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Old 04-04-2016, 12:02 PM
 
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I like Amazon shopping and will continue to use it but I am dropping Amazon Prime. I buy so little and can easily hold until I get to the free shopping level that it is no problem for me.


Diminishment of services basically is my reason for dropping Prime. the latest is the notice I used to get for selecting a free kindle book each month. Latest email offers the books to chose but they cost a few dollars, no longer free.


IMO these offered books were not all that good or to my taste but they were free. Now not.


My guess is there is still a way to go to regular Kindle book store and find some books offered for free. Just have to search for them.
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:37 PM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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I love Prime, but I do think the way they bundle it is kind of odd. I buy enough that I can justify it on the shipping alone but I get it that a lot of people don't so they sweeten the deal with an assortment of free videos and books. Those are extras I rarely use. I have used Prime access to the special deals they did during the holidays when they would do the lightning deals at different times throughout the day and Prime members could get in on some early. Several of those never even opened to non Prime or had an immediate wait list if they did. I am a Netflix subscriber and I think it is a superior video service. In fact I think it is a mistake to compare them to some degree. Videos are the core offering on Netflix and mostly an afterthought on Prime IMO. Again, I love Prime but mostly as a merchandise buying customer.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I like Amazon shopping and will continue to use it but I am dropping Amazon Prime. I buy so little and can easily hold until I get to the free shopping level that it is no problem for me.


Diminishment of services basically is my reason for dropping Prime. the latest is the notice I used to get for selecting a free kindle book each month. Latest email offers the books to chose but they cost a few dollars, no longer free.


IMO these offered books were not all that good or to my taste but they were free. Now not.


My guess is there is still a way to go to regular Kindle book store and find some books offered for free. Just have to search for them.
Yeah, you can. A guy in the Coupon or Shopping forum here posts a link to a bunch of free books every few days, or least he used to.
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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My guess is there is still a way to go to regular Kindle book store and find some books offered for free. Just have to search for them.
Depending on your tastes, are you familiar with Project Gutenberg?

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. I have a few of their DVD's from about 20 years ago.

Their Free Kindle Books related webpage: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Free_Kindle_Books
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We bought Prime when the special price was available. We don't shop with it too much, although I have used it some. But we are using the TV service. We found Downton Abbey and we are finally watching it all, sequentially. DH especially enjoys this.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Depending on your tastes, are you familiar with Project Gutenberg?

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. I have a few of their DVD's from about 20 years ago.

Their Free Kindle Books related webpage: https://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Free_Kindle_Books

Gutenberg is great! So are your public libraries!!
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Yes, I'm on SS, but I also work, and I DON'T live paycheck to paycheck. The bulk of my money isn't in that account anyway, it's in my savings account, and Amazon doesn't have the card for that account. My SS and part of the money from working goes into my checking account, which is the card that Amazon had.

I was charged $106.92 for the Prime membership, which in turn, overdrew my account, and my credit union charged me at $27 overdraft fee. The money was back in the bank Friday, along with an additional credit for the overdraft charge.

Also, FYI, I never had an Amazon Prime account to begin with. They decided that I needed one and charged me for it. The last time that I ordered from Amazon was in July 2015.
Sorry - but in all my years of buying on line - from Amazon or any of another hundred+ places - I have never been charged for anything I didn't buy. Sounds like a "fat finger" mistake to me (my elderly father makes them every now and then). Robyn
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Sorry - but in all my years of buying on line - from Amazon or any of another hundred+ places - I have never been charged for anything I didn't buy. Sounds like a "fat finger" mistake to me (my elderly father makes them every now and then). Robyn
That's YOUR opinion. I've been buying (and selling) online for years and years, and I don't make "fat finger" mistakes, and never have. Maybe your elderly father shouldn't be allowed by spend money online if he makes mistakes.

And like I stated already, the last time I ordered from Amazon was over a year ago, and I've only ordered from them twice, anyway. I have no need for Amazon, the account has now been cancelled, and I can't see why people like them them anyway.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:03 AM
 
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I have no need for Amazon, the account has now been cancelled, and I can't see why people like them them anyway.
Perhaps a review of the last 20 pages?
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:37 AM
 
Location: NC Piedmont
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Everything is polarized these days; you can't just have a preference to use Amazon or a preference to find things somewhere else if possible. You have to love it or hate it...
It isn't just online shopping or politics (the most obvious example these days). Is it just me or does it seem like it has gotten this way in general? Chevy guys used to seem to show a little more respect for Ford guys. Some friends would prefer their favorite brand of beer over mine but would not accuse me of drinking equine excretions. Everyone who doesn't agree with me isn't stupid...
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