We've talked before about Amazon's Prime Service, which allows customers to get free two-day shipping on eligible items, access to their video library and many other privileges by paying $99 per year.
I reviewed our first year with Prime to see if we were actually saving money over that time. And it turned out that it was a good deal for us. But, it may not be for everyone – especially if you don't do a lot of online shopping (though having Prime could cause you to shop more than you typically would, so there is an argument that it could cost you more money!).
The 2-day free shipping and access to videos aren't the only benefits of the service. Here's a rundown of others:
- FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes.
- Prime Instant Video: unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Prime Music: unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs for members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
- Prime Pantry: Access to Prime Pantry, where members can purchase and ship to addresses in the contiguous U.S. low priced grocery, household, and pet care items for a flat delivery fee of $5.99 for each Prime Pantry box. Prime Pantry orders cannot be shipped to addresses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
- Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon's own line of everyday essentials.
- Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new events on MyHabit.com.
- Kindle Owners' Lending Library: access to members in the U.S.
- Kindle First: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks.
- Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Mom: These include 20% off diapers through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry. For more information go to Get 20% off Diaper Subscriptions.
- Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.
Prime used to cost $79 per year – but they raised it a year or so ago to $99. It's not cheap – but if you use Amazon a lot, it can be worth it.
Today only (9/25) Amazon is offering Prime for $67 per year. They are probably gearing up for the Christmas season and they may be getting a little worried about a new competitor coming onto the market (Jet.com) who is giving them a run for their money.
Do you use Prime? If so, how do you like it?
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