Posted by Chuck on July 16, 2018
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Published on July 16th, 2018 | by Chuck

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Amazon 20% Discount Coming Off Original Price for Select Items, Effective Discount of up to 50%

It’s Amazon Prime Day with lots of special deals for Prime members. You may also recall that Amazon teamed up with Amex to offer 20% off when you use at least 1 MR point during payment.

Readers point out that on some of the Amazon sales, the 20% comes off the original price instead of the discounted price, giving an effective discount of far greater than 20%. For example, if you there’s a $200 item discounted to $100, and you get 20% off the original price, you’ll end up with a 40% discount and a total cost of just $60.

20% off activation link (affiliate links here and below)

A lot of us have already maxed out the 20% discount immediately and won’t be able to take advantage of this unless you find the offer on a new Amazon account. For those who still have the 20% offer, you’ll actually be getting significantly more than 20% off some items.

It’s not clear which deals Amazon calculate the 20% discount based on the original price and which they use the discounted price. I’m guessing that all Amazon devices will calculate based on the original price, giving you a discount of much more than 20% (let us know if you see otherwise). Some other deals on Amazon are working as well, even not Amazon devices, such as the Ring Doorbell and the Sennheiser headphones.

My theory is that the deals which Amazon themselves is taking the hit, they calculate based on the original price since that’s the real vendor price in their system, while items that the vendor worked with Amazon to lower their price in honor of Prime Day, the Amazon system recognizes the discounted price as the ‘real’ price and only gives the 20% discount based on the discounted price.

Some examples:

Here’s a link to all deals on Amazon devices. This trick will probably work on all of those Amazon devices, and will work on some regular, non-Amazon-device deals coming out throughout today and tomorrow. Let us know where you see it working. We’ve been adding any deals we see on our main Prime Day stickied post. 

Hat tip to reader Jordan



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gary
gary

Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.

P
P

I’m not even eligible. Hah @amazon

Information Booth
Information Booth

Don’t forget to go through a shopping portal for the Amazon devices… John 3:16

Nate
Nate

Amazon bought Ring a few months back, so while it’s not Amazon branded, it’s still an Amazon-owned product.

DaveC
DaveC

Yeah, I figured this out last week when they had the Coravin wine preservation system. Retail $350, on sale for $175. When I applied this offer, I got $70 off (20% of $350), so I just paid $105 + tax. Of course I used Amazon GC that I got for 20% off, so it was really under $100 for me.

coldaggluatannin
coldaggluatannin

How were you able to use the gift card? When I did it cleared out the amex promo and wouldnt let me use the amex points. Maybe the gift card balance needs to be less than the total so i can split payments (mine is greater than the balance)?

linglingfool
linglingfool

Not seeing this stack with the Paperwhite Kindle deal. I get $40 off for Deal of the Day, $40 for Paperwhite Promo, but not an additional 20% on top of those two.

James33
James33

Worked on Amazon Echo Dot + Smart bulb kit. $15 Amex discount from $75 list price and not $50 sale price.

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

I’m getting Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote for $12.70
With WFs $10 discount I should be able to get it for $2.70

James33
James33

20% off list price worked for Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones as well. Just $60!

Rox
Rox

Thank you. I was looking for Noise cancelling headphone. Got it.

Super Leisure Man
Super Leisure Man

Don’t buy the ring doorbell. it’s junk.

Ann
Ann

I know it gets mixed reviews, but there have been several reports in my local news of arrests made using Ring doorbell cams’ videos in the last few months.

Gdawg
Gdawg

Worked for me on the Vitamix 7500 blender. Original Price: $529.99, prime day discount: -$160.04, 20% discount: -$100 for a total before tax of $269.95 🙂

Tyler
Tyler

Works on the Bose QC25’s as well. $84.99 before tax on the Android version ($40 off), or $69.20 for the iOS version ($55.80 off).

coldaggluatannin
coldaggluatannin

$130 anova sous vide with wifi on sale for 85 – 25.80 = $63 including tax. Ive since seen it now at 69.99 but it says there is a limit of one. Iwanted to reorder and then cancel initial, but ill take a good deal of $63 than miss out (though $47 out the door sounds awesome!). This device was $180 about 6 months ago

CP
CP

I was under the impression this only worked once for each AMEX card you had but I’ve used this a dozen times already today and it keeps giving me 20% off. Amazing.

Jatan
Jatan

Samsung Qi Wireless Charger (2018) isn’t bad w/ 20% discount:
Item(s) Subtotal: $66.43
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Prime Savings: -$36.44
Amex 20% Off: -$13.29
Total before tax: $16.70

Used my $10 Whole Foods credit so it came out to $6.70+tax

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