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[–]MarmotL0rd 219 points220 points  (20 children)

If you have a college email you can get 6-month free trials

[–]zekerep 109 points110 points  (18 children)

If you work for a university you can probably ask them to keep giving you .edu email aliases so you can continue that as long as your are employed there.

[–]gett-itt 47 points48 points  (1 child)

That's actually pretty clever. Assuming your school is cool with multiple changes and don't require a lot of info for changes

[–]OddaJosh 18 points19 points  (12 children)

My univserity uses Gmail for their email servers, so I'm wondering if the dot trick still works. Does the dot trick work with amazon?

[–]Svenizzle 22 points23 points  (11 children)

It's been working for me I've used my college Gmail to get free prime for two years and refresh it every 6 months with the dot trick.

[–]OddaJosh 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Ayyy thanks!! I guess the real pro tip here then is to pick a long university id/email

[–]Edc3 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Or just keep adding dots to the end

[–]jevans102 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Anything after a + is ignored by Google too.

Is equivalent to
Is equivalent to

No idea if it works with Amazon or not though.

[–]911ChickenMan 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It's not completely ignored, you can still see what the send-to address was on the message. It's useful for catching sites that sell your email address, just put the name of the site after the +.

[–]jevans102 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great point. Thanks for clarifying that.

[–]msixtwofive 1 point2 points  (0 children)

tons of account systems now filter these methods. Spammers ruined these.

[–]1n9i9c7om 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, you could also do my.....name@gmail.com, it's not limited to one dot per char. :P

[–]driocket 7 points8 points  (1 child)

What's the dot trick?

[–]PailBait 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Gmail ignores dots in addresses but sites like Amazon don't.

So, in effect, Amazon reads a.b@gmail.com and ab@gmail.com as different addresses but emails sent to either get sent to the same place.


[–]crispybaconlover 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish I knew this before I paid for the year! Definitely will not be renewing and doing this.

[–]steamuser123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So you don't have to change the address on the account or credit card?

[–]TheRealFakeSteve 9 points10 points  (2 children)

a better way is to apply to shitty schools that give out free .edu addresses to any that simply apply to their schools and luckily there are tons of these shitty schools to choose from

[–]Waqqy 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]hardpencils 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Trade schools. 10th grades. (At least in finland, if you apply for either, you're guaranteed a spot.)

Source: in trade school right now

[–]Sno_Jon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have a college email but never tried it! I will know

[–]rediiDE 99 points100 points  (4 children)

At least in germany you get free shipping if you total cost are above 20€... the trick is to add a dvd (that isnt released yet -> preorder) or something similar to your shopping cart so your overall price is above 20€. Then you get free shipping and you can cancel the preorderd dvd

[–]wambaowambao 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Nice one. Thanks!

[–]xxdeathknight72xx 7 points8 points  (0 children)

fuck that's genius!

[–]ChopsMagee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool I'll try this on the UK

[–]casemodsalt 84 points85 points  (3 children)

Not for long

[–]ToothpasteGoatee 44 points45 points  (2 children)

Been working for me for about 3 years now. Not every month, but definitely 7-8 months a year

[–][deleted] 49 points50 points  (1 child)

They meant because it's being advertised on reddit

[–]ToothpasteGoatee 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Whoosh at me. Good call.

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      [–]dogemaster00 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Buy it on HF or similar grayhat marketplaces. I can buy it for you if you're skeptical - DM me.

      [–]bleezyblake1991 12 points13 points  (4 children)

      Don't forget to cancel after the month is over.

      [–]zajczex 23 points24 points  (2 children)

      You can cancel it straight away and still get your trial.

      [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      And if you forget to cancel it but notice before you use any of their services, they'll give you a full refund.

      Source: happened to me twice.

      [–]bleezyblake1991 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Ahh, good to know

      [–]911ChickenMan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      You can not cancel, let your card get charged the $20 or whatever, then go to support and say it caused you to overdraft and rack up a $40 fee. They'll reimburse you the total $60.

      [–]tonetookrazy 19 points20 points  (0 children)

      I am seven months in right now . lol

      [–]BeRad_NZ 9 points10 points  (1 child)

      Also, gmail ignores periods (.) so you can sign up as john.smith@gmail.com, cancel and sign up as johnsmith@gmail.com, cancel and sign up as j.ohnsmith@gmail.com etc. etc. The emails will still come through to the same address. NB I haven't tried this with amazon but I have managed to make it work on other sites.

      [–]Just2UpvoteU 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      This is to remind me later, even though this thread is super old.

      [–]hype8912 18 points19 points  (0 children)

      My spouse admitted that she does this to hide purchases from me. Wasn't surprised at all.

      [–]Ao218 7 points8 points  (1 child)

      Been doing this for YouTube Red for more than a year. Probably saved around $200.

      [–]PresentlyInThePast 4 points5 points  (0 children)


      [–]idk56177 6 points7 points  (2 children)

      I've been doing this for months lol I can't believe people pay for prime memberships.

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        [–]IngeniouSEvolvez 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Lmao, Amazon actually lose money on the two day /one day delivery itself however, it raised revenue by 70% and even more the next few yrs it was implemented. I guess it's a win-win, the more you guys do this, the more money Amazon gets, they probably left this "loophole" on purpose btw. Happy shopping!

        [–]Swangin-N-Bangin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        The people saying don't post this... do you really think Amazon isn't aware?

        [–]reigartj11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I've been doing this for over a year.

        [–]Sgt-Hugo-Stiglitz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        The same thing can be done with SlingTV

        [–]gntrr 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Holy fuck it's like $14 a month, just buy it

        [–]goatswithattitudes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Did you forget this started with Amazon Prime? It's $8.33 a month. Though this tip is brilliant, I'll skip lunch once a month to avoid the hassle

        [–]ifocused 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        You making it hott lol

        [–]MaxM67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        thank you :)

        [–]masterx1234 0 points1 point  (3 children)

        This no longer works, Amazon figured us out, so its not viable anymore?

        [–]directorrico 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        How? I'm on my third trial, 3 diff e-mails, all to the same billing/shipping address

        [–]masterx1234 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Please tell me what EDU site works that gives you a real working .edu student email? Did you use the student email method?

        [–]directorrico 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Nope... Literally made a new outlook / hotmail email account and signed up

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Delete this please

        [–]_captcrunch -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

        Don't be advertising this everywhere...

        [–]moreshoesplz -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

        Why would you post this?