Prime fool

‘I seem to have accidentally got Amazon Prime,’ said the Resident IT Consultant some weeks before Christmas.

I tutted and offered to help him get out of it. I even thought I’d do a sample purchase to see where he ‘went wrong.’ But then he managed to extricate himself without assistance and all he had to suffer through was another 29 days of Prime membership.

Knowing how easy they make it to make the mistake, I still felt it was up to my savvy shopper to see the pit before he fell into it.

Then as I was tidying up my inbox at the weekend, I ‘dealt with’ the email from an author, telling me about his new books (because I’d asked), and decided to buy them. It felt too unlikely that I’d be able to ask for a review copy of even one of them at this late point.

And before I knew what hit me, I was also the lucky recipient of Amazon Prime.

Actually, I saw exactly what hit me. And as I thought ‘so that’s where he went wrong!’ I went wrong too. Well, I didn’t, because I had a choice of two buttons, the most tempting of which took me to Prime country, and the one below it was the get out free button. Which I selected. And it took me straight to the congratulations for having joined them page.

Going back a page or two didn’t undo the damage, so I bought my two books, which already had free postage, for free. And then I went to the help page and clicked on the ‘get me out of here’ button, and I was out again.

As the Resident IT Consultant had said, escape was really easy. But so was the trap. I’d say, it was unavoidable, as I can’t see how choosing the right button should get me the result of the wrong button.

The whole thing is even more ridiculous, because I had for some time pondered joining. I’d been seduced by the films and television shows Daughter was enjoying with hers. The main thing preventing me was that a year ago I was stupid enough to buy a television that doesn’t do Prime…

But, had I not been tricked, it’s not inconceivable I’d have given them my money. Willingly.

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