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Bezos Blingo
Bezos Blingo
70 days ago 27 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
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No wonder Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is our richest billionaire (pre divorce)!

One of my quirks is that I save credit card chits and check them against my monthly credit card bills.  We have a Master Card and an American Express card. 

While going through this ritual I noticed that each account had a charge for Amazon Prime.   

I eventually got around to calling (for me, the only way to do it) Amazon and after much up and back I learned that somehow an “Introductory Offer” of Amazon Prime Video, which I never asked for (and which is included in our regular Amazon Prime annual membership) had expired in October and, not knowing of it, I had not affirmatively opted out, resulting in an automatic $14.11 monthly charge on my Master Card.  

The result of the call was the cancellation of the duplicative membership and the submission of a refund request.  

As I said at the outset, no wonder Bezos is so rich!  It’s Bezos Blingo!

How many people are as careful and meticulous as me?  

A word to the wise...

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  •  Benjamin_Geizhals wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Happens to us all. Always check.
     
       
     
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  •  CarlyMeyer wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I hate when that happens! Yes, recently I noticed a charge for $39.99 on my Amex. When I looked into it, it was for a anti-virus software for a laptop I didn't own anymore. After digging, I noticed it was a small detail they "pushed" into the language when I originally installed the software. It required an active opt-out 2 years later. Grrrr..
     
       
     
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  •  Liz_Saldana wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I always check. Plus I added my credit card to the Wallet on my iPhone. Now I get a notice on my phone whenever there's a charge on that card.
     
       
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Foolishly, I usually just skim over it and check charges that are over $100. I don’t know how I got a subscription to the National Inquirer, but I decided to keep it because they have a Bezos expose’ coming up.
     
       
     
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  •  NSpizz wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I check every bank account and credit card every day. It takes about 5 minutes. Well worth it
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I actually check. I am always calling apple and iFit and various other companies to check charges. Mostly it’s legit, but every once in a while you catch something. There was recently a $44 charge from Apple, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. Turns out it was the annual upgrade in storage for my data in the cloud. Sigh. Then there are the kids. Countless charges for chipotle and Uber. I gave up. Lol
     
       
     
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  •  Judy_Mauer wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I just disputed an $850.00 charge on Amex - somebody went to the Jingle Ball using my credit card. - HA HA HA
     
       
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    There are a lot of auto renewals out there. Anytime I sign up for something with a renewal date, I put a calendar reminder the day before to remind me to cancel. Helps prevent the auto renewals.
     
       
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My husband checks every single bank account and credit card account every single day. Besides what you wrote about, there is also the hacking issue.
     
       
     
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  •  Flo_Feinberg wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    That's life in the fast lane! Happened to me as well, but I was able to correct it because of the Wallet App on my iphone. We have to be vigilant 24/7....a price we pay for the convenience of our technology.
     
       
     
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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 69 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    I get email alerts every time my card is used and I am not present. Very useful.
     
       
     
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  •  NeilHollander wrote 69 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I used to be careful but then I realized I had to take control of my financial footprint . In doing so I found that the size of my footprint varied directly with the amount of financial freedom I held . The whole credit reporting system is intentionally woven into a nightmarish web . Credit scores are the new prestige and can relegate you to the streets . In more ways than one . Both figuratively and literally . Their invasion is insidious . So rather than succumb to the forces of the insidious financial carnival I decided to beat them at their game . I have zero debt . ZERO . Our homestead is paid off . Free and clear . All credit card accounts are closed . We pay cash for everything . Bills are paid by online banking and the accounts never have more than 3 months living expenses within . We hedge inflation with gold . Cash is king . Amazon Prime is linked to a debit card . That account has a balance of less than $1000. So again ..... Do I care ? No. Can I get hurt ? No. Do I fall victim to predators ? No. Am I obnoxious ? Yes . Am I keeping my powder dry ? U-Bet ! And oh yeah ...... Trespassers WILL BE SHOT .

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  •  MitchTobol wrote 68 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I had to cancel my Prime membership too...but got 4 months back ;-)
     
       
     
     
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