After a year of revelations about Amazon's treatment of its workers, anti-privacy products and huge government tax subsidies, some people are canceling their Amazon Prime membership in protest.
But boycotting one of the strengths of a company that has its bearings in every nook and cranny of your online life will not do much to hurt Amazon. Amazon Web Services is one of the main pillars of the Internet and is virtually impossible to avoid. A Premium membership costs $ 12.99 per month. Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and has more money than God. In 2017, Amazon accounted for 44% of all online sales in the United States.
You will never reduce Amazon's profits by canceling Prime. It's a lot more fun – and probably more effective – to be wise. That's why I intend to never pay Prime, but rather to use free trials forever.
I've been doing this for years, and on the verge of perfecting this claw, I've fucked myself once or twice so you can learn from my mistakes.
Step 1: Open a new email account
You've probably used your daily email address for a Prime test in the past, which means you can not use it for a new free trial. Open your favorite email service (Yahoo, AOL, MSN) and create a new address. I avoid creating Gmail burners because I've used Google products for many things, which can be confusing. Just do not use any of these fake e-mail address services (such as Email Fake or Guerrilla Mail) that do not actually give you access to a secure inbox. because you will actually need to use this inbox to confirm your test and check. Updates orders.
Note: Most email providers limit the number of accounts you can open with the same phone number. Since you are going to connect this email and the prospective Amazon account to your credit card information, you will probably also want to enable two-factor authentication. If you want to be extremely secure, you can buy a cheap prepaid phone and use that number to receive 2fa text codes.
When you reach a ceiling, go to the next mail client. There are hundreds. One day, if I live for hundreds of years, I will not have any more email clients. But it's like thinking about the dead heat of the universe: it's not the case.
Step 2: Get a password manager
This is a crucial part of the game. Do not skip it. Please, take it for me: you will want an easy way to keep these connections, once you have created a dozen. You will not only need to remember the login information of your Amazon account, but also all the email accounts of the burner.
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Use Lastpass or your favorite password manager, if you do not already have one. The use of a password manager will also help secure your life online.
Step 3: Start your trial
Log out of your Amazon account and start a new one with the email address you just created. From there, click Try Prime anywhere on the site. You can find him, he fucks everywhere and never leaves you alone. Go ahead and "try" Prime.
He will ask you to add your credit card, but that's fine. We will make sure that Amazon will never charge Prime in a moment.
For the moment, Amazon does not seem to strictly enforce the rules regarding the number of free trials that a person can sign up for. Some people in this Reddit thread reported that Amazon had ended their tests after about 30 registrations. The Amazon Prime terms and conditions do not state that you can not continue to stack free trials, although it indicates that the company "may terminate your membership at our discretion and without notice".
I sent an e-mail to Amazon asking him if, or how, he was monitoring new premium accounts and would update it if I knew it.
Step 4: Finish your essay
It's time to bend Jeff Bezos. Immediately after the start of the trial, navigate directly to complete it.
To do this, go to Your Account in the top bar and then to Prime. Activating your trial version may take a few moments (there is a very slight lag between when you register and when these options are available), but then you will see a breakdown of your adhesion in the left sidebar. Near the bottom, you will find a link to "End the trial period and benefits" or "Remind me before renewing". Do not forget that you probably will not check the email address you signed up with. end that, not be remembered.
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From there, you will be guided by the most devious user experience path I have ever seen. Walk carefully and continue to click "Cancel my benefits", even if the site tries to make you stay.
After a few attempts to keep you, you will come to a page to cancel. In small print, you will see that this option terminates your membership after one month and you are free to use the benefits of the trial period until that date.
I learned my lesson about not immediately canceling the difficult procedure once. I forgot to terminate a lawsuit and found that Amazon was accused of membership for months without reporting to me – and I had no idea of the e-mail address that was guilty. I had to log into each Amazon account and email inbox (most of which I had forgotten passwords because I was not using Lastpass yet) to try to find the culprit and cancel the subscription. Do not be like me, I want you to avoid this mistake.
Step 5: Live your life
You are free to use all Prime benefits for free for the next 30 days. Sometimes I put a reminder on my calendar when it ends, so I know when to renew if needed. But because you have completed the lawsuit by the time it started, there is no need to remind you, and in fact, the site will remind you that your benefits stop every time you log in. You obviously do not need to repeat This process every 30 days is right: you can create a new one at any time.
Bonus stage: look inside
Do a little introspection on how often you use Amazon Prime for stupid little nonsense that you might catch in a small local store. One day, Amazon will probably change the way it checks new accounts. Maybe today is that day. Until then, you can live fast and die with free delivery.