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Can you keep signing then cancelling Amazon prime for free shipping?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jsmoke, 16 Apr 2021.

  1. jsmoke


    Joined: 17 Jun 2012

    Posts: 10,834

    I don't order much from Amazon but I get asked to sign up for prime each time for free shipping. I'm pretty sure I've signed up, ordered, then cancelled prime asap in past hence get free shipping.

    Is this correct, maybe you have to wait a certain time between orders to get this offer of free shipping again, or maybe a bug?
  2. Malt_Vinegar


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,967

    Location: In a house

    Just get prime, and take advantage of the fast postage.

    Its £8 a month.. If its not worth that to you, you don't need it :D
  3. Thekwango


    Joined: 5 Feb 2009

    Posts: 12,978

    Location: Northern Ireland

    probably a bug, i imagine if you click to sign up this time it'll want to charge you rather than giving you the free trial again.
  4. something daft already!!


    Joined: 11 Jan 2007

    Posts: 6,508

    Location: South East

    I got offered free trials from time to time. I took them up a few times. Last time I forgot to cancel and just let it run. It's very handy for ordering cat food and other bits and bobs.
  5. R.P.L

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Mar 2012

    Posts: 2,061

    Location: London(ish)

    Yeah if you only do it occasionally then you can just keep doing the free trial. I'm pretty sure they don't let you do that every month, although to be fair I've never tried :p
  6. Meddling-Monk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Sep 2013

    Posts: 1,110

    Been with them since it was first made available. Only dropped it a few years back and was offered it a few times to entice me back, although each time the offer became steadily worse (it went from 3 months three, to a few weeks, a week, a few days, to no offers of it anymore). Always cancelled soon after (as it was close to big sales each time I returned so stuck around after in case I wanted anything). Now being involved as the outer shield for an elderly family member that is house bound due to health, I needed the services offered by Amazon, so subbed properly back to prime since last year, no offer was made though (as I think I've used up my offers, which I listed above). I don't think it's continually offered, comes in stages until they don't offer any more freebie periods.
  7. ThriceNightly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,329

    I periodically sign up for the one month free trials when they offer them but there's no rush to cancel immediately ...they give you the whole month even if you cancel it on the same day. Think must have done about 4 or 5...still undecided :p
  8. dLockers


    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 8,386

    Don't pay monthly... It's only 79 a year.
  9. amigafan2003

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 18 Jan 2008

    Posts: 18,975

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    39 quid if you're a student :p
  10. Uther


    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 17,035

    Considering the amount of stuff I order £79 is an absolute bargain.
  11. 5punk3monk3y


    Joined: 11 Aug 2006

    Posts: 5,058

    Location: Pembs, Wales

    5 email addresses can be added to a full account (not student) each email associated will get prime shipping - just saying ;)
  12. b0rn2sk8


    Joined: 9 Mar 2003

    Posts: 9,283

    Or just spend £20 (which isn’t difficult these days) and the stuff comes for free anyway?

    The free £20+ shipping only takes an extra day where I live, sometimes not even that.
  13. Cooler running

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Mar 2019

    Posts: 1,112

    Location: Channel Islands

    Prime isn't just postage. You're getting a netfix like service, image storage as well as all the other hodge-podge in books and music.

    Besides, Amazon often has free shipping on many of the prime applicable items, it just takes longer.
  14. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 8,993

    There doesn't seem to be any guarantee about being offered a Prime trial.

    I look at amazon a couple times a year, sometimes I am offered free Prime for a week or maybe it's £1.

    Doesn't really matter what they stuff the bundle with under value added, I only care for the possibly better deal on shipping with Prime. Definitely isn't always the case.


    Joined: 3 May 2012

    Posts: 4,107

    Over the years I have taken up the free trials then cancelled them, I dont think prime is worth it, anything under £20 I just use eBay, anything larger from Amazon seems to just come the next day prime or not.

    And I dont watch much TV.

    I take the free trails I have had maybe a years worth now over the years, because why not, isnt like they dont make enough money I dont feel guilty in the slightest. I took it this time so I can binge watch season 5 of the expanse then cancel it.
  16. craaaaaig


    Joined: 1 Sep 2004

    Posts: 651

    Location: Kent

    I did this for a while by creating new accounts with the same gmail address, you can enter full stops anywhere in your address and still receive the email

    in the end it became too repetitive, now I pay for it
  17. Semple


    Joined: 5 Mar 2010

    Posts: 9,057

    Is this new? Only used to be the one email/family member.

    Edit: Just looked, it is only 1 other adult who can share for shopping benefits. But you can create children accounts if someone only wants it for prime video.
  18. dLockers


    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 8,386

    A heads up to offset the cost for big Amazon spenders, get their points credit card. Easily making a tenner a month on just Amazon spend.
  19. b0rn2sk8


    Joined: 9 Mar 2003

    Posts: 9,283

    Isn’t cash back Amex generally better?
  20. BowdonUK


    Joined: 17 Jan 2016

    Posts: 5,910

    I think if you use Amazon frequently then its worth the money.

    I've had it for years. I like the free and fast shipping. Also I like the Amazon Prime TV netflix-style service too.

    There is a new Lord of the Rings tv series currently being made by Amazon. So if that is your thing then keep an eye out for the offers.