After a year of revelations about Amazon's treatment of its workers, integrity-intrinsic products and huge government tax concessions, some people…
After a year of revelations about Amazon’s treatment of its workers, integrity-intrinsic products and huge government tax concessions, some people interrupt their Amazon Prime membership in protest.
But boycotting a feature of a company that has its feelings in every nook and cranny of your online life will not do much in the way of really hurting Amazon. Amazon Web Services is a big backbone on the internet and is all-but-impossible to avoid. A Prime subscription costs $ 12.99 per month. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and has more money than God. In 2017, Amazon responded to 44 percent of all US e-commerce sales.
You will never go to Amazon’s profit by interrupting Prime. It’s very fun ̵
1; and probably more efficient – to be grit in the switches. Therefore, I never plan to pay for Prime and use free samples forever, instead.
I’ve been doing this for several years, and on my way to perfecting this thing, I’ve fucked up once or twice so that you can learn from my mistakes.
Step 1: Open a New Email Account
You have probably already used your everyday email address on a Prime attempt earlier, meaning you can not use it again to get a new free trial version. Open your favorite email service-Yahoo, AOL, MSN, and start a new address. I avoid creating Gmail burners because I used Google products for many things and it can be confusing. Do not use only one of the fake email addresses (such as Email Fake or Guerrilla Mail) that does not give you access to a secure inbox because you actually need to use this inbox to confirm your trial and check order updates.
Note: Most e-mail providers will limit the number of accounts you can open with the same phone number. Since you will connect this email and any Amazon account to your credit card details, you will probably want to enable two-factor authentication as well. If you want to be extra confident you can buy a cheap prepaid phone and use that number to receive 2fa text codes.
When you take a thank you, move on to the next email client. There are hundreds out there. One day, if I live to be hundreds of years old, I will run out of email clients. But it’s like thinking about the universe’s death to death: I do not.
Step 2: Get a password manager
This is an important part of the game. Do not jump over it. Take it from me – you want an easy way to keep these logins straight after you’ve done a couple of dozen of them. Not only do you need to remember the login information for your Amazon account, but also all the burner email accounts.
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Use Passport or your preferred password manager, if you do not already have one. Using a password manager also helps to make your online life more secure.
Step 3: Start Your Trial
Log out of which Amazon account you are already and start a new one with the email address you just created. From there, try Try Prime, anywhere on the site. You will be able to find it, it’s damn everywhere and never leaves you alone. Go ahead and “try” Prime.
It’s up to you to add your credit card, but it’s fine. We’ll make sure Amazon never charges it for Prime in a moment.
At the moment, Amazon does not seem to strictly apply rules on how many free tests a person can sign up for. Some people in this Reddit thread have reported that Amazon stopped their attempts after about 30 notifications. Amazon Prime’s terms do not say you can not continue to stack free trial, but it says the company “may terminate your Prime membership at its sole discretion without notice.”
I emailed Amazon to ask if, or how, they are monitoring new Prime accounts and updating if I hear back.
Step 4: End Your Trial
It’s time to curve Jeff Bezos. Immediately after the attempt started, you navigate straight to the end.
To do this, go to your account in the top row, then Prime. It may take a while to activate your trial – there is a very small delay from when you sign up when these options are available – but then you will see a summary of your membership in the left sidebar. Near the bottom there will be a link that says “Sample and Benefits” or “Remind me before you renew.” Remember, you’re probably not going to check which email address you signed up for, so you want to quit not remind.
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From here you will be led by the most widely used user experience I’ve seen. Step carefully and continue clicking “Cancel My Benefits”, even if the site tries to make you stay.
After some attempt to keep you, you will be taken to a page to cancel. In small format, you see that this option ends your membership at the end of a month, and you can use the costs free of charge until then.
I learned my lesson to not immediately interrupt the difficult road. I forgot to terminate a trial and saw that I was charged by Amazon for a membership for months without understanding – and had no idea what e-mail address owed. I had to log in to every Amazon account and email (almost everyone I forgot the password because I did not use Last Pass) than trying to find the culprit and cancel the subscription. Do not be like me, I want you to avoid this mistake.
Step 5: Live Your Life
You are free to use all the benefits of Prime for the next 30 days at no charge. Sometimes I put a reminder on my calendar when it ends, so I know when to renew if I need to. But because you’ve finished the trial just as it started, it’s not necessary to remind yourself, and the fact is that the website will remind you that your benefits end each time you log in. Of course you do not have to repeat This process every 30 days on the dot-you can do a new one when you need.
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Make a little introspection about how often you use Amazon Prime for stupid little crap to grab a small local store. One day, Amazon will probably change how it verifies new accounts. Perhaps it is today that day. Until then, you can live fast and die with free shipping.