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    Amazon Prime 30-day trial advert 'misleading' says ASA

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      Amazon Prime 30-day trial advert 'misleading' says ASA

      Amazon Prime 30-day trial advert 'misleading' says ASA - BBC Newsbeat
      The Amazon Prime 30-day free trial advertisement was "likely to mislead" customers, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says.

      Today's ruling means the advert must not appear again in "its current form".

      Six customers complained to the ASA over the Amazon trial, saying that it was not clear "that a paid subscription would automatically start" if not cancelled during the free trial.

      The ASA ruling does not influence current payments or refunds.

      As well as upholding that complaint, the ASA also ruled that the price of the subscription was not made obvious enough, as it was not in the original advert.

      A 12-month subscription to Amazon Prime cost 79.

      Last month many users took to social media to complain about the service.

      Reports suggested that Amazon Prime added 10 million new subscribers in the last three months of 2014 alone.

      It was also claimed that Amazon Prime members now represent nearly half of all Amazon customers.

      It's not known how many users there are in the UK, but Amazon told Newsbeat it's "millions".

      The complaints to the ASA centred around a letter that was sent to customers with Amazon accounts, which included a plastic card, directing people to Amazon UK.

      In their defence, Amazon UK's parent company, Amazon Europe Core Sarl, pointed to some "small text" at the bottom of the letter in the offer terms, which stated: "Paid subscription starts automatically after free trial unless cancelled."

      They also said: "During the online registration process customers were again made aware that they would be charged a fee."

      The ASA said that the small print was not enough to warn consumers that the trial would end in a paid subscription if not cancelled in time.

      It was also ruled that the price of the subscription to Amazon Prime was "material information" that should have appeared in the advert.

      Amazon have been told by the ASA that in future the automatic start of the paid subscription must appear in the main body of the advert. Customers should also be told about the cost.

      If you want to avoid your free trial being extended to a paid service go to Your Account on Amazon and adjust your membership settings within 30 days of signing up.

      You can cancel your membership in Your Account at any time.

      Full refunds are only given if you've not used any of the Prime benefits.


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      Re: Amazon Prime 30-day trial advert 'misleading' says ASA

      As someone who took the 30 day trial and noted the requirement to cancel or I would have been charged (which was very clear IMHO), I do start to wonder how some people manage to do complex things like walk and talk!


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      Re: Amazon Prime 30-day trial advert 'misleading' says ASA

      I understand your sentiments.

      Personally I tried to avoid the Amazon Prime option for ages. The somehow it shoved itself in to a click and before I knew it I had it, very unwelcome indeed.

      As for cancelling it, we yes I realised that it was "free for 30 days". Nothing mentioned about after the 30 days, so I looked it up for how much it would cost and the required cancellation period. 14 days was required or I needed to pay 79 in a lump sum.

      Ok I thought. I then made a note on my phone's diary and cancelled it in time.

      Sure the advertising should be clearer. I had to search various pages to find the answer and at the time it wasn't easy to find it. Having just repeated the search it was much easier this time around, so something has been changed already.

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