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Prime renewal - can existing members switch to the monthly billing instead of the yearly fee

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By Heather Miller, 07-Nov-2012 07:14 PST Permalink Report abuse

I have been seeing that a new customer can sign up for the free trial of Amazon Prime and then transition into a monthly payment of 7.99 instead of the yearly charge of 79.00. Is this payment option going to be made available to existing Prime members and will the option to choose the payment plan be implemented on the Prime management page?

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By Jonathan, 07-Nov-2012 07:27 PST Permalink Report abuse

Heather, I just started seeing that myself last night. I still haven't seen an official word from Amazon yet on how this would affect current members, and can't find anything in the related Help pages.

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By The Artist, 07-Nov-2012 08:28 PST Permalink Report abuse

12 x $7.99 is more than $79 per year! I guess if you don't plan on keeping it for a year, it's a good option, though.

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By Georgie P.- Forum Moderatoramazon, 07-Nov-2012 10:22 PST Permalink Report abuse

Hi everyone- The monthly Amazon Prime membership charge of $7.99 is only being offered to a small group of customers as a test right now. It's also not available to existing members currently, since the yearly membership is a 20% savings. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for more updates as things are constantly changing.

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By Heather Miller, 07-Nov-2012 16:35 PST Permalink Report abuse

In reply to Georgie P.- Forum Moderator

07-Nov-2012 10:22 PST

Hi everyone- The monthly Amazon Prime membership charge of $7.99 is only being offered to a small group of customers as a test right now. It's also not available to existing members currently, since the yearly membership is a 20% savings. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for more updates as things are constantly changing.

Have a nice day!

Thank you for the update and information Georgie. As a Prime member I would like to voice my support for allowing us to have payment options such as monthly, biannually, etc.

My personal issue is simply that when I first signed up it was in late November and thus my renewal stays at that time. November is a hard month what with the holiday shopping, having to pay for the gas heat tank filling and other winter home what-nots so I was simply hoping for an opportunity to switch to a monthly payment for a short time (mid-spring?) even at a slightly higher rate and then switch back to yearly when it was more economical. But we'll squeak by until we can't! That's life. ;)

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By MamaBear007, 07-Nov-2012 16:47 PST Permalink Report abuse

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07-Nov-2012 16:35 PST

Thank you for the update and information Georgie. As a Prime member I would like to voice my support for allowing us to have payment options such as monthly, biannually, etc.

My personal issue is simply that when I first signed up it was in late November and thus my renewal stays at that time. November is a hard month what with the holiday shopping, having to pay for the gas heat tank filling and other winter home what-nots so I was simply hoping for an opportunity to switch to a monthly payment for a short time (mid-spring?) even at a slightly higher rate and then switch back to yearly when it was more economical. But we'll squeak by until we can't! That's life. ;)

Thanks again for taking the time to answer!

Heather,
You can send your request directly to Amazon by clicking the link below:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/features-and-services.html

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By monilee, 08-Nov-2012 11:17 PST Permalink Report abuse

In reply to Georgie P.- Forum Moderator

07-Nov-2012 10:22 PST

Hi everyone- The monthly Amazon Prime membership charge of $7.99 is only being offered to a small group of customers as a test right now. It's also not available to existing members currently, since the yearly membership is a 20% savings. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for more updates as things are constantly changing.

Have a nice day!

Very disappointed. Was offered to me but when I tried to sign up I couldn't because I had free month last year when I bought my kindle fire. Ordered 4g fire and was excited because 7.99 monthly better than 79 at this time. Don't understand why everyone can't have monthly payments when we would be commiting to pay more for the same service.

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By Kindle-aholic, 08-Nov-2012 11:26 PST Permalink Report abuse

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08-Nov-2012 11:17 PST

Very disappointed. Was offered to me but when I tried to sign up I couldn't because I had free month last year when I bought my kindle fire. Ordered 4g fire and was excited because 7.99 monthly better than 79 at this time. Don't understand why everyone can't have monthly payments when we would be commiting to pay more for the same service.

Read Georgie's post above. They are testing it out right now. Be patient.

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By Careyidaho, 08-Nov-2012 11:28 PST Permalink Report abuse

I signed up for a "90 day trial" of the prime membership and before i'd even logged out of the account they'd taken the yearly membership fee from my bank. wtc??

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By NiteOOwl, 08-Nov-2012 11:33 PST Permalink Report abuse

Heather, monilee, everybody else is right. This is currently a new monthly program that Amazon is testing with a number of customers who do not currently have Prime. We don't know what the outcome will be.

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By reg, 08-Nov-2012 11:34 PST Permalink Report abuse

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08-Nov-2012 11:28 PST

I signed up for a "90 day trial" of the prime membership and before i'd even logged out of the account they'd taken the yearly membership fee from my bank. wtc??

I haven't heard of a 90 day trial being offered for a very long time. They have all been 30 days in recent history. If you haven't used it, you can get a full refund. Use the Contact US button to the upper right to get customer service to help.

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By B. Lockwood, 17-Nov-2012 02:49 PST Permalink Report abuse

I heard of the$7.99 deal so I jump on it! I am a netflix person for a while now I am
in it for the movies! I notice their picks of film is getting better! I hate long term contracts! Netflix has better choices and I do not shop on amazon very much. As far as kindle books I can get them at the library.So if their choices of movies keep getting better I will stay.

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