I recently ordered something from Amazon–not the items in the screen shot below, sadly, that’s just a re-creation using some books I’m going to get around to sooner or
later. Now, I knew my order was above the free shipping threshold, but for some reason it hadn’t been calculated in–so I read that blurb at the top (bright blue and green) and clicked that and…BOOM. I got “free shippping” alright–because that quickly I joined Amazon Prime for $105.00. That’s like a “free” drink that comes in a glass that costs–well–one hundred and five bucks!
Now, if you notice further down in the box there is a smaller, black print with a little oval I can click to get actual free shipping that is actually free, and maybe I should have read the entire page through, but I’m confident in my belief that the intent here was to trick me and a lot of other people into buying their very expensive “free shipping.” It’s no different than the way Amazon takes you to the kindle version of a book if you don’t specify you want a real book.
The clincher, when I clicked on that tab there was no warning, and no chance to change my mind–to do that I had to go back to my account, sign in, read through the “help” section, then go to my account, and to “My Prime” and then submit my request for a refund that should be “processed in 3-5 days.” Right? They can take my money at the speed of light, but it takes ’em the better part of a week to give it back
Scoundrels and thieves. That’s what I think. Am I right–or am I just ridiculous, or both?