After a Titanic – spoiler alert : this could be a slight exaggeration – struggle with Amazon.co.uk from whom we were trying to order some items I was sufficiently cross as to post the following on Facebook, and to send an annotated copy of it to the Computeractive Magazine. I really do feel very strongly that this is a cleverly presented piece of sheer deception and effrontery by Amazon and that there needs to be a united global campaign against it . . .
End of rant – read on . . .
We just placed an order with Amazon. Error. We both sat and went through the payment process page by page and studiously avoided (as we thought – simpletons !) any possibility of falling into the Prime quicksand. We got to a point where we were evidently – and entirely against our will – entangled in a free trial of Prime, so we started all over again and thought once again we had avoided the wretched thing. Wrong ! It became evident that we were ensnared willy nilly. But by sheer dogged bloody mindedness we found out how to cancel the Prime Free Trial (which we never knowingly signed up for). We are apparently stuck in it until 28 February when it will allegedly terminate itself. I think this Prime business of Amazon’s is sneaky, thoroughly immoral, and ought to be stopped.
This is the second time I have been trapped by Prime despite knowing its dangers, and trying to avoid it – and then again finding out how to wriggle out of it, and I’m sick of it. The problem is that for certain things it is difficult to find an alternative supplier because Amazon have effectively established a monopoly. We avoid them like the plague as far as we can, but sometimes we have to venture into their store and hope to get out alive. It’s a bit like the adventures of some Greek hero or heroine in the Greek myths.