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How To Get Amazon Prime Day Deals Without Paying For Prime

Lifehacker Australia logo Lifehacker Australia 2/07/2019 Lisa Rowan
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If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can be noncommittal about Amazon Prime Day. You’ve already paid your monthly portion of it, so what’s it going to hurt to browse through some of the discounts the megastore is hawking for two days... and the two weeks leading up to it?

But if you’re not a Prime member, you may be curious about all the hoopla, feeling some online shopping FOMO. Fortunately, you don’t need to pay for Amazon Prime to shop on Prime Day.

If you haven’t been a Prime member previously, you can sign up for a 30-day trial of the service for free. Sign up now, and you’ll get access to all the pre-Prime Day deals as well as the big 48 hour sale.

(Right now, my favourite deal is free expedited shipping from the US.)

This free trial option is not a secret by any means and Amazon advertises its free trial heavily in its Prime Day promotions. The company is no dummy.

By giving you the service for free for a short period, it’s raising the chances it’ll make money off you during the big party. And then after the big party. And then forever, because once you get used to two-day shipping, can you ever go back? Consumer crisis ensues.

The only requirement for the free trial is that you must have a valid credit card — if you don’t cancel your trial before it’s up, you’ll automatically be charged for the service.

Now, if you’ve had Prime in the past and you’re feeling sneaky (or very organised, or maybe both), you can probably just use another email address to sign up for a new free trial. But your mileage may vary. Click here to sign up for free.

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