How to Cancel Amazon Prime

Posted by Jamie on September 7, 2016

There are two types of Amazon Prime user. There are the ones that want great deals and fast shipping. There are also the ones that signed up over Christmas to get fast shipping and forgot to unsubscribe before their free 30 days were up and ended up paying for the privilege. Regardless of the type of user you are, if you want to cancel Amazon Prime, here’s how to do it.

If you’re a frequent Amazon user, the $99 deal can be a good one. You get access to 2-day shipping, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Music, Kindle Library and Prime Day each July. That last alone can make the subscription worthwhile if you like shopping. However, if you’re an infrequent shopper, it might not be worth the money.

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Cancel Amazon Prime

Cancelling your Amazon Prime subscription is surprisingly easy.

  1. Log into your Amazon Prime account.
  2. Select Manage Prime Membership from the ‘Your Account’ dropdown menu.
  • If you are on the free trial, click ‘Do not continue’.
  • If you are a paid member, click ‘End immediately’.
  • If you aren’t sure, you can select ‘Remind me later’ you can set a renewal reminder instead of it auto-renewing.

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Refunds from Amazon Prime

You may be interested to know that if you haven’t used any of your Amazon Prime perks, you may be in for a partial or complete refund. Look beside the ‘End Now’ button and you should see something like ‘Your benefits will end immediately and you will be refunded $x.xx for the remaining period of your membership’. You get that back on whatever you use as your payment method shortly after canceling.

This is unusual for a subscription based service but it is welcome. At least if you’re one of those that joined Amazon Prime to get fast shipping and just forgot about it only to be billed 30 days later you can get your money back.

What about another free trial?

If you either cancel and then change your mind again or just want another month of free, fast shipping, Amazon are way ahead of you. Once you cancel, you will either have to pay right away or wait another 12 months for a freebie. That could work out nicely if you’re just interested in 2 day shipping, but at some point, Amazon will get wise to that.

The 30 day trial of Amazon Prime is a good deal. However, as subscription is automatic, it is all too easy to forget all about it an incur the $99 charge without even realizing. Fine if you’re going to get your money’s worth but not so good if you don’t shop at Amazon very much. At least now you know how to cancel it should you need to!

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