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Initial post: Apr 25, 2012 7:31:46 AM PDT
I. H. Ross says:
I am a long time ember of Audible but I am getting tired of A) Audio books that cost less than my subscription but still take 1 full credit and B)
Audiobooks on sale that yet again still take 1 credit. Audible is a great service but value proposition is decreasing all the time. Come on guys think about the existing customer at least on the odd occasion?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 7:42:49 AM PDT
and your point...I know roughly what a credit costs me...if the book I want is less than the value of a credit, I buy it (no credit)...if it costs more, then I use a credit

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 9:05:13 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
That would make too much sense. It means we have to think before clicking on the buy button and then we can't complain. How un-American....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 10:12:40 AM PDT
you are right...slaps forehead...I must not have been scheduled for my common sense removal operation...

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 10:34:02 AM PDT
T. says:
I'm new to Audible, still on my trial membership, but it is my understanding that if you are a member then you can buy books at sale prices. If you're not a member then the books that are on sale will show up at regular price. For example, when I'm logged in a particular book is on sale for $10.49 but if I just browse that same book as a non-member then that book shows up as $20.99. I understand that $10.49 is less than the membership price but I guess if you buy a lot of audible books then the membership might be useful. I try to use my credit on the expensive audiobooks.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:40:55 AM PDT
if you are a member, which the OP is, then you can buy books at the audible member price (anywhere from 10-30% off in my experience). You can either use your credits to purchase those books, or you can pay for them directly. From what I can tell, the OP was complaining about the fact that he used a credit to buy a book that was less than the "value" of a credit (which for me, on the 2 credit a month plan) is about $13...if the audible member price is more expensive than that, I use a credit (or put it on my wishlist), if its less, then I buy it like a normal book

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 11:44:59 AM PDT
*nospin* says:
It is possible the OP never really looked at his cart and has no idea you can unclick using credit and actually pay for the item at member prices.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 11:55:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2012 11:56:03 AM PDT
MysteryL says:
Yeah, curse that Audible, they are always having $4.95 sales and offering $0.99 classics (if you haven't gotten in on this one go here: http://www.audible.com/mt/classicskso). How dare they?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:11:43 PM PDT
I. H. Ross says:
And my point is that ito the membership very few if any "specials" apply specifically to or reward membership i.e no loyalty program and , depending I suppose on your taste in audio books, there is a plethora of special offers to the "cash" paying customer as against a dearth of offers to the subscribing member. For some international customers, re entering credit card details each time represents a hassle and somewhat greater risk and, if discounts are so common place then why not abandon membership . The benefits of membership and the treatment of members is as far as i can see anyway sub optimal and all efforts are concentrated on one off sales and gaining new members. Yet I am absolutely certain that if Audible examine their own customer base they will find that the ROC on regular debit customers is consistently higher. They are not the first not the last to lose sight of the benefits of customer retention.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:18:16 PM PDT
What do you mean about re-entering credit card details? You don't have to do that to pick up a special offer without using a credit. Just uncheck the "Use credit" box before you check out and you can keep your credit and pay the discounted price. I do it all the time.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:33:47 PM PDT
MysteryL says:
People get discounts BECAUSE they are members. Log out of your Audible account and check out the prices charged to non-members. If you don't want to take advantage of the deals offered to members because you'd have to use cash, then don't. There was a special offer at the end of February where you could use 1 credit and get 2 audiobooks, save up your credits for the next time that's offered. Or cancel your membership.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 12:42:37 PM PDT
isn't the fact that you get a signficant discount on the price of normal audiobooks, as well as the massive sales that they have enough of a membership advantage? They often regularly do buy 3 credits for a certain amount, or most recently I got a buy 4 books at regular price during the month (and using credits did apply), get a $10 account credit

all of the specials apply to members - follow the links - if it is one that is posted here on Amazon, log into your account, and then use the link provided on Amazon and you can benefit from the link

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:43:14 PM PDT
then he isn't looking at his cart closely, because it is right there - next to the price of the audiobook, there is a check-mark for each title in your cart - that you can check/uncheck

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:46:45 PM PDT
*nospin* says:
I understand that but I do know people who haven't or can't see it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:52:31 PM PDT
Allison says:
.99 classics: Thanks, I just got em! My P&P came with a PDF of the book for a read along, also!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 12:53:37 PM PDT
Allison says:
"Come on guys think about the existing customer at least on the odd occasion? "

Yeah - you make all these good deals, how do expect us to be able to afford them all? Quit having sales, so I don't have to go broke buying audiobooks!

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 1:15:54 PM PDT
T. says:
Thanks MysteryL, I had no idea they had $0.99 classics.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 11:04:04 AM PDT
J. S. Leigh says:
I really like the membership benefits. I buy an extra credit whenever they offer me the chance, and I have taken advantage of many of the offers I receive in my email inbox.

There is only one thing, however, which I felt burned by, and wished I could whine to someone at Audible about it. It was an offer I received where I could buy 2 books with 1 credit, but only credits could be used - not cash. The problem was I didn't have any credits because I often spend them each month soon after I get them (I'm on the 2/month plan). The only way I could have taken advantage of this offer was if I'd saved up some credits. So in other words, Audible was setting up an inducement *not* to use the their credits.

I think philosophically that's a bad move on their part. They should be giving us all the inducements they can to use their products and membership benefits to the fullest, so we see the value of it and remain rabid and loyal customers. Giving us a reason to hold back and *not* use the credits is IMHO a bad idea.

Not that a 2:1 offer is a bad idea. It's not. But if they're going to offer a 2:1 deal, they should think about providing a way for creditless members to partake, such as a simultaneous offer to buy more credits at the same price they pay through their current membership level. I know if I could have bought more credits at my normal membership level price I would have done so, then taken advantage of the 2:1 deal. I've got dozens and dozens of audiobooks through Audible so far, and every excuse they can provide me to get some more just cements me ever more firmly in my membership.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:21:39 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
You can contact Audible through their website. http://audible.custhelp.com/

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:22:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 11:25:42 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
That is a point. However, one of the things about audible is that credits expire. These 2 books:1 credit sales help remind customers to examine those credit expiration dates.

I'll be frank. The number of audible books I truly desire is not that large. Until a few months ago, those 2 books:1 credit sales actually helped me to avoid the loss of credits due to expiration. When the Shelfari CROAH group selected Abraham Lincoln: A Life for the group read, though, I was in the middle of severe - SEVERE - vision issues. Hugely expensive, I was able, with the stockpiled credits, to pick up the existing audio versions (produced as chapters only of Volume 1 of this massive work - not as a single audio version and Volume 2 has not yet shown up on audible.com.) I'm stockpiling again in anticipation of Volume 2 but will probably use the next credit sale to build a buffer in case the expiration thing starts to whittle down my credit pile.

There are sides to every view. I'm hopin' that Audible does enough research to determine how best to keep customers satisfied. So far, I am very satisfied but wish I enjoyed fiction "listening" as much as I do non-fiction. The fiction offerings are, IMO, much more, um, compelling (should I enjoy listening to that kind of audio book.)

DL

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 11:39:40 AM PST
Razvan Rogoz says:
You realize that you can simply buy them with money and save on the credits right? My only disatisfaction is that I can't buy credits on a common basis. Yes, there are some special offers from time to time but sometimes I want an extra book without waiting until the next month or buying 12 credits in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 5:54:30 PM PST
Lynne J. says:
That's what I do. Never use a credit to buy a book that's less that what I paid for the credit. Audible has a lot of sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 5:56:25 PM PST
*nospin* says:
3 credits for $35 and change this evening.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 5:56:29 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
Exactly! I love it when they have the $4.95 sales!
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