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Internal documents from Amazon show that Amazon Prime Originals draw in Prime subscribers and are making the company serious money. Prime customers get so accustomed to free shipping that they just start Amazon does not break down exactly how much it costs for it to. After being a loyal Amazon Prime shopper for over 6 years why'd I do it? $119 per year isn't that much money to pay for convenience.

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Wondering whether you should shell out for Amazon Prime? Here are the pros and cons.

I was an Amazon Prime member for around seven years until recently, so I’ve made enough use of most of the services to give a decent assessment. Below I’ve outlined what you’ll get if you sign up, along with my thoughts on whether it’s worth getting and when it should be avoided.

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Amazon Prime review

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a paid for membership to the online giant that gives you a series of benefits normal customers don’t have access too – or pay more for. There’s a long list of these extras further down the review.

How much does Amazon Prime cost?

The free trial

Everyone can try it for free for 30-days. It’s best to time your trial for when you think you’ll most need free delivery or when there’s a big promo event such as Prime Day (in June/July each year) or Black Friday (the fourth Friday in November each year).

Since any adult in the household can take one you can double up, or more. We used the first of our trials a few months before our wedding for last minute supplies, and then our second in late November/ early December for Christmas gifts.

You can sometimes repeat your trial a year after a trial has finished, so there’s the potential to do this every 13 months.

The annual membership: £79 a year

Amazon Prime costs a hefty £79 a year. This is a lot so you’ve really got to use two or three of the perks for it to represent good value.

There are usually a couple of times a year where you can get the membership for around £59. These are usually in the run-up to Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday, though they’ve been less frequent in recent years. I always list these on my Amazon deals and discounts page (so bookmark it and check back!).

The monthly subscription: £7.99 a month

If you don’t want to pay for the full year, then you can opt instead for a £7.99 monthly subscription which you can cancel at any time. It will work out as cheaper than the annual plan if you pay for nine months or less, or practically the same for 10 months.

There’s a cheaper £5.99 option but this is just for the Prime Video streaming service and not the other features.

The student discount: £39 a year

There’s an option which will give students six months free, then three years at £39 a year. To get this you need to have a student card. Sadly, the loophole where anyone could get a student card is closed.

Again, each household member can have the trial, so you once more can double up. We did this, giving us a full year for free, before moving on to the half-price deal.

What you get with Amazon Prime

Free next-day, possibly same-day, delivery

There’s no minimum spend for delivery from Amazon when you’re with Prime. This can be really useful if you order from Amazon a lot.

Normally you’d have to pay extra to get things sent through if the order is under £20 (£10 for books). And they will take a few days. Generally non-Prime delivery will cost £2.99 for media (books, cds, dvds and games) or £4.99 for everything else. You can knock these down to £1.99 if you get your order sent to an Amazon “pickup location” such as a locker or newsagent.

So if you’re mainly thinking of Prime for Delivery, you’ll need to make 40 items under £20 in a year to break out even with the pickup deliveries, or 16 at the higher £4.99 charge.

However, since not everything on Amazon is sold by Amazon, there will still be items that aren’t eligible for Prime delivery.

Exclusive access to flash sales such as Prime Day

In the middle of July (though it’s late June in 2021), Amazon marks its birthday with Amazon Prime Day. This usually features some big discounts on Amazon products like Kindles, Echos and Fire TV, as well as all sorts of other items. And these deals are only open to Prime members.

The Black Friday sale (which essentially runs for about 12 days, if not longer!!) is another big sale with extra offers for Prime members.

I find most of these deals are stock clearance or encourage you to buy things updated don’t need. But that hasn’t stopped me looking, and there are bargains to be found.

Early access to “lightning deals”

Personally I don’t check these out very often, but as a Prime member you can buy the daily deals 30 minutes earlier than everyone else. Since stock is usually limited, this could be the difference in getting the item and missing out. Here’s more about how Lightning Deals work.

TV and movies with Prime Video

This is probably what I’ve mostly used my past Prime memberships for. There are some good exclusive TV shows such as The Boys, Mr Robot and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, and plenty of other box sets.

There are also some decent recent and classic movies. Amazon is also making more original movies, and has just purchased legendary studio MGM – so we’ll see even more films appearing just on Prime.

You can stream from your computer, smart TV or devices such as a Chromecast or Fire TV stick, though I’ll most often download programmes to my phone to watch on the tube. Don’t forget though that this costs £5.99 a month on its own, which might be a better option for you.

Live Premier League Football and tennis

Amazon is also increasing the sport you can watch exclusively via Prime Video. US Open and other tennis have been available to watch for a couple of years, and for the last couple of seasons there’s also been live Premier League football too.

The matches are only over two weekends in December, so you don’t need it for the full year if this is why you are looking at Prime. Unlike on BT or Sky, you’ll be able to watch every single fixture. You can read more abouthow this works here.

Ad-free streaming with Prime Music

This streaming service is ok. It has a lot fewer songs than Spotify, but there’s plenty to keep you occupied if you don’t want to shell out extra for premium music streaming. There is an extra Music Unlimited service which you pay £9.99 for, though there’s an extra £2 discount for Prime members, and a trick to pay upfront for a year to get it even cheaper.

Digital books and magazine with Prime Reading

Every month Prime members get access to a few thousand ebooks and magazines to read via a Kindle, Kindle app, or even your computer. There are a few big titles, such as the Harry Potter series, but otherwise don’t expect to pick up the novels on your reading list.

The magazine offering isn’t bad, but the titles change every month. It’s better instead to see if you can get digital magazines from your library.

There’s also “First Reads” where you can pick up a free Kindle book each month from a selection of six or so titles.

Unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos

Amazon’s cloud-based storage will keep the photos you take safe if you had computer or phone gets lost or stolen. You also get 5GB of storage for other file types with Amazon Drive – the same you get with Apple iCloud, but less than the 15GB with Google Drive.

Same day delivery with Prime Now

This service is potentially handy if you need something delivered on the same day – as long as your postcode is covered. Delivery is free on orders over £40, or £3.99 on orders below this but above the minimum £15.

There’s also usually a code for first-time users to save on their first purchase, so it’s worth a go.

Cheap nappies with Amazon Family

You can save 20% on nappies and baby food once you’re a Prime member through the Amazon Family part of the membership.

Access to Amazon Fresh grocery delivery services

Prime members also get to order food from Morrison via Amazon Fresh. It’s free over £40, but charges you for orders under £15.

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What you don’t get included with Amazon Prime

You’d be forgiven for expecting Prime gives you all the extra services Amazon offers. But no, you need to pay extra for the following:

  • Amazon Music Unlimited – an extra £7.99 a month
  • Kindle Unlimited – an extra £7.99 a month
  • Audible audiobooks – an extra £7.99 a month
  • Amazon Channels – extra TV channels such as Discovery and Eurosport

What’s good about Amazon Prime

People obviously love the next-day delivery, and it’s certainly a service that other retailers find hard to compete with. And there’s much more you can get on top.

If you use most of the features that come with Amazon, you’re getting a lot for your money – effectively £6.58 a month if you pay for the year. Here’s a quick comparison of how this stacks up against some key competitors:

Prime MembershipCostAlternativesCost
Free next day delivery£79Delivery charges elsewhere (three orders a month at £2 an order)£72
Prime VideoIncludedNetflix (standard)£119.88
Amazon Music UnlimitedExtra £79Spotify Premium£99
Total£158Total £290.88

I’ve assumed three online orders a month with a charge of £2. Now, often you’ll get free delivery from other retailers, but charges will also vary. And you might order more or less, but this gives you an idea.

With TV and film streaming, Prime Video is cheaper than Netflix, even when subscribed for via full Prime rather than on its own, and it’s the same price as a year of Disney+.

Even the extra charge with Music Unlimited is still cheaper than buying the same service with Spotify IF you are also using the other parts of the Prime.

Prime members can also get access to extra vouchers and discounts, which are great if you are going to spend the money anyway.

What’s bad about Amazon Prime

There’s a reason Amazon pack so much into the membership. They don’t want you to spend money elsewhere. If you’ve already paid for delivery with Prime, you’re not going to want to pay again elsewhere. So you don’t shop around. And you could easily end up spending more money as a result.

In part that’s because Amazon isn’t always cheaper. Five months into my year without Amazon and I’ve actually saved money on my purchases – even when you factor in the delivery costs.

I think you’re also likely to buy more because you have Prime. Not just because you’re more likely to be on Amazon more often and open to more temptation, but also because those extra discounts, especially on Prime Day, encourage you to spend to save.

You also lose the friction that added delivery costs can add to your purchase, which might make you think twice before buying something you don’t need.

Let’s also look again at the table above. Yes, it’s potentially a huge difference in spending, but that’s assuming you don’t also pay for the other services elsewhere.

If you do want Disney or Netflix, then also having Prime for film and TV won’t be saving you cash – it’s an extra cost. If you need to shop elsewhere (not everything is on Amazon) you’ll pay for delivery on top. So really I don’t think you’ll save as much as it first appears.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

So does Amazon Prime offer good value for money? Well, it can be – as long as you use at least a couple of the services. Most people will get enough use from the free delivery, exclusive discounts on Prime Day and Prime Video to justify the £79 fee.

However, if you end up buying more and not shopping around because you have Prime, you’re likely to spend more money having Prime rather than not having it.

Don’t forget you can still shop at Amazon without Prime. Yes, you might pay between £1.99 and £4.99 for items under £20 (it’s under £10 for books). But you’d need to order something under that threshold roughly every fortnight to cover your £79 fee. Do you order low-cost items that often from Amazon?

And of course you need to consider where else you shop. I definitely found that when I had Prime I shopped much more with Amazon because I get the free delivery. And that’s not necessarily a good thing.

It really comes down to whether you are dedicated to Amazon or happy to shop and stream elsewhere.

If you don’t want to stop completely, then maybe you could cancel your annual membership and go monthly. And then pick and chose the months you need to use it. So perhaps it’s just around Prime Day, Black Friday and when you want to binge some new box sets. Just see how you go!

Why I cancelled my Amazon Prime membership

I’ve actively chosen to go without Amazon in 2021, so obviously cancelled my Prime membership – even though I was paying just £39 a year.

This is largely so I’m proactively supporting other retailers ideally on the high street. But I’m also making sure my money doesn’t help Amazon continue to grow its profits while it manages (legally) to avoid paying a fair rate of tax here in the UK and elsewhere. Here’s more on why I decided to do this.

Of course you might think that going without isn’t possible, but I’d urge you to give it a try. I’m finding it so much easier than I thought I would, and I’ve been surprised how much less I’m buying and how much less things are costing at the same time.

You can follow my year without Amazon and some tips to help you spend less with the online giant over on Instagram

How to cancel Amazon Prime

Watch this video to see how you cancel – and why you might want to think about using Amazon less.

Other ways to save at Amazon

Make sure you check out my Amazon deals and offers page. This is where I’ll list flash sales, gift card bonuses and other extras. For example, you can often get a free top-up when you buy a gift card. All this and more via the link below!

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What's the price of convenience? It's $119 a year, if you pay for Amazon Prime annual subscription. (Otherwise, you pay $13 a month. And students get a discount.) The benefits are definitely worth paying for. Of course, you're probably familiar with Amazon's free two-day shipping option. But depending on where you live, you can also get free one-day delivery, same-day delivery and even two-hour delivery. The delivery perks may alone be enough reason to become an Amazon Prime member, but the benefits don't end there.

As an Amazon Prime member, you can get discounts at Whole Foods, lower prices on prescription medicine, free grocery deliveries and access Prime Video and Prime Music, where you can watch the latest movies or listen to new albums.

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1. Exclusive Whole Foods discounts

Although Whole Foods deliveries now come with a $10 charge (they used to be free for members), there are other ways to save on organic fruits and vegetables. There are also free one-hour pickup windows depending on your location -- just remember to check in with the Amazon app to see if you need to enter the store.

Some other Whole Food perks for Prime members are still around. Blue tags indicate sales exclusive to Prime members, while yellow tags mean an extra 10% off of an item already on sale. This gets you discounts on weekly bestsellers, including produce, packaged goods and beauty products, but note that it excludes alcohol. 

You can also use the Whole Foods Market app at checkout to get exclusive Prime discounts on select products. The few cents saved on items may seem insignificant individually, but savings do add up in the end. But there are other Amazon grocery delivery options if you don't want to pay the extra fee. 

2. Free Amazon Fresh delivery 

Another grocery delivery option for Prime members is Amazon Fresh. You can restock your pantry directly from Amazon. But instead of paying $10 for Whole Foods grocery delivery later this month, you can get free delivery for orders that exceed a certain amount (depending on where you live). 

You can also use the service to get discounts when you order more or when you set up automatic delivery subscriptions for certain items and save even more for future deliveries. Plus, some items, like fruit snacks and cookies, are SNAP-eligible. 

3. Amazon Pharmacy's two-day delivery and discounts

If you refill at least one prescription on a regular basis, Amazon's Pharmacy may be a more convenient choice. Plus, Prime members may get lower prices on medicine. Amazon will transfer your prescriptions, and 24/7 pharmaceutical assistance is available. The pharmacy works with most insurance plans, but it is available in 45 states right now.

4. Try Amazon's personal shopper program

Prime members can order clothes for their next outing with Prime Try Before You Buy (the name changed from Prime Wardrobe). Here's how it works: Choose up to eight items -- clothes, shoes or accessories. Keep them for up to seven days to see if you like them. Send back what you don't like for free and only pay for what you keep. 

And you can try the styling service for personalized help starting at $5 per month. If you're not sure which clothing or shoes are eligible, look for the "Try Before You Buy" icon.

5. Amazon gift cards when you trade in used electronics

Amazon is boarding the train to the sustainability station, and it's something you can directly benefit from. With Amazon Trade-In, you can send back your used electronics in exchange for Amazon gift cards. Make sure to check on the eligibility of each product -- some trade-in options are only available for a limited time. 

6. Discounts and guarantees on preowned products

Amazon Renewed gives you access to products that may have been opened but weren't used by their original owners -- or were refurbished. Amazon assures that these preowned items work and look like new, coming with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee. A variety of products and brands are available, even from Apple and Vitamix. 

7. Amazon Warehouse savings on almost everything 

Amazon Warehouse resells like-new or preowned items that have been returned by customers. Some of the products only had their boxes opened by original purchasers before they were sent back, unused, so they're resold at a discount. While there's no regular manufacturing warranty on these products, they are backed by Amazon's 30-day return policy and 90-day renewed item return policy. 

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8. Amazon Outlet's overstocked items

The Amazon Outlet features overstocked items and other products at discounted prices. Like at an outlet, you can find premium brands and items under $10 ranging from home furniture to clothing and pet supplies. Keep in mind that although the online shopping experience is convenient, just like an outlet, the best deals can take sifting to find. Luckily, you can do it from the couch. 

9. Limited-time Lightning Deals year-round

Amazon's Lightning Deals are a promotion where a product or service is on sale for a short period of time or until it's sold out. You can find them all throughout the site, but especially on Prime Day and in Today's Deals. On Prime Day, Lightning Deals are only for Prime members. 

There is one lightning deal per customer until the promotion ends or all the deals are claimed by other shoppers. You can join a waitlist for a deal, but keep in mind that these discounts are extremely time-sensitive, so grab them fast. Unless refreshing the page over and over is your thing, these deals aren't necessarily the way to find something specific because of their fleeting nature and limited availability. 

10. 5GB of storage with Amazon Photos

Amazon's online shoebox for photos and videos offers secure and unlimited full-resolution photo storage plus 5GB of video for Prime members. To use this feature, you can choose to manually or automatically upload media in the Amazon Photos app. You can personalize the displays on Amazon devices like Fire TV, Echo Show and Fire tablets as long as you have the app. 

Plus, with the Family Vault perk, up to five family members can share the same plan. If you want more, there are paid plans available. If you choose to switch -- which can be done anytime -- there is a 100GB option for $2 per month and 1TB plan for $7 per month.

For more, here are the latest on the new Amazon Fire tablet, the Amazon Glow for kids and the new Halo View fitness tracker. 

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Almost every Internet user knows about Amazon Prime’s free shipping benefits, but it is far more than just that. Fast delivery gets the product to you as quickly as possible. Streaming movies, TV shows, and music is just a few clicks away. Exclusive Prime deals save you even more. You also get to choose a free book every month from First Reads. The list goes on! This article breaks down the details for you, showing the various benefits of an Amazon Prime membership to help you decide if it’s worthwhile.

What is Amazon Prime and What Benefits Do You Get?

What’s Included in Amazon Prime?

Prime Benefit #1: Fast and Free Shipping

While regular Amazon users have limits on free shipping opportunities, Prime members get free delivery all the time. The shipping options available depend on your zip code. Amazon provides the associated delivery options in your cart.

As an Amazon Prime member, you receive the following shipping choices (subject to your zip code and products ordered):

  • FREE Two-Day Shipping
  • FREE Same-Day Delivery: Order it today and get it today
  • FREE Prime Now: Get 2-Hour Delivery on thousands of items
  • FREE Release-Date Delivery: Get preorder items delivered on their release date
  • FREE No-Rush Shipping: Usually not the desired option but gives you rewards for future purchases in return for your generosity
  • Amazon Day: Set a specific day for weekly deliveries on any items you order
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Prime Benefit #2: Amazon Prime Movies, TV Shows, and Music

Amazon offers Prime Video streaming services to everyone at $12.99 per month, but Prime members enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows for FREE.

You can watch or download titles for offline viewing from anywhere and on multiple devices, such as the Fire TV Stick, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones, and laptops.

Prime Music is also included FREE with a Prime membership but not available to non-Prime customers. You get unlimited, ad-free listening of more than two million songs alongside unlimited skips and downloading abilities to the Amazon app.

Prime members also get a discount (just $7.99 per month or $79 per year compared to $9.99 per month) on Prime Music’s notably better counterpart, Amazon Music Unlimited, which boasts a much more extensive library of 40 million songs compared to Prime Music’s two million.

Prime Benefit #3: FREE Private Reading Collection from Prime Reading

Prime members get access to Prime Reading, which offers unlimited access to more than 1,000 eBooks, magazines, and comics.

You don’t even need to purchase an eBook reader since the materials are all available with Amazon’s free Kindle apps for Android and iOS.
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Prime Benefit #4: Free Books from First Reads

Amazon’s First Reads is part of the Kindle eBooks store and provides exclusive pricing on editor picks and early access books each month. Prime customers receive one FREE book every month they’re a member.

Prime Benefit #5: “First in Line” Shopping

While regular Amazon customers have to wait for pre-orders to ship or special promo days to order, Prime members get the priority that ensures their chances of getting products before they sell out. The best example of this scenario is Lightning Deals, giving Prime members access thirty minutes before opening the shop to the public.

Prime Benefit #6: Exclusive Deals

Prime Day offers a full 24 hours’ worth of deals that include significant discounts and great products, only available to Prime members. This opportunity gives you the chance to get what others get but with more savings and better chances of getting what you want. Of course, you also get FREE shipping!

Prime Benefit #7: Other Benefits

Aside from FREE and discounted streaming entertainment, fast and free shipping, free books, and priority shopping, Prime members get many other perks and advantages over regular shoppers.

Additional benefits of Amazon Prime include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dash buttons: Easy reordering of your favorite products (uses Prime shipping)
  • Amazon Fresh: Fast and free grocery delivery( (subject to location)
  • Amazon Household: Share qualifying Prime benefits with adults, teens, or children in the household
  • Amazon Photos: Secured, unlimited storage in Amazon Drive for you and family members in your Family Vault
  • Amazon Channels: Integrated HBO, SHOWTIME and STARZ subscriptions access to enhance your streaming entertainment options
  • Exclusive Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: No annual fee or foreign transaction fees, plus 5% cashback on Amazon purchases, 2% at drug stores, gas stations, and restaurants, and 1% on everything else
  • Amazon Prime Wardrobe: Try before you buy (up to 7 days) on eligible items and pay for what you keep
  • Amazon Completion Discount: 20% off select baby supplies (diapers, baby food, etc.) and 15% off select items from your Amazon Baby Registry.
  • Plus much more!

You also get ad-free viewing, an exclusive chat badge, and a monthly subscription to Twitch. While shopping, your membership grants you exclusive discounts on orders for collectors’ editions and pre-orders on video games.

Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Amazon Prime is designed to be affordable, and it’s optimized to provide benefits that outweigh the costs. If the features you use are minimal, it may not be the right option for you. However, most Prime members feel they benefit greatly from the service.

How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost?

Amazon Prime starts with a 30-day trial, so you can test out all the benefits it provides. After that, it costs $12.99 per month. Discounts are available with limitations.

Amazon Prime Subscription Costs include:

  • $12.99 per month standard or $119 ($36.88 less) per year billed annually
  • $6.49 per month or $59 per year ($18.88 less) for students
  • $5.99 per month (up to 4 years) for EBT and Medicaid recipients

How to Cancel Amazon Prime

If you didn’t want to continue Prime after your free trial but missed the deadline, you can cancel Amazon Prime membership on the Manage Prime Membership page. As long as you haven’t used your Prime benefits, you can get a full refund. If you have a Prime membership through a third-party, Amazon says to contact the provider directly to check the rates and manage your membership.

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Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Video: Which Is Better?

Amazon Prime: You don’t have to pay extra for high-quality video.

Amazon Prime offers both 1080p Full HD and 4K Ultra HD resolutions for streaming, as well as HDR video support. Unlike Netflix, both 1080p and 4K are included in the same package price. In other words, you don’t have to pay extra for 4K video, which is great. Considering how popular 4K is becoming, we predict it will likely become an expected standard in all plans.

In terms of audio quality, Amazon offers Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, which outputs sound to five channels: left, right, center, left surround, and right surround. This is a standard surround-sound protocol, but it’s still nice to see here.

What devices does Amazon Prime Video work with?

Amazon Prime works with most streaming players, like Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as most web browsers. There are also apps available for Android and iOS, so you can stream on the go.

According to Amazon, Prime Video works on these devices:

  • Smart TVs
  • Blu-ray players
  • Set-top boxes (Roku, Google TV, TiVo, NVIDIA SHIELD)
  • Amazon Fire TVs
  • Fire TV Sticks
  • Game consoles (PlayStation, Xbox, Wii)
  • Android devices (Prime Video app for Android phones and tablets)
  • iOS devices (Prime Video app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch)
  • Amazon Fire phones
  • Amazon Fire tablets
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Is Amazon Prime Due for Another Price Increase?

Amazon's added a lot of value to Prime since its last price hike.

Key Points

  • Amazon Prime is a $1,000 value to subscribers, according to one analyst.
  • Management added a lot of benefits to the service since it last raised prices.
  • A price hike would have a meaningful effect on Amazon's bottom line.

Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) now counts over 200 million Prime members around the world. About 81 million of those Prime members are in the United States, according to an estimate from eMarketer, most paying an annual membership fee of $119.

Even after raising the price of Prime twice -- in 2014 and 2018 -- the service is still offering huge value for members. A J.P. Morgan analysis estimates consumers get $1,000 of value from subscribing. And after adding millions more subscribers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon may be able to raise its pricing again.

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Why Amazon could raise its pricing

Since 2018, Amazon has added quite a few benefits for Prime members. Some of the most recent changes include:

  • A massive expansion in Prime Video content. Amazon's video and music content expense climbed from $6.7 billion in 2018 to $11 billion in 2020. Amazon's also acquiring MGM Studios, which ought to further enhance its video library. Even after several video streaming services raised their prices by about $1 per month in the past year, Amazon has kept its price steady.
  • Grocery pickup and delivery expansion. Amazon accelerated the expansion of grocery pickup in 2020, reaching all 500+ Whole Foods locations by October last year. In 2018, just 14 locations offered grocery pickup. In 2019, it made grocery delivery free for all Prime members, after it dropped the AmazonFresh subscription price. Last year, it expanded grocery delivery to reach 5,000 cities and towns. That said, it started testing a $10 per delivery fee in some cities last month. A Prime price increase could allow Amazon to keep delivery free.
  • One-day shipping. In 2019, Amazon started to push toward one-day shipping instead of two-day shipping for Prime members. That effort took a back seat in 2020 as Amazon faced constraints in its fulfillment network due to jammed-up supply chains and an influx of online orders. In fact, CFO Brian Olsavsky says one-day fulfillment still isn't where it was pre-COVID. However, as Amazon continues to build out its fulfillment network, it should be able to offer millions more items with one-day shipping.
  • Prescription drug services. Amazon acquired online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, but it's just started to use its assets to get into prescription drug services in the last year or so. It launched Amazon Pharmacy in November last year, and it includes a prescription savings plan for Prime members, who pay without insurance.

What a Prime price increase means for investors

If Amazon sticks to its pattern and the next Prime price increase is $20 per year, that could translate into an extra $1.6 billion in additional revenue just from U.S. households. While $1.6 billion is practically nothing compared to the business's $443 billion in revenue over the last four quarters, consider that nearly all of it will flow to the bottom line. Amazon's operating income over the last 12 months is less than $30 billion, so an extra $1.5 billion presents a 5% boost.

Additionally, Amazon may be able to make similar price hikes in some international markets, where it's also improved the service.

There's potential for increased churn with any price hike. However, considering the immense value Amazon Prime offers, the risk of permanently increased churn rates seems low. Amazon should be able to enact a price increase later this year or in 2022 without much pushback from subscribers if it wants. Keep in mind, however, that the effect won't fully reach the FAANG stock's bottom line until about a year after management makes the price change, since members usually pay for a full year upfront.

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What is Amazon Prime? Membership benefits, prices and more

Amazon Prime Day has entered its final day and Shopping readers are taking full advantage of deals on everything from tech and fashion to kitchenware and skin care. There are also notable deals for fitness enthusiasts and pet owners, along with savings on short-term Lightning Deals and daylong deals on Amazon devices and Dyson air purifiers, vacuums and hot tools. But only Amazon Prime members have access to the exclusive sale items on Amazon, which incentivizes new membership sign-ups, explained Amanda Bourlier, who oversees global retailing research at market research company Euromonitor International. As we previously reported, Bourlier noted the mega retailer uses Prime Day — which Amazon created in 2015 — as a way to attract new subscribers, pitching to them Amazon’s “ecosystem of consumption,” meaning all of the services Amazon provides shoppers. It’s grown so large and expansive since that major retailers have launched their own sales in the same timeframe, including Walmart, Target, Wayfair, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and more.

As the effects of the pandemic enter a turning point in many parts of the U.S. and within the final hours of Prime Day, you may consider a Prime membership for yourself, your family, your children or otherwise. To help you decide whether to invest in an Amazon Prime subscription, we broke down the membership and what it offers. It’s worth noting that Amazon offers loyalty programs in the form of a store credit card and an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, too — here’s what to know before signing up for Amazon’s credit card.

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What is an Amazon Prime membership and how much does it cost?

An Amazon Prime membership includes various benefits, including delivery (two-day, one-day and same-day delivery options), streaming, shopping and reading benefits on its site. Prime members can also share their Prime benefits with one other adult for free — delivery, streaming access, free shipping at Shopbop and free upgraded shipping at Zappos.

“A Prime member probably doesn’t just shop from Amazon,” Bourlier said. “In addition to shopping on Amazon, they can buy groceries from Whole Foods, listen to audiobooks with Audible, subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, watch Amazon Video and use Amazon Echo speakers.”

Amazon Prime membership cost and special Prime Day savings

An Amazon Prime membership costs $13 a month, or you can pay $119 annually. The yearly Prime membership includes a 30-day free trial, so you can get free access to the final hours of Prime Day and all the associated perks of a Prime membership.

The retailer also offers a Prime Student membership for $7 a month, which typically comes with exclusive offers like Amazon Music Unlimited for $1 a month and discounts on textbooks. Students can get a six-month free trial before they have to start paying for their Prime membership. To purchase a student membership, you’ll need a valid .edu email address.

As a Prime Day sign on bonus, all new Prime subscribers can score four free months of Amazon Music Unlimited, plus subscribe to select Prime Video Channels for $1 per month for up to two months.

What else is included in a Prime membership?

Multiple members of a family can also share Prime benefits like Prime shipping, video, photos and more through Amazon Household, which allows for up to 10 memberships:

  • 2 adults (18 or older), each with their own Amazon account
  • 4 teens (ages 13 to 17), each with their own Amazon login, which is different from an adult account in that adults can share digital content with teens and set viewing restrictions.
  • 4 children (while children can’t shop on Amazon, adults can share content like eBooks, apps, and games with children).

For a limited time, those who sign up for Prime using an Echo device will receive a $5 Amazon credit. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, sign me up for Prime.” Through June 20, Prime members can also get a $10 credit after spending $40 or more on select Prime-branded Amazon gift cards, which giftees can in turn spend on a Prime membership or other Amazon items.

Benefits of Amazon Prime memberships

According to James Thomson, a partner at marketing agency Buy Box Experts, “The most important thing Amazon can do is drive loyalty to the Amazon marketplace.” He said the retailer does so through its Prime membership and the variety of benefits it offers, many of which are designed to offer shoppers convenience. “The company wants to get consumers to say, ‘I’m not going to walk into a physical store because it’s so much easier to buy on Amazon,’” he said.

Fast delivery and shipping

  • Free 1-day shipping: A variety of items are eligible for next-day delivery with no minimum purchase (cut off time for eligible orders varies by zip code). When you’re shopping, filter items by “Get it tomorrow” to see which you can receive by 9 p.m. the next day.
  • Free 2-day shipping: This is available to Prime members who live in the contiguous U.S.
  • Free same-day delivery: In select cities and towns — from New York City to San Francisco — Prime members can shop for items eligible for delivery on the same day they were ordered. Same-day delivery is available without a Prime membership at $13 per item. Prime members get same-day delivery for free on qualifying orders over $35.
  • Free release-date delivery: Prime members can have eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date.
  • Free no-rush shipping: Members who select no-rush shipping — which delays delivery on orders — can earn rewards to use on future purchases.

Other free delivery perks include Amazon Day, which allows you to order items throughout the week and select up to two days to get everything delivered in fewer boxes. Additionally, Prime members who live in certain zip codes can get eligible items delivered inside their home with Amazon’s Key Smart Lock Kit (currently paused due to Covid-19), or inside their garage with Amazon’s Key Smart Garage Kit. You can monitor the delivery through the Key by Amazon app, and get notifications about packages while the delivery is in process.

Deals and discounts

In addition to Prime Day itself, Prime members are eligible for Prime Early Access, which gives them 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon, which typically last 4 to 6 hours. Beyond Prime Day deals, members get access to deals and discounts through Amazon Family, like 20 percent off diapers, baby food and more through Subscribe & Save, and 15 percent off eligible products from baby registries.

Groceries

In 2017, Amazon bought the grocery store chain Whole Foods Market, leading to exclusive savings in stores and online for Prime members. Eligible Prime members with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card get 5 percent back on purchases at Whole Foods — other credit cards incentivize via deals with Amazon and its affiliates, too.

Prime members can also get free 2-hour grocery delivery through Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh. In select cities, you can order food and household items and receive items within two hours, or on another date and time you select.

Streaming and entertainment

  • Prime Video: Prime Video offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for Prime members. It’s available for non-Prime members as a standalone streaming service for $9 a month.
  • Amazon Channels: Prime members can watch shows and movies from channels like HBO, Showtime and STARZ through their Prime membership for $5 to $15 a month each without a cable subscription or additional apps. For Prime Day, you can subscribe to select Prime Video Channels for $1 per month for up to two months.
  • Prime Music: Prime Music offers members access to over two million unlimited, ad-free songs, as well as playlists and stations.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: Prime members can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans, and they have access to exclusive annual plans. (Now through June 22, Prime members can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free, while non-Prime members can receive three months free.) Part of Amazon’s Prime Day campaign in 2021 includes performances from Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Kid Cudi.
  • Prime Gaming: Prime members have access to free games, in-game content and a free channel subscription on Twitch.tv every month.
  • Prime Reading: Prime members have access to over a thousand books, magazines and more, which they can download onto their Kindle or Fire tablet, as well as read through the Kindle app. Prime Reading includes books with Audible narration, too — Kindle’s proprietary Whispersync helps you pick up where you left off while reading across devices, and Whispersync for Voice allows you to switch between listening to an audiobook and reading on your Kindle. Other reading perks include Amazon First Reads, which gives members early access to a new book for free every month.

Other Prime membership benefits

  • Amazon Photos: A Prime membership gives you unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive for you and the members of your Family Vault — this is especially notable as Google Photosended its free storage plan on June 1 this year.
  • Audible Premium Plus: During the final hours of Prime Day, you can save 53 percent off the first four months of Audible Premium Plus membership — benefits include unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, originals and you can keep one premium title of your choosing each month.
  • Prime Wardrobe: Get seven days to try on the clothing at home and only get charged for the items you keep — this includes shoes. Additionally, Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive a monthly styling service, Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe.
  • Amazon Elements: With a Prime membership, you have access to the retailer's exclusive line of everyday essentials, ranging from vitamins to baby wipes.
  • Amazon Pharmacy: Get free two-day delivery and can take advantage of savings offers when you fulfill subscriptions with Amazon Pharmacy.

Notable last-minute Amazon Prime Day deals that are still available

Beyond treating yourself and loved ones to new mattresses and bedding, Apple AirPods and wearable tech, you can also find savings on air fryers. You’re also able to shop for items by price tiers, including $100 and under and $50 and under. To help simplify your search for last-minute Amazon Prime Day, we combed through the mega retailer’s thousands of discounted items and highlighted a few standout deals:

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush

  • Lowest price since November 2020, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.6-star average rating from 273,155 reviews on Amazon
  • No. 1 bestselling hot air brush, ionic technology, ceramic barrel

As one of the best Prime Day beauty deals, this TikTok-famous hairdryer boasts a combination of nylon and tufted bristles to smooth and straighten your hair. It’s large oval-shape also allows you to create volume and body.

Apple AirPods Pro

  • Lowest price since February, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.8-star average rating from 208,493 reviews on Amazon
  • Active noise cancellation, transparency mode and more than 24 hours of battery life

These extremely popular wireless earbuds from Apple are sweat- and water-resistant, which is practical if you like to listen to music while working up a sweat outdoors or on your spin bike or treadmill at home.

Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

  • Lowest price ever, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.7-star average rating from 34,274 reviews on Amazon
  • 15 customizable smart programs

As one of the best Amazon Prime day deals under $100, this Instant Pot replaces nine small kitchen appliances — a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and more – which saves you both valuable countertop space and money.

Remember, Amazon Prime Day wraps tonight, so if you see an item that is discounted then we recommend checking out sooner rather than later or you risk these items selling out because of their popularity and relatively affordable sale prices. Be sure to bookmark this page and our general Amazon Prime Day coverage to stay in the loop on the latest and most notable last-minute deals. We’ll do our best to share up-to-the-minute sales and deals before the fleeting shopping day wraps in a few short hours.

Amazon Prime: A short history

Amazon Prime launched in 2005, and it originally offered members benefits like two-day free shipping — the retailer charged an annual $79 for a membership initially. At the time, Bourlier said, this seemed like a pipe dream, and it has remained a substantial factor in motivating people to become Prime members. But over the years, Amazon has greatly expanded what members get when they join, like entertainment, fashion, savings and other perks.

In a letter to Amazon shareholders in April 2021, CEO Jeff Bezos (who is stepping down later this year) said there are more than 200 million Prime members worldwide. In January 2020, a little over a year ago, Amazon had more than 150 million Prime members globally, according to marketing research company Digital Commerce 360. Thomsom partially attributes the approximate 33-percent increase in members to the pandemic. Not only were people forced to stay home and increasingly depend on delivery services — like Prime Delivery — to shop for everything from office supplies to food, but they could also utilize Prime Video, Music, Reading and more to stay entertained. “Quite frankly, if Covid didn’t encourage people to get a Prime membership, I don’t know what will,” Thomson said.

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Nicole Saunders contributed.

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Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Where to get Amazon Prime, UK wide?

You can sign up to a free trial of Amazon Prime for 30 days. You can then cancel the trial when it ends or keep the benefits and pay for it monthly or annually.

Get a free 30 day Amazon Prime trial here

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Most people associate Amazon Prime with its delivery benefits. But there's a lot more you can get out of an Amazon Prime membership. Here's what's included:

Delivery benefits

  • Unlimited one-day delivery

  • Unlimited same-day delivery: This may only be available in select residential postcodes.

  • Prime Now: 1 & 2-hour delivery. Available seven days a week, in select residential postcodes.

  • Amazon Day: This allows you to add items to your basket throughout the week and have them delivered on the day of your choice.

Streaming benefits

  • Prime Video: Stream thousands of movies and TV shows, including exclusive Amazon Originals.

  • Prime Video Channels: Watch your favourite shows and movies by purchasing third-party channel subscriptions (like Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub) and other streaming entertainment channels directly through Prime Video.

  • Amazon Music: Ad free music with a library of over 2 million songs.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited:  Start a 30-day free trial to access tens of millions of songs from today's most popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening. £7.99/month for Prime members.

Shopping benefits

  • Early access to deals: Get a 30-minute head start to Lightning Deals on Amazon.co.uk.

  • Alexa voice shopping: Use Alexa to shop for items or reorder the things you use most.

  • Amazon Fresh: Do your weekly food shop, including fresh produce, household essentials, plus popular and specialist brands. Delivered to your door in 1 and 2-hour delivery slots, either from Amazon Fresh or directly from your local Morrisons supermarket. Subject to local availability, and available in select postcodes.

  • Amazon family: Up to 20% off nappies and baby food, product recommendations for your family and exclusive offers.

  • Prime Wardrobe: Select from a broad range of great brands for women, men, kids and baby and try before you buy with free and easy returns.

Reading benefits

Prime Reading: Prime Reading gives you unlimited access on any device to more than a thousand e-books, popular magazines, comics, books with Audible narration and more.

Amazon First Reads: Read one of next month's new Kindle book releases now for £0.00 per month.

Other benefits

Share Your Prime Benefits: Share your account with another adult, so they can access all the benefits of Amazon Prime for no additional cost.

Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage, so you can access your photos from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer.

How much is Amazon Prime, UK wide?

You can pay for the whole package at a cost of £79 each year. Amazon also now let customers pay monthly instead. It costs £7.99 a month, which comes to £95.88 each year.

You can get a 30 day free Amazon Prime trial if you are a new customer, which lets you try out all of the benefits beforehand.

You can cancel it when the trial comes to an end. Alternatively, you can continue Prime membership and start paying the full £79 a year or £7.99 per month if you want to keep the benefits.

Is annual or monthly Amazon Prime membership cheaper?

Paying annually is still cheaper overall at £79 because monthly membership comes to £95.88 per year. But monthly payments are more affordable in the short term and offer more flexibility.

Can students get a discount on Amazon Prime?

Yes, students can get Amazon Prime at half price until they graduate (for up to four years). This comes to £39 per year.

Students can also get a free trial of Amazon Prime that lasts for six months instead of the usual 30 days. This includes exclusive student discounts as well as their free delivery, video, music and photo services.

The free trial does not include Kindle First or access to their lending library.

Sign up to a free trial of Prime Student for six months

How should you pay for Amazon Prime?

You can pay for Prime using the payment method linked to your Amazon account, usually a credit card or debit card.

Your card will be charged either annually or monthly, depending on how you choose to pay. Paying annually is cheaper if you can afford it with money in your bank account or savings.

Alternatively, you could spread the cost of annual membership with a 0% purchases credit card. You can then pay it back over several months without paying interest.

Is Amazon Prime worth the price?

In February 2014, Amazon Prime went from £49 to £79 per year. Whether it is worth its new price tag depends upon how often you are going to use it and working out whether it gives you value for money.

If you only want to use Amazon Prime delivery

To make the £79 cost worthwhile you need to place the equivalent of:

  • 20 or more orders of clothes (£3.95 for one-day delivery)

  • 13 or 14 orders of media (£5.99 one-day delivery)

  • 10 orders of anything else (£7.99 one-day delivery).

If you can wait longer for your order, some of the other delivery options available include:

  • Free delivery is available with a £20 minimum spend on eligible items (products sold or fulfilled by Amazon) and Items will be delivered three to five days after dispatch.

  • Standard delivery is calculated on weight if items are not eligible for free delivery; they are usually delivered within one to two business days after dispatch. Prices start from £1.99 for media weighing up to 0.5 kg and £2.99 on orders weighing more than 0.5 kg. Books cost £2.99 per delivery and all other product types start at £3.99.

  • Express delivery orders placed before the deadline will arrive by 1pm the following day. It costs £6.49 without Amazon Prime and £4.49 with Prime.

  • Same day evening delivery (for selected UK postcodes). These eligible items are delivered between 6pm and 10pm. This is a free service with Amazon Prime but for those without it the service costs £9.99 per delivery.

Being an Amazon Prime customer gets you delivery upgrades. If you need to expedite your delivery, find out more here.

If you rarely order from Amazon

If you are not interested in streaming music and TV, you are probably best off saving £79 and sticking with free super saver delivery on orders of £20 or more, as long as you don't mind waiting three to five days for orders to arrive.

If you rarely order, but are interested in instant streaming, you could try the free trial and see whether you make full use of the service before deciding to take the plunge.

Try all the free trials for Netflix, Now TV and Rakuten too, to see which one you like the best.

Is Amazon Prime Instant Video better than the competition?

At £79 annually, Prime works out at £6.58 a month, which is similar to other streaming video services:

  • Netflix plans start at £5.99 a month

  • Now TV starts at £6.99 per month

However, with Amazon Prime you get the delivery service, music streaming and Kindle library too. If Amazon Prime Instant Video has got your favourite films and shows and you are going to use it for hours on end, you might find it worth the price.

Amazon Prime is available to stream on all Kindle Fire tablets, along with more than 600 other devices, including most computers, consoles, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

How good is Amazon Prime's Instant Video content?

Currently, you take your pick of more than 15,000 TV programmes and films.

Amazon has also said it is "investing heavily in exclusive content", which has so far included original shows like Transparent, Extant and the new project from Top Gear's former presenters. Amazon also allows you to download videos to your tablet or mobile so you can watch your favourite videos on the go.

What does Prime Music offer?

Prime Music is Amazon's music streaming service. Its basic service comes with Prime at no extra cost and offers access to around two million songs with no adverts.

It was added to Prime's features in July 2015, and features include:

  • Playing songs on your device or computer through Amazon's website

  • Playing songs using the Amazon Music application on your tablet or smartphone*

  • Downloading songs on your computer or device

  • Creating playlists you can play through the app even when you are offline

*Including Android devices and Apple products

What are Prime Stations?

They are ad-free personalised music streaming stations that have been added to the Prime Music service. You can like and dislike the songs that are played and skip as many as you like.

What is Prime Music Unlimited?

It is an extended streaming service that offers the same features as Prime Music but with a music library of around 40 million songs.

It costs £9.99 per month, but Prime members can get either of these discounts:

  • Paying £7.99 a month (£2 cheaper)

  • Paying £79 upfront for a whole year (£6.58 per month)

You can apply for a 30 day free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited here

How does Prime Music compare to other streaming services?

Other streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music and Google Play are available as a standalone subscription. But Prime Music's basic package can only be accessed as part of the full Amazon Prime service.

It is cheaper than other streaming sites, which charge around £10 per month. Amazon Prime membership can be £6.58 per month and also includes its one day free delivery service, video streaming, photo storage and e-book library.

Its choice of music is more limited, with around two million tracks currently available to UK members. Spotify and Apple Music each offer more than 30 million songs.

However, their Prime Music Unlimited service offers about 40 million songs and is cheaper than most other music streaming services if you add it to the full Prime service.

The Amazon Prime Kindle e-book library

Amazon Prime's Kindle Owners' Lending Library lets you borrow one book per month, which you must return before taking out another one.

While one book is slightly restricting, this is mitigated by the fact that there are half a million books to choose from - which should keep even the fastest reader going for some time.

There are no due dates or deadlines for returning books, and they can be shared between your Kindle devices and Kindle apps (but not across multiple user accounts).

The verdict on Amazon Prime

Whether Amazon Prime is worth it for you will depend entirely on how much use you are going to get from it.

  • If you regularly order from Amazon, pay for a music or TV and movie streaming service and read a lot, Amazon Prime may be worth it

  • If you do not really order enough to justify the £79 price, stream video and music content from another provider and do not have a Kindle, it is unlikely you will find much use for Amazon Prime

How to share Amazon Prime

You can share your Prime benefits with one other adult and up to four children at no extra cost by creating an Amazon Household.

How to cancel Amazon Prime

If you decide to end your Prime membership, head to the login page on amazon.co.uk and sign into your account, go to Manage Your Prime Membership, and select the End membership option (if you have paid) or Do not continue (if you are in the trial period).

Once you have opted out of automatic renewal, you will not get charged after your free trial or current year's membership is up. Of course, if you change your mind and want to carry on, you can sign up again or alter your membership preferences later.

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Amazon has come a long way since its early days as just an online bookstore. Since launching in 1995, the store has grown into a staple that sells literally everything.

Over 100 million people have taken their love of the brand to the next level by signing up for a little something called Amazon Prime. For $119 per year (or $13 per month), the subscription service gives members access to thousands of movies and songs to stream, groceries delivered to your door, free two-day shipping, and so much more.

But is it really worth it to add another subscription to your plate? Our experts say it depends. Let’s break down what the service is all about.

How much does an Amazon Prime membership cost?

A basic Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year. If you want to break the payments up, you can also choose an option that costs $13 per month. Before paying anything, know that you can get a free 30-day trial. Just make sure you cancel before the month is up or you’ll be charged for the membership amount.

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If you’re a student with a .edu email address, you’ll get a pretty steep discount on your Prime membership. Amazon Student is free for the first six months and costs $60 per year after that. During your trial, you’ll only have access to free shipping on Prime eligible items, but you’ll be able to access full Prime benefits — like video and music streaming — after that.

What’s included in my membership?

You know about two-day shipping and music streaming, but a Prime account comes with so many more bonuses to make your life easier. You can find a complete list of perks here, but in the meantime, here are some of the highlights:

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For an extra $14.99 per month, Amazon Freshdelivers your shopping list picks from a local grocery store (including Whole Foods!) directly to your door.

Prime members also get exclusive access to Amazon's massive Prime Day sale, which is basically Black Friday in July.

Does Amazon Prime Day live up to the hype?

Yes, Amazon Prime Day is a BIG DEAL. The online sale exclusive to Prime members offers over a million rapid-fire deals on TVs, smart home gadgets, kitchen items, groceries, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances, back-to-school supplies, and everyday essentials. This year it starts on July 16 at 3 p.m. EST and will run over the course of 36 hours.

Here's everything you need to know about the main event.

Just tell me, is it worth it to sign up?

Before taking the plunge and committing to a yearly or even monthly membership, Rachel Rothman, the chief technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends asking yourself these four questions:

  1. Does it make sense for where you live? Many perks like Prime Now are only available in certain cities. If you live in a more rural area, you'll want to check Amazon's policy to see if the perks you're most excited about will be available to you.
  2. Will your savings outweigh the cost of your membership? Shipping costs can really add up if you're ordering everything from Amazon. Generally, if you plan to order 25 or more packages in a year, you'll save enough on shipping costs to pay for your membership. You may also be able to cancel your music, television, or movie streaming service all together if you're satisfied with Amazon's offerings.
  3. Do you have kids? Enrolling in Amazon Family — a service only offered to Prime Members — gives you access to family-oriented offers and coupons. You can also get up to 20% off subscriptions to diapers, baby food, and more, and a 15% Baby Registry south seattle food bank discount.
  4. Do you need super-fast delivery? If you have a busy schedule, having your groceries or other household items delivered right to your door could save you wasted time stopping at the store.

One guaranteed way to find out if a membership is worth it: test it out! "Try the free trial and see if you use the membership to its full potential," says Rothman. If you find that you're relying more on Netflix and Spotify for streaming and still hitting up your local convenience store for household items, Amazon Prime may not be worth it. Just remember to cancel before your 30 days are up if you decide the membership isn't for you.

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You'll get free 2-day shipping on select items as well as free standard shipping for all orders over $35.

The bottom line: It's worth it if you use Amazon a lot.

Amazon Prime offers some pretty sweet perks to its members like free two-day shipping, music and movie streaming, discounts and more, but the $119 price tag is really only worth it if you plan to milk your subscription. If you're also using another streaming service for your entertainment and prefer to do most of your shopping in stores, signing up may not be for you. On the flip side, if you do plan to order most things from the online super store, your savings on shipping alone could cover your membership fee.


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What's the price of convenience? It's $119 a year, if you pay for Amazon Prime annual subscription. (Otherwise, you pay $13 a month. And students get a discount.) The benefits are definitely worth paying for. Of course, you're probably familiar with Amazon's free two-day shipping option. But depending on where you live, you can also get free one-day delivery, same-day delivery and even two-hour delivery. The delivery perks may alone be enough reason to become an Amazon Prime member, but the benefits don't end there.

As an Amazon Prime member, you can get discounts at Whole Foods, lower prices on prescription medicine, free grocery deliveries and access Prime Video and Prime Music, where you can watch the latest movies or listen to new albums.

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1. Exclusive Whole Foods discounts

Although Whole Foods deliveries now come with a $10 charge (they used to be free for members), there are other ways to save on organic fruits and vegetables. There are also free one-hour pickup windows depending on your location -- just remember to check in with the Amazon app to see if you need to enter the store.

Some other Whole Food perks for Prime members are still around. Blue tags indicate sales exclusive to Prime members, while yellow tags mean an extra 10% off of an item already on sale. This gets you discounts on weekly bestsellers, including produce, packaged goods and beauty products, but note that it excludes alcohol. 

You can also use the Whole Foods Market app at checkout to get exclusive Prime discounts on select products. The few cents saved on items may seem insignificant individually, but savings do add up in the end. But there are other Amazon grocery delivery options if you don't want to pay the extra fee. 

2. Free Amazon Fresh delivery 

Another grocery delivery option for Prime members is Amazon Fresh. You can restock your pantry directly from Amazon. But instead of paying $10 for Whole Foods grocery delivery later this month, you can get free delivery for orders that exceed a certain amount (depending on where you live). 

You can also use the service to get discounts when you order more or when you set up automatic delivery subscriptions for certain items and save even more for future deliveries. Plus, some items, like fruit snacks and cookies, are SNAP-eligible. 

3. Amazon Pharmacy's two-day delivery and discounts

If you refill at least one prescription on a regular basis, Amazon's Pharmacy may be a more convenient choice. Plus, Prime members may get lower prices on medicine. Amazon will transfer your prescriptions, and 24/7 pharmaceutical assistance is available. The pharmacy works with most insurance plans, but how much money is amazon prime is available in 45 states right now.

4. Try Amazon's personal shopper program

Prime members can order clothes for their next outing with Prime Try Before You Buy (the name changed from Prime Wardrobe). Here's how it works: Choose up to eight items -- clothes, shoes or accessories. Keep them how much money is amazon prime up to seven days to see if you like them. Send back what you don't like for free and only pay for what you keep. 

And you can try the styling service for personalized help starting at $5 per month. If you're not sure which clothing or shoes are eligible, look for the "Try Before You Buy" icon.

5. Amazon gift cards when you trade in used electronics

Amazon is boarding the train to the sustainability station, and it's something you can directly benefit from. With Amazon Trade-In, you can send back your used electronics in exchange for Amazon gift cards. Make sure to check on the eligibility of each product -- some trade-in options are only available for a limited time. 

6. Discounts and guarantees on preowned products

Amazon Renewed gives you access to products that may have been opened but weren't used by their original owners -- or were refurbished. Amazon assures that these preowned items work and look like new, coming with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee. A variety of products and brands are available, even from Apple and Vitamix. 

7. Amazon Warehouse savings on almost everything 

Amazon Warehouse resells like-new or preowned items that have been returned by customers. Some of the products only had their boxes opened by original purchasers before they were sent back, unused, so they're resold at a discount. While there's no regular manufacturing warranty on these products, they are backed by Amazon's 30-day return policy and 90-day renewed item return policy. 

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8. Amazon Outlet's overstocked items

The Amazon Outlet features overstocked items and other products at discounted prices. Like at an outlet, you can find premium brands and items under $10 ranging from home furniture to clothing and pet supplies. Keep in mind that although the online shopping experience is convenient, just like an outlet, the best deals can take sifting to find. Luckily, you can do it from the couch. 

9. Limited-time Lightning Deals year-round

Amazon's Lightning Deals are a promotion where a product or service is on sale for a short period of time or until it's sold out. You can find them all throughout the site, but especially on Prime Day and in Today's Deals. On Prime Day, Lightning Deals are only for Prime members. 

There is one lightning deal per customer until the promotion ends or all the deals are claimed by other shoppers. You can join a waitlist for a deal, but keep in mind that these discounts are extremely time-sensitive, so grab them fast. Unless refreshing the page over and over is your thing, these deals aren't necessarily the way to find something specific because of their fleeting nature and limited availability. 

10. 5GB of storage with Amazon Photos

Amazon's online shoebox for photos and videos offers secure and unlimited full-resolution photo storage plus 5GB of video for Prime members. To use this feature, you can choose to manually or automatically upload media in the Amazon Photos app. You can personalize the displays on Amazon devices like Fire TV, Echo Show and Fire tablets as long as you have the app. 

Plus, with the Family Vault perk, up to five family members can share the same plan. If you want more, there are paid plans available. If you choose to switch -- which can be done anytime -- there is a 100GB option for $2 per month and 1TB plan for $7 per month.

For more, here are the latest on the new Amazon Fire tablet, the Amazon Glow for kids and the new Halo View fitness tracker. 

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Almost every Internet user knows about Amazon Prime’s free shipping benefits, but it is far more than just that. Fast delivery gets the product to you as quickly as possible. Streaming movies, TV shows, and music is just a few clicks away. Exclusive Prime deals save you even more. You also get to choose a free book every month from First Reads. The list goes on! This article breaks down the details for you, showing the various benefits of an Amazon Prime membership to help you decide if it’s worthwhile.

What is Amazon Prime and What How much money is amazon prime Do You Get?

What’s Included in Amazon Prime?

Prime Benefit #1: Fast and Free Shipping

While regular Amazon users have limits on free shipping opportunities, Prime members get free delivery all the time. The shipping options available depend on your zip code. Amazon provides the associated delivery options in your cart.

As an Amazon Prime member, you receive the following shipping choices (subject to your zip code and products ordered):

  • FREE Two-Day Shipping
  • FREE Same-Day Delivery: Order it today and get it today
  • FREE Prime Now: Get 2-Hour Delivery on thousands of items
  • FREE Release-Date Delivery: Get preorder items delivered on their release date
  • FREE No-Rush Shipping: Usually not the desired option but gives you rewards for future purchases in return for your generosity
  • Amazon Day: Set a specific day for weekly deliveries on any items you order
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Prime Benefit #2: Amazon Prime Movies, TV Shows, and Music

Amazon offers Prime Video streaming services to everyone at $12.99 per month, but Prime members enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows for FREE.

You can watch or download titles for offline viewing from anywhere and on multiple devices, such as the Fire TV Stick, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones, and laptops.

Prime Music is also included FREE with a Prime membership but not available to non-Prime customers. You get unlimited, ad-free listening of more than two million songs alongside unlimited skips and downloading abilities to the Amazon app.

Prime members also get a discount (just $7.99 per month or $79 per year compared to $9.99 per month) on Prime Music’s notably better counterpart, Amazon Music Unlimited, which boasts a much more extensive library of 40 million songs compared to Prime Music’s two million.

Prime Benefit #3: FREE Private Reading Collection from Prime Reading

Prime members get access to Prime Reading, which offers unlimited access to more than 1,000 eBooks, magazines, and comics.

You don’t even need to purchase an eBook reader since the materials are all available with Amazon’s free Kindle apps for Android and iOS.
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Prime Benefit #4: Free Books from First Reads

Amazon’s First Reads is part of the Kindle eBooks store and provides exclusive pricing on editor picks and early access books each month. Prime customers receive one FREE book every month they’re a member.

Prime Benefit #5: “First in Line” Shopping

While regular Amazon customers have to wait for pre-orders to ship or special promo days to order, Prime members get the priority that ensures their chances of getting products before they sell out. The best example of this scenario is Lightning Deals, giving Prime members access thirty minutes before opening the shop to the public.

Prime Benefit #6: Exclusive Deals

Prime Day offers a full 24 hours’ worth of deals that include significant discounts and great products, only available to Prime members. This opportunity gives you the chance to get what others get but with more savings and better chances of getting what you want. Of course, you also get FREE shipping!

Prime Benefit #7: Other Benefits

Aside from FREE and discounted streaming entertainment, fast and free shipping, free books, and priority shopping, Prime members get many other perks and advantages over regular shoppers.

Additional benefits of Amazon Prime include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dash buttons: Easy reordering of your favorite products (uses Prime shipping)
  • Amazon Fresh: Fast and free grocery delivery( (subject to location)
  • Amazon Household: Share qualifying Prime benefits with adults, teens, or children in the household
  • Amazon Photos: Secured, unlimited storage in Amazon Drive for you and family members in your Family Vault
  • Amazon Channels: Integrated HBO, SHOWTIME and STARZ subscriptions access to enhance your streaming entertainment options
  • Exclusive Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: No annual fee or foreign transaction fees, plus 5% cashback on Amazon purchases, 2% at drug stores, gas stations, and restaurants, and 1% on everything else
  • Amazon Prime Wardrobe: Try before you buy (up to 7 days) on eligible items and pay for what you keep
  • Amazon Completion Discount: 20% off select baby supplies (diapers, baby food, etc.) and 15% off select items from your Amazon Baby Registry.
  • Plus much more!

You also get ad-free viewing, an exclusive chat badge, and a monthly subscription to Twitch. While shopping, your membership grants you exclusive discounts on orders for collectors’ editions and pre-orders on video games.

Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Amazon Prime is designed to be affordable, and it’s optimized to provide benefits that outweigh the costs. If the features you use are minimal, it may not be the right option for you. However, most Prime members feel they benefit greatly from the service.

How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost?

Amazon Prime starts with a 30-day trial, so you can test out all the benefits it provides. After that, it costs $12.99 per month. Discounts are available with limitations.

Amazon Prime Subscription Costs include:

  • $12.99 per month standard or $119 ($36.88 green dot visa debit card balance check per year billed annually
  • $6.49 per month or $59 per year ($18.88 less) for students
  • $5.99 per month (up to 4 years) for EBT and Medicaid recipients

How to Cancel Amazon Prime

If you didn’t want to continue Prime after your free trial but missed the deadline, you can cancel Amazon Prime membership on the Manage Prime Membership page. As long as you haven’t used your Prime benefits, you can get a full refund. If you have a Prime membership through a third-party, Amazon says to contact the provider directly to check the rates and manage your membership.

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Amazon Tops Q1 Expectations, Bezos Touts More Than 175 Million Prime Video Viewers

Amazon knocked the cover off the ball again in the first quarter of 2021 — and released a new data point: More than 175 million Prime members have streamed TV shows and movies in the past year.

Founder Jeff Bezos revealed the new figure in announcing the Q1 results, adding that Prime Video how much money is amazon prime hours are up more than 70% year over year. He also noted that Amazon Studios received a record 12 Oscar nominations and two wins, and called out the performance of the company’s AWS cloud division, which now has a $54 billion annual sales run rate.

“We love Prime Video and AWS, and we’re proud to have them in the family,” said Bezos, referring to the product groups as “two of our kids” who have turned 10 (Prime Video) and 15 years old (AWS).

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Bezos plans to step down as CEO in the third quarter of 2021 to become executive chairman. Amazon’s new chief exec will be Andy Jassy, currently CEO of Amazon Web Services.

While Amazon didn’t provide any further details on Prime Video usage, the announcement seemed to signal the company’s interest in showing it has scaled up streaming to be nearly in the same league as Netflix. As of the end of Q1, Netflix reported 207.4 million subscribers, after total net adds came in light for the period.

Amazon’s Twitch live-streaming service, meanwhile, now averages 35 million daily visitors, CFO Brian Olsavsky said on the earnings call.

In 2020, Amazon spent $11 billion on TV series, movies and music for Prime services last year, up about 40% from 2019. Last month, Amazon inked a 10-year deal with the NFL nabbing exclusive rights to “Thursday Night Football” starting in 2023, in a deal worth $1.32 billion per year, Sportico reported.

The e-commerce mammoth — which overall now has more than 200 million Prime members — reported revenue of $108.5 billion, up 44%, for the quarter ended March 31. Net income more than tripled, to $8.1 billion in the first quarter, or $15.79 per diluted share.

The overall sales surge shows that the COVID-fueled momentum continues for Amazon, as has been the case with other big tech companies like Google and Facebook. Wall Street analyst consensus estimates had pegged Amazon Q1 revenue coming in at $104.5 billion and earnings per share of $9.54.

Two weeks ago, Bezos announced that Amazon Prime has more than 200 million subscribers worldwide, in his final annual letter to shareholders as CEO. Prime is the ecommerce giant’s membership program that includes free shipping on millions of products, access to Prime Video and other perks.

This year’s Prime Day — Amazon’s annual shopping event — will take place in Q2, the company said. Assuming that happens, Amazon expects sales to increase 24%-30% compared with the year-earlier period. Operating income in Q2 is projected to be hit with $1.5 billion of costs related to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Amazon yesterday announced pay raises for more than 500,000 employees on its fulfillment and delivery teams, who will get bumps of 50 cents to $3 per hour. (The ecommerce giant adopted a $15/hour minimum wage policy in 2018.) The increases, rolling out in Q2, will translate into $1 billion in incremental costs. That comes just a few weeks after a union organization effort by workers at its Bessemer, Ala., fulfillment center failed to pass. Amazon directly employs some 1.3 million people worldwide.

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What is Amazon Prime? Membership benefits, prices and more

Amazon Prime Day has entered its final day and Shopping readers are taking full advantage of deals on everything from tech and fashion to kitchenware and skin care. There are also notable deals for fitness enthusiasts and pet owners, along with savings on short-term Lightning Deals and daylong deals on Amazon devices and Dyson air purifiers, vacuums and hot tools. But only Amazon Prime members have access to the exclusive sale items on Amazon, which incentivizes new membership sign-ups, explained Amanda Bourlier, who oversees global retailing research at market research company Euromonitor International. As we previously reported, Bourlier noted the mega retailer uses Prime Day — which Amazon created in 2015 — as a way to attract new subscribers, pitching to them Amazon’s “ecosystem of consumption,” meaning all of the services Amazon provides shoppers. It’s grown so large and expansive since that major retailers have launched their own sales in the same timeframe, including Walmart, Target, Wayfair, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond and more.

As the effects of the pandemic enter a turning point in many parts of the U.S. and within the final hours of Prime Day, you may consider a Prime membership for yourself, your family, your children or otherwise. To help you decide whether to invest in an Amazon Prime subscription, we broke down the membership and what it offers. It’s worth noting that Amazon offers loyalty programs in the form of a store credit card and an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, too — here’s what to know before signing up for Amazon’s credit card.

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What is an Amazon Prime membership and how much does it cost?

An Amazon Prime membership includes various benefits, including delivery (two-day, one-day and same-day delivery options), streaming, shopping and reading benefits on its site. Prime members can also share their Prime benefits with one other adult for free — delivery, streaming access, free shipping at Shopbop and free upgraded shipping at Zappos.

“A Prime member probably doesn’t just shop from Amazon,” Bourlier said. “In addition to shopping on Amazon, they can buy groceries from Whole Foods, listen to audiobooks with Audible, subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, watch Amazon Video and use Amazon Echo speakers.”

Amazon Prime membership cost and special Prime Day savings

An Amazon Prime membership costs $13 a month, or you can pay $119 annually. The yearly Prime membership includes a 30-day free trial, so you can get free access to the final hours of Prime Day and all the associated perks of a Prime membership.

The retailer also offers a Prime Student membership for $7 a month, which typically comes with exclusive offers like Amazon Music Unlimited for $1 a month and discounts on textbooks. Students can get a six-month free trial before they have to start paying for their Prime membership. To purchase a student membership, you’ll need a valid .edu email address.

As a Prime Day sign on bonus, all new Prime subscribers can score four free months of Amazon Music Unlimited, plus subscribe to select Prime Video Channels for $1 per month for up to two months.

What else is included in a Prime membership?

Multiple members of a family can also share Prime benefits like Prime shipping, video, photos and more through Amazon Household, which allows for up to 10 memberships:

  • 2 adults (18 or older), each with their own Amazon account
  • 4 teens (ages 13 to 17), each with their own Amazon login, which is different from an adult account in that adults can share digital content with teens and set viewing restrictions.
  • 4 children (while children can’t shop on Amazon, adults can share content like eBooks, apps, and games with children).

For a limited time, those who sign up for Prime using an Echo device will receive a $5 Amazon credit. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, sign me up for Prime.” Through June 20, Prime members can also get a $10 credit after spending $40 or more on select Prime-branded Amazon gift cards, which giftees can in turn spend on a Prime membership or other Amazon items.

Benefits of Amazon Prime memberships

According to James Thomson, a partner at marketing agency Buy Box Experts, “The most important thing Amazon can do is drive loyalty to the Amazon marketplace.” He said the retailer does so through its Prime membership and the variety of benefits it offers, many of which are designed to offer shoppers convenience. “The company wants to get consumers to say, ‘I’m not going to walk into a physical store because it’s so much easier to buy on Amazon,’” he said.

Fast delivery and shipping

  • Free 1-day shipping: A variety of items are eligible for next-day delivery with no minimum purchase (cut off time for eligible orders varies by zip code). When you’re shopping, filter items by “Get it tomorrow” to see which you can receive by 9 p.m. the next day.
  • Free 2-day shipping: This is available to Prime members who live in the contiguous U.S.
  • Free same-day delivery: In select cities and towns — from New York City to San Francisco — Prime members can shop for items eligible for delivery on the same day they were ordered. Same-day delivery is available without a Prime membership at $13 per item. Prime members get same-day delivery for free on qualifying orders over $35.
  • Free release-date delivery: Prime members can have eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date.
  • Free no-rush shipping: Members who select no-rush shipping — which delays delivery on orders — can earn rewards to use on future purchases.

Other free delivery perks include Amazon Day, which allows you to order items throughout the week and select up to two days to get everything delivered in fewer boxes. Additionally, Prime members who live in certain zip codes can get eligible items delivered inside their home with Amazon’s Key Smart Lock Kit (currently paused due to Covid-19), or inside their garage with Amazon’s Key Smart Garage Kit. You can monitor the delivery through the Key by Amazon app, and get notifications about packages while the delivery is in process.

Deals and discounts

In addition to Prime Day itself, Prime members are eligible for Prime Early Access, which gives them 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon, which typically last 4 to 6 hours. Beyond Prime Day deals, members get access to deals and discounts through Amazon Family, like 20 percent off diapers, baby food and more through Subscribe & Save, and 15 how much money is amazon prime off eligible products from baby registries.

Groceries

In 2017, Amazon bought the grocery store chain Whole Foods Market, leading to exclusive savings in stores and online for Prime members. Eligible Prime members with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card get 5 percent back on purchases at Whole Foods — other credit cards incentivize via deals with Amazon and its affiliates, too.

Prime members can also get free 2-hour grocery delivery through Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh. In select cities, you can order food and household items and receive items within two hours, or on another date and time you select.

Streaming and entertainment

  • Prime Video: Prime Video offers unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for Prime members. It’s available for non-Prime members as a standalone streaming service for $9 a month.
  • Amazon Channels: Prime members can watch shows and movies from channels like HBO, Showtime and STARZ through their Prime membership for $5 to $15 a month each without a cable subscription or additional apps. For Prime Day, you can subscribe to select Prime Video Channels for $1 per month for up to two months.
  • Prime Music: Prime Music offers members access to over two million unlimited, ad-free songs, as well as playlists and stations.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: Prime members can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans, and they have access to exclusive annual plans. (Now through June 22, Prime members can get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free, while non-Prime members can receive three months free.) Part of Amazon’s Prime Day campaign in 2021 includes performances from Billie Eilish, H.E.R. and Kid Cudi.
  • Prime Gaming: Prime members have access to free games, in-game content and a free channel subscription on Twitch.tv every month.
  • Prime Reading: Prime members have access to over a thousand books, magazines and more, which they can download onto their Kindle or Fire tablet, as well as read through the Kindle app. Prime Reading includes books with Audible narration, too — Kindle’s proprietary Whispersync helps you pick up where you left off while reading across devices, and Whispersync for Voice allows you to switch between listening to an audiobook and reading on your Kindle. Other reading perks include Amazon First Reads, which gives members early access to a new book for free every month.

Other Prime membership benefits

  • Amazon Photos: A Prime membership gives you unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive for you and the members of your Family Vault — this is especially notable as Google Photosended its free storage plan on June 1 this year.
  • Audible Premium How much money is amazon prime During the final hours of Prime Day, you can save 53 percent off the first four months of Audible Premium Plus membership — benefits include unlimited access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, originals and you can keep one premium title of your choosing each month.
  • Prime Wardrobe: Get seven days to try on the clothing at home and only get charged for the items you keep — this includes shoes. Additionally, Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive a monthly styling service, Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe.
  • Amazon Elements: With a Prime membership, you have access to the retailer's exclusive line of everyday essentials, ranging from vitamins to baby wipes.
  • Amazon Pharmacy: Get free two-day delivery and can take advantage of savings offers when you fulfill subscriptions with Amazon Pharmacy.

Notable last-minute Amazon Prime Day deals that are still available

Beyond treating yourself and loved ones to new mattresses and bedding, Apple AirPods and wearable tech, you can also find savings on air fryers. You’re also able to shop for items by price tiers, including $100 and under and $50 and under. To help simplify your search for last-minute Amazon Prime Day, we combed through the mega retailer’s thousands of discounted items and highlighted a few standout deals:

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush

  • Lowest price since November 2020, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.6-star average rating from 273,155 reviews on Amazon
  • No. 1 bestselling hot air brush, ionic technology, ceramic barrel

As one of the best Prime Day beauty deals, this TikTok-famous hairdryer boasts a combination of nylon and tufted bristles to smooth and straighten your hair. It’s large oval-shape also allows you to create volume and body.

Apple AirPods Pro

  • Lowest price since February, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.8-star average rating from 208,493 reviews on Amazon
  • Active noise cancellation, transparency mode and more than 24 hours of battery life

These extremely popular wireless earbuds from Apple are sweat- and water-resistant, which is practical if you like to listen to music while working up a sweat outdoors or on your spin bike or treadmill at home.

Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker

  • Lowest price ever, according to CamelCamelCamel
  • 4.7-star average rating from 34,274 reviews on Amazon
  • 15 customizable smart programs

As one of the best Amazon Prime day deals under $100, this Instant Pot replaces nine small kitchen appliances — a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and more – which saves you both valuable countertop space and money.

Remember, Amazon Prime Day wraps tonight, so if you see an item that is discounted then we recommend checking out sooner rather than later or you risk these items selling out because of their popularity and relatively affordable sale prices. Be sure to bookmark this page and our general Amazon Prime Day coverage to stay in the loop on the latest and most notable last-minute deals. We’ll do our best to share up-to-the-minute sales and deals before the fleeting shopping day wraps in a few short hours.

Amazon Prime: A short history

Amazon Prime launched in 2005, and it originally offered members benefits like two-day free shipping — the retailer charged an annual $79 for a membership initially. At the time, Bourlier said, this seemed like a pipe dream, and it has remained a substantial factor in motivating people to become Prime members. But over the years, Amazon has greatly expanded what members get when they join, like entertainment, fashion, savings and other perks.

In a letter to Amazon shareholders in April 2021, CEO Jeff Bezos (who is stepping down later this year) said there are more than 200 million Prime members worldwide. In January 2020, a little over a year ago, Amazon had more than 150 million Prime members globally, according to marketing research company Digital Commerce 360. Thomsom partially attributes the approximate 33-percent increase in members to the pandemic. Not only were people forced to stay home and increasingly depend on delivery services — like Prime Delivery — to shop for everything from office supplies to food, but they could also utilize Prime Video, Music, Reading and more to stay entertained. “Quite frankly, if Covid didn’t encourage people to get a Prime membership, I don’t know what will,” Thomson said.

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Zoe Malin is a digital editorial intern for Select on NBC News.

Nicole Saunders contributed.

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Is Amazon Prime worth it?

Where to get Amazon Prime, UK wide?

You can sign up to a free trial of Amazon Prime for 30 days. You can then cancel the trial when it ends or keep the benefits and pay for it monthly or annually.

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What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Most people associate Amazon Prime with its delivery benefits. But there's a lot more you can get out of an Amazon Prime membership. Here's what's included:

Delivery benefits

  • Unlimited one-day delivery

  • Unlimited same-day delivery: This may only be available in select residential postcodes.

  • Prime Now: 1 & 2-hour delivery. Available seven days a week, in select residential postcodes.

  • Amazon Day: This allows you to add items to your basket throughout the week and have them delivered on the day of your choice.

Streaming benefits

  • Prime Video: Stream thousands of movies and TV shows, including exclusive Amazon Originals.

  • Prime Video Channels: Watch your favourite shows and movies by purchasing third-party channel subscriptions (like Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub) and other streaming entertainment channels directly through Prime Video.

  • Amazon Music: Ad free music with a library of over 2 million songs.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited:  Start a 30-day free trial to access tens of millions of songs from today's how much money is amazon prime popular artists. Listen ad-free with unlimited skips. Download for offline listening. £7.99/month for Prime members.

Shopping benefits

  • Early access to deals: Get a 30-minute head start to Lightning Deals on Amazon.co.uk.

  • Alexa voice shopping: Use Alexa to shop for items or reorder the things you use most.

  • Amazon Fresh: Do your weekly food shop, including fresh produce, household essentials, plus popular and specialist brands. Delivered to your door in 1 and 2-hour delivery slots, either from Amazon Fresh or directly from your local Morrisons supermarket. Subject to local availability, and available in select postcodes.

  • Amazon family: Up to 20% off nappies and baby food, product recommendations for your family and exclusive offers.

  • Prime Wardrobe: Select from a broad range of great brands for women, men, kids and baby and try before you buy with free and easy returns.

Reading benefits

Prime Reading: Prime Reading gives you unlimited access on any device to more than a thousand e-books, popular magazines, comics, books with Audible narration and more.

Amazon First Reads: Read one of next month's new Kindle book releases now for £0.00 per month.

Other benefits

Share Your Prime Benefits: Share your account with another adult, so they can access all the benefits of Amazon Prime for no additional cost.

Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage, so you can access your photos from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer.

How much is Amazon Prime, UK wide?

You can pay for the whole package at a cost of £79 each year. Amazon also now let customers pay monthly instead. It costs £7.99 a month, which comes to £95.88 each year.

You can get a 30 day free Amazon Prime trial if you are a new customer, which lets you try out all of the benefits beforehand.

You can cancel it when the trial comes to an end. Alternatively, you can continue Prime membership and start paying the full £79 a year or £7.99 per month if you want to keep the benefits.

Is annual or monthly Amazon Prime membership cheaper?

Paying annually is still cheaper overall at £79 because monthly membership comes to £95.88 per year. But monthly payments are more affordable in the short term and offer more flexibility.

Can students get a discount on Amazon Prime?

Yes, students can get Amazon Prime at half price until they graduate (for up to four years). This comes to £39 per year.

Students can also get a free trial of Amazon Prime that lasts for six months instead of the usual 30 days. This includes exclusive student discounts as well as their free delivery, video, music and photo services.

The free trial does not include Kindle First or access to their lending library.

Sign up to a free trial of Prime Student for six months

How should you pay for Amazon Prime?

You can pay for Prime using the payment method linked to your Amazon account, usually a credit card or debit card.

Your card will be charged either annually or monthly, depending on how you choose to pay. Paying annually is cheaper if you can afford it with money in your bank account or savings.

Alternatively, you could spread the cost of annual membership with a 0% purchases credit card. You can then pay it back over several months without paying interest.

Is Amazon Prime worth the price?

In February 2014, Amazon Prime went from £49 to £79 per year. Whether it is worth its new price tag depends upon how often you are going to use it and working out whether it gives you value for money.

If you only want to use Amazon Prime delivery

To make the £79 cost worthwhile you need to place the equivalent of:

  • 20 or more orders of clothes (£3.95 for one-day delivery)

  • 13 or 14 orders of media (£5.99 one-day delivery)

  • 10 orders of anything else (£7.99 one-day delivery).

If you can wait longer for your order, some of the other delivery options available include:

  • Free delivery is available with a £20 minimum spend on eligible items (products sold or fulfilled by Amazon) and Items will be delivered three to five days after dispatch.

  • Standard delivery is calculated on weight if items are not eligible for free delivery; they are usually delivered within one to two business days after dispatch. Prices start from £1.99 for media weighing up how much money is amazon prime 0.5 kg and £2.99 on orders weighing more than 0.5 kg. Books cost £2.99 per delivery and all other product types start at £3.99.

  • Express delivery orders placed before the deadline will arrive by 1pm the following day. It costs £6.49 without Amazon Prime and £4.49 with Prime.

  • Same day evening delivery (for selected UK postcodes). These eligible items are delivered between 6pm and 10pm. This is a free service with Amazon Prime but for those without it the service costs £9.99 per delivery.

Being an Amazon Prime customer gets you delivery upgrades. If you need to expedite your delivery, find out more here.

If you rarely order from Amazon

If you are not interested in streaming music and TV, you are probably best off saving £79 and sticking with free super saver delivery on orders of £20 or more, as long as you don't mind waiting three to five days for orders to arrive.

If you rarely order, but are interested in instant streaming, you could try the free trial and see whether you make full use of the service before deciding to take the plunge.

Try all the free trials for Netflix, Now TV and Rakuten too, to see which one you like the best.

Is Amazon Prime Instant Video better than the competition?

At £79 annually, Prime works out at £6.58 a month, which is similar to other streaming video services:

  • Netflix plans start at £5.99 a month

  • Now TV starts at £6.99 per month

However, with Amazon Prime you get the delivery service, music streaming and Kindle library too. If Amazon Prime Instant Video has got your favourite films and shows and you are going to use it for hours pnc bank atm locations near me end, you might find it worth the price.

Amazon Prime is available to stream on all Kindle Fire tablets, along with more than 600 other devices, including most computers, consoles, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

How good is Amazon Prime's Instant Video content?

Currently, you take your pick of more than 15,000 TV programmes and films.

Amazon has also said it is "investing heavily in exclusive content", which has so far included original shows like Transparent, Extant and the new project from Top Gear's former presenters. Amazon also allows you to download videos to your tablet or mobile so you can watch your favourite videos on the go.

What does Prime Music offer?

Prime Music is Amazon's music streaming service. Its basic service comes with Prime at no extra cost and offers access to around two million songs with no adverts.

It was added to Prime's features in July 2015, and features include:

  • Playing songs on your device or computer through Amazon's website

  • Playing songs using the Amazon Music application on your tablet or smartphone*

  • Downloading songs on your computer or device

  • Creating playlists you can play through the app even when you are offline

*Including Android devices and Apple products

What are Prime Stations?

They are ad-free personalised music streaming stations that have been added to the Prime Music service. You can like and dislike the songs that are played and skip as many as you like.

What is Prime Music Unlimited?

It is an extended streaming service that offers the same features as Prime Music but with a music library of around 40 million songs.

It costs £9.99 per month, but Prime members can get either of these discounts:

  • Paying £7.99 a month (£2 cheaper)

  • Paying £79 upfront for a whole year (£6.58 per month)

You can apply for a 30 day free trial of Amazon Music Unlimited here

How does Prime Music compare to other streaming services?

Other streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music and Google Play are available as a standalone subscription. But Prime Music's basic package can only be accessed as part of the full Amazon Prime service.

It is cheaper than other streaming sites, which charge around £10 per month. Amazon Prime membership can be £6.58 per month and also includes its one day free delivery service, video streaming, photo storage and e-book library.

Its choice of music is more limited, with around two million tracks currently available to UK members. Spotify and Apple Music each offer more than 30 million songs.

However, their Prime Music Unlimited service offers about 40 million songs and is cheaper than most other music streaming services if you add it to the full Prime service.

The Amazon Prime Kindle e-book library

Amazon Prime's Kindle Owners' Lending Library lets you borrow one book per month, which you must return before taking out another one.

While one book is slightly restricting, this is mitigated by the fact that there are half a million books to choose from - which should keep even the fastest reader going for some time.

There are no due dates or deadlines for returning books, and they can be shared between your Kindle devices and Kindle apps (but not across multiple user accounts).

The verdict on Amazon Prime

Whether Amazon Prime is worth it for you will depend entirely on how much use you are going to get from it.

  • If you regularly order from Amazon, pay for a music or TV and movie streaming service and read a lot, Amazon Prime may be worth it

  • If you do not really order enough to justify the £79 price, stream video and music content from another provider and do not have a Kindle, it is unlikely you will find much use for Amazon Prime

How to share Amazon Prime

You can share your Prime benefits with one other adult and up to four children at no extra cost by creating an Amazon Household.

How to cancel Amazon Prime

If you decide to end your Prime membership, head to the login page on amazon.co.uk and sign into your account, go to Manage Your Prime Membership, and select the End membership option (if you have paid) or Do not continue (if you are in the trial period).

Once you have opted out of automatic renewal, you will not get charged after your free trial or current year's membership is up. Of course, if you change your mind and want to carry on, you can sign up again or alter your membership preferences later.

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