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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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Thanks for the heads up - I have not received the email they say they sent to us!
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i wonder if people will cancel their subscription because of the price increase? lets see those coupon deals for flash black membership price Big Grin
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Quote from Moooshe View Post :
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.
Everyone knew this was coming. Prices going up all the time, but I guess whining happens all the time as well. Expect the first 10 pages to be of whining, but nothing of what prompts the rise and how they could approach it better.

At least folks have options not to continue using Prime vs when gas prices goes up and the whining and moaning goes on, the options to have a non-fuel alternative is not so simple

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i wonder if people will cancel their subscription because of the price increase? lets see those coupon deals for flash black membership price Big Grin
Wouldn't they purchase membership now to lock in the current price?
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#20
Wow....I don't use the streaming services either and don't think the 2 day shipping is worth $99. Most of my purchases are on their jacked up subscribe and save program anyways so I for one will not be renewing my prime membership.
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Everyone knew this was coming. Prices going up all the time, but I guess whining happens all the time as well. Expect the first 10 pages to be of whining, but nothing of what prompts the rise and how they could approach it better.

At least folks have options not to continue using Prime vs when gas prices goes up and the whining and moaning goes on, the options to have a non-fuel alternative is not so simple



Wouldn't they purchase membership now to lock in the current price?
the new comers can yes... but we can't renew till our renew date is here.. mine isn't here till august
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the new comers can yes... but we can't renew till our renew date is here.. mine isn't here till august
Ah, I see. Thanks

And in other news about Amazon Prime
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/am...d=22882043
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the new comers can yes... but we can't renew till our renew date is here.. mine isn't here till august

So can we cancel before the increase, then re-up at $49 for the next year?
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So can we cancel before the increase, then re-up at $49 for the next year?
yes but it matters how long you have time left on your account... if you have 6 months left will you wasted your money you paid for previously or just re-new now
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Just FYI, you can purchase Prime Gift memberships and denote a delivery date up to 1 year in advance... Might be useful for those wanting to keep prime.

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Prime gift memberships generally arrive within 15 minutes of being ordered if you choose today's date as the delivery date.

If you wish, you can also specify a delivery date up to one year in advance of the purchase date. Your payment method will be charged when your order is placed.

Your Prime gift recipient will receive an e-mail notification between 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Pacific Time on the scheduled delivery date you choose.
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#26
ohh good my renewal is march 19th. before the price hike!
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$10 increase seems okay
more than 25% increase than last yr. Tell me, brother.. does your salary increase by 25% since last yr?
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#28
I think we all should cancel our memberships and show them how much business they will loose!!! woot

I have until next January then I will cancel .... This is total BS!!!!
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#29
I logged into my account and saw "On April 15, 2014, you will be charged $79 for another year of Prime. Starting April 15, 2015, you will be charged $99 per year."

I am happy.
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#30
This is a YMMV but I never auto renew my membership and I let mine lapse around X-mas. A few days later I got a "please come back for 1/2 off prime" thing on my account page. Gonna try it again this year and see if I get something like that
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