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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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#751
Quote from appleonama View Post :
You need to talk to someone who owns a business....

Talk to your local business and economics proffesor if theres a school near you.

Businesses project numbers that are unbelievable and call it loss.
Can we please focus on the topic at hand?
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Just got email this morning. Should be alright but taxes are coming to florida. This annoys more than 99 prime increase. http://www.tampabay.com/news/busi...ns/2127185

Taxes are bound to hit every state.

The thing which is good about the article? More jobs. Yes the conditions and pay may not be great, but at least it is better than no job at all.
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Quote from Cigario View Post :
How is PRIME getting "way" better. It has a horrible UI and generic content you can find on Netflix.

I'll just leave this [amazon.com] here...

Wink

It's all to his own - I won't tell you what you should be watching - I just stated my opinion on the matter Frown
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TIME magazine just referenced SD and this thread!!

http://time.com/23427/dont-want-t...ernatives/
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Not to get too political, but just because the money ultimately winds up in the governments hands, those of us who shop on the internet to avoid taxes are pissed at Amazon. The Federal government is only suppose to be there for the common defense and a few other things, not to provide care from cradle to grave. Now that Obama has decided to "spread the wealth around", the government wants even more of the workers money to give to the dependent class, and those who feel entitled due to class envy.

What does this have to do with Amazon you ask?
Hate to break your bubble, but you do realize that the taxes collected by Amazon are imposed by individual states, and not the Federal government, right?

So yeah, you might want to avoid "getting too political" if you can't even get basic facts right... especially since it has very little to do with the increase in price of Amazon Prime, which is after all the topic of this thread.
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Quote from JessicaReddy View Post :
I'm still on the Amazon Student trial. I wish there was a way I could lock in the old yearly rate before I actually convert to the full paid membership.
I am also they sent me an email letting me know that I would be paying the old price once my trial ends. And that the new price wouldn't kick in till next year.
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Quote from orick View Post :
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.

(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.
Isn't the gift sent as an code with no expiration date? Why do we need to set it to deliver after our membership ends? Can't you just have it delivered now and then hold onto it until needed?
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$10 increase seems okay
how bout 20 Wink
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Hate to break your bubble, but you do realize that the taxes collected by Amazon are imposed by individual states, and not the Federal government, right?

So yeah, you might want to avoid "getting too political" if you can't even get basic facts right... especially since it has very little to do with the increase in price of Amazon Prime, which is after all the topic of this thread.
Your right, I went off on the Feds when it is state and local taxes. I obviously have my issues with the state of our country.

Regardless, I and many others have enjoyed not paying taxes for items that Amazon will now help to end. I did watch some of the hearings, and the Amazon CEO was the guy promoting it.
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Side note: I just spoke to Amazon. They would not price match Staples?????? WTF. Has their policy changed as part of this fee change? Com'on Amazon.....................
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Side note: I just spoke to Amazon. They would not price match Staples?????? WTF. Has their policy changed as part of this fee change? Com'on Amazon.....................
Amazon had stopped price matching years ago except for TVs
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Quote from Approach View Post :
Not to get too political, but just because the money ultimately winds up in the governments hands, those of us who shop on the internet to avoid taxes are pissed at Amazon. The Federal government is only suppose to be there for the common defense and a few other things, not to provide care from cradle to grave. Now that Obama has decided to "spread the wealth around", the government wants even more of the workers money to give to the dependent class, and those who feel entitled due to class envy.

What does this have to do with Amazon you ask?

Never forget that Amazon was the main culprit in promoting the ability to tax over the internet when their CEO testified before Congress. Several of the other larger retailers said it would be a major imposition, and in some cases impossible to collect taxes for not only the state rate, but local city/municipal taxes as well(i.e. NYC).
But Amazon which seems to be a shill for the Obama administration was more than happy to explain they have created a program that could do it.
So instead of the government being met with a united front of resistance in their effort to collect and waste more of working Americans hard earned dollars, Amazon practically paved the way for all internet purchases to be taxed in the future
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I say screw Amazon, as the small savings you sometimes can get from them is not worth supporting a business that will cost us all much more money in the long run.
i will be laughing at all those that used to say well amazon doesnt me nener nener. I just dont shop from amazon rarely do i. i use local retailers instead with pricematching. and if not i give the newyorkers and new jerseys my business. i pay no tax for east coast goods. Smilie

Quote from Mummel View Post :
Side note: I just spoke to Amazon. They would not price match Staples?????? WTF. Has their policy changed as part of this fee change? Com'on Amazon.....................
amazon never did pricematch,, you can report a lower price but thats about it. another reason to avoid amazon.
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I can see where it got a little confusing, for me at least, there are two deadlines.
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The new pricing will go into effect for new Prime members starting March 19. For current Prime members, the new pricing will go into effect for susbscriptions that renew on or after April 17. Pricing for Student Prime memberships will also be increasing from $39 to $49.
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I am waiting for a new amazon replacement =)
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Obviously no one is happy about a price increase, but it is definitely still worth it for people who order things weekly from Amazon.
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