Why I Quit Amazon Prime

By Jennifer | Minimalism

I quit Amazon prime for a few reasons, one particularly being the last straw. However, let me start from the beginning.

Why I quit amazon prime as a minimalilst

I’ve been a customer of Amazon’s since 2002, as they proudly display on my account page. Whoa. That’s a really long time.

Not sure how long I’ve been a Prime member. But I was drawn into their free 2-day shipping scheme easily, especially while I lived in various locations without retail nearby or easily accessible.

Plus great TV shows through Prime, like Catastrophe. Highly recommended.

Minimalism Equals Buying Less

But then I realized since I’m buying less in general, I’m buying less from Amazon, too.

While at one point I used to get packages from Amazon nearly every day, I now only get a couple a month.

And now that I’ve thought about it more, do I really need to receive my order within 2 days (or less)? Usually the answer is no.

So for that reason, plus the fact that I’m trying to cut down on TV in general, are the main reasons why I’m cutting Amazon Prime and saving myself the $80 $100 per year.

Packaging Disappointment

One could say I’m becoming more green. For example, I’m making toilet paper the only paper product I’ll buy for the home moving forward.

So when I received my tiny tiny battery in the mail today packaged in a huge box, it was easy for me to fully quit. Byebye.

I’m very happy to report that since I just automatically renewed (whoops… just missed the deadline)… Amazon is refunding me the prorated membership fee. I’m very grateful for that!

Update September 23: It’s been 2 full months since I quit Amazon Prime. I’ve ordered some essentials since then. And I still got free 2-day shipping. So I haven’t had a chance to miss the service!

Posted July 21, 2017


  1. Megan

    Wondering how you've done without the Amazon shows?? That is the one thing holding us back-- we order infrequently, but it is the shows that we do utilize... daily... I guess we could always try it out! One can always become a Prime Member again.

    • Jennifer

      Hi Megan, I've managed to do without the Amazon shows because I've been watching way less TV in general. One of my newer posts talks about how I just cancelled Netflix last month. And definitely - give it a shot, you can always resubscribe to Prime!


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