While this holiday season has been met with record online shopping, remember that many retailers (even the online ones) don’t necessarily offer their best prices leading up to Christmas. I personally did much of my Christmas shopping via Amazon. And today being the day after Christmas, I thought I’d check the current prices on all those presents I bought and shipped. Here’s what I found:
Out of approximately a dozen items ordered, four had significant price drops. For example, I purchased this Logitech Harmony 550 Universal Remote for $88.55 in the first part of December. Day after Christmas price? $79.99. And let’s not forget this Toshiba HD DVD player with 7 HD Movies deal that I have been following for some time as part of the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray battle. The price had been closer to $250 for the two weeks before Christmas but has now dropped back down to $179.
Of course, I shop with Amazon for many reasons. And one of those reasons is the company’s 30-day price guarantee. It’s a simple process: call Amazon customer service (1-800-201-7575 ext. 7 to get a human right away) and give them your order number(s) or email address. Any price drops on items you purchased within the past 30 days will be credited back to you. I went through this process on my four items while writing this article, and it took me less than ten minutes to get back a credit of an average of 10% of the original price.
So if you’re an Amazon holiday shopper, be sure to check your orders for the month of December. Let us know in the comments if you find any price drops.
*Update* TechCrunch has an interesting piece that has some stats showing just how successful this holiday season was for Amazon. For those who like stats even more, Comscore has more numbers about this season’s online shopping.
*Update 2* Amazon press release: Amazon.com Wraps Up Its 13th Holiday With Best Season Ever