How to break up with Amazon

Cancel your Prime membership

  • Visit Amazon’s ‘Manage Your Prime Membership’ page.
  • Choose to ‘Update your settings’ under the ‘Manage Membership’ box in the top-right-hand corner.
  • Select the ‘End Membership’ option.
  • Your Prime membership will automatically end when it’s up for renewal, and you won’t be charged for another month.

Go direct to the manufacturer

  • Search for the item you need on Amazon. Usually, you will find many versions and many providers of what you are looking for, and you can use Amazon’s reviews and rankings to help narrow down your options.
  • Click on the product details and look for the original manufacturer’s name. This may be visible on the packaging in the product photos, or listed in the product details. Amazon is used as the distribution channel for many smaller businesses and if that is the case, the product page will say “Product sold by XYZ Company and fulfilled by Amazon’.
  • Do a general Internet search for the name of the company + name of the product to find out if the company has a direct sales website or alternative online distribution channel besides Amazon.
  • In many cases, you will find the same item that you see on Amazon, for the same or similar price. When you get things ‘cheaper’ on Amazon, the money you save actually costs the smaller company that makes the product, their employees, and their community.

Find a local business to buy from instead

  • Do a general Internet search for the name of the product + the name of your city, town, or neighborhood.
  • Walk, drive, or skip to your local grocer, pharmacist, stationer, bookseller, chocolatier, or jeweler. See, touch, and maybe even taste what you are buying. Meet the human behind the counter. Talk to them. Ask them questions. Buy from them.

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