Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)

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by Green Gecko » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:17 pm

It's not a yearly contract is it? Do they really refund automatically if you've not used it?

I'll just cancel now and then see what happens and then contact them.

Edit: ah sweet I was able to do "End Now" within the app and get refunded the payment in 3 days. That's pretty excellent.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Lagamorph » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:45 pm

There's yearly and monthly options available, but yearly is cheaper I think.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Death's Head » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:58 pm

Green Gecko wrote:Edit: ah sweet I was able to do "End Now" within the app and get refunded the payment in 3 days. That's pretty excellent.


Yep, this is one of the reasons I like Amazon because the customer service (real or from the site) is pretty good. If I'm going to buy something I'm not sure about I'd rather pay a bit extra and get it from Amazon to avoid the hassle of trying to return to other online vendors. Having said that, I bought some wireless headphones for my daughter for Christmas (shipped by Amazon but sold by someone else) and when I went through the returns, they wanted to charge £3.99 (i.e deduct that from my refund). If you choose "ordered by mistake" or "no longer wanted" they will try to charge, choose "incompatible" as the reason and there is no charge. ;)

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Rocsteady » Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:24 pm

Death's Head wrote:
Green Gecko wrote:Edit: ah sweet I was able to do "End Now" within the app and get refunded the payment in 3 days. That's pretty excellent.


Yep, this is one of the reasons I like Amazon because the customer service (real or from the site) is pretty good. If I'm going to buy something I'm not sure about I'd rather pay a bit extra and get it from Amazon to avoid the hassle of trying to return to other online vendors. Having said that, I bought some wireless headphones for my daughter for Christmas (shipped by Amazon but sold by someone else) and when I went through the returns, they wanted to charge £3.99 (i.e deduct that from my refund). If you choose "ordered by mistake" or "no longer wanted" they will try to charge, choose "incompatible" as the reason and there is no charge. ;)

strawberry float! Wish I'd known that yesterday, sent a load of stuff back with 'no longer wanted' and paid the charge for each box.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Death's Head » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:16 am

Rocsleddy wrote:strawberry float! Wish I'd known that yesterday, sent a load of stuff back with 'no longer wanted' and paid the charge for each box.

Well, you know for next time. Very impressed with Amazon's return. I dropped it off at a collection point about 1pm yesterday and received an e-mail a few hours later to say my refund was being processed and I should receive it in 5 days.

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by Pancake » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:28 am

Amazon are great for returns. I wanted to return a gift and thought it would be a right pain but nope, they just sent DPD to come a collect it from my house the next day and now I've got £30 to play with.

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by Qikz » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:33 am

I'm thinking of signing up for amazon prime, but I honestly don't use it enough to justify it, but the amount I've wasted on paying for one day deliveries recently >_>

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by Ad7 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:37 am

Qikzmas wrote:I'm thinking of signing up for amazon prime, but I honestly don't use it enough to justify it, but the amount I've wasted on paying for one day deliveries recently >_>


Bear in mind is not a catch all free delivery service. Many items still require you to pay for postage even if you're a prime member, which I found out when buying presents.

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by Errkal » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:00 am

Yeah it depends on who the seller is, if it amazon you get it free and some sellers you get free expedited delivery it all depends.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Snowcannon » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:31 am

I have an Amazon locker next to my local supermarket so i tend to use that to help avoid p&p

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by Mafro » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:00 am

Advent7 wrote:
Qikzmas wrote:I'm thinking of signing up for amazon prime, but I honestly don't use it enough to justify it, but the amount I've wasted on paying for one day deliveries recently >_>


Bear in mind is not a catch all free delivery service. Many items still require you to pay for postage even if you're a prime member, which I found out when buying presents.

Only if it's marketplace sellers that don't use Amazon to store and deliver there stuff. I usually never bother ordering from those since the dispatch and delivery estimates are never accurate.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Death's Head » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:53 am

Brexit means Brexit wrote:I have an Amazon locker next to my local supermarket so i tend to use that to help avoid p&p

Really? If you change your delivery address to an Amazon locker there is no delivery charge? Do they have a tube network between their warehouse and all the lockers or some kind of Star Trek teleporter setup? If not, I can't see why this would avoid a delivery charge.

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by Moggy » Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:16 pm

Death's Head wrote:
Brexit means Brexit wrote:I have an Amazon locker next to my local supermarket so i tend to use that to help avoid p&p

Really? If you change your delivery address to an Amazon locker there is no delivery charge? Do they have a tube network between their warehouse and all the lockers or some kind of Star Trek teleporter setup? If not, I can't see why this would avoid a delivery charge.


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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Poser » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:35 am

I have cancelled my Prime membership. Had it for just over two years and probably spent a tonne of money on crap that I only bought because I'd already paid for the free delivery. :|

I never watch the streaming service, and the music app did my head in, so here we are. That's a notional £80 that I can put in my future Nintendo Switch fund.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:56 am

Got something coming from Amazon today which is getting delivered to the post office round the corner from my work. What stuff do you need to collect from somewhere like that? I'd assume it's some forms of ID and the order number?

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Gently-Parted Ringpiece » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:33 am

I just never use marketplace sellers. I always look at the listings and its either some shitty Chinese knock off instead of the real thing or it will take 6 months to arrive on top of a massive delivery charge.

Happy to pay the couple of pence extra to buy from an Amazon fulfilled supplier and get my prime delivery.

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by Errkal » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:35 am

Yeah I try to avoid marketplace people it just isn't worth it.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Death's Head » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:00 am

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I never watch the streaming service


They do have some good series on there. I don't like the interface as much as Netflix, but good stuff when you get to it.

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by Errkal » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:01 am

Death's Head wrote:
Poser wrote:
I never watch the streaming service


They do have some good series on there. I don't like the interface as much as Netflix, but good stuff when you get to it.


I would watch it a hell of a lot more if they let me use my bloody Chromecast! We dont watch anything live and the Chromecast is used for all TV content and stuff so their service is not used much, as it is the only device I have to watch on my TV is the Wii U and I can't be arsed to swap inputs and things and sometimes I want to watch on one of the other TVs.

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PostRe: Amazon Prime (and other sneaky sales tricks)
by Poser » Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:02 am

Death's Head wrote:
Poser wrote:
I never watch the streaming service


They do have some good series on there. I don't like the interface as much as Netflix, but good stuff when you get to it.


Yeah, it definitely improved a lot in the past 18 months or so, but I still never used it: for some reason, Netflix is the only streaming service that can extract half-decent performance from my broadband. Everything else stutters and buffers. Netflix is witchcraft.

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