One of the really nice things about FreeShipping.com and other similar online businesses who are running consumer-friendly rewards programs is that it’s easy to cancel at any time, free of charge. Even in a members-only program like FreeShipping.com, you can call their phone number at any time at 800-869-5597 and they will not bother you with questions and will cancel your account any time you like. The cancellation process is outlined in detail on their website with multiple options, including email or by calling their customer service phone number. The process only takes a few minutes regardless of which way you choose to do it, and it’s really nice to see a company that understands your rights as a consumer to go elsewhere for services, if you should choose to do so.
So it’s definitely easy enough to cancel FreeShipping.com if that is the route you choose to go. To me, though, it seems like it would be silly to do so once you’ve already signed up. For memberships like these to really work, you need to remain a member long enough to let the membership fees begin to pay for themselves. And once that starts to happen is when your savings take off exponentially and your membership really shows its worth. The problem is that once you’ve canceled, if you decide you want to get another membership in the future, you can’t just pick up where you left off. The effect of rewards programs like these is cumulative, so if you stop the process and pick it up again you go all the way back to the beginning. From where I stand, for 12 bucks a month it makes more sense to stay a member and watch the rewards pile up in the long-term.
Remember, when you get into the world of online couponing you need to be thinking long-term. Anyone who has tried it and quit too early will look around at their friends and tell you they wish they had had some patience. In truth, it makes very little sense to sign up for a members only club and then cancel it only a few months later, because you didn’t give your membership time enough to mature for the ripe fruits to fall off the tree. My advice is that if you can afford the extremely low cost of being a member, then it will usually pay for itself in the long run and you shouldn’t think about cancelling.