Like a real-life supermarket, on Amazon, you'll first need to find the item you want, add it to your shopping cart, and then check out. Once you get the hang of shopping in a virtual space, it’s really quite simple. But if you’re a beginner, we’ve got you covered here with some basic instructions on how to buy on Amazon.com.
Do you need a little more information? Check out our detailed step-by-step instructions below with pictures to make sure you get every step of the process!
Go to www.amazon.com in your web browser and log in. To do this, move your mouse over "Hello, Sign In" and click Sign In. Then click in the boxes highlighted in the right screenshot below and type in your email address and account password, respectively. Finally, click Sign In Using Our Secure Server.
Let's say that your toaster just went on the fritz, and you're looking for a new one. Let's start by moving the mouse over Departments, then Home, Garden, and Tools, and then clicking Kitchen and Dining.
Now, let's click on Ovens and Toasters, and then click Toasters, just to narrow things down a bit more.
You'll now see a list of toasters available for sale.
Across the left-hand side of the screen, you'll see a series of options that you can click to narrow down your search even more. For example, you can look for a product:
The product information itself will show you, among other things:
When you find a product that you like, click on its name.
Here, you'll see some more detailed information about the product you've selected. If you've decided that it's what you want, click the drop-down menu marked "QTY" to select how many of this product you want. Then click Add to Cart.
If this is the only thing you want to buy, click Proceed to Checkout.
You'll now have to pick an address to send your delivery to. If you don't have one, you'll have to create a new one.
Click in each of the boxes or drop-down menus underneath "Enter A New Shipping Address" and type in or select:
There are additional options underneath "Optional Delivery Preferences", where you can:
When you've entered all of your information, click Continue to move on.
On the left, you'll see your order summary. On the right, you'll be asked to select what kind of shipping you want (if applicable). Click the button next to the type you want. Usually, the faster the shipping speed, the more it will cost you. When you're done, click Continue.
You'll now have to select a method of paying for your purchase.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll assume that you want to pay by using a credit card. To add a new credit card:
When you're done, this credit card will automatically be selected as a payment option, so you can just click Continue.
On the next screen, you can review your order and make any final changes, including the type of shipping you want. If you're happy with what you have, click Place Your Order.
You'll receive a confirmation receipt via email. Now all that's left to do is to wait for your item to arrive!
And that’s how you use Amazon to order something! If you want to learn how to search for items better to make your shopping experience more efficient, be sure to check out the rest of our step-by-step tutorials in the Amazon course. If you’re interested in learning how to bypass some of those pesky shipping fees, check out our article on how to get free shipping with Amazon.
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