Amazon Warehouse Deals

Seeing MSE latest money tips email I came across the section on  Amazon Warehouse Deals and thought to give it a try.
Went to Amazon and selected the amazon warehouse department and typed in a random item search in this case "pen". The items displayed were not in the warehouse deals but all brand new not returned. So not filtered as expected.
Went back to amazon warehouse department and left the search box blank. Hit search and this looked like I could brows the warehouse deals. In an attempt to quickly find a returned (cheap) higher quality pen I selected (clicked on) office products. Once again I got a list of brand new non returned non discounted office products.
No doubt if I had spent ages going through all the many pages of items I would have found some returned ones.
So going back to the MSE article and the examples of how to find this type of item - I followed them and they don't work because the Amazon Warehouse filter does not priorities the returned items - warehouse deals and the time required to visually search through is unacceptable.
So my first question is does anyone know if there is already a forum thread that discusses this and if so where is it?
Then what I would really like is some tips on how to search in Amazon and get a list of the items (that I put in the search string) that are exclusively Amazon Warehouse deals.
If there is no way of doing that then the Article is a bit misleading because I would have thought that most people (as I myself have always done) will notice if in the description section  there is mention of a used one being available and that's not exactly a secret its there for all to see.
The secret if revealed would be if you could exclusively search them out and the article does not reveal it as far as I can tell.
Please tell me I'm wrong.
Thanks 

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  • Yahoo_MailYahoo_Mail Forumite
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    I don't know what you're doing wrong.  I went to Amazon Warehouse, searched for "pen" and it all looked to be Amazon Warehouse stock to me (obviously not going to check every product they have.)

    You did click on the products to verify they were not Amazon Warehouse ones, right?
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    If its misleading then report it to MSE .
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    murphydavidmurphydavid Forumite
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    edited 1 October 2020 at 4:14PM
    I don't know what you're doing wrong.  I went to Amazon Warehouse, searched for "pen" and it all looked to be Amazon Warehouse stock to me (obviously not going to check every product they have.)

    You did click on the products to verify they were not Amazon Warehouse ones, right?
    Thanks for your response. Yes you are correct that the items are Amazon Warehouse stock.
    There are now two terms that I am trying to distinguish between these being Amazon Warehouse stock and Amazon Warehouse deals. Is the stock everything in their warehouse; much of which is not discounted and the deals discounted items or are the terms just interchangeable?
    I read the MSE article as focusing on using the Amazon Warehouse department search to enable one to easily find items that had been heavily discounted because they had been returned and that IMO is not so. As far as I can tell much warehouse stock may not be discounted.
    Ok having said that I have a trick of (my own secret) search method.
    When you have done a normal search for the item you want you will notice that the page index in your search engine (not the Amazon search box) changes to a longer string. ie if you search all departments for "pen" it may change to https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=pen&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
    If you click at the end of that string; without adding spaces and add "&pct-off=70-&sort=price-asc-rank" so it looks like
    "https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=pen&ref=nb_sb_noss_1&pct-off=70-&sort=price-asc-rank"  and hit return
    You will note that the results count number is reduced and followed by "results for 70% off or more :" which indicates that at some point all the items you can see (except the top line) were once 70% more expensive.  You can of course change the number in the added string depending on the reduction %age you would like to see.
    This is not a catch all bargains but it can help to reduce the number of items you might have to look through. 
    This is obviously an Amazon filter but I have never been able to find it as a button on their web pages.
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