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Old 11-02-2019, 02:34 AM   #1
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My experience just a few moments ago.

I opted for the least expensive shipping option on an order I was placing. When I was just about to finish checking out, Amazon applied a 1-month free trial of Prime to my invoice--without my permission--and so I got free Prime shipping.

Here are the out of the ordinary aspects of my order--I don't know, of course, if one or more of them played a part in me receiving this Primal gift:
1. It was a dropship, to a friend.
2. The order started out less than $25, so I didn't qualify for free shipping.
3. I looked around for a little while, and found a filler item to bump the subtotal total over $25.
4. There was an unusually prominent banner ad, on one of more of the final pages, for a free 30-day trial. I ignored it. A little later, I copied the URL for one of the webpages with the banner ad, but I didn't see the ad on it:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/buy/spc/ha...ngJavascript=1

I consider this action by Amazon to be "over the top". I had no trouble seeing their prominent banner ad. I didn't want the free trial, _or I would have signed up for it_. Now, I suppose, _I'm_ responsible for canceling(s-p-?) my membership or I'll be billed for Prime in perpetuity?

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Old 11-02-2019, 04:18 AM   #2
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I've run into this, too. At some point in the process, you have to click on "I don't want Prime" or however they phrase it, but it's not obvious. I agree that a trial shouldn't be the default on checkout.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:22 AM   #3
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Just cancel it right now. It takes a few seconds .
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:54 AM   #4
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Tony1988: I've done that in the past; accidentally got the Prime trial then immediately cancelled it. I still had the month of Prime, but then my cancellation kicked in.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:02 AM   #5
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I've run into this, too. At some point in the process, you have to click on "I don't want Prime" or however they phrase it, but it's not obvious. I agree that a trial shouldn't be the default on checkout.
It is in pale blue right near the end of the ordering.
I agree, OPT IN as a default is a bit much.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:58 AM   #6
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I’ve got Prime, so I don’t encounter that issue, but I still bump up against not having Prime Pantry. Occasionally I want to order a non-perishable food item, something like CoffeeMate or coffee, and think I finally found a decent price but then notice it is only for Prime Pantry members. I have to be careful not to accidentally get sign up for PP buy making the purchase. I think Amazon might be hoping that we are so busy and in a rush that we won’t notice the tactics. I suspect some people might not understand that "free trials" often come with a bill after the trial ends unless you cancel, and so they wind up getting billed a month later. a lot of companies are doing similar things, but they shouldn't without being a lot more clear about it. Another gotcha from Amazon is the subscription service which I’m not sure exactly what it is, but you see a decent price then notice it is only good if you subscribe to getting the item on a regular basis. I see this a lot with things like cat food. You have to select the non-subscription button to avoid getting subscribed to that item, and of course you have to pay more.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:18 PM   #7
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Funny this should pop up now. They got a rap over the knuckles for people accidentally signing up for Prime in the UK just this week.

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Old 11-02-2019, 12:25 PM   #8
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I just had this pop up on the first order of a new account I set up for work, but I have to admit I didn't feel that opting out of it was any sort of a hardship. I knew the option had to be there somewhere, so I looked for it and found it.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:26 PM   #9
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I just had this pop up on the first order of a new account I set up for work, but I have to admit I didn't feel that opting out of it was any sort of a hardship. I knew the option had to be there somewhere, so I looked for it and found it.
It gets old having to do it for every order.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:48 PM   #10
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Another gotcha from Amazon is the subscription service which I’m not sure exactly what it is, but you see a decent price then notice it is only good if you subscribe to getting the item on a regular basis. I see this a lot with things like cat food. You have to select the non-subscription button to avoid getting subscribed to that item, and of course you have to pay more.
I buy the subscription items to get the discount. After it arrives, I cancel the subscription.
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Old 11-02-2019, 01:31 PM   #11
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It gets old having to do it for every order.
I'd agree. But I haven't had to do that myself. Once seemed to be enough (for now). Besides ... I was merely commenting on the the notion that the option to say no was difficult to find (or non-existant), not whether it was, or wasn't, annoying to have to do it. I'm never in a hurry to place orders anyway. Double-checking that all the right boxes are ticked/unticked has always been in my best interest on the internet. Still beats getting dressed and driving to the store, IMO.

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