Amazon dominates the world of online retail. The company does billions of dollars of sales every year – including $4 billion on this year’s Prime Day alone – and is a fixture in many people’s lives, especially the 100 million who have an Amazon Prime membership.
A Prime membership includes free two-day shipping on many products, streaming for tons of TV shows and movies (like Amazon’s Emmy-award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), free Kindle books, unlimited photo storage, and more. But all those perks come at a price. You’ll pay $119 for a 12-month Prime membership. (There’s also a month-to-month option for $12.99/month.)
For many people, a Prime membership is worth it. But others don’t see the value, especially since the company raised the annual cost by $20 earlier this year. If you’re fed up with Amazon Prime, here’s how you can cancel your membership.
Canceling your Amazon Prime membership
You might think that Amazon would make it difficult to cancel Prime, but it’s actually quite easy. To end your Amazon Prime membership, log in to your account, then select “Your Prime Membership” from the “Account & Lists” drop-down menu.
On the left side of the screen, you’ll see “End Membership and Benefits” as an option. Click the link, and then confirm that you want to cancel your membership. Alternatively, click here to end your membership.
Will I get a refund of my membership fee?
If you decide to cancel your Amazon Prime membership, chances are you won’t get a refund of your membership fee. However, if you cancel within three days of signing up or within three days of converting from a free trial membership to a paid membership, you can get a refund. But know that Amazon will charge you the value of any Prime benefits you used during that period.
You’ll also get a refund of your membership fee if you cancel before using any Prime benefits. So, if your membership renewed at the end of October, and you realize in mid-November you want to cancel, you can get your money back provided you didn’t place any Prime order or use other Prime services.
How to get a Prime membership for less
What if you want some of the Prime benefits, but aren’t will to pay the $119 yearly fee? You do have some options.
One is to choose the $12.99 monthly option. This plan does cost more over the entire year — $155.88 – than the annual membership. However, if you tend to make most of your purchases at certain times of year, like around the holidays, it could save you money.
If you’ve never used Prime before, you can sign up for the 30-day free trial and see if it’s right for you. According to Tom’s Guide, you can sign up for another 30-day free trial after 12 months have passed.
Sometimes, Amazon will extend Prime memberships for an extra month to make up for shipping delays. If one of your orders didn’t arrive on time, contact customer service – you might be rewarded with a free month of Prime.
Students are eligible for a six-month Prime trial and can also get a membership at the reduced price of $6.49 a month. Sprint customers can also choose an Unlimited Premium plan that includes a Prime membership, along with Hulu and Tidal subscriptions. Depending on what services you already subscribe to, the bundle might save you money.
If you don’t order much from Amazon but do like its streaming service, a Prime Video only membership is $8.99.
Finally, Amazon has a discounted program for people with EBT or Medicaid cards. This membership is $5.99 a month.
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