Last week unprecedented, yet expected tech news was announced: Amazon declared that the price of Amazon Prime would be raised from $79 to $99 beginning on April 17. The announcement was unprecedented because the price of the service had never been raised since Amazon Prime was launched in 2005, in spite of significant benefits being added to the service. The announcement was expected because, well, the price had to be increased at some point.
Amazon Prime is estimated to have over 20 million subscribers in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Japan as well as other
What Do You Get with Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is a bundle of benefits for $79/year, which will increase to $99/year beginning on April 17. You can try Amazon Prime for 30 days for free to see if you like it, but you should also consider what you get for your money to see whether it’s a good deal for you.
Amazon Prime gives you:
1. Shipping Benefits
- Free 2-day shipping on eligible items
- $3.99/item 1-day shipping on eligible items
- Free standard shipping on eligible items
Often Amazon gives incentives such as credit for a free song when you choose standard shipping for an Amazon Prime item.
2. Amazon Prime Video
A competitor to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video gives you free, unlimited streaming of videos including movies and TV shows. You can also download Amazon Prime videos now. Check out Amazon Prime Now Has Free Downloads for Movies and TV Shows!
=> See, Can I Stream It? Easy Search for Movies and TV Shows for information on a free service to check whether videos are available on Amazon Prime vs. Netflix.
=> Also check out Streaming vs. Downloading Videos — What’s the Difference?
3. Kindle Owners Lending Library
If you’re a member of Amazon Prime and own a Kindle device, you can borrow one eligible book a month for free from the Amazon Prime Lending Library.
For more information, check out, Kindle Owners Lending Library – Free Kindle Books!
Is Amazon Prime Worth $99 for You?
When you decide whether to get Amazon Prime, you should consider which of these free services you will be using. The more you use Amazon Prime services, the better deal it will be for you. Even if you only use one service, Amazon Prime may be still be worthwhile.
If you make frequent purchases from Amazon, getting Amazon Prime may actually save you money. Amazon gives free shipping for certain items if your purchases add up to $35 or more. If you find yourself constantly adding items you wouldn’t have otherwise purchased to avoid shipping charges, you may be wasting money just to get free shipping.
Slate created a widget to help you decide whether Amazon Prime’s free shipping will be worth $99 for you: Slate’s Amazon Prime widget. Note that this widget only calculates the shipping benefits of Amazon Prime.
If you want to do your own calculations, check out Amazon’s rates for Standard, 2-day and 1-day shipping: Amazon Shipping Rates.
2. Amazon Prime Instant Videos
Although Amazon Prime’s Instant Videos offerings may be fewer than those of Netflix, you may still find enough movies and TV shows to keep you entertained.
Not all Amazon Instant Videos are eligible for Prime, but you can find videos such as:
- Downton Abbey
- Under the Dome
- How I Met Your Mother
- Orphan Black
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Hunger Games
3. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
If you own a Kindle, Amazon Prime may be a very good deal for you. Not all Kindle books are eligible for Amazon Prime, but over 350,000 books are, including New York Times Best Sellers. If you borrow a book a month and you figure that the average price of a Kindle book is $10, you would save $120 a year, well over the $99 cost of Amazon Prime.
4. Amazon Prime Music
Update: As of June 2014, Amazon now includes Prime Music, an unlimited, ad-free streaming music service with Prime membership. See, 5 Updated Tech Tools You’ll Want to Get Now! for more information about this benefit.
What do you think of Amazon Prime at $99? Do you think that Amazon Prime is a good deal for you? Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts:
This infographic illustrates how Amazon Prime is a good deal for Amazon:
Are you a member of Amazon Prime? Will you get Amazon Prime for $99? Which services of Amazon Prime offer the most value to you? let us know in the Comments section below!
*Amazon Box Image (edited) by sⓘndy°
*Amazon Fulfillment Center image by Scottish Government (edited)