Just ordered a RIng Alarm from Amazon a few days ago and I wanted to point to a deal for Canadians that probably won't go much lower, or may not be repeated once Black Friday pricing starts. If it is, well you just buy the lower priced item and return this one. No harm done, nothing lost.
Right now, Amazon Canada is offering a 5 piece Ring Alarm for $269 or a 5 piece Ring Alarm with a "free" Echo Dot - also for $269. So obviously, even though I didn't need another Echo, it would be silly not to accept a free one for the same price right?
Well as it turns out, Amazon (and I have to admire their forethought in the way they price items) gave me the option to get the Echo Dot next day, but the Ring Alarm would require two-day delivery. So I chose next day for the Echo, because why not? I like to give work to independent delivery people as much as possible.
What I ended up with in my orders list was not a 5-piece Ring Alarm with an Echo Dot under a single order number for $269, but two separate order numbers. The Ring Alarm is listed under one order number for $213.46 CAD and the Echo Dot is listed under a second order number for $55.54 CAD. So the Echo isn't really free, and best of all, since it's under a separate order number, I can just return it and I'll have the Ring Alarm for just $213.46 CAD ($161.44 USD). This is a pretty darn good deal from what I've seen elsewhere.
And when I thought about it, this is a really smart way for Amazon to price and deliver this. Think about if they had given the Echo as truly "free". That would technically entitled people to order the Ring Alarm with the bonus Echo Dot, then return just the Ring Alarm and keep the Dot. Amazon would lose in that scenario. If buyers return both, well that's just business. But if they keep either just the Echo, or just the Ring Alarm, they only lose the sale price of one of the two items, but they get your data collection from either, and they might even pickup a subscription from the Ring Alarm owners. They win in two out of three scenarios. Very clever.
[Edit] Looks like the US is using the same Echo "giveaway" type offer. So this method might work in the US as well. If it does, then US residents could get the RIng 5-piece alarm for $149.01 USD