Seven tips for smarter shopping on Amazon is a wonderfully convenient e-tailer to shop at. Where else can you order an LCD TV, stand mixer, diapers, and pet food on the same order, then have them all delivered to your front door within two days? It's a shopper's paradise, all right.

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To help you get the most out of shopping on, here are seven tips to consider:

Price tracking already has some of the most competitive prices anywhere, but their prices can fluctuate on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. If you're not in a hurry, you can track prices and wait for a better deal. You can try Amazon price tracking extensions for Chrome or Firefox, but they're not always accurate. For the most accurate pricing, there's nothing better than going directly to the source.

When you find a product you want to track, add it to your shopping cart. Either leave it in your cart as-is, or move it to the Saved For Later list. Go back to your cart every now and then to see if the price has changed. If it has, you'll see a notice at the top of the page.

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Multiple wish lists

Using multiple wish lists can help you organize products you're interested in and more. In addition to having a list for yourself, create another to save gift ideas for your friends and family. If you order parts for your car, consider making another list, so you can keep all the parts organized for your specific vehicle. Do you watch streaming videos from Amazon's Instant Video collection? Create a wishlist to act as movie queue, since Amazon doesn't currently offer queues for instant videos.

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Third-party sellers

Third-party sellers on Amazon can sometimes have products in stock that Amazon doesn't, or even offer them at a lower cost. However, experiences with third-party sellers can vary, so make sure to look up their seller rating before making a purchase. You'll also want to look up the return policies of third-party sellers, since they're usually different from Amazon's.

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Package tracking by SMS (text messages)

That's it. If you have any other cool shopping tips, please share them with us in the comments below.


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