I usually ignore trade-in deals. Your trade-in often functions as a coupon and you may receive less value than the actual dollar value of the item. The best/worst example are trade-in values for phones being significantly under what you could receive on the secondary market.
Amazon is offering a trade-in and preorder deal on their new fire stick 4K. My 2013 Chromecast 1st generation streamer has been sitting in the closet for years and definitely isn’t worth $22.99
- Coupon: Trade in old media streamer (Chromecast 1st gen is totally worth it) and get a discount on purchase of select items + $2.99 trade in value
- Cashback: TopCashback 10% on Amazon Devices. This might count as a coupon or not track due to the preorder nature
- Payment: Amazon Account Balance and just received $2.99 from the trade-in
I purposely used the Amazon Account Balance here because you can always collect the 5% bonus at the end of the quarter by buying Amazon Gift Cards if you don’t use up any quarter maximums
Estimated Total: $49.99 – $20.00 (coupon) + $3.07 (tax) – $2.99 (trade in credit) – $3.00 (cashback site) = $27.07
Improvements: You can use your Discover or Chase Freedom as they have 5% quarterly bonus. As always the Amazon Card 5% is available as well.
Don’t preorder Amazon’s own products on Amazon. There is usually a better deal somewhere else like Bestbuy.com
Except when you should buy Amazon’s products from Amazon