This is working even if you got a free trial from them before — I just did it. They’re running a promo right now where you get a 3-month trial of Amazon Prime when you buy select textbooks. Here’s what you do:
- Pop over to Amazon and look at Romeo and Juliet (Dover Thrift Editions) for $1.00. If they run out of those, try Complete Sonnets (Dover Thrift Editions) for $2.00 or Jane Eyre (Dover Thrift Editions) for $3.50.
- Over on the right, click “add to cart with free two-day shipping.”
- Click “proceed to checkout.”
- You’ll get a page with info about the free trial. Amazon prime gives you free two-day shipping on eligible items with no minimum purchase, and one-day shipping for $3.99.
- Click “start my free trial.”
- Place your order.
Boom! You have Amazon Prime, for $1.00. Oh yeah, and a copy of Romeo and Juliet, too — which will be shipped with free 2-day shipping. (Looking at comments on other sites, it looks like the free trial offer isn’t showing up for some people until after they add the item to their cart and look at the checkout page, or unless they sign out of Amazon, click the link here, and then sign back in — but it worked for me just as described above.)
Now what you’ll want to do is turn off automatic renewal, otherwise they will charge your credit card $79 at the end of the three-month period. I recommend doing this right away so you don’t forget — it won’t affect the trial.
- Click “your account” on the top right.
- Click the “manage prime membership” link under “order actions” on the right.
- Click the “do not upgrade” button.
- Click “turn off auto upgrade.”
Note: Apparently this works even if you remove the item from your cart and don’t complete the purchase. I do not recommend this, because it’s not the deal, because it’s not particularly ethical, and because if Amazon figures it out they might yank your trial. (And, because it’s just one dollar, folks!)
(Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)