There's no time like the present to begin thinking about the holidays and all the shopping that will be involved. I have a list of ways to earn money to put back for Christmas here, but I wanted to share another site I recently learned about that will allow you to get Amazon products cheap, or even free — Snagshout.
I had no idea this was even possible until I stumbled on this post at Money Saving Mom, and I knew many readers would be interested — so here's some info on it.
How Snagshout Works
People who sell products on Amazon really, really need reviews. And reviews aren't that easy to get because most people don't bother to leave them after making a purchase. But for the sellers, more reviews usually equal more sales and better ranking in Amazon search, so they're super important.
To help with this, these sellers will post their items on Snagshout at super low prices, sometimes even free. You can buy the items at the discounted prices in exchange for leaving your honest review on the product at Amazon after you've received it.
How to Sign Up
Visit Snagshout and sign up using your name/email. You will also have to link your Amazon account to Snagshout so they can verify that you actually are an Amazon shopper.
Once you're “in,” you can start browsing the Snagshout site for deals. They have all kinds of products up for grabs in different categories. If you find something you want, click “snag it” and you'll be given a promo code to use on Amazon that will give you the discounted price at check out.
After you receive the product, leave your honest review on Amazon within two weeks. If you don't leave a review, you will not be eligible for further promo codes via Snagshout.
For full disclosure, you are required to post in your review that you received the item at a discounted price in exchange for your honest review.
The promo code you receive does not cover the cost of shipping. So unless you're an Amazon Prime member who gets free 2-day shipping on most items, you will still have to pay for the shipping. This may or may not be worth it depending on how much the shipping is and how badly you want the item.
Side Note: I've been an Amazon Prime member for probably five years, and I love it. It's very much worth the price if you do a lot of Amazon shopping, it will pay for itself in no time just in the shipping $ you save. Plus now you get other benefits with your membership like Amazon Instant Video (lots of movies and TV free to stream), Prime Music, and photo storage.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you're going to get promotional emails pretty regularly, showing you what products are available to get cheap or free. I know that can get annoying once you begin to lose interest in something, but you need to expect it if you sign up.
No Obligation to Purchase
You are NOT obligated to buy anything you see on Snagshout. Being a member doesn't mean you're agreeing to buy anything, it just means you have the opportunity to if there's anything that sparks your interest.
Other Sites Like Snagshout
Don't limit yourself to JUST Snagshout if doing this appeals to you. There are a few other sites that work the same way you can also register with. You can see a big list here.
Amazon also has their own group of elite reviewers in the “Amazon Vine” program who receive free products in exchange for honest reviews. These are Amazon's top, most trusted reviewers. Unfortunately, you can't just sign up for Vine. Amazon has to invite you. Still — it's incentive to make sure that when you leave reviews, you leave really good, detailed reviews. I hear the Vine program is great and those reviewers often get higher-dollar products to try out and keep.
What do you think?
Are you going to try out Snagshout? Have you ever used Snagshout, or a similar site? What was your experience? Please share below in the comments.
P.S. – If you're looking for more product testing opportunities, you may want to consider downloading my eBook, which is filled with them. It’s available at Amazon, or you can read it free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.