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Heads up: Amazon Prime price increases to $99 / $49 for students on 3/19 (4/17 for renewals)! *Updated* lock in multiple years at $79 before the price increase!

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Last Edited by Moooshe March 14, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Update 3/14: acdawg reports that a CSR confirmed that membership gifts do not expire, even though they can only be sent up to one year in advance. This potentially means you could buy multiple gift memberships and just redeem them one at a time every time your membership expires. See his original post here and please rep him for this information. An additional source would be nice to confirm this before people proceed to buy several "gifts".
ttp86 was also able to verify that via chat. A CSR specifically verified that you can buy five gift memberships for yourself and redeem them over 5 years. His full transcript can be found here. please rep him if you find it useful.


Didn't see this posted and while this isn't a hot deal I thought many people here would be interested as many of us rely on Amazon Prime for many Amazon deals.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/cus...=201482600

Might be a good idea to renew your membership before 4/17 to take advantage of the current rates.

Additional details with the 4/17 date:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/cus...=200966690

If your membership expires after 4/17 and you want another year at the current price, buy a gift membership and set it to send the day after your current one expires. More details here
Please rep orick for this tip!


Edit: an interesting article on the reasons behind this [cnn.com]. I find the profit margin graph amazing. I knew Amazon wasn't making a lot of money, I didn't know they practically just break even!


Edit: Time Magazine mentioned this thread! [time.com] Thanks AlwayzJ for the reference.
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Last Edited by acdawg March 14, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Prime 30-day free trial: http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/pr...ckdeals-20

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE PRIME, CHECK YOUR EMAIL. You may not have to renew by 4/17 to get the new rate. People have received emails that their 2014 renewal, regardless of date, will be the same. So if your renewal comes December, 2014, you may not see the higher rate until December, 2015. Do not jump the gun and renew without checking this first.


Price Increases suck.

But you do have until 3/19 to sign up for prime at the current 79/39 rate!!!


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don't forget AMEX Offer still valid.. Free Prime w/ American Express Blue Cash (1 year only)

https://www304.americanexpress.co.../blue-cash

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Plus, get one year of Amazon Prime after you sign up for a new membership with your Card and meet the spending requirement in the same time period._
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From the Amazon Website
If your membership renews before April 17, 2014, you'll be charged at a membership rate of $79. If your membership renews on or after April 17, 2014, you'll be charged at a membership rate of $99.

The annual charge for Amazon Prime includes FREE Two-Day Shipping, Prime Instant Video, and the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

If you didn't intend to convert your membership to a full 12-month membership, you can cancel your Amazon Prime membership on the Manage Prime Membership page. If you haven't placed an Amazon Prime-eligible order, you are eligible for a full refund.

When we renew your membership, the card you gave us at sign-up is used. If we can't successfully charge this card, another payment method will be used. Your initial sign-up authorizes us to use the preferred or other available payment methods. To update your preferred card, go to Manage Prime Membership.
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INSTRUCTIONS TO LOCK IN $79 RATE
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If your current Prime membership is scheduled to expire on or after April 17th, and therefore would auto-renew at the $99 price, you can effectively lock in the $79 price by taking the following steps:

(1) Look up your Prime expiration date. (Let's say yours is June 11th.)

(2) Purchase a Prime Gift Membership here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/prime/p...ng_landing

Set the delivery date as the date after your membership expires (in this case, June 12, 2014).

Enter your own e-mail address as the gift recipient. It is okay if this is the exact e-mail address already associated with your Amazon Prime account.

Place order (total will be $79).

(3) Turn off your Prime auto-renew. (End membership - at expiration)

(4) On the day after your membership expires, you will receive an e-mail from Amazon with the gift membership. Follow the instructions to apply it to your account.

This is a pretty straightforward way to save $20.
Answer from Amazon CSR regarding expiration of Prime gift memberships: "The membership gift will never expire as long as it isn't cancelled or redeemed. For example, if the recipient received the gift on January 1st but has a current membership through March 1st, the recipient can wait until March 2nd to redeem the gift membership."
Buy away!

HOW TO CANCEL AMAZON PRIME AUTO RENEW:
Source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/cu...=201118010
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Go to Manage Prime Membership [amazon.com].
Review the renewal date listed on the left-hand side of the page.

If you currently have an Amazon Prime free trial, click Do Not Continue .
If you currently have a paid Amazon Prime membership, click End Membership .

Turn off your renewal using the link below the renewal date.

Note: Your membership will expire at the end of the current period. It will NOT end before your current paid subscription is over, nor can you cancel it early for a refund.

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I wish it was $49 for all.
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Luckily I got grandfathered:

Your 2014 annual renewal will remain at the original price of $39. On July 26, 2015, your membership will renew at $49/year.
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I will be canceling when my membership is up for renewal, its only connivence that keeps me signed up. Another company that don't give a crap about customer loyalty .
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Quote from Christopher9995 View Post :
"The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on September 15, 2014." - no grandfathering for me...
The idea is to renew before April 17th and add another year at the old price.
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You should be able to just pay for the upgrade. The student trial excludes the video streaming service, but if you go ahead and pay early, you get the rest of the features early.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info

Luckily my student trial just ended at the beginning of this month and I got in on the cheaper rate.

I just got the email. When my trial ends in June I still get the old Prime price for a year!
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After your free trial, your membership will be the original price of $39 for your first year of Prime. On June 12, 2015, your membership will renew at $49/year.
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I wish it was $49 for all.
I wish it was free like Shoprunner
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Mine will auto-renew April 18, 2014 for $39...and increase to $49 in 2015. And I have instant video as part of my student membership.
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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.

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Figured someone would say that in this exact thread.
$99 is the threshold of pain for me. Anything north of $100 and I think the masses would be dumping the service.
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I find this an odd that the e-mail states "Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years." but yet they have begun shipping things via SurePost and SmartPost which costs them about half as much as a standard UPS Ground or FedEx Ground package. What I'm getting at is that when I first got Prime things were sent 2 day most of the time and now its mostly ground or one of the services where it gets put in my mailbox by the post man. Sure the company has gotten smart by expanding their DC network which adds some cost but at the same time it can reduce a lot of cost on the back-end with cheaper shipping to the consumer.

I guess this is like buying a cable tv package... you want ESPN 8 well then you need to pay for the top package, you can't just get the stations that you want at a smaller cost but instead you get 834 of them and only watch the 40 that you wanted.

Stepping down from the soapbox now to allow another to rant.
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My Prime renews in September and my email indicates that the September, 2014 renewal will be $79 and the September, 2015 renewal will be $99.

But my Prime page on the Amazon website indicates that the 2014 renewal will be for $99.

Seems like others are seeing the same inconsistency. Will wait a few weeks to see how Amazon handles.

PS - this thread is going to become epic in short order. Got my popcorn ready.
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Last edited by HofstraJet March 13, 2014 at 05:49 AM
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Member since: December 25, 2013
Membership: Amazon Student (Free Trial)

On June 25, 2014, you will be charged $39 for another year of Student Prime. Starting June 25, 2015, you will be charged $49 per year.

seems like im good till june 2015 huh? or will they ding me for $49 since it doesn't "start" till after the new price increase?
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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.

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Quote from jefreema View Post :
Not only did amazon start charging tax in NC recently (without a shipping center in state?).....but now this. I'll have to think hard about renewal this next time around.
Thanks for the heads up.
You were always supposed to pay sales tax. Amazon has nothing to do with it. They fought COLLECTING sales tax as long as they could. Learn who to blame.
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I wish it was free like Shoprunner
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