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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 8:25:52 PM PST
Vmurph says:
I was surprised to notice there were no posts regarding this, so I figured I'd break the ice myself.

This week, Amazon began offering their Amazon Prime service as a MONTHLY membership, at $7.99/month.

I just signed up for it a few hours ago and I'm absolutely thrilled! I've been wishing for them to do this for years. I have ALWAYS wanted a Prime membership, but with 5 children, I could never afford the $80 in one lump. $7.99 a month costs a little more in the long run ($96 to be exact), but at least it's feasible amount for me to come up with each month.

Apparently, though, it's experimental and currently only available to people who have *never* signed up for Prime in the past. (which I feel is very unfair to other loyal customers)

The email I received says that the decision of whether to make the monthly option permanent (and available to all) depends entirely on CUSTOMER FEEDBACK. So I did just that, and posted my comments in the customer feedback section. I encourage others to do the same.

Here's a link to the thread, if anyone wants to add their comments...


PS: if you find that you're one of the ones not eligible for the monthly option... I have a few friends that were very upset when they realized they weren't eligible. They called customer service and complained and were sent a link that would allow them to subscribe to the monthly service, regardless of their "ineligibility" :)

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 10:44:40 PM PST
Jessica says:
I am absolutely ecstatic about this, I have wanted prime for years but as a mother with small children and a limited income $79.99 up front was to much for me. I can easily do the $7.99 a month though. I am begging that this doesn't go away and becomes available for others, I have a feeling they will see their prime memberships soar with this option and they will make more money off of it in the long run. I am also appalled about loyal customers not being given this option and only new people bei hallowed this, I was I eligible but a fantastic customer service manager helped me out and allowed me to sign up. I have been waiting so long for this option I was so excited and happy and then crushed when I couldn't sign up. I am happily signed up and as long as the monthly option is available I will continue the great service!

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 10:52:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 10:54:05 PM PST
Its a marketing test offered to a limited number of customers. There's a post from Amazon somewhere on the help forum or kindle help forum.

Why would it be unfair? It costs more.

Many companies offer services in test markets before rolling it out to everyone. Its no big deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 11:07:23 PM PST
Sue says:
I have Amazon Prime and like the once-a-year payment. It is not like I have a lot of extra money but I like the one time payment. It is only painful once a year and then I have a year of peace.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:09:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 11:11:11 PM PST
Vmurph says:
@ Old Rocker:
Yes, but Amazon clearly says that customer feedback is what will determine the results of that test, so that's what we're doing...posting our feedback. Apparently not many people are even aware that the monthly option was implemented, so I thought I'd bring it to light.

In response to your question...I just think it's unfair that people who once had prime accounts are not permitted to take part in the test market. The fact that it costs a little more has nothing to do with it. Customers who've once had prime accounts are probably a more reliable measurement for success of that service than people who've never even bothered to try it.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:14:19 PM PST
Vmurph says:
@ Sue:
Well, not everyone *has* $80 to plunk down at one time. It's one thing to come up with an extra $80 once, but it's even harder to come up with that amount every year, each time renewal comes up.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 11:14:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 11:15:16 PM PST
Vmurph - This isn't the place to provide feedback as it's an unmoderated customer forum. To make sure Amazon gets your feedback, send them an email at:

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:20:59 PM PST
Vmurph says:
@ Pineapple:
I wasn't posting my feedback here. If you read my post, you'd see that I posted my feedback in the "Customer Feedback" section of the forum (which I provided a link to). I specifically asked Customer Service how I should give my feedback, and they told me to post it the feedback forum.

However, this thread *here* was simply to bring attention to it, because most people aren't aware that the new option existed, since Amazon has not announced or advertised it anywhere.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:33:27 PM PST
[Deleted by the author on Nov 10, 2012 9:06:59 AM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 11:38:13 PM PST
Plus it's a test for new users only and it doesn't even show for everyone even if you're not a member. Not to mention Prime is a free 2-day shipping program, so why would they announce it here?

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:39:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 11:40:31 PM PST
Vmurph says:
Old Rocker:
Ok, that's just plain stupid. You're comparing something negative with something positive. And it's beginning to sound like trolling.

The fact that it's a TEST market means there's no guarantee that the monthly option will be made permanent. So for those of us who DO want the monthly membership, we would feel it's unfair to miss out on the chance to have it, just in case it's never gets implemented.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 11:44:20 PM PST
Vmurph says:
@ Pineapple:
They haven't announced it ANYWHERE. And unfortunately, there is no forum for regular Amazon stuff...only a Kindle forum. Since most kindle owners are also avid Amazon shoppers (and also love the Prime perk of free book borrowing), I figured it would be a good place (the only place) to mention it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 12:09:34 AM PST
There most certainly is a forum for "regular Amazon stuff". Amazon has hundreds (if not thousands) of forums.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 12:41:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 12:46:42 AM PST
Vmurph says:
That's a help forum, not a general discussion forum. Announcements certainly don't belong in a help forum.

Thousands of *threads*, maybe, but not thousands of forums. And the other ones they have are not even easy to find. The bottom of this page (and all pages) shows links to only 3 forums...Kindle, Help, and Feedback. You have to be a sleuth to find the others.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 12:46:27 AM PST
Bixillarla says:
How about the Amazon Discussions Feedback Forum:

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 12:48:27 AM PST
Vmurph says:
Bixillarla, look at thE URL. That's the Customer FEEDBACK forum, not general discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 1:41:11 AM PST
Considering the monthly membership easily earns Amazon 20% more in revenue on the annual membership fee, and considering that Prime is a relatively easy service for Amazon to "flip on" or "flip off" for its members (for lack of any better way to put it), I can't imagine why there would be any need for any discussion or consideration of whether or not to continue offering the monthly membership. Seems like a no-brainer for Amazon to me. Maybe there's more paperwork involved with monthly memberships, I don't know, but still.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:40:04 AM PST
The Help Forums are where announcements are posted by Amazon.

Click here for a list of Forums:

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 4:56:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 5:05:11 AM PST
thanks for letting me know, i wouldnt have known about this offer otherwise
: )
EDIT for missing word

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 5:06:34 AM PST
A. Sisk says:
I also think they are testing to see if MORE people (like yourself) would be signing up with this option. Allowing current subscribers to jump in now during their trial doesn't answer that question for them.

I love my prime membership -- but I hate monthly payments, so I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:14:45 PM PST
Sue says:

I never said the once-a-year is good for every one. In my post I said I do not have lots of money. If it is easier for some people to pay monthly and they have this option---good for them. I just do not want to pay more for a service that I can pay for once.

By the way, I do have to save up so I have the $80 for when the renewal time comes up. If your situation is one that can not do the once-a-year payment then use the monthly payment.

I think someone has taken some "crabby pills" today.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:31:57 PM PST
flipoid says:
Vmurph: The other thing that you could do is set aside the $6.58 per month in a piggy bank or something (or even write it in your checkbook as if it's gone), then once a year you'll have the $79 (almost $17 cheaper than the $7.99 per month) to pay for the annual membership. Then, every four years or so you will essentially (because of the savings from the $7.99 per month option) be getting the yearly Prime membership for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:35:04 PM PST
 nospin  says:
The forum you posted to is a discussion forum on the Amazon forums not a place to leave feedback on Amazon programs or policies. Amazon does not read that forum.

You need to send an email directly to Amazon if you want your opinion heard.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 9:57:01 PM PST
Binx says:
Actually it was kind of announced, MSN had a news article about it the other day on their home page. Personally I think it sucks because the article said that if it was successful everyone's prime will go up to that 96/year cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 10:04:34 PM PST
How do they know the cost will go up?

Well, its been $79 for Yeats.
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