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The secrets of bargain-hunting the world's biggest retailer

Amazon has always been one of the best places to buy books, entertainment and household electronics, but the mighty online retailer is also attempting to make its way into other markets — like cycling. Amazon currently carries brands like Garmin, Kryptonite, Knog, Gore Bikewear, Shimano, Sugoi and Wahoo Fitness and its range is growing.

One of the biggest benefits for consumers when a big retailer wants to get into a new market is that they use discounts to try and get your custom; one of the drawbacks is their stock is generally limited and always changing. That’s because Amazon doesn’t just sell its own stock but is also a marketplace used by bike shops big and small to offload excess stock and to compete with the specialist online cycling retailers.

That ever-changing flow of products means you have to dig to find the bargains. They're there if you have the time to find them, but it's like shopping at TK Maxx: you either love or hate it. We’re guessing you’d rather be out cycling with the wind at your back and the sun on your face.

It turns out there are ways to find those Amazon bike bargains without the slog. We’ve sifted and trawled to bring you the best ways to get a cycling gear bargain on Amazon.

Here are four tips on finding the best deals, discounts, promotional codes and bargains on Amazon.

1 Discount Links — 20% and more off cycling clothing and technology

You can tweak the Amazon URL to find bargains based on discount size and user reviews. It's not complex but to save you time we’ve done it for you. Here are the links to find discounted cycling products on Amazon. (We've also sorted them by user review as who want's a discount on a one star product?) Once you hit the landing page you can take things a stage further by filtering by brand so you only see Shimano or Gore Bike Wear products, for example.

Want the biggest bargains? Use these links to find the cheapest products on Amazon.

• Amazon Cycling Products at 21% - 30% discount
• Amazon Cycling Products at 31% - 40% discount
• Amazon Cycling Products at 41% - 50% discount
• Amazon Cycling Products at 51% - 90% discount (Health warning: you'll have to hunt a bit harder in here to find a proper bargain but you will find some.)

2 Check out upcoming deals and the outlet store

If you're thinking about buying an item, but it's not mega urgent, like a cycling computer or some other accessories, check out Amazon's upcoming deals section daily, and stalk what deals are coming up and how long they'll be live for. This link is for their outdoors section as they tend to have a narrow view of what kind of product can be used for cycling - you can toggle through the available offers at the top to find the cycle specific stuff, you an also click between currently available, upcoming, and missed deals.

Amazon packaging (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Nic Taylor:Flickr)

3 Check out their Clearance Warehouse 

ot a lot of people know this, but Amazon have a clearance warehouse for returned goods. Their bargain warehouse is where returned stock and soiled or damaged merchandise is sold off cheap, and new items are added to it every day. You can find the cycling section of their clearance warehouse here.

4 Get free delivery

We hate it when retailers give you mega low prices and then stick £10 for delivery on top of your bill. It's even worse if you need the product at a specific time or place. A lot of the stuff you buy on Amazon comes with free delivery anyway, but if it doesn’t there are ways to get around that. 

If you go to the Amazon cycling products page and scroll down about half way it will list all the products that come with free delivery. If you can't find the product you want on there then simply sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial and get free next day delivery. Don't forget to cancel it before the end of the trial (we set a reminder on our phone) or you will be charged £79.

Now it's your turn

We're on a mission to find as many cycling deals, discounts and hacks as we can and share them with you, but there are more of you than there are of us. If you find any great deals or hacks please post them in the comments below or mail them to deals [at] road.cc and we will do our best to share them with everyone 

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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AJ101 [281 posts] 2 years ago
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Some very good ideas here too thanks.

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Arthur Scrimshaw [68 posts] 2 years ago
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AJ101 wrote:

Some very good ideas here too thanks.

That website is a mess!

 

 

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dottigirl [833 posts] 2 years ago
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Join Amazon as an associate to get money back when people use your links to purchase items. It doesn't cost any more, and you could work with a friend to swap links.

That's what road.cc have done above - if you use the links, they'll get a percentage. Small, but they add up.

Or, just click on this before you go shopping:

http://amzn.to/1JQctej

*cheeky grin & wink*

 

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MrWigster [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't forget the great deal they have on cycling books too.

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don simon [2548 posts] 2 years ago
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Or use your LBS for more than a coffee and a chat.

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melliott [21 posts] 2 years ago
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If there is something you'd like but are in no rush, you can use http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com to track prices. It provides a history of prices and allows you to set an acceptable price then emails/tweets you when Amazon reaches that price (if it ever does).

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Bradfasta [7 posts] 2 years ago
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why do Road.cc keep advertising "the cheapest" of everything, and pointing out where you can buy stuff online?  Have they not heard of independent bike shops?  Can you get your bike fixed online?  SUPPORT YOUR IBD

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Chris James [449 posts] 2 years ago
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Bradfasta wrote:

why do Road.cc keep advertising "the cheapest" of everything, and pointing out where you can buy stuff online?  Have they not heard of independent bike shops?  Can you get your bike fixed online?  SUPPORT YOUR IBD

My LBS advises its customers to buy their parts from Wiggle and pay the shop to fit them. Wiggle are cheaper than the price they have to pay to get stock from their distributor. The owner was reduced to doing this when he was building up a bike for his son.

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Shouldbeinbed [56 posts] 2 years ago
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Caveat Emptor though, particularly on parts. I got what looked like a very good deal on a SA hub gear from Amazon. Turned out to be far from perfect internally and unusable as-was. Amazon would take it back and refund me the purchase but not the cost of building it into and dismantling the wheel.

That and the continued lack of that bike while sorting out and cost of building another into a wheel, it was all round easier in the end to bite the bullet and pay (local trader)for their faulty one to be fixed.

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pjm60 [55 posts] 9 months ago
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Bit whiffy not to declare that they are affiliate links. I thought that wa the done thing nowadays.

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fluffed [117 posts] 9 months ago
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Indeed, this is backdoor advertising if undeclared, and so illegal?

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alansmurphy [1895 posts] 9 months ago
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It's certainly not illegal and "nowadays" isn't too relevant when commenting on a 2 year old article...

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fluffed [117 posts] 9 months ago
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Undeclared paid for ads are 100% illegal.

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alansmurphy [1895 posts] 9 months ago
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How do you know they're paid for ads?

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pjm60 [55 posts] 9 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

It's certainly not illegal and "nowadays" isn't too relevant when commenting on a 2 year old article...

 

It might not be illegal but it's certainly unproffesional, in my humble opinion. Especially when they're claiming to be providing a service. E.g. "It's not complex but to save you time we’ve done it for you". No, to take a cut from anything you spend we've done it for your. It's pretty minor but many other sites now disclose when they profit from affiliate links.

 

It's a 2 year old article that was reposted yesterday.

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kevvjj [425 posts] 1 week ago
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I've never ever, ever found any cycling stuff on Amazon cheaper than elsewhere such as eBay, CRC etc and God knows I've tried. Don't waste your time.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2428 posts] 1 week ago
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kevvjj wrote:

I've never ever, ever found any cycling stuff on Amazon cheaper than elsewhere such as eBay, CRC etc and God knows I've tried. Don't waste your time.

it's rare but there have been a few things, replaceable gear hanger £4 posted, got a decent branded powerbank for less money than elsewhere and managed to use my amazon vouchers that I get for free by doing web searches.

I've purchsed less than £100 worth of stuff in 15 years from them and that includes a £38 box set of 'Cold Feet' DVDs for the missus