It’s a little sneaky, but it’s awesome

Do you have Amazon Prime? If you do, this one is not for you. Also, if you’ve had Prime in the past, this is also not for you. This is for folks who have never had Amazon Prime before.

If you don’t know what Amazon Prime is, it’s a paid upgrade, basically, that entitles you to free 2-day shipping regardless of order size on thousands of items sold by Amazon. Even though I do a lot of shopping on Amazon, I’ve never signed up for it. I just couldn’t justify the $79 for the year.

But I just signed up, and here’s why: Right now, you can get 3 months of Amazon Prime absolutely free if you put $100 worth of eligible textbooks into your cart. Not if you buy $100 worth of eligible textbooks—just if you add them to your cart. Put $100 of ’em in there, proceed to checkout, and on the last page you’ll be given the option to opt-in to a free 3-month trial of Prime (independent of confirming your purchase). Cancel before your three months are over (or go into your account and just turn off the auto-upgrade) and you’ll never pay a cent for it.

Now, I ask you: What is three months from today? That’s right. Christmas Eve. Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot less stressful.

48 Responses to “It’s a little sneaky, but it’s awesome”

  1. 1
    Jamie AZ September 24, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    That’s sweet… Holiday shopping on Amazon, here I come!

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    Emily September 24, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    How do you know which textbooks are eligible? I put a $130 textbook in my cart and nothin about prime.

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    Melissa D September 24, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    $79 is a pittance to pay for 2-day shipping to you, your friends and family, wherever they live in the US. We send so many presents to my in-laws and elsewhere at Christmas, and buy so much from Amazon in general, that it works out to pennies per item. Plus: 2-day shipping!

    I’m a little amazed that you haven’t Primed up yet. Don’t you buy a ton on Amazon, Mir?

    Did I mention the 2-day shipping? 🙂

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    Jamie AZ September 24, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Emily, when you’re checking out, there’s a few sentences in the middle that talk about Amazon Prime and at the end is a hyperling that says “Learn More” – click that to sign up, then come back to your cart and delete the textbook. I had another book that I needed to buy for a quilting class I’m taking, so I did end up buying that one (not a textbook in their eyes) and it went through with AP free 2-day shipping.

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    Julie aka Multitasking Mama September 24, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Darn, it won’t work for me because I’ve had a three month trial of Prime in the past. I absolutely loved it!

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    D1 September 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm #

    It gives me only one month free trial Prime. No love here 🙁

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    Katie September 24, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    I love you.

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    Jennifer September 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    Wow wow wow. Thanks for this and the other bargains you post here. I don’t know how I lived without WantNot!

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    Tiffany September 24, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    THANK YOU! Love it! I don’t have time to go to the store. I’m all about Amazon.

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    dcfullest September 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm #

    I love you.

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    heels September 24, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    We’ve found Amazon Prime to be WELL worth the $79. We started using it a few Christmases ago when they first launched it and gave 3 month trials for free. We intended to cancel after the 3 months was up, but we were so happy with it that we’ve kept it going ever since. Now I can’t imagine going back.

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    Tina September 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm #

    You are a rock star.

  13. 13
    Em September 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Dumb question: Under my membership information it says “Your trial membership will upgrade to a full membership for $79 automatically on December 24, 2008.” and has a button that says “Do Not Upgrade”. Can I press that and still get the free trial without upgrading or remembering to cancel in December? That sounds too easy. I’m afraid it will cancel the trial or something.

    Also, not a question but a reminder – it looks like you can add 4 family members to your membership. You don’t want YOUR Christmas present to be late, do you? I added my husband, just in case.

    Thanks for the deal, Mir. I thought nothing in the world could make me happier than free shipping but it turns out free 2 DAY shipping was it!

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    Heather September 24, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    Woo hoo! Thanks! I love doing my Christmas shopping online!!! 🙂 Last year I didn’t buy one present in person…perfect.

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    AJP September 24, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    thanks. worked for me.

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    Kismet September 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm #

    Amazon Prime is totally worth the $79. Totally.

    Get it, love it, use it.


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    Jamie September 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    The blessings of a two person household– one of whom has never received an amazon prime promotion. Yah!

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    Colleen September 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    Oh.. I went for the free month when I was amist school shopping in August. It was sooo AWESOME, yet short lived. 🙁 It was sooo easy to cancel. after my month was up, I was charged, however as long as you have not used the prime since the expiration, your funds are refunded. ENJOY! Maybe one of you can put my orders in and have them shipped to me?? teehee.

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    Colleen September 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Oh.. Jamie… you are pretty too. What an excellant pupil of Mir.

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    christine September 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Boo. This is what I get – ‘*Qualify for Amazon Prime free for 3 months when you order $100 or more’

    When I just put them in my cart, I get only one month free.

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    Summer September 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I can’t take advantage, since I did a Prime trial before, but thought I’d pass on this important info:

    If you forget to cancel during the trial period, and you get charged the $79, you can get a full refund if you haven’t used your Prime privileges since the trial period expired.

    Ask me how I know. 😉

  22. 22
    ADifferentLaura September 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    Wanna know something funny? I went so overboard last year that I have two huge suitcases full of gifts that were never given LAST Christmas, so I’ll be shopping in my own excess before I hit any stores this year…

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know. Perhaps both…

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    Jennifer September 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks Mir!

  24. 24
    Dawn September 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Gosh Mir, you suddenly got even prettier than usual! It worked for me – and perfect timing since my kids have 5 birthday parties in the next 2 weeks! Thank you!!

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    Gretchen September 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks pretty, pretty Mir!

    A note: I just headed over there and from the Amazon front page, I clicked Amazon Prime in the left sidebar. It took me right to a page that said “sign up for a free 3 month trial” — with no reference to textbooks or anything! I read all the fine print, it’s just the same as what everyone is describing above, and I didn’t even need to bother with adding anything to my cart.

    Awesome!! Oooooh the money I’m gonna save! Woo-hoo!

    Mir is my girl!

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    Abbey September 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm #

    I have, and love, amazon prime. I’m pretty sure I got at least three months free when I signed up without any hoop jumping, but perhaps that has changed. In any case, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Oh, and my 4lbs of cranberries arrived today!

  27. 27
    Claire September 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Halleluiah! What did I ever do before I found you on this world wide web? Thanks, Mir!

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    Mel September 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    Wow! Worked like a charm. Thanks so much!

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    Jess September 24, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    Worked for me too! Thanks pretty Mir!

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    Melissa September 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm #


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    Amie W September 24, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    if you ‘accidentally’ click on the checkout button before you notice the “Prime” deal…there’s a ‘cancel your order’ option under ‘my account.’

    juuuuust in case anybody (else) did this!

  32. 32
    Holly September 24, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    Worked for me! You are so awesome!

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    Junglewife September 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    Wonderful! I did it!!!

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    Erin September 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm #

    Woo! So awesome! And thank you to Em for the heads-up on including others in the main subscription! Now my husband and I both have free Amazon shipping until Christmas!

    I’ll say it again…WOO!!!

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    Heidi September 24, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    Awesome! Thank you.

  36. 36
    Traci September 24, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    As others have said, Prime is totally worth the $79! Where I live (WI) almost everything I order arrives in only ONE day with the free 2-day shipping. I’ve ordered at 8pm on Monday and it’s arrived by 2pm on Tues. But the absolute longest I have to wait is 2 days. Instant gratification. (And great for last minute gifts)

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    Nancy September 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh yay — I just signed my husband up!
    And apparently it doesn’t care that I then added myself as a secondary household member, even though I’ve used a trial before. This is just the thing for xmas shopping!! 🙂

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    Kelly E September 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    Darn! I signed up last week for the 1-month free trial to get my Dyson sooner:) It’s wonderful, thank you Mir!

  39. 39
    Sarah September 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    I love you!!!

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    Anna September 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    ROCKSTAR! You’re the best! 😉

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    Aisha September 24, 2008 at 10:10 pm #

    Ya know, I was all jazzed about my Amazon prime trial when I got it. Like, super-duper, completely and totally excited. I’ve mostly found it disappointing. Don’t suppose anyone else has had the same issue?

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    Lexi September 25, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Did I miss this? It’s not coming up at check out! Oy!

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    Lori September 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    I finally got it. I didn’t realize that I had to go almost all the way thru check out and then I deleted the books right at the last minute before I confirmed the order.

    Thanks so much!! This IS going to make my shopping a lot less stressful!

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    Amy September 25, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    I just did it and it worked! Thanks!!

  45. 45
    liv September 26, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    you are more than pretty.. you are beautiful!! thanks for this tip!

  46. 46
    Laurin September 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    Awesome, Mir! You rock like a hurricane!

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    PollyS September 29, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    Cool deal. Thanks for the heads’ up.
    But like you , I could never justify the cost. Mostly because I usually get 1 day shipping on Amazon orders. I live 1.5 hours from the warehouse in Fernley, Nevada! Sweet, no? Believe me, I was lovin’ it when I would realize I was running out of Pampers and they were on my doorstep the next day.


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