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Which DNA test kit should you purchase?

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Should you buy now or wait for an upcoming sale?

If you plan to purchase a DNA test kit for yourself, as a gift, several tests for family members, or have a specific testing need, here is the best strategy as you navigate all the offers online:

If you plan to purchase a DNA test kit for yourself, as a gift, several tests for family members, or have a specific testing need, here is the best strategy as you navigate all the offers online:

  • DNA Sales All Year: Only recently have sales on DNA test kits been more commonplace. In the past, the big sale days were National DNA Day (April 25th), Black Friday (the 4th Friday of November) and Cyber-Monday (the Monday after the 4th Friday of November). Now you can find major sales during these periods:

    January: New Year’s Day (especially in the UK)
    February: Valentine’s Day
    March: St. Patrick’s Day
    April: Easter, National DNA Day (April 25th)
    May: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend
    June: Father’s Day
    July: Canada Day (July 1st), Independence Day (July 4th)
    August: Summer Sale
    September: Labor Day
    October: Family History Month
    November: Black Friday, Cyber Monday
    December: Holiday Shopping Season
  • Free Shipping. For the most part, many of the current, non-sale offers will offer free shipping on a single DNA test kit. During special promotions, you may find “free shipping incentives” such as “Buy 2 DNA test kits, receive free standard shipping,” etc. However, most of these offers are for US consumers only.
  • Amazon Prime. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can get free 2-Day (and even free 1-Day) shipping for most DNA test kits such as 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritage DNA. Check the price . . . often the Amazon price will be slightly higher than any promotional price in order to account for shipping costs!
  • Amazon Prime Day. In the past, Amazon has designated a special day or two on the Amazon site with special sales only for Amazon Prime Members. Traditionally Amazon Prime Day has occurred in July each year. However, since the COVID pandemic, Amazon has added additional days throughout the year. If you are a current Amazon Prime Member, you should receive email notifications about upcoming Amazon Prime Days.  Click HERE for a free trial of Amazon Prime!
  • Check the Return Policy. Verify the return policy if you don’t want to use the DNA test OR if there is a defect with the test kit.
  • If It Looks Too Cheap . . .  Be careful with any offer that looks too good to be true . . . such as a DNA test kit for just $29 USD! Most likely you are purchasing only the sample collection portion of the test kit and will need to pay more money for the DNA test data or reports once the sample is processed! 

Editor’s Note: Visit DNA Bargains at https://dnabargains.com for the latest, up-to-date coupons and promo codes BEFORE you purchase any DNA test kit.

©2023, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved,

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