Since the original Amazon Echo release back in 2014, Amazon’s array of Alexa-enabled devices has grown exponentially and the voice-activated helpers have quickly become a staple in the modern home. Whether we’re rocking a Dot, a Show or even just the Alexa app on Android or iOS, we’ve come to rely on this virtual personal assistant for everything from checking the weather forecast and calling an Uber to helping us shop. And no, we aren’t just talking about using an Alexa skill to keep track of our grocery shopping list. We literally mean using the device to shop and — better yet — score deals.
While the idea of shopping via a voice-enabled device may feel a bit daunting at first, we’re here to help you tap into this wide world of Alexa skills. It might be fun to play Jeopardy or ask Alexa to bark like a dog, but you should also be using her to get the best possible Amazon deals, especially when Amazon Prime Day rolls around.
Finding Amazon Deals
The easiest way to use Alexa to find deals might seem like a no-brainer. You literally ask, “Alexa, what are my deals?” and voilà! Alternatively, you can visit the Today’s Deals page on Amazon, but it’s much more fun if you let Alexa do it. (I mean, that’s what she’s there for, right?) She’ll tell you the day’s available deals as well as the prices and discounts. Then, all you need to do is confirm to Alexa that you wish to purchase a specific item and the order will be placed.
If you already know what kind of item you want to buy, however, you can simply say “Alexa, search for pool rafts” or “Alexa, search for novelty socks,” for example. Whatever floats your boat, Alexa is there for you. After all, why should you waste your fingers typing around on the computer when Alexa can find what you’re looking for with just the sound of your voice?
Even better, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get access to millions of items with free shipping, plenty of entertainment perks, and exclusive access to epic Prime Day deals during Amazon’s annual event. It’s just $12.99 per month and you can cancel at any time, so it’s worth a try.
Adding to Cart
Now, just because you told Alexa to find deals for you, that doesn’t mean you are legally bound to purchase anything. You can have Alexa add one of the discounted items to your cart by using the voice command, “Alexa, add this to my cart”. Then, you can come back hours, days, or even weeks later and go through your cart to purchase whatever you want. Just know that if something was on the deals page, it might not be the same price as it was when you first added it to your cart. Most of those deals are time sensitive, expiring at the end of the day, while many Lightning Deals expire within just a few hours. So if you really want something — and you’re really serious about savings — you’ll want to act fast.
Setting Up Automatic Renewals
Setting up Alexa to automatically order an item for you is surprisingly quick and easy. Let’s say you’re tired of running out of everyday essentials like toilet paper and coffee. (And, seriously, who isn’t these days?) You can set up notifications for Alexa to remind you to reorder the things you go through frequently by using the Alexa app. Just go into ‘Settings,’ then ‘Notifications’, and select ‘Shopping Notifications.’ Finally, you’ll see an option that says ‘Reorder Notifications,’ which you can easily utilize to have Alexa take care of the chore for you.
Buying Something New
When you buy something for the first time using Alexa voice shopping, she’ll give you Amazon’s choice for whatever product you’re looking for. It will likely be the highest-rated, best-selling option but, obviously, you don’t have to pick the first choice Alexa gives you. When you do pick the product you want, however, and you’re ready to purchase, Alexa will tell you the price and then ask you to confirm the order before she’ll process it. Once you’ve purchased something more than once, Alexa will go back into her history to find the brand or variety that you purchased before and she’ll ask you if you would like to buy it again. If you want to try a different brand, simply ask her for other options. She’ll be happy to oblige.
Enabling Secure Transactions
If you’re afraid that someone in your household — like a small child or a friend pulling a prank — might inadvertently order something from your Amazon account without your consent, you can set up a 4-digit security code so your hilarious pal can’t order you a giant, pink unicorn floaty without your knowledge.
Canceling Amazon Orders
If, after telling Alexa to purchase an item, you decide you no longer want to buy it, don’t worry. All you need to do is say, “Alexa, cancel my order” and she will cancel it. But, if for some reason, you forget to cancel, you can simply return the item through Amazon’s Online Return Center.
Tracking Amazon Orders
When you order something using Alexa, you can ask her where it is and if it’s on its way to you as often as you’d like. If you called up a department store every day and asked where your order of coffee pods was, they’d think you were a lunatic. However, Alexa doesn’t care at all! In fact, she is more than willing to look up your order for you. All you need to say is, “Alexa, where is my stuff?” and she’ll look up when your packages are set to arrive. If you require more information than that, you can use the Alexa or Amazon app itself to look up your order details. But, it gets even better. Alexa can be set to notify you when your package is shipped and when it’s been placed on your doorstep. To set it up, all you need to do is ask Alexa “What are my notifications?” Then you can tailor them to your preference as needed.
Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices
There are a wide variety of Alexa-enabled devices, including the Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Kindle Fire, and an endless rotation of smart home automation tech that can be connected to them for the ultimate, voice-controlled convenience. However, if you’re looking for an unobtrusive, attractive device to act as your smart home hub, we think these two best-sellers are your best bet.