Save Money By Trying Before You Buy With This New Amazon Service

Amazon Prime Samples
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You know that thing Amazon keeps doing where it rolls out a new service with zero fanfare and just hopes customers will figure it out and start using it on their own?

Well, the retail behemoth did it again, but this time with inexpensive samples of some of its most popular products.

And while no, Amazon hasn’t released a line of in-house beauty products or granola bars like it did with over-the-counter meds, it does have a cool new service for Prime members that should make picking the right moisturizer, protein powder or even diapers a whole lot simpler — and cheaper.

$2 Samples From Amazon Prime

Prime Samples, the newest feature available to Amazon Prime members, gives customers the chance to try out small samples of various beauty, skin-care, food, nutrition and household products before committing to the “full buy.”

Individual samples can be purchased for $2-$4, or you can select a box filled with a variety of samples for anywhere from $6.99 to $19.99.

Whichever you choose, it will ship free to your home if you have a Prime subscription.

Now here’s the really cool part: Prime Sample will actually give you a credit equal to the cost of your sample items. If you requested $6 worth of face-wash samples, you’ll automatically get a $6 Prime Sample credit in your account to use to buy a full-sized version of your favorite product once you’ve had a chance to test the options.

The new service launched at the end of 2017, with products available in the following categories: beverages and food, sports and nutrition, beauty and grooming, personal care and household, vitamins and supplements, and baby.

You’ll be able to buy each version of each sample only once, (although if there are two shampoo options from the same brand but with different scents, you’ll be able to order both). Still, being able to test out products before you commit to buying the full-size version could save you some big bucks in the long run.

So if you’ve been wondering if a certain brand of diapers would work for your baby or if you’ve been wanting to test out a new hairspray without committing to the full purchase price before you even know if you like it, Prime Sample seems to be a pretty sweet opportunity.

(Plus, if enough people use Prime Sample, the company will hopefully add more options to the sample inventory.)

Note: Amazon does say that the equal credit system is a limited time offer, but it doesn’t specify the time frame. You can check out the rest of the fine print here.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.