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How to Cancel Amazon Prime & Why You May Want to Do It


There are few companies in the world that knew a so big growth like the one of Amazon. The popular marketplace is actually the most visited online shop in the world, outside China where Alibaba is instead the leading shop. There are several reasons why Amazon got so popular over the years:

  • it is very comfortable to use: by grouping different sellers on a single website (with also the optional ability for them to let Amazon handle storage of their products and delivery to the customers), it allows both customers to buy all the things they need on a single platform without switching among different websites, and sellers who are in search of an easy way to get online visibility;
  • it gives much flexibility on payments: depending on the country where you live, you may be able to pay not only with your credit or debit card, but also with direct debt on your bank account, with cash at a local shop handling this for Amazon and even with credit lines that make it easy to pay with installments for expensive products.

Amazon solution for frequent buyers

As Amazon offers the opportunity to buy articles of different categories and from different sellers that have chosen to partner with the marketplace, it is easy for a user to frequently buy stuff on the platform. This means also paying delivery fees each time, that's the reason why Amazon offers a membership for those who frequently use its services: Amazon Prime allows people to get free delivery on all the orders they make from sellers who delegated their deliveries to Amazon, plus, other perks for using other Amazon services, like cloud storage on Amazon Photos. At the fact, Prime membership offers a wide range of services that are not only limited to the same online shop, all for a single monthy or yearly fee. Still, there are various reasons why one would not need all these services. This article is going to show how to cancel your Amazon Prime membership.

How to cancel Amazon Prime membership

There are several reasons why you may want to cancel your Amazon Prime membership:

  • you don't buy so often on Amazon, so it is more expensive for you to pay for the membership rather than for paying the occasional delivery fee;
  • many products on Amazon still offer free delivery even if it is not the express option: if your shopping is generally related to these articles and it's not a big issue for you to wait some days more, maybe it may not be convenient for you to keep an Amazon Prime membership;
  • you are not so much into Amazon ecosystem: in addition to make only occasional purchases, you are not using additional services like Amazon Photos, so, again, you are not maybe getting the most of your membership.

Whatever is the reason why you want to cancel your Amazon Prime membership, doing it is relatively easy:

  1. Open Amazon (you can do it both from a PC or a smartphone), click on your account icon at the top right of the screen;
  2. Under My Account section, choose the Prime Membership section
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From there, you can manage your current Prime membership or subscribe again in case you have previously canceled it and now you have changed idea. When you are canceling a Prime membership, you may be given also two alternatives: ending all your perks instantaneously and getting a partial refund or simply canceling future membership renewal, but still keeping your currently active subscription until it expires.

A delivered item purchased online

A delivered item purchased online

Should you cancel your Amazon Prime membership?

As you can see, canceling your Amazon Prime subscription is a very easy task. Still, is it good for you to void it? In order to understand it, you should think how much are you really using Amazon. If you buy things occasionally, maybe relying on free delivery whenever it is available, plus you are not using services like Photos or Prime Video, you should definitely cancel the subscription, as you are not certainly getting the most from it. Instead, if you are a frequent Amazon buyer and maybe you also find yourself comfortable with all the additional services offered by the platform, Amazon Prime can be a great deal for a relatively small fee.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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