this deal” to get updates on when certain deals go live so you can shop them first while supplies last or before time runs out.

Sell things on Amazon and only pay $1 per sale, plus selling fees based on the category.

If you missed the 30-day return window or would rather sell through Amazon because you readily understand the interface better than places like eBay, you can sell fewer than 40 items every month for only a $1 per sale fee (plus applicable selling fees based on category).

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