What is that Unexplained $79.00 Charge from Amazon?

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If you get an unexpected and unexplained charge on your credit card for $79.00 from Amazon, it is almost certainly the renewal for your Amazon Prime membership. Or, should we say, the automatic renewal for your Amazon Prime, which is why you didn’t get any sort of warning or explaination – apparently Amazon does not send invoices or other reminders of the autorenewal for your Prime service.

As a reminder, Amazon Prime is a membership service offered by Amazon; for $79.00 per year, you get free shipping on hundreds of thousands of items available for sale through Amazon – everything from (nearly all) books, to grocery items, kitchen and household goods and gadgets, clothing, tools, and even furniture and appliances. So often the Amazon price is already lower than what you can get at your local chain store, and with the Prime free shipping (and in most places no sales tax), it’s a heck of a deal – not to mention that it is delivered to your door.

So, if you are an Amazon Prime members, and you suddenly get see an unexpected charge of $79.00 on your credit card or debit card, it’s probably your annual renewal for your Amazon Prime membership.

Oh, and if you aren’t yet an Amazon Prime member, you can try Amazon Prime for free for a month here.

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