Amazon is the go-to online marketplace for many shoppers because of its low prices on everything from diapers and detergents to blenders and interesting gifts you can’t find anywhere else.
However, not all Amazon deals are created equal. You need to do your research to determine when to buy from Amazon and when to take your business elsewhere. GOBankingRates asked top savings experts to check prices on several items you can purchase on Amazon to determine if they’re truly good buys.
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They call it “fall” for a reason — because all those leaves on your tree wind up falling on your lawn. If you ever want to see your grass again, you’re going to need a good leaf blower. Better yet, get a rechargeable cordless model so you aren’t choking on gas fumes.
Price Check: Greenworks 40V 150 MPH Variable Speed Cordless Blower, 2.0 AH Battery Included 24252
- Amazon: $89.21
- The Home Depot: $119.47
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Fall — at least late fall — calls for gloves or mittens in much of the country. Sure, you probably won’t have to bust out the puffy, waterproof, snowball-fighting handwear until winter. But it’s definitely wise to have a thin but warm pair of cool-weather gloves or mittens in your jacket pocket just in case you need them.
Price Check: Isotoner Women’s Chunky Cable Knit Cold Weather Mittens with Warm, Soft Lining
- Amazon: $22.40
- JCPenney: $34.00
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Once the weather cools off you’ll have plenty of options for cozy and fashionable scarves, but Amazon is likely the cheapest.
Price Check: Halogen Cashmere Scarf
- Amazon: $44.99
- Nordstrom: $149.00
There’s nothing better than coming home to a nice warm house on a chilly fall day. But warmth is as much about ambiance as it is about temperature. Warm up the room both figuratively and literally by lighting some candles with classic fall scents — but do it for less by buying at Amazon.
Price Check: Large Bath & Body Works Leaves Candle Limited Edition Fall Autumn Fragrance
- Amazon: $21.56
- Bath & Body Works: $24.50
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Fall is the time when it’s cold enough outside to be uncomfortably chilly in the house, but not cold enough to crank up the big, expensive central heating system. One solution is to place a small yet powerful space heater in your room at night. Heat your room for less by buying from Amazon. The company sells lots of products that will help you save money.
Price Check: Lasko CD09250 Ceramic Adjustable Thermostat Tabletop or Under-Desk Heater, Black
- Amazon: $31.99
- Sears: $49.71
The fall grass seed you buy determines what kind of grass you’ll have in spring. Head to your local hardware store during the fall and see what they’re pushing toward the front of the store. You could buy it there, or get the same thing at Amazon for less.
Price Check: Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed – Sun and Shade Mix, 3-Pound
- Amazon: $13.39
- Ace Hardware: $16.99
If you take your smoothies seriously and still want to get a good deal on a blender, Amazon might be the right choice, said Kendal Perez, former savings expert at Coupon Sherpa. The right blender will help keep both your body and your budget in good shape. Yes, a blender is a money-saving item everyone should own.
Price Check: Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
- Amazon: $36.49
- Walmart: $39.88
If you want to take your kitchen game up a notch, consider purchasing a top-quality mixer from Amazon. The online retailer is a great place to get deals on pro-grade mixers, Perez said. The KitchenAid stand mixer is a good example and comes in a variety of attractive colors.
Price Check: KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
- Amazon: $262.99
- QVC: $299.98
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If you’re looking to expand your kitchen appliance collection, Amazon can likely hook you up with a quality food processor for less. Perez found that Amazon had the best buys on Cuisinart food processors. More than $30 in savings can translate into quite a few veggies to slice and dice.
Price Check: Cuisinart FP-8SV Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, Silver
- Amazon: $64.99
- Williams Sonoma: $99.95
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Dirt might be free, but getting it out of your clothes can cost a lot of money. Amazon can help you save by beating the competition on certain laundry detergent brands, Perez said. As an added bonus, you can get your super-sized detergent tub delivered right to your door so you don’t have to carry a heavy load home from the supermarket.
Price Check: Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent, Honeysuckle, 64 fl oz
- Amazon: $13.48
- Target: $14.19
Filling up your kitchen cabinets with culinary utensils and supplies can leave your wallet empty. However, Amazon offers competitive prices on items like spatulas, spoons and measuring tools, Perez said.
Price Check: OXO Good Grips 17 Piece Knife Block Set
- Amazon: $149.00
- Wayfair: $159.99
Gone are the days when you had to visit an actual store — or pay full retail price — to decimate your virtual enemies. When it comes to gaming controllers, Perez notes that Amazon beats many of its competitors. Sony’s PlayStation controller is a great example.
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Price Check: DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 – Magma Red
- Amazon: $46.95
- Best Buy: $64.99
Wireless Gaming Headsets
Sound is every bit as important as visuals when it comes to the gaming experience. Since quality technology can be expensive, it pays to shop around for items like wireless headphones. Perez found that Amazon offers better deals than the competition on Sony’s popular wireless headset brand.
Price Check: PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset – PlayStation 4
- Amazon: $79.99
- Best Buy: $99.99
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Buying quality HDMI cables can be an expensive proposition. The ones that come free with equipment are often absurdly short, while longer, better-quality cables can be absurdly expensive. Amazon has long cables for short prices, which brick-and-mortar retails can’t beat.
Price Check: Philips 10′ HDMI High-Speed Cable with Ethernet
- Amazon: $27.78
- Target: $29.99
If you’ve ever shopped for diapers, then you’ve probably wondered if you could save money by wrapping your baby in dollar bills. Amazon might be able to save your baby a bout of diaper rash thanks to some good deals on diapers.
Price Check: Babyganics Ultra Absorbent Diapers, Size 1,232 Count
- Amazon: $68.07
- eBay: $69.17
Buying the batteries needed to power all your gizmos and gadgets can be anything but cheap. And although Perez said certain brands can be cheaper at places like Walmart, Amazon also offers an incredible deal on batteries.
Price Check: Energizer AA Batteries, Double A Battery Max Alkaline (24 Count)
- Amazon: $13.96 (extra $1 off coupon on first order)
- Walmart: $14.69
Halloween is a scary time of year — not because of the witches and warlocks, but because of what the holiday can do to your wallet. Costumes in particular can be a big expense, especially considering they often only get worn once. Amazon might be able to take the terror out of this holiday thanks to competitive prices on costumes and wigs.
Price Check: Edna Mode Wig and Glasses
- Amazon: $20.04
- Spirit Halloween: $24.99
If you’re a photography purist, then you know capturing the moment on actual film can be expensive. Luckily, Amazon has affordable offerings to support film buffs.
Price Check: Fujifilm -Instax Mini Instant Color Film Twin Pack
- Amazon: $37.58 for 60 pictures (63 cents a photo)
- Best Buy: $14.99 for 20 pictures (75 cents a photo)
Amazon is ready to pump you up — and for less than the competition. Order your protein powder by mail for a discount, and spend the time you save working out.
Price Check: Vega Sport Protein Powder, Vanilla, 20 Servings
- Amazon: $33.76
- The Vitamin Shoppe: $44.99
Phone Charging Cords
If you live by your smartphone, then you probably know how important it is to have a reliable phone charging cable. There’s nothing worse than a cheap one that breaks sooner than expected.
Price Check: Insignia – Micro USB Wall Charger – Black
- Amazon: $11.99
- Best Buy: $24.99
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Prices and product names accurate as of Oct. 5, 2018.
About the Author
Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. An award-winning writer, Andrew was formerly one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists for the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service. He worked as the business section editor for amNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan, and worked as a copy editor for TheStreet.com, a financial publication in the heart of Wall Street’s investment community in New York City.