As a small business owner, I rely on Amazon for many things – from office supplies to cloud storage. Amazon makes it easy to sign up for subscriptions, but canceling them can be tricky.
In my experience, Amazon subscriptions can provide convenience and savings. However, they can also become forgotten expenses that eat into your bottom line. That‘s why it‘s important to periodically review and cancel unused Amazon subscriptions.
In 2022, 64% of Amazon customers had an Amazon Prime membership. Of those, over 50% also used Amazon subscriptions for services like Kindle Unlimited or Audible.
But paid subscriptions aren‘t the only ones eligible for cancellation. Free trial subscriptions can also be cancelled to avoid forgetting about them and getting charged.
This guide will explain how to cancel the most popular types of Amazon subscriptions. I‘ll provide step-by-step instructions for each cancellation process, share insider tips as a business owner, and elaborate on Amazon‘s refund policies.
Locating Your Amazon Subscriptions Page
The first step in the cancellation process is accessing your Amazon Subscriptions page. Here‘s how:
- Go to Amazon.com and log into your account.
- Mouse over "Accounts & Lists" and click on "Memberships & Subscriptions."
This page displays all of your active Amazon subscriptions, including:
- Subscription name
- Renewal date
- Next charge date
Use this as your central hub to manage and cancel any Amazon subscriptions.
Step-by-Step Guide to Canceling Top Amazon Subscriptions
The process for canceling your subscription will vary slightly depending on the type. Here are detailed steps for cancelling Amazon‘s most popular offerings.
Cancelling Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is used by over 200 million members worldwide. The subscription provides free 2-day shipping, Prime Video, music streaming, and other benefits for $139/year.
If you want to cancel Amazon Prime, follow these steps:
- On the Memberships & Subscriptions page, find your Amazon Prime membership.
- Click "End membership" or "Manage membership" depending on what shows for your account.
- Select a cancellation reason from the drop-down menu. I recommend "No longer use Amazon Prime features" if accurate.
- Click "End membership" to confirm cancellation.
Your Prime membership will remain active until the end of your current billing period. You can continue using Prime benefits until then.
Tip: Be sure to review your delivery and program settings once the cancellation takes effect. Your free 2-day shipping and other benefits will end, which may impact orders.
Cancelling Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited grants access to over 1 million ebook titles, audiobooks, and magazines for $9.99/month. If you‘re an avid reader, it can provide excellent value. However, casual readers may not use it enough to justify the monthly fee.
To cancel Kindle Unlimited:
- Go to Your Content and Devices page.
- Click the "…" icon next to your Kindle Unlimited subscription.
- Select "Cancel Kindle Unlimited subscription."
- Confirm cancellation on the next page.
Your subscription will remain active until the end of the current billing period. You‘ll retain access to Kindle Unlimited content until then.
Audible is Amazon‘s audiobook subscription service. For $14.95/month, you get 1 audiobook credit per month and full access to the Audible library.
If you aren‘t using your credits or accessing many audiobooks, cancelling Audible could save you money long-term. Here‘s how to cancel:
- Go to "Account Details" in Your Account.
- Under "Membership", click "Update" next to your Audible membership.
- Follow prompts to cancel membership.
You‘ll continue to have access until the end of the current billing period. Any unused Audible credits will be forfeited when the subscription ends.
Pro Tip: Before canceling Audible, use any unused credits to purchase audiobooks you can enjoy later.
Cancelling Subscribe & Save
Subscribe & Save allows you to schedule automatic delivery of household supplies like laundry detergent, razors, and pet food. It offers up to 15% off select products.
I use Subscribe & Save for restocking recurring purchases. But if you have subscriptions for products you no longer need, here‘s how to cancel:
- Go to “Account” then “Memberships & Subscriptions.”
- Under “Subscribe & Save,” click “View or edit your Subscribe & Save items.”
- For the item you want to cancel, click “Cancel Item.”
- Confirm cancellation.
The item will remain in your subscriptions until the next delivery date passes. So you‘ll still receive one more shipment before cancellation takes effect.
When Will My Subscription End?
For most Amazon subscriptions, cancellation remains in effect until the end of the current billing period. So you‘ll retain access to the benefits and content until that date.
However, some third-party subscription cancellations processed through Amazon take effect immediately. For example, canceling a connected HBO subscription cuts off access right away.
Review the specific subscription‘s terms to see when exactly your access ends after cancellation.
Refund Eligibility and Policies
Whether you can get a refund depends on three factors:
- Subscription type: Some subscriptions are eligible for full or partial refunds, while others are non-refundable.
- Cancellation timing: Earlier cancellations qualify for larger refunds in most cases.
- Usage level: Refunds are reduced or invalid if you utilized subscription benefits.
Here are the refund policies for major Amazon subscriptions:
- Prime: Full refunds provided for cancellations within 30 days of signup. Partial refunds for cancellations after 30 days based on remaining membership time.
- Kindle Unlimited: No refunds offered on cancelled plans, but cancellations can be done anytime.
- Audible: Full refund if you cancel within 14 days of your initial signup or last renewal date. Partial refunds may be issued after.
- Subscribe & Save: Full refunds if you cancel before the next scheduled delivery. No refunds after shipments begin.
Reaching out to Amazon Customer Service can help resolve any issues getting refunds after cancellation.
Key Takeaways as a Business Owner
As a small business owner, I‘ve found that periodically reviewing and optimizing subscriptions helps control expenses. Here are my top lessons learned:
- Utilize subscription manager tools: Amazon‘s membership tools make it easier to track, manage, and cancel subscriptions.
- Evaluate usage frequently: Cutting unused subscriptions provides instant savings. Set calendar reminders to review usage every 3-6 months.
- Compare pricing: Sometimes you can find cheaper alternatives through competing services or buying products individually after canceling.
- Check for refunds: Make sure to get any eligible refunds at cancellation to maximize savings. Having a clear cancellation and refund policy like Amazon‘s is extremely helpful.
- Remove backups: Delete payment methods and any logins to halt automatic renewal fees after cancellation.
I hope this guide provides a detailed overview of how to successfully cancel your Amazon subscriptions. Let me know in the comments if you have any other Amazon subscription cancellation tips!