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How Often Does Udemy Have Sales? Free Insider’s Guide To “The Real Truth”

How Often Does Udemy Have Sales - The Real Truth
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If you have been browsing Udemy’s courses, you may have started to notice something strange…

One-day Udemy courses might be $10 each, but if you come back a week later, they have all of a sudden gone up to $190 for the same course! What the #*!&!

So how often does Udemy have sales? And what is really going on behind the scenes to have such wild fluctuations in the price? Well, for a short and sweet answer, see below!

How often does Udemy have sales? Udemy has sales all year round which can be activated by opening a browser in “Incognito mode”. This is done as Udemy artificially raises prices after several days. Udemy also holds sales during Black Friday, New Years, and a number of other times.

How Often Does Udemy Have Sales In 2021? “The Real Truth”

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An Explanation For Why Udemy Prices Are Always Changing

As I touched on briefly above, Udemy is constantly having sales all year round. Ok, but how do you explain their $199 courses then?

In short, it all comes down to a strategy called “Urgency Marketing“. Let me explain…

To see how to revert the Udemy course prices back to the original cheaper rates, you can see the steps further below.

Odds are, when you first visited Udemy, that same $199 course was originally marked down to the price of around $5-$15.

What you also may have seen was a countdown clock and a marketing slogan like “End the year strong, sale ends October 24”.

Udemy adds this sense of urgency as it triggers new users to the website to act on this incredible sale. So from a business point of view, it makes perfect sense, as this strategy has been proven to work.

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Unfortunately, for some users, if you don’t act upon the sale, the prices get hiked up to $199 which is more than 10 X the original price ????.

But in reality, the prices haven’t actually increased… They have only gone up in price on your computer or device. If you don’t take my word for it, you can open up your browser in Incognito (privacy mode) and see the instant price change.

Udemy Artificially Increases Prices, Just Like a Mattress Store

This is all thanks to a thing called a “cookie”, which runs the advertising backbone of the internet. In a nutshell, a cookie tracks your usage online, just like a trail of bread crumbs (creepy stuff).

So since Udemy knows when you first visited their website, they know exactly when to pull the levers and add more urgency.

And if visitors aren’t ready to act on the price that can be found all year round, they artificially increase the price, which is why you are most likely reading this article.

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While I wish I could say that Udemy is horrible for doing this, I really can’t as 1,000’s of other companies use this same strategy, simply because it works.

Ok, so how do I revert the pricing back to the original promotion?

Method 1: Visit Udemy In An Incognito Browser

One sure-fire way to revert the Udemy pricing back to its original costs is to open your browser in incognito mode. By doing so, you are stopping Udemy from tracking your cookies and showing you an artificially inflated price.

For most browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox, you can simply right-click on the browser icon, then select either “New Incognito Window” or “New Private Window”.

If you are having any trouble, this is a good guide on how to activate privacy mode on all operating systems and browsers. If done correctly, you should now see the original promotion of the Udemy courses (see below).

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Method 2: Clear Cookies/ Cache On Your Browser

If for whatever reason the above method didn’t work, you can also try and clear your cache and cookies within the browser itself. Once done, Udemy will see you as a new visitor coming to the website as if it was your first time.

To see how to clear cache/ cookies in your browser, this is a really great and simple guide.

How Much Do Udemy Courses Cost?

While the price of Udemy courses does fluctuate a lot, the proper pricing of Udemy courses can be found all year round which varies from $4.99 – $12. Some even qualify for accreditation if you know how to look.

Anything above these numbers, and it is highly likely that Udemy has artificially raised the prices.

Are Udemy Courses Always $10?

Yes, or thereabouts. When purchasing a Udemy class/ course, it is normal for courses to be $10 (give or take a few dollars). If the pricing increases above $150, you can simply open a new window in incognito mode to revert back to the original promotional pricing. You also won’t need any coupons!

When Does Udemy Have Sales?

As I have shown above, Udemy courses are “always on sale”, or in other words “their courses are at normal rates, then artificially inflated after a certain amount of time”.

However, if you have used the above trick to score yourself a cheap course and signed up for the service, you are unlikely to see these cheap rates again.

This is when the actual Udemy sales can be beneficial. For a list of sales/ promotions, check out the list below.

  • January: New Years promotions – great for site-wide discounts
  • February: Typically has a 3-day flash sale 
  • March: Valentines course sale
  • April: Education month sale
  • May: Mother’s Day class sales (some courses)
  • June: Mid-year madness sales
  • July: Summer holiday sales
  • August: Back to school sales
  • September: typically no sales
  • October: End the year strong courses (site-wide)
  • November: Black Frday and cyber Monday sales
  • December: Christmas sales

When Is The Next Udemy Sale?

In short, Udemy courses are always on sale! Simply put your browser in incognito mode to see the original pricing that all users should be paying!

What Most Popular Courses On Sale On Udemy Right Now?

At this point, you know the answer is all of them. And we’ve done extensive research on their top-rated courses and certificates over the many years we’ve been monitoring them.

However, here are eight of their most popular courses, one from each of their major categories.

Though to be completely honest, with more than 155,000 courses, this is a very small sample of their true range and quality.

What Are My Alternatives To Udemy?

If after reading this you don’t really like Udemy’s sale pricing tactics or you’d simply prefer something more straightforward, you do have options.

For people looking to take many courses across a range of topics, the most economical choice is a subscription service like Skillshare, LinkedIn Learning, or Masterclass. Or if it’s just Math and Science, you can’t beat Brilliant. All four offer free trials so it’s better than a sale on a single course.

If you have a specific topic you want to take a single course on, then you’re better off starting with a platform that specializes in your area of interest. We have a full guide that describes these options (many of them free) in much more detail.

But the quick version: for creative classes try Domestika, for software and technology try Udacity, and for courses supporting the wide range of freelance skills, Learn from Fiverr.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this guide on how often does Udemy has sales has been helpful for you. If you think that I have missed anything or would like to see more, please let me know down in the comments! 

If you want to see how to get Udemy courses for free, check out my tips and tricks here. Thanks for reading and happy learning!

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  1. Trevoir – that probably is how it works from the instructor’s side, but that’s not how end-users experience it. Given there is always a sale being promoted as “limited time” when in fact there’s almost always one running, they can use the hack to get promotion price even if it looks like they missed it.

  2. Some of this information is incorrect. Udemy does not increase the prices. The instructors set the price for their course, but opt into the marketing programme, giving Udemy permission to slash prices during sales.

    So when there isn’t a sale, you are seeing the original course prices.

  3. What great information! Thanks so much. I just tried the incognito tab and the $129 course is down to $23. I had a feeling it was something like this — I saw it happen over the course of 3 days. Much appreciated!

  4. Haha, never mind, I just read all the comments and saw the workaround method. Let’s hope it takes a while before they shut that down.

  5. Unless there is a workaround for the workaround, they seem to have shut this down. I am able to see the sale prices in incognito mode, but when I try to check out and have to enter my details, they tell me the offer is only available for new customers. Of course I could create another account, but who wants to bother with tHAT?

  6. So glad I found this article. I almost bought this Udemy course on Adobe Illustrator, was totally shocked to see the price go from $23 to $149 right after it was added to cart. This confusion is not what I signed up for so I decided to enroll directly through the school. Phew, again glad I read this post!!

  7. I tried a bunch of coupon codes that were all rejected. I was an existing user had items in my cart then I left the site for a bit and on returning the discount had returned. Might be the urgency tactics working in our favor.

  8. I found another way around the problem of prices reverting once you sign in.

    Use “incognito” mode as described in the article, but “gift” it to your actual account.

    Then you could use the course signed into your usual account, and keep your courses together.

    If you have a gmail account, you can simply add a period or plus sign in your name – Udemy will treat it as a new email address (account) but gmail will treat it as the same (e.g. fredblogss:@gmail.com becomes [email protected])

  9. Great article sir!
    I can’t see any sale now as I bought a course at discount rate. What if I got to incognito mode, sign in and buy a discounted course?

  10. Incognito mode does not work if you already bought something with the account you try to login(after addind the discounted item into the cart). However, just press “Buy as gift” and gift it to your “main” account. Then create a new account during checkout. This will send you a link that you can redeem on your main account!

  11. Hey Lewis,

    Just writing to confirm that the different browser trick worked while still using the same Udemy login. Id suggest buying many courses so you dont have to redo the process of finding an additional browser after the “5hr sale” period.

  12. Hi there, I have seen several comments noting that you may have you create a second account in an incognito browser to claim the discounts. Also, you still should be able to get discounts on the 10 courses 🙂

  13. hi,
    please guys, if i bought for example 10 courses at once with incognito browser : should i create another udemy account when buying or buy them by my real one ?

    and would i find them in my real udemy account ?

    and when i wanna purchase other courses, do i must to change another account with incognito browsing ?

    is it possible to buy with same account twice, one for me and the other is a gift for someone ?

    thanks for lewis and the others.

  14. Thanks for the above info. This really helps all the people who’re planning to buy a course. Great job!

  15. Omgee, you’re Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing the information about Udemy!! I bought 5 courses today but if I would have known earlier, I would have bought them on a need to have basis. Oh well, I guess you live and learn. I was about to buy a 6th course and so glad I found your blog before I did. Thanks again and God Bless!

  16. Worked as a light, saved a good deal. Price started at 13 but as I inclined more to buy, it showed uprise in price sequentially. At the end of two days price was showing 21. Then I suspect something unusual and got your trick buster. ????

  17. Thanks very much for your explanation. Otherwise i may buy in 100 dollars. really dont like this strategy. even make doubt on their course quality. But will give a try first. Thanks again.

  18. Hi Lewis,

    Does this mean that Udemy will only offer the sale price to new visitors only or after sometime Udemy will share the sale prices once again?

    I tried the incognito trick it worked, however when I go to check out and log in it goes back to the original price. I tried with a different browser as well.

    The only way around this is to keep making new accounts is it? 😀

  19. Used a different browser, added the discounted courses to cart and noticed it adds a coupon code to get the price. When paying instead of new sign in I told it to sign into my account. The coupon remained, so I was able to complete the sale with the lower price.

    If this doesn’t work for others, I suggest using In Private and adding to cart to see the coupon code. Then in a not private window, logged in account, try manually applying that coupon code during the checkout process.

  20. Thanks for that Wim! I will be sure to add this tip in for future updates as it also seems to work for other people ????

  21. I can add that Jessica’s idea works indeed, just like Lee I tested it and it worked perfectly. Thanks Jessica for mentioning this!

  22. Great idea Jessica! I tried it and it worked. Made new account and then gifted the course to my existing account. Paid the sale price.

  23. Has anyone tried to have someone else create an account and get the sale price then gift it to them? I wasn’t aware of this until after I created an account and don’t really want to have to create a new Udemy account to get the sale price.

  24. Hey Henokh, glad to hear it helped and thanks for sharing the tip for Domestika!

  25. Damn, this trick also worked on Domestika course, I think they using same A.I . By the way . Thank you so much.

  26. Glad to help Malik. Yes I would agree with you on that one. I only just purchased another Udemy course and again I had to go in a private browser to get the normal price. This is something I would definitely like to see change.

  27. Thank you so much, Lewis for your help.

    Very Helpful!

    Just like to disagree with you on one point “While I wish I could say that Udemy is horrible for doing this, I really can’t as 1,000’s of other companies use this same strategy, simply because it works.”

    You know what this is a wonderful strategy but for a short time only and in the long run, this does not work.
    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
    They are only fooling themselves but they think they are fooling their customers.
    I have never seen amazon playing these games with their customers, no wonder why they are ahead of those 1ooo’s of companies.
    Thanks once again.

  28. Hey JA, if you are trying to purchase the course with an existing Udemy account, that may be the issue. Maybe try and do the same process with a new account. You can also try a different browser or even a mobile device. Hope that helps

  29. I just tried the Incognito trick. It gave me the sale price, but then refused to complete the sale.

  30. I was able to add the item to my cart in Incognito mode at the ‘sale’ price and then log into my account, keeping the ‘sale’ price.

  31. The higher price that you see is the price set by the instructor. If an instructor has “opted-in” Udemy’s promotion program, it’s very easy to catch a course on sale. An instructor can “opt-out” at any time. You’d never see the course on sale again, so it’s a good idea to catch the sales when you can.

  32. Thanks for bringing that to my attention as I didn’t know that. I guess you could make a new account under a different email and follow the same process in a new private window.

  33. It works until you sign in again to purchase the course. Do you need to keep purchasing as a new account or can you somehow sign in with an existing account and get the discount?

  34. Hey Rachel, glad to hear that the trick worked! It’s a bit cheeky that Udemy does that as they are charging ten times the amount 1 day later. Happy learning!

  35. Oh my gosh. You were totally right! I went on yesterday for the first time and was interested in a course for $15. Today it was closer to $200! I used your trick with the incognito tab and it worked! Thank you!