Three month trial to Amazon Prime — $1.00

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Over on the right, click “add to cart with free two-day shipping.”
  3. Click “proceed to checkout.”
  4. 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.
  5. Click “start my free trial.”
  6. 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.

  1. Click “your account” on the top right.
  2. Click the “manage prime membership” link under “order actions” on the right.
  3. Click the “do not upgrade” button.
  4. 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!)

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  1. says

    jennifer — that’s what the instructions on turning off the auto-renewal are for. If you don’t turn it off, it will renew at $79 after the 3 months. You can turn it off right now and it won’t auto-renew.

  2. Camisha says

    Last year when Amazon was doing the free month trial my bf signed up for it when we bought our carpet cleaner from Amazon and he forgot to cancel it and so we ended up paying the $80 for a year. I was a little irritated but I will say that it was a blessing over Christmas because I ordered a lot for the kids from Amazon and I didnt have to worry about getting my total to $25 for free shipping.

  3. Jenn says

    I signed up for this deal thru the Jane Eyre link the other day. I didn’t even have to place the order. The trial started, and I already placed my first order!
    Don’t forget to cancel if you want, but I am thinking about how to figure out if it’s worth the $80–going along with your tax commentary this morning… we often order from Amazon just to save the 8-10% sales tax… might be a worthwhile investment just on that alone, and then consider their stock (just try to find a Wii Remote in a store right now) and great deals that are often WAY under $25.

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