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Possible secret hack for how to get around the price increase for Amazon Prime
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- 's annual membership will increase from per year to 9.
- The new price will take effect May 11 for new subscribers, and current Prime members will see the change when they're up for renewal, starting June 16.
- If you want to try to save yourself money (and can pay upfront), there may be a hack to get around it.
- now at before the price increases. Switch your account off from 'auto-renew' and redeem the pre-paid gift subscription when your membership ends.
- According to Amazon's fine print, thismaynot work, but the worst-case scenario is that the gift subscription is exchanged for an Amazon gift card.
Amazon Prime will hike its annual membership price from to 9 — a 20% increase — on May 11. For current subscribers, they'll see the change when their account is up for renewal, starting June 16.
Even at 9, we still think Prime is worth it. But, if you want to save yourself the extra money, then there is a loophole if you can pay for your subscription in advance.
Before the price increases, . Then go into your account settings, turn off auto-renew, and simply redeem your gift subscription once your annual membership ends. Amazon's fine print says this may not work, but the worst-case scenario is that the gift subscription is exchanged for an Amazon gift card.
You can also get more value by sharing one account with a friend or family member through Amazon Households. You have to agree to share payment methods, but the feature allows family members and roommates to share key Prime benefits. You can use it for two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles.
And if you're with an EBT or Medicaid card, ( per year).
Similarly, if you have access to a university ".edu" email, then you can sign up for a free six-month trial of and then pay 50% the price traditional subscribers pay (.49 per month and per year) for the next four years or until your graduation date (which you include upon sign-up) — whichever comes first. However, if you're coming up on the end of a student membership (or inevitably will) it might nonetheless be a good idea to take advantage of the workaround.
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