Amazon’s Subscribe & Save option is a great way to save money on Amazon products. There are lots of tips in this post. You can save 5% on 4 or less monthly subscriptions, 15% on 5+ monthly subscriptions, and 20% off diapers with 5+ monthly subscriptions.
Subscribe & Save also allows you to order add-on items without needing to reach a $25 minimum purchase.
Plus, Subscribe & Save allows non-Prime members to order items without paying shipping.
Unfortunately it seems that Amazon is testing out several changes to the program. I have several Amazon accounts and it appear that Amazon is performing A/B testing to see how it goes.
Take the 6 pack of Glaceau Smartwater Vapor 1L bottles. It is an add-on item and has a 20% coupon with Subscribe & Save.
On one of my non-Prime Amazon accounts the option to select Subscribe & Save still shows up as normal:
However on another of my non-Prime Amazon accounts the only option is to check a box for Subscribe & Save. In this case the only option is to add it to your cart and get 5% off while it ships instantly and 15% off for subsequent subscriptions. Unfortunately with this option you need to add at least $25 of items to your cart to checkout as there is no option to subscribe to the item now without adding it to your cart:
My primary account with Amazon Prime also only shows the box for Subscribe & Save, however it has the option to “Skip immediate delivery and just create subscription”. This is actually the best of both worlds as it allows you to choose between immediate delivery with a 5% discount or a subscription with a discount up to 15%:
Or for example, on one of my non-Prime account when I go to buy 6 bags of Kettle Honey Dijon chips, there is only the subscribe box available:
However that box only adds it to your cart with a 5% discount. As it doesn’t let you order as a subscription for the first order, it charges shipping if you don’t have Prime:
Once again on my Prime account, I can order the chips either with a 5% discount for the chips with 2 day shipping by opting into future subscriptions, or I can skip immediate delivery and take the discount up to 15% by checking out with Subscribe & Save:
Interestingly, the results seem to vary based on whether you are using a mobile or desktop browser and whether you are using Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.
File this under developing, but it seems that Amazon will be trying to get more people to signup for Prime by improving the subscription program for them and gutting it for non-Prime members.
Please share your data points along with whether you have Primary Prime, Secondary Prime, or no Prime, which browser you’re using, and whether you’re using a mobile or desktop device!
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