After a year of revelations about the treatment of workers by Amazon, privacy-violating products, and extensive government tax returns, some people are protesting their Amazon Prime membership.
But boycotting an aspect of a business that has its feelers in every nook and cranny of your online life will not do much to actually hurt Amazon. Amazon Web Services is an important backbone of the Internet and is virtually 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 accounted for 44 percent of total US ecommerce sales.
You will never affect Amazon's profit by stopping Prime. It's a lot more fun ̵
I've been doing this for years, and on the way to perfecting this buying decision, I've condemned myself once or twice, so you can learn from my mistakes.
Step 1: Open a new email account
You probably already used your daily email address in a Prime Trial version. This means that you can no longer use them for a free trial. Open your favorite e-mail service (Yahoo, AOL, MSN) and start a new address. I avoid creating Gmail burners because I used Google products for many things and this could be confusing. Just do not use any of these fake e-mail address services (such as Email Fake or Guerrilla Mail) that actually do not allow you to access a secure inbox because you will actually need to use that inbox to check and validate your trial order updates.
Note: Most e-mail providers limit the number of accounts that you can open with the same phone number. Since you are linking this email and any Amazon account with your credit card details, you probably also want to enable two-factor authentication. If you want to be extra secure, you can buy a cheap prepaid phone and use that number to receive 2fa text codes.
When you reach a ceiling, switch to the next e-mail client. There are hundreds out there. One day I will not have e-mail clients when I turn 100 years old. But that's as if I was thinking about the heat death of the universe:
Step 2: Getting a Password Manager
This is a crucial part of the game. Do not skip it. Please accept it – you would like an easy way to maintain these logins once you've made a few dozen of them. Not only will you need to remember the credentials for your Amazon account, but also all of Brenner's email accounts.
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Use Lastpass 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 your Amazon account you already are in and start a new account with the email you just specified. From there, you can choose Try Prime anywhere on the site. You'll find it, it's damned everywhere and never leaves you alone. Go ahead and try Prime.
You will be asked to add your credit card, but that's fine. We'll make sure Amazon does not charge it for Prime right away.
Currently, Amazon does not seem to set strict rules on how many free trials a person can sign up for. Some people in this reddit thread have reported that after about 30 signups, Amazon has stopped trying. The terms of Amazon Prime do not state that you can not stack free trials, even though the company says that "your Prime membership may be terminated at our discretion without notice."
Mail sent to ask if and how, they monitor new Prime accounts and will be updated when I hear them again.
Step 4: Finish the Trial
It's time to curve Jeff Bezos. Navigate directly to the end immediately after starting the trial.
Go to the top bar to "your account" and then to "Prime". It may take a moment for your trial to activate. There is a slight delay from logging in to the time these options are available. However, the left sidebar displays a breakdown of your membership. At the bottom there is a link saying "Process and Benefits End" or "Remember Before Renew before Renew". Remember that you probably will not check the email address you signed up with, so you want to stop it will not be remembered.
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From here, you'll be guided by the most devious user experience path I've ever seen. Be careful and click "Cancel My Benefits," even if the site makes you stay.
After some attempts to keep it, you reach a page where you can cancel the process. In tiny print, you see that this option ends your membership at the end of a month, and you can take advantage of the trial by then.
I learned my lesson not to break off the hard way immediately. I forgot to end a hearing and saw that I was indicted for months by Amazon for membership without any awareness – and had no idea which email address was to blame. I had to sign up for every Amazon account and email inbox (almost all of which I forgot passwords because I had not used Lastpass yet) to find the offender and cancel the subscription. Do not be like me, I want you to avoid this mistake.
Step 5: Live Your Life
You can take full advantage of Prime for the next 30 days for free. Sometimes I put a reminder on my calendar when it's finished, so I know when it needs to be renewed. However, since you have finished the trial just as it started, you do not need to remember it, and the website will remind you that your benefits end with every login. You obviously do not have to repeat this process, which runs on time every 30 days – you can always create a new process.
Bonus Step: Looking Inside
Do a little introspection on how often you use Amazon Prime for stupid little shit that you can buy in a small local shop. One day, Amazon is likely to change how new accounts are checked. Maybe today is this day. Until then, you can live fast and die with free shipping.