Dodging amazon delivery charge

I am interested in buying a CD from Amazon for about £12.85 but want to avoid paying a delivery fee as the order is under £20. I read online that the daily mail reported late last year that you could avoid paying postage by putting a pre-order item in your order and then cancelling the pre-order once the item you wanted had been dispatched.

Can anyone tell me if this works, or failing that suggest other ways of avoiding P&P charges?

thanks

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I think they have clocked on to things like that, yesterday I wanted an add on item which requires you to spend over £20. I used to be able to add an item to take over the £20, complete transaction, then go in and cancel the other item and still get the add on item, but now you cant

Bit naughty. Can you not just pick it up from a shop? I'd assume most places price CD's the same.

I do this for add on items (although I have prime so my standard delivery is free it's just to get an add on item you have to spend more than £20) works great with items I was gonna preorder anyway like Gran Tourismo as it dispatches the add on item now and I've got the pre order price promise for when GT does come out. When the steel book dropped the other day I cancelled the standard game and preordered the steel book instead no issues

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I do this for add on items (although I have prime so my standard delivery … I do this for add on items (although I have prime so my standard delivery is free it's just to get an add on item you have to spend more than £20) works great with items I was gonna preorder anyway like Gran Tourismo as it dispatches the add on item now and I've got the pre order price promise for when GT does come out. When the steel book dropped the other day I cancelled the standard game and preordered the steel book instead no issues



I have prime and it didn't work for me yesterday But then I didn't use a pre order item, thanks for the info will use that next time.

i used to buy many things from amazon untill thay put an add on item on or you have to spend more than £20) to get it free... i now buy the same item from ebay & its all ways free delivery there most of the time

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I would get it from a shop but I have an Amazon gift card.

I'm not trying to game the system I do use items I genuinely want to pre order anyway, and I far prefer amazons return policy and customer service

Is there nothing else you could buy? An early birthday/Christmas present to hide away. Maybe regular household items like shampoo, soap, food items? Does anyone you know need nappies? etc

I always buy something I don't need at present but will need to buy one day (eg: batteries) to take it over the £20

why not just create a new email account and then signup to amazon with new account and then use the prime free trial, that usually removes the delivery charge
Edited by: "chrisbailey1990" 7th Jun

Some may criticise this behaviour but it's important to remember this was the exact scheme Jeff be is used in the early days of the company (ordering a very rare book alongside the regular order then cancelling the rare book after receiving the regular dispatch)

New email, same address, same card every month = free prime forever. Done this for coming up 4 years.
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