(free) Trials of the Century
How do you know something is going to be worth your money?
Well, at Amazon, the answer often is…try it!
For example, most Amazon devices have a thirty-day trial period. You can get a
test it out, and see if it was worth the difference between that and the Paperwhite.
Generally, if the device is performing as advertised, you would be expected to pay the return postage…but that seems reasonable to me.
You can see the details here:
That’s the hardware…what about other things?
Note that on some of these you may need to be new to it…you can’t just keep doing a free trial after you’ve ha it once. 🙂
- Amazon Prime: 30 days
- Kindle Unlimited: 30 days
- Kindle e-books: within 7 days of purchase (this is a return policy, not really a trial period)
- Kindle magazines: often 30 days, sometimes 14
- Kindle blogs: generally 14 days
- Add-on video subscriptions: 7 days
What happens if you get past that period? With an EBR (E-Book Reader), Fire tablet, or Fire TV, you can still get 80% of the price, if you are within 60 days. See below:
Partial refunds / restocking fees
|If You Return||You’ll Receive|
|Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV devices and accessories within 30 days from receipt of shipment||100% of the item’s price|
|Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV devices and accessories past the return window, but within 60 days from receipt of shipment||80% of the item’s price|
|Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV devices and accessories over 60 days from receipt of shipment||0% of the item’s price|
Note that special terms apply right now:
“Holiday Return Policy
Items shipped by Amazon.com between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, may be returned until January 31, 2016, for a full refund, subject to our other return guidelines listed below. Items shipped from sellers other than Amazon.com are subject to this same holiday return policy unless otherwise stated in the seller’s individual Return Policy”
Can you just do this as much as you want?
Well, Amazon can hypothetically drop you as a customer if you abuse the return privileges, although they really, really, don’t want to drop people. They’ll probably warn you multiple times first, depending on how severe it is.
For the Kindle books, I’ve heard more than once that somebody who had a lot of returns had the easy, self-service method taken away. That’s by going to
In those cases, you’d have to contact Kindle Support…and I expect that’s a place you might get a warning.
I don’t think almost anybody who gets that warning won’t have understood the issue. My guess is that we’d be looking at something like returning 100% of purchased Kindle books for a month, with at least several bought.
There you go!
If you have some time off at the holidays (not taken up with other commitments), you can really enjoy some content for free…and maybe decide it’s worth paying the money to keep enjoying it. 🙂
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.
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