We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on January 13, 2015.
Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page.
The Amazon Prime Team
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Update: It’s just before Christmas (2014) and close enough to go ahead and push the End Membership button. So this is what happened to me.
When do you want to end your membership?
You do not qualify for a refund and will not benefit from canceling your membership at this time.
Your benefits will continue until January 13, 2015, after which your card will not be charged and your membership will end.
OK, end later is good enough if it really stops the automatic charge to my card. I’ve gone to and looked at the page Manage your Prime Membership several times in the last twelve months and it never looks or reads quite the same way each time. (I was offended by Amazon’s crowing about adding millions of new Prime members during Christmas and decided to go back and END NOW. Guess what? That was a one time selection, there is no way to end Prime immediately anymore. )
I ordered one last thing from Amazon Prime last week, a DVD and it arrived practically the next day. Which is of course due to the vast increase in warehouses Amazon now has around the country. It’s possible that they have a warehouse in Massachusetts now, which is why they signed up with the MA Dept. of Revenue and signed onto the effort in Washington DC to enact an nationwide Internet Taxation bill.
They figure that they are now big enough and have enough spare computing power on hand to easily handle the 900 different tax jurisdictions and rates, but their smaller competitors don’t. Another example of large established corporations partnering with Big Government to suppress those competitors and lock up the market for the big boys. I don’t think I like Amazon.com anymore and whenever possible I’m going to start buying elsewhere.
(Oops! Another update!) Since I clicked on end Prime guess what I see now, every time I go back to Amazon?
[John XXX: Your Amazon Prime Membership will expire on January 13, 2015 and you will stop receiving Prime benefits.
To continue receiving benefits turn on Auto-Renew: [Icon for Auto-Renew]
(Shit! I guess I should have selected immediate. This is the reason I dropped Norton AV, those unending nagging notices about renewal and the other messages and endless program or signature updates that you can’t turn off. The further the company or people get from their beginnings, the further they get from their customers and the more they decide they know what the customers want and are determined to ram it down their throats!
I assume I will (now) never be free of this nagging about re-subscribing to Prime unless I cancel my Amazon account. Is that what they want?)
(Back to original post) No, Thanks. I’m done.
(Sorry, another update: Amazon is a muddy river relates my latest problems and transaction with Amazon.)
I don’t use Prime Shipping any more for reasons previously enumerated, which includes their other “so-called benefits”.
As I complained before, Amazon has removed or hidden under fifteen levels of menus any way of communicating with them. Apparently they have decided that their Web Site is perfect and they require no further input from the paying customers. Even when you attempt to cancel your Prime membership.
Where did that come from?
Where was I? Oh yes, cancellation. So you go to the Prime membership page and there is a small link for End membership with no text regarding what happens after going down that rabbit hole. Pushing it only brings you to a another page with three
doors buttons; Continue Membership, Reminder 3-days, and Cancel Membership. The first two tabs return you to the previous page without ado or further illumination. What happens if you press the third button? What happens to the $79 they just took from me in January? Is Prime Video immediately cut off? Is there any refund, prorated? Don’t know from the Amazon site.
Pursuing the question on independent sites, (which of course doesn’t indemnify Amazon) after going through the rabbit hole you are told if you are eligible for a refund (in Amazon’s opinion) and if not then you can uncheck a box labeled “Do not renew”. Then continue to use whatever Prime benefits that you still are interested in for the remainder of the paid membership. Except that the private descriptions of the page and the process don’t seem to match what you see on the Amazon site. Perhaps they reformatted the page and the process in conjunction with the above Email going out. To make it more threatening perhaps. But, God knows, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to ask Amazon anything on the subject anymore.
(Update August 2015) It’s been nine weeks since I bought anything from Amazon. Yes, I went cold turkey! For my latest Amazon post, I called it, Amazon is Evil.
(Update October 2015) Twenty weeks since last I bought anything at Amazon, still have the actual account because without that account login I lose my access to my purchased movies and can’t ‘burrow’ ebooks and digital media from the town library. Odd how this post continues to be the most viewed week after week, must come up on the searches for ‘cancel Amazon Prime’. And never any comments. Or cease and desist orders either.
(Oct 2016) I have only been ‘buying’ items from Amazon that I can pay for with my Credit Card Points (yup, still have the credit card from Amazon). Even so, Amazon has fucked me again. Bought a ‘Trump: Make America Great’ campaign sign and after completing the purchase found out it was coming by boat from China. November 9th.
Amazon now doesn’t provide any identifying information on their Marketplace Vendors page. And they denied my review on the item page to warn others of this scam.
(December 2016) After more than two years, this is the most viewed post on my blog. Every week! I just checked and using Google search I’m three pages back on the list of ‘cancel Amazon Prime’ choices. Or 23d non-Amazon selection.