I’ve been buying items from Amazon almost since its beginnings as the world’s largest bookstore. Over the years, Amazon became a place you could buy many other items besides books. The also company came up with innovations such as Amazon Prime, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Kindle devices and Kindle ebooks, and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo, to name just a few.
Now, Amazon is poised to devour the grocery business with its purchase of Whole Foods. Even if you shop Amazon.com on a regular basis, you might not realize the scope of items that Amazon sells. I keep going back to Amazon for their prices and two-day Prime shipping.
Another main reason to shop at Amazon is their customer reviews. That makes Amazon really shine for big-ticket items. I like to read the actual reviews rather than relying on how many stars an item has earned. A highly rated item can still have some important drawbacks that other reviewers point out.
Some items garner poor reviews that have little to do with the item’s quality or functionality. You can tell by reading some reviews that those people either didn’t read the product description or didn’t read the instructions.
Amazon’s reviews make it easier for me to buy with confidence, especially with big-ticket items. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know you could buy at Amazon.
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Summer is a great time to invest in a standby generator for your home, especially if you live in an area prone to hurricanes or other severe weather.
During a power outage, a generator can keep electricity humming to your essential systems, such as your refrigerator and heating or air conditioning. Since power outages often happen during the coldest or hottest months courtesy of extreme weather conditions, you’ll be grateful to still have power to the HVAC to keep your family comfortable during outages.
A few weeks ago, I got the oil changed in my CR-V at one of those quick-change chain outfits. Of course, they tried to upsell me on an engine air filter.
I figured it was time for an air filter change, but I’d planned on trying to do it on my own. This place wanted about $50 for the air filter change, and they didn’t have it in stock. They would have had to drive somewhere to get one.
Instead, I bought my own air filter on Amazon for $18 and a neighbor helped me put it in. It took less than 5 minutes.
You can’t only buy standard auto parts from Amazon, though. You can also find auto repair tools and even lifts for doing tire and break work.
Almost 10 years ago, I bought my recumbent exercise bike from Amazon (similar to this one), and I’ve been using it regularly ever since. On Amazon, you can also find treadmills, ellipticals, weights, stair climbers, and a variety of other fitness products.
High-End Jewelry and Watches
Amazon sells watches from popular designers and brands such as Michael Kors, Burberry, Guess, and Bulova. You can also find all types of jewelry, including engagement rings, wedding rings, and anniversary rings.
You can choose a Weber grill or one from another top brand and have it within two days with Amazon Prime two-day shipping.
Amazon sells a wide selection of kids’ play equipment, including wooden playsets. They also offer Step2 jungle gym swingsets for little kids along with playsets with swings, sliding boards and more for bigger kids.
I bought my electric lawn mower similar to this one several years ago and use it regularly during spring, summer, and fall. You’d only want an electric lawn mower for a rather small lawn, such as a city lot. For a larger lawn, you’d need a gas push mower or even a lawn tractor.
On Amazon, you can pick up a new mattress, expertly compressed and rolled for shipping. I bought a mattress online for my younger daughter when she moved to a big-girl bed a few years ago. The way it expanded itself to its normal size after being unrolled was simply amazing, and it’s a really nice mattress.
You can also find living room furniture on Amazon, such as reclining chairs and reclining sofas. I have a reclining sofa in my living room, and I love it. My cats like it as well, since putting my feet up expands my lap to a more comfortable size for a kitty to stretch out.