Martin Lewis: Amazon launches sale with huge savings – but expert issues warning

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Amazon has launched an ‘end of summer’ sale which will include many flash deals. In his latest MoneySavingExpert.com Money Tips email, Martin Lewis has given advice for those looking to make a purchase.

Sales can be a great way for Britons to save when they are looking for a particular item.

Amazon will regularly run sales and promotions so customers can grab a bargain.

The online retailer launched an ‘end of summer’ sale on Monday and it is set to last until 11.59pm on September 1.

Many offers will last the duration of the sale period, with discounts on Amazon devices already being extended until 9am on September 2.

As well as the main deals, the retailer will bring out ‘lightning deals’ that may last just a few hours.

While the discounts can be great for those who know what they want, Martin explained customers should be careful before buying.

He said: “The online retail giant is offering daily reductions until Monday, including a half-price Echo Plus speaker.

“It’s offering daily deals until Monday, we’ve also spotted a £95 kids’ Fire tablet (normally £140) and £110 Fitbit Versa Lite (normally £150). But it really is a mixed-bag.”

The expert explained some offers are better than others and shoppers should look out for the best savings.

For example, products including the kids’ Fire tablet, at £95, appear to be selling for an all time low price.

However, items such as the Echo Dot speaker, down from £49.99 to £29.99, were cheaper in the latest Amazon sale in July.

Martin gave his top tips on what to do before making a purchase in a sale.

Before parting with any money, the expert suggested shopping around at other stores.

This will help figure out if it really is the cheapest price on the market.

As Amazon prices regularly change, it could be worth checking the price history to find out if the offer has been lower, and could be reduced again.

While it can be tempting to buy discounted items, Martin gave a warning to those wanting to spend.

He explained Britons should only buy items that they actually need to avoid wasting money.

“Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford,” the expert said.

“Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you’re getting the best deal.”

Read more on the Money Saving Expert’s latest Money Tips email. 

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