news hardware I tried to survive without Amazon Prime: my verdict
The recent price increase on Amazon Prime has changed my approach to the service considerably. At a time when the cost of living continues to rise, is it still appropriate to maintain this service at this price? So I canceled my subscription to see if I could survive without it.
Amazon surprised everyone by announcing on July 26 a violent increase in the price of its subscription that remained unchanged for years.. This announcement could push many users to review their commitment at a time when various and varied subscriptions are multiplying in homes. In fact, that’s a massive 43% increase. : the American giant thus increases its offer from €49 to €69 per year from September 15, 2022. So I decided to take the plunge and unsubscribe.
My habits with Amazon Prime
Client from the beginning, I was seduced from the beginning by the services ofAmazon-Prime. They were at that time much less varied than they are today with the main advantage: free shipping and delivery within 24 hours. A true fan of high-tech products, this offer suited me perfectly.
Another interesting offer, the Prime Days that take place every year also allow significant discounts because they are 2 days of promotions reserved for Amazon Prime members.
Subsequently, Amazon added many series and movies to its Prime Video SVOD service. This made me want to remain a Prime subscriber even more since the price remained unchanged. In France, Prime Video does not require any additional subscription: the Amazon Prime subscription at €49 per year gives access to this Netflix competitor and to the many series and movies on offer, some of which are exclusive.
No additional needs fast and free delivery, access to Prime Day and Prime Video kept me in heaven. But now, over the years, ‘Amazon’s branch has expanded with more services that make the whole more complete but also more complex. Certainly very interesting, but somehow too rich. Services were added to the initial offer without my knowledge. Some of them were unusable for me anyway, like Deliveroo Plus. Deliveroo is not present in my sector: therefore, I was not able to take advantage of the “Plus” version of these food deliveries.
Since its launch on October 15, 2019, Amazon Prime has not stopped growing : new series, new movies, concerts or shows, sports with Ligue 1 (but you have to pay a supplement there) or even tennis with the retransmission of Roland Garros, Amazon Music Prime and its 2 million titles included in the basic subscription, Prime Reading for owners of a Kindle reader with more than a million titles in ebook format and more anecdotally, Amazon Gaming that allows you to get games and other DLC on PC every month. In short, a string of services that will precipitate Amazon Prime to a violent rise in prices.
In fact, the costs incurred by the American giant in these recent acquisitions are simply too high and the price increase was inevitable.
Thus, the monthly rate of Prime will go from 5.99 euros to 6.99 euros Y the annual subscription will go from 49 euros to 69.90 euros. That is an increase that corresponds to an increase of 42.65%. Far from being a handjob, this rise knocked me out
In a panic, I deleted my Amazon Prime subscription and it was easy…
As for many, the price literally knocked me out and in a panic I immediately started canceling my subscription, even if it meant subscribing again later.. At Amazon Prime, there is no loyalty system that gives old customers an advantage. After all, we can already see what it looks like without; just to take stock of my too many subscriptions.
Unsubscribing from Amazon Prime is easythere is nothing to stop you and the operation requires only a few clicks.
Before you cancel and if you’re on an annual plan, You may still have the old rate for some time.. In fact, depending on the date of the contract, you can still benefit from a few additional months at the previous rate. Because the new price will apply to the renewal of the subscription, that is, from September 15, 2022. If the renewal of your annual subscription occurs in July or August, then you will benefit from the price of 49 euros for one year. additional. This was not my case, like many I opted for the monthly subscription.
Two days later, I already miss Prime Video and Prime delivery
As soon as I finished my subscription, I already felt the advantages that such a service could offer. I had some orders to place on the site, and I had the first setback: the return of the shipping costs. In fact, for all orders under €30, shipping costs are payable. Once the service is removed, we realize its value. If you’re like me and regularly order from the Amazon site, it only takes a few orders per month to justify such a subscription.
And I’m just talking about free shipping privileges. Not to mention what I’m going to miss on Amazon Prime Video with the flagship series The Boys or even The Lord of the Rings from September 2. When we compare the bundle with other streaming services like Netflix, HBO, MyCanal, we realize that Amazon Prime really isn’t expensive because it includes a gigantic range of services even at its new price.
If you combine competing services similar to those offered by Amazon Prime, for example Netflix for movies and series, Unlimited discount for shipping costs, the price far exceeds Amazon’s offer. And that’s not counting the entire panel offered. Like Amazon Gaming, Amazon Reading, etc.
Am I willing to pay €69 a year to go back to Amazon Prime?
With the multiplication of VOD services and with the aim of lowering costs, it seemed logical to me to stop subscribing to Amazon Prime. Indeed, over time, more or less useful subscriptions accumulate and the bill can quickly rise. Therefore, it was time to try to do without him.
But after a few days, I realized that leaving amazon prime was a mistake. Amazon has managed to combine several services in its offer and thus constitute an almost indispensable base with its free shipping costs or even with its series and movies, some of which are at risk of becoming cult like The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of the power to be published. and that is already the largest budget for the production of a series.
In short, I do not want to stay longer without a subscription. Amazon-Prime because if it were necessary to maintain a single subscription, and given its value for money, for me it would be this.
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