Amazon.ca 101

Amazon.ca 101

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Did you know Amazon has a price matching feature? Did you see a deal posted only to check the site for yourself and see a completely different price? Hopefully, this post will shed some light on the less than obvious features of Amazon.

Sold By: Amazon.ca vs Third Party Resellers

A screenshot that was taken & shared often on GameDealsCanada's Twitter
A screenshot that was taken & shared often on GameDealsCanada’s Twitter

Don’t see the sale price? The deal may not be expired and you could be looking at a third party listing. Be sure to check the right side for “Sold by: Amazon.ca”.

Amazon’s Price Matching Reporting Feature

Amazon has a halfhearted price matching feature. On product page’s details section, you can find a link that says “tell us about a lower price?”. Click on it, fill out the form and hope Amazon adjusts the product’s price sooner rather than later. They won’t notify you of the change so you’ll just have to check back later to see if they adjusted the price.

Amazon.ca - Price Reporting
Amazon.ca – Price Reporting

It’s not the price matching feature we’re expecting but it’s better than nothing.

 

Release Date Delivery

Only certain items are eligible for Amazon’s Release Date Delivery.

Here’s how you can quickly tell if an item is eligible:

Amazon.ca - No Release Date Delivery
Amazon.ca – No Release Date Delivery Option

 

Amazon.ca - Release Date Delivery
Amazon.ca – Release Date Delivery Option

If you pre-order an eligible item as an Amazon Prime member, “Release Date Delivery” is automatically selected.

If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you’ll have to select “Two-Day Shipping” and pay the additional shipping fee.

Changing PayPal’s Default Currency Conversion Option

Changing PayPal’s Default Currency Conversion Option

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So you have a credit card that doesn’t charge conversion fees and you’ve added it to your Paypal account. That’s it right? You’re no longer being charged conversion fees when using PayPal! Not quite.

By default Paypal performs its own currency conversion and charges you up to 3.5% on top of the exchange rate. To change this option, log onto your Paypal account and follow the steps below:

1. Click “Profile” cog in the top right.

2. Click “Payments“.

3. Click “Preapproved Payments“.

4. Click “Set Available Funding Sources“.

Paypal Currency Conversion Option - Step 4

5. Click “Conversion Options” beside the credit card with no currency conversion fee.

Paypal Currency Conversion Option - Step 5

6. Select “Bill me in the currency listed on the seller’s invoice.” and click “Submit“.

Paypal Currency Conversion Option - Step 6

That’s it! No more currency conversion fees! Please leave a comment below if these steps are out of date.

A Credit Card Without Currency Conversion Fees

A Credit Card Without Currency Conversion Fees

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Sometimes you just need to buy stuff in USD, JPY or some currency that’s not the CAD. At the time of writing, the CAD is trading for $0.78 USD but you’ll be hard pressed to find a means to trade your hard earned CAD at the posted rate. Most credit cards, banks and other money services charge a conversion fee which may only amount to a few pennies on a Humble Bundle purchase but could end up being several dollars for larger purchases.

You can avoid conversion fees with the Amazon.ca Rewards Visa by JP Morgan Chase:

Features

  • Get a $20 Amazon.ca Gift Certificate instantly upon credit card approval
  • Earn 2% cash back per $1 spent on Amazon.ca
  • Earn 1% cash back per $1 spent everywhere else your card is accepted
  • No Foreign Currency Transaction Fees*
  • No annual fee

This is a great travel and international shopping credit card but managing it is a bit cumbersome if you haven’t dealt with a JP Morgan Chase credit card before.

  • You check transactions at Chase Canada Online
  • It takes a day or two for transactions to appear on the site
  • You have to add the credit card as a payee with your bank to make payments
  • No paperless billing option

Caveats aside, this is a solid credit card and the go to option for those who wish to avoid paying unnecessary fees.

You can apply for one at Amazon.ca’s Credit Card Marketplace.

E3 Promo Showdown: Amazon.ca vs BestBuy.ca

E3 Promo Showdown: Amazon.ca vs BestBuy.ca

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So you heard about these E3 pre-order promotions and want to get in on it. But which retailer do you go with? It’s easy to choose one over the other if they have different titles available, pre-order bonuses or one is offering a deeper discount. But what if all things were equal? Why would people choose one retailer over the other?

Let this comparison table tell you why:

 Amazon.caBestBuy.ca
Low Price GuaranteeYes but only until releaseYes, before & within 30 days of release
Release Date DeliverySelect itemsMost items
Cancel Individual ItemsOrders pagePhone support
Updating Billing InfoWebsiteWebsite or phone support
ReturnsShipping labelRMA # or in-store
Customer Support OptionsChat, E-Mail, phoneE-mail, phone
Other Perks & BenefitsPrice errorsReward Zone Program
More desirable pre-order bonuses

Explanations

Low Price Guarantee

Both offer Low Price Guarantees but only BestBuy offers a 30 day window beyond the release date.

Release Date Delivery

On of the biggest differentiators between the two stores. If you want your game on or closest to release date, go with BestBuy.ca.

Cancel Individual Items

Change your mind about the fourth or fifth game in your giant E3 order? Cancelling individual items is easy as pie with Amazon.ca and if you maintain the minimum amount of games (usually 3), it will retain the promotion.

BestBuy requires you to contact their phone support. They usually can do it but remind them that you have a promotion on the order just in case.

Updating Billing Info

Updating your billing info just works with Amazon.ca’s system. BestBuy’s website has that capability but it is error prone with certain orders requiring the help of BestBuy’s customer service representatives.

Returns

Bad reviews making you regret your purchase? Both retailers have you covered but BestBuy is the only one with an in-store presence.

Customer Support Options

Amazon.ca’s chat options is probably the best in the business and they’re equally as capable regardless of preference.

If you want immediate action, it’s often better to contact BestBuy via their phone support.

Other Perks & Benefits

Historically, Amazon.ca has been prone to pricing errors including the doubling of discounts. One of the best examples of a price error was the inexplicable price adjustment of Xenoblade Chronicles X down to $19.99 ($55 off). And the best part? Everyone who pre-ordered the title had their orders automatically adjusted to the new price plus the 30% off E3 promotion.

BestBuy has its share of price gaffes but they’re usually involves the mislabeling of special editions with standard edition prices — not terribly exciting. BestBuy does have a leg up on pre-order bonuses and their Reward Zone program though.

Hopefully this little comparison helps you with your pre-ordering decision. Got more points of comparisons? Did I get something wrong? Leave a comment below.