Should You Cancel Amazon Prime? Here Are 12 Good Reasons

After lots of recent ups and downs, is now the time to cancel Amazon Prime?

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Amazon Prime is just one of the many, many subscriptions that many of us are signed up to. There’s cable TV, sports packages, streaming services such as Netflix, Disney Plus and Spotify, food delivery services, and membership schemes all the way down to gift boxes for your dog. Amazon Prime might offer a wide range of perks across its many services, but then Amazon went and raised its yearly subscription fee by 17% last year.

With the service now costing almost $200 a year for monthly subscribers, it’s no surprise that consumers are wondering whether Amazon Prime is worth the cost, even if Amazon Prime Day — the now biannual blockbuster sale — remains a big draw. Last October, Amazon held a bonus discount Prime Early Access Sale, two days that ended up kicking off the 2022 holiday shopping season. Amazon judged this second event a success, which explains why the company has launched Prime Deal Days for 2023. 

Even if Amazon is plowing ahead with these big-ticket sale events, the price hikes and disappearing member perks have likely led Prime members to question whether the experience is still worth the money. 

So, do you still need Amazon Prime? After years of membership, people often forget: Anyone can buy from Amazon, you don’t need to be a Prime member. You’re just not going to have access to the many perks that come with the service. Then again, there's a chance you don't need some of the benefits that come with Prime anyway. To that end, we’ve looked at 12 good reasons you might want to cancel your Amazon Prime membership.  

Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.


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