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Is Amazon Prime Saving Delivery Charges? Amazon Seller Comments with inside details.

· 2 min read
D Balaji
Lead Design Technologist

Disclaimer: Amazon is used as a reference only, the issue of delivery charges is omnipresent in the ecommerce world. Treat the below article as an education material only.

On Amazon marketplace, the delivery charges or logistics charges are unavoidable because the amazon products are to be delivered to the customer by Amazon itself.

Amazon charges for the delivery directly and indirectly

Amazon marketplace makes money from both sides.

  1. Money from Customers who buy on Amazon
  2. Money from Sellers who sell on Amazon

This is when things turn awry for me. As a seller I pay delivery charges based on multiple factors like location of the seller and how far the location is relative to the seller location. As a seller I have no visibility on if the customer is a prime member or not. Neither any discounts on prime are shown to me. As a seller, I have to factor in the delivery charges in the MRP or collect separate delivery fees. As a amazon prime member if I buy the product, I am already paying for the delivery charge which is factored into the pricing by the seller.

If a non amazon prime member does the purchase below the threshold, then the amazon customer has to pay delivery charges twice because the seller has already factored in, the delivery charges along with the cost price and profit.

But Amazon prime members are not really given any "Free Delivery" as promised, its just a waive off of an platform charge associated with Amazon. The 1499 per year is not a discount voucher for delivery charges. In fact, you might have noticed that some products are less than 50 INR in physical stores like pens but on Amazon they are 150Rs etc because of the delivery charges.

Overall the delivery charges are unavoidable on any ecommerce platform and diminishes the value of the sales if the shopper is not careful. To be careful, the shopper need to be aware of the prices in the real world.


  1. Both Amazon Prime and Non Prime members bear the shipping charges directly and indirectly
  2. As a online shopper, think of the value of the shopping transaction before you close the purchase along with myriad other quality and other concerns.

Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

Pitfalls of Standing Instructions, Techies Guide to Avoiding Unwanted Charges

· 4 min read
D Balaji
Lead Design Technologist

As a techie, managing digital spending has come with its own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to managing finances and subscriptions. One recurring issue that has cost me money on multiple occasions is the use of standing instructions for payments, where entering credit card details during free trials can lead to unforeseen financial consequences. In this blog post, I will share three instances where standing instructions resulted in financial loss and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks.

Google Cloud: The Silent Bill Accumulator

Same can happen on any cloud services aggregator

Google Cloud's free tier is a playground for developers, offering a range of services to experiment with. However, the requirement to enter credit card information exposes users to potential financial risks. Some dormant services can accumulate bills, and unpaid amounts accrue interest at a hefty 30% per annum. To avoid an unpleasant surprise, it is crucial for developers to actively monitor their Google Cloud billing section, even when services are in a dormant stage. While setting budgets can help control costs, it's imperative to note that alerts alone may not prevent services from running over the set limit.

Netflix and Allies: The Subscription Renewal Trap

Managing media consumption subscriptions can be challenging, especially when juggling multiple platforms. To optimize costs, my family cycles through apps every two months to watch all available titles without paying for them simultaneously. The challenge lies in remembering to cancel subscriptions before they auto-renew. Forgetting to do so results in wasted money. Vigilance and regular subscription audits are essential to avoid unnecessary charges.

Overcharging after Subscription Renewal

Yearly renewing subscriptions often come with an unwelcome surprise—the increased subscription price. Unfortunately, standing instructions automatically accept the higher cost, even if the renewed service may no longer be worth the investment. To prevent this, it's crucial to reassess the value of the service before allowing standing instructions to renew it automatically.

How to Avoid Unwanted Charges

  1. Maintain a Detailed Record: Create and regularly update an Excel sheet containing all websites where you've authorized standing instructions for payments. This centralized record will serve as a quick reference and aid in monitoring financial commitments.

  2. Stay Informed: Actively monitor notifications and emails related to payments and billing. Ignoring these alerts can lead to unintended financial consequences. Stay informed to take timely action. In India we have sihub website where we can see all the autopay instructions in one place.

  3. Seek Remedies: In case of discrepancies or unexpected charges, don't hesitate to seek help from customer support. Engage with the respective platforms to find a suitable remedy, which might include closing an account or modifying standing instructions.


As a techie, navigating the world of standing instructions requires diligence and strategic planning. By learning from my experiences with Google Cloud, media subscriptions, and renewal surprises, you can implement proactive strategies to avoid financial losses. Maintain meticulous records, stay informed, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed. With these precautions, you can enjoy the benefits of standing instructions without falling victim to their potential pitfalls.