What is Amazon Warehouse? How does Amazon Warehouse work? It’s no secret that Good Housekeeping readers love to shop and save on Amazon, and our latest discovery is all about just that: Amazon Warehouse. Think savings central once you figure out how to use it (and we have just the tips and tricks!).
Annual sales events lead to major savings, with more deals flying under the radar at Amazon Warehouse and Amazon Outlet on everything from appliances to high-end clothing. Read on for how to cut even deeper discounts thanks to Amazon Warehouse deals, and check out our guides to the best products under $1 on Amazon as well as Amazon’s secret coupon page to shop on a budget.
What is Amazon Warehouse?
Amazon Warehouse is a section on the site that offers discounts on some of the most sought-after items and brands out there, including Apple products, Instant and Ninja small appliances, Amazon devices (Fire TVs, Echo, Kindle) and viral products. These products are on sale because their condition is “like-new, open-box or pre-owned,” according to Amazon Warehouse’s FAQ page.
Sometimes, shoppers can get an even sweeter deal. “I’ve had major luck getting steep discounts on brand new products sold directly by Amazon,” says Lexie Sachs, the executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab. She stumbled upon the Amazon Warehouse site when purchasing balloon sets (normally $30) for her kids and noticed a “new from $20.50” option with the Amazon Prime logo next to it.
Sachs clicked through and found out that the only issue with the product was that its packaging came slightly damaged, so she gave it a shot. “When my order showed up, the box looked like it was in perfect condition,” she says. After that, Sachs says she was hooked.
What can I buy on Amazon Warehouse?
Well, pretty much anything.
On the Amazon Warehouse front page, you can browse through deals by category, including computers and tablets, kitchen appliances, home improvement tools, pet supplies, video games, unlocked cell phones and televisions.
And just because the items in the Amazon Warehouse are discounted doesn’t mean they aren’t name-brand products. You can purchase products from brands like Apple, Samsung, Keurig, Black+Decker, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Nintendo, PlayStation and Logitech.
Best of all, many of the products you’ll find in the Amazon Warehouse are relatively new. For example, you can purchase a 2022 Apple iPad Air or a Google Pixel 6 at a discount — both of which were released in the last year.
What kind of discounts does Amazon Warehouse offer?
That depends on the product, but you can expect to see price cuts ranging from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars off.
For example, this 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad costs $270 on Amazon, but when I checked, you could get it on Amazon Warehouse for $248.39, marked as used, but in very good condition. That’s about a $21 discount.
Or this 2021 Ring Video Doorbell 4 I found, which costs $160 on Amazon. On Amazon Warehouse, you can currently purchase the same product for $85.22, in used and acceptable condition. That’s slightly over $74 off.
How can I get to Amazon Warehouse?
The easiest way to access Amazon Warehouse and all the deals available is by going directly to the dedicated page on the Amazon website. You can click here to view Amazon Warehouse.
You can also access Amazon Warehouse by typing “Amazon Warehouse” into Amazon’s search bar and then hitting Enter.
And lastly, you can check out Amazon Warehouse deals, if there are any available, directly from any product page on Amazon. All you need to do is find the Sold by Amazon Warehouse option underneath the regular purchasing options.
What do the Amazon Warehouse conditions mean exactly?
Amazon has five conditions, or grades, that are assigned to any item sold through Amazon Warehouse. Here’s how Amazon defines the product conditions:
- Renewed: This is the highest grade an Amazon Warehouse product can receive. A renewed item is inspected and tested by Amazon to work and look like new, and it comes with a 90-day warranty for any replacements or refunds.
- Used, Like New or Open Box: In perfect working condition. The original protective wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is in good condition with minor damage. Accessories and instructions are included.
- Used, Very Good: Lightly used, with limited signs of wear and tear, but otherwise in good working condition. Packaging might be damaged and missing accessories, if any, are mentioned in the listing.
- Used, Good: Moderate signs of use, with identifying markings or minor cosmetic damage, but should function properly. The packaging may be damaged and the item could be missing accessories, like instruction manuals and assembly tools.
- Used, Acceptable: Worn but still fully functional. Major cosmetic defects, like scratches, dents, and worn corners, as well as packaging issues or missing parts, accessories, instructions and tools.
Whichever option you choose, your item should be in working condition. None of the items sold in Amazon Warehouse are damaged to the point where they’re difficult to use or require repair or service.
How does Amazon Warehouse work?
According to Amazon, all items are evaluated and graded using a 20-point quality process. The site uses the labels below to give shoppers a quick understanding of the product’s condition, along with detailed comments unique to that item. Look out for these labels when shopping at Amazon Warehouse:
- Renewed: This is Amazon’s version of refurbished. All renewed products have been inspected and tested by Amazon to work and look as good as new. It should have minimal to no signs of wear and comes with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee, which gives you 90 days to request a replacement or refund.
- Used – Like New: An item in perfect working condition. The packaging may have minor damage.
- Used – Very Good: The item has seen limited use and remains in great working condition. The packaging may be damaged or it may come repackaged.
- Used – Good: The item shows wear but remains in good working condition. The packaging may be damaged or it may come repackaged.
- Used – Acceptable: The item is fairly worn but continues to function properly. The packaging may be damaged or it may come repackaged.
If you’re unhappy with your purchase, Amazon Warehouse offers free replacements within 30 days when there is a product with the same listing condition available in their inventory.
As for scoring a great deal, it’s first come, first serve. “It’s not like there are multiple units in inventory,” explains Sachs, “It’s something you should keep an eye out for, and you have to be quick because it’s usually a one-off item at a time.” She suggests adding your selected item to Amazon’s “Save for Later” to keep tabs on markdowns.
To give you an idea of what “damaged packaging” might look like, Sachs kindly provided us with pictures of a recent purchase she made on Amazon Warehouse, and if you ask us, it’s barely noticeable!
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