In the comments on an earlier post, Priya asked:
I know you talk about Subscribe and Save in a lot of posts – can you explain me how this works? I just am uber challenged on this one.
No problem, Priya! I suspect you’re not the only one who’s been wondering.
Certain grocery- and household-type items from Amazon are available on an automatic shipping program called Subscribe & Save. If you sign up for it, you get a 15% discount on your purchase, as well as free shipping. Amazon then hopes that you will continue accepting automatic billing/shipping for that item in the future, but it’s not actually required. I’ll get back to that in a second.
First, let’s take a look at what you’ll see when Subscribe & Save is an option:
There’s a blue shaded box in the product area that lets you know that you can save 15% if you buy via Subscribe & Save. We like that, because saving more is always good!
Now look at the right-hand sidebar. Buying via Subscribe & Save actually requires using a different button than the usual “Add to Cart” button. First you have to pick how often you want delivery. Now, you’re planning to cancel this automatic delivery, so what you pick here really doesn’t matter… but I like to pick 6 months—the longest interval—to make absolute certain that I have plenty of time to cancel before I accidentally end up with an automatic order.
Choose your interval, then click the “Subscribe Now” button. That will take you to an order confirmation screen that looks like the one you’re used to, except that you’ll have a 15% discount and a credit for the shipping (shipping is always free on S&S). That’s it! Very simple.
You may cancel a subscription any time after your order has shipped. Once you’ve received shipping notification, simply go into the “My Account” section and click on “Manage My Subscriptions.” From there you can cancel your subscription with no penalty whatsoever. And yes, you can subscribe and cancel to the same items more than once; my subscription center is a loooong list of the same three or four items over and over.
I hope that helps, Priya!