I saw a book that I wanted to purchase on Amazon tonight, and decided to buy it as an eBook rather than wait a month for it to get delivered.
As I was looking at the process, a box popped up which offered me a free month as an Amazon Prime member, offering the following:
- Free two-day shipping
- Instant streaming of Movies & TV shows
- Instant access to Kindle books
So rather than buy the eBook, I thought I’d try the free trial of Amazon Prime, and was getting quite excited, as I loved using Netflix when I was living in San Franciso 2 years ago.
Signing up took 10 seconds, and then the trouble started…
NO Instant access to Kindle books
I went back to the book I wanted, and it wasn’t available for download. Not a problem I thought. There’s plenty other books I have on my wish list. Then I realised that Amazon Prime is for Kindle readers only! Not the kindle app on an iPad. So no instant access to Kindle books!
NO Free 2-day shipping
I decided to rather buy the book I wanted in the 1st place to see how the 2 day shipping worked. So I added it to the cart, and started checking out, and then noticed the small print – free 2 day shipping is not applicable to international customers!
NO Instant streaming of Movies & TV shows
By now I was disappointed, but thought I’d still be able to get the “netflix experience” – watching video’s on my iPad. So I downloaded the “Amazon Instant Video” app on my iPad, which was a quick and painless process, and found my 1st video, which I thought I’d play in the background on my iPad, while I carried on working. It was about a guy that travels around the US with his juicer, trying to get healthy. But when I tried to watch, it said that the video “wasn’t available in my country”, and so were the next few movies I tried to watch!
So the free trial, has been a free waste of my time.
Now time to find the “cancel free trial” button! I’m guessing that will be the real challenge…