After a year of reformation about Amazon's treatment of its workers, privacy-infringing products, and huge tax havens of the government, some people have canceled their Amazon Prime membership in protest.
But boycotting one feature of a company that has its fillers in every nook and cranny of your online life is not going to do much in the way of actually throwing amazon. Amazon Web Services is a major backbone of the Internet and is all-but-impossible to avoid. A subscription subscription costs $ 12.99 a month. Jeff Bezos is the worldly person in the world and has more money than God. In 2017, Amazon accounted for 44 percent of all US dollars. It. E-commerce sales.
You will never put a dump in Amazon's benefit by canceling Prime. It's way more fun-and arguably, more effective-to grate at the gears. That's what I plan to never pay for Prime, and use free trials forever, instead.
I have been doing this for years, and on the way to fastening this grave, I've been up once or twice, so you can learn from my mistakes.
Step 1: Open a new email account
You've probably already used your everyday email address to a prime process in the past, which means you can not use it again to get a new free trial. Open your favorite email service Yahoo, AOL, MSN and start a new address. I avoid making Gmail burgers because I used Google products for a lot of stuff and this could be confusing. Just do not use one of the fax email address services (like Email Fake or Guerrilla Mail), which does not really give you access to a secure inbox, because you'll need to use this inbox to verify your process and check your order updates.
Note: Most email providers will set a limit on the number of accounts you can open with the same phone number. Since you're going to be connecting this email and eventual Amazon account to your credit card details, you & # 39; Probably going to want to give two-factor authentication as well. If you want to be extra-safe, you can buy a cheaply prepaid phone and use this number to get 2 FSize text.
When you hit a ceiling, move to the next email client. There are hundreds out there. One day, if I live to be hundreds of years old, I will run out of email clients. But this is how to think about the heat-death of the universe: I do not.
Step 2: Get a Password Manager
This is a crucial part of the game. Do not skip it. Please take it from me-you will want an easy way to keep the logins straight, once you have made a couple of dozen of them. Not only do you need to remember the logenials for your Amazon account, but all the Burger email accounts, too.
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Use LastPass or your preferred Password Manager if you do not have one. Using a password manager will also help make your online life more generally safe.
Step 3: Start your trial
Log off from any Amazone account you are already in and start a new one with the email address you just made. From there, try trying out the premises, somewhere on the site. You'll be able to find it, it's fucking everywhere and never leaves you alone. Go ahead and try it.
It will ask you to put your credit card, but that's fine. We're going to make sure Amazon will never blame it for a moment.
At the moment, Amazon does not seem to be strictly enforcing rules about how many free trials one can sign up for. Some people in this Reddit thread have reported that Amazon put a stop to their trials after around 30 signups. Amazon's terms and conditions do not say that you can not stop stacking free trials, although it says that the company "can terminate your primary membership in our discretion without comment".
I emails Amazon to ask if, or how, they monitor new Prime accounts, and will update if I hear back.
Step 4: End your process
It's time to curb Jefez. Immediately after starting the process, navigate directly to finish it.
To do this, go to your account at the top bar, then Prime. It may take a moment to activate your trial-it's a very small offset when you sign up when the options are available, but then you'll see an association of your membership on the left sidebar. At the bottom, there will be a link that says "Reduced Process and Benefits" or "Remind Me Before Renewing." Remember, you probably will not control any e-mail that you have signed up so you want to End It will not be reminded.
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From here you will be led by the most devious user experience path I've seen. Step by step, and click "Cancel My Benefits", even as the site tries to get you to stay.
After several attempts to stop you, you'll get a page to cancel. In Tiny Printing, you will see that this option ends your membership at the end of a month, and you can use the process benefits so far.
I learned my lesson about not directly interrupting the hard way once. I forgot to end a trial and saw that I was being charged by Amazon for a membership for months without realization – and had no clue what email address was guilty. I had to log into each Amazon account and email inbox (almost all of which I forgot the passwords because I did not use LastPass yet), try to find the culprit and cancel the subscription. Do not be like me, I want to avoid this mistake.
Step 5: Live Your Life
You are free to use all the benefits of the next 30 days, no fee. Sometimes I put a reminder on my calendar when it's end, so I know when to renew if I need to. But because you've completed the process as it started, it's not necessary to mention yourself, and in fact, the site will keep reminding you that your benefits are ending every time when you log in. You also do not have to repeat the process every 30 days on the point-you can make a new one when you need it.
Bonus step: look inward
Do some intrigue about how often you use Amazon Prime for a dizzy little shit that you could catch in a small local store. Once, Amazon will probably change as it verifies new accounts. Maybe today is that day. Until then, you can live quickly and die with free shipping.