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Is Amazon Prime worth it?

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Initial post: Feb 25, 2011 11:44:57 AM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
I keep getting these fantastic offers if I will apply for Amazon Prime but I would like to heae from you guys first before I possibly waste my time. Tell me if you tried it and if it's worth it. Thanks.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 9:46:00 AM PST
W. Tatton says:
I use Amazon Prime all the time. As a business owner it saves me a ton of money. It doesn't apply to every item available on Amazon, only those that are marked with the Prime logo. However, I rarely find an item that isn't backed by the Prime option. I would highly recommed Amazon Prime.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 10:40:24 AM PST
S. S. Katz says:
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Posted on Feb 26, 2011 11:07:54 AM PST
P. Thomas says:
I have used Amazon Prime since 2008 and love it. To me it is well worth it.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 3:35:45 PM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
Thank you for the feedback on Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2011 5:26:55 AM PST
Cheyenne says:
OK I'm totally new to Amazon, please explain to me what Amazon Prime actually is, does and benefits ? What is the Prime logo and how would I recognise it ? The restrictions for using Prime ?

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 2:11:08 PM PST
Amazon prime is a service in which you pay a yearly(or monthly?) fee to have free 2-day shipping on select items. If you already use super saver shipping (5-day on orders over $25) it may not be worthwhile. If you aren't ordering stuff frequently enough, or things you need urgently it is probably not for you. As someone who orders a few books/DVDs/CDs a year and is in no rush to get them, it is obviously not worth it.

Posted on Feb 27, 2011 2:16:18 PM PST
Bibliovore says:
It's definitely worth it if you order enough to make up for the membership fee w/ the savings you earn as a member.

The more you order - the more the benefit.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2011 10:27:19 PM PST
Cheyenne says:
I don't think this would apply to us here in South Africa? We pay hectically for shipping, even the FREE shipping YOU get with orders over $25

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 2:43:28 AM PST
Initial_G says:
It's worth it if you order a lot of things from Amazon and don't like to wait or if you order high ticket items. A lot less can happen during shipping transit in two days as opposed to 3, 5, or 7+ days.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 11:02:08 AM PST
AshleyM says:
We order a ton of stuff from amazon - i always opt for free shipping and will pay a couple extra bucks to get an item through amazon to get the free shipping and don't mind waiting for the items - so for us, the amazon prime isn't worth paying 79 a year when i never pay for shipping in the first place. Most items get to my home in 3-5 business days using the free shipping option...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2011 4:43:45 PM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
Thanks Audes, I tend to think like you, in that I can wait a couple days to get my stuff. I first thought Amazon Prime had more to offer than just faster shipping, like lower prices or special deals but if it's just a shipping thing then I'll pass.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2011 3:47:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2011 3:48:29 AM PDT
L L. says:
It's not just free shipping, it has other benefits. THere is a tv streaming like Netflix that is fairly new and if you are a prime member it is free. There are other benefits also.I've never had to pay for it. When my free trial runs out, I signed up for amazon mom and got 3 more months free, when that ran out, I got another free trial, etc. I wouldn't be without it. I can order something that costs 1.00 and have it in 2 days and sometimes next day. On a gotta deal website I go on, they advertise to share prime. You can have 4 guests on your account , so they split the cost and have 5 people using it which is much cheaper.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 3:53:09 PM PDT
Vee says:
Yes, it's worth the money but also there are free prime memberships. You just have to be qualified or fit into either category:

I used to have the regular $79 a month Prime Membership but since I'm going back to school, I became eligible for the free student version. However, even the paid membership was worth it for me and the convenience of it was invaluable. I was on auto-renewal for over 6 years.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 12:22:05 PM PDT
M. Kemmerlin says:
If you're a student (and have a school email that ends in .edu) you can get the benefits of Amazon Prime FREE for 1 year. That's what I'm doing and I'm living it up! lol

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2011 8:26:33 AM PDT
Free super saver shipping and prime membership are only for orders shipped within US and does not apply to international orders.

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 7:23:22 PM PDT
Wayne says:
It's not merely a question of how much you order from Amazon but how much you would order from Amazon. If you have Prime and see a $4 item you want, and getting it in two days would be sooner than waiting for your weekend trip to the general store, then you'd be more likely to order it from Amazon. The bottom line is that if Amazon looks at the total revenue they get from you in a year, and subtracts the total expense of doing so, they know their profit. If it's higher than it would have been without Prime, then they are better off if you have it.

If being able to order things, big and small, any time you want, is going to increase your ordering substantially and save you money overall on things where buying them from Amazon would not have been practical without Prime, then you benefit financially also. For the customer who buys things from Amazon a few times a year, buying 100 times a year might become realistic if each and every item that can be found on line becomes cheaper (overall) and more practical when purchased on line. That's if you factor in gasoline, time, effort involved in figuring out how much the price differs between Amazon and a local store, etc.

The notion that they lose money shipping you a 50 cent item with a two day service is not relevant when you consider that the total across the board is what's relevant. The even bigger picture goes beyond you alone, and looks at all Prime customers as a whole. If there are some customers that cost Amazon more money than they take in, it's not really a loss with respect to that customer, because offering it to that customer is what brought in other Prime customers. Having the Prime program makes more money for them than not having it.

Amazon negotiates shipping prices with the big shipping companies anyway. I'd expect that they pay by the truckload rather than by the item, or by the gross weight of what gets shipped rather than the rate for each package. It's not as if UPS sends a driver running out of the truck to put a few boxes in his hands on the way to the next business. Amazon ships enough to have dedicated trailers that go directly to shipping hubs. Amazon have to make it a win win win situation. You have to be better off getting lots of packages. The shipper needs to make more money shipping Prime orders on Amazon's terms than they would have made without the program. And Amazon has to be better off when they factor in all Prime orders.

So if you become a Prime member, get used to being able to order a 50 cent screw and getting it in two days.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 5:49:02 PM PST
Thomas Rauk says:
"Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives you and your family unlimited fast shipping, such as FREE Two-Day shipping and One-day shipping for $3.99 per item on all eligible purchases for an annual membership fee of $79. Amazon Prime members can enjoy instant videos: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video at no additional cost. Members who own Kindle devices can also choose from thousands of books -- including more than 100 current and former Ne":w York Times Bestsellers -- to borrow and read for free, as frequently as a book a month with no due dates, from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Eligible customers can try out a membership by starting a free trial."

I love Amazon prime, getting 2 day shipping completely free is a wonderful thing. One thing to consider too is that if someone in your household has prime membership, you can make your own account and get free prime on that account too. I believe that if you only order a couple things on Amazon every year, it is not worth it. Would you really pay, what, "79" dollars to get free 2-day shipping on 3 or 4 items; that is only 20 in shipping or so I think. Amazon Prime though is best around the holidays, most people buy gifts online now, if you have to order a ton of gifts for your whole family then yes, Amazon Prime is worth it! Amazon is my favorite place to shop these days, prime is a must I have to say!

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 8:40:56 AM PST
Yes it is. I am the most frugal person. I literally get a sick feeling if I think I've spent too much and can nickel and dime the cost of everything - and the ultimate total cost too. I am the person who knows what my husband's Diet Coke habit is costing us - and lose sleep thinking about it.

That aside I still find the $6 or so per month that Amazon Prime ultimately costs to be worth every penny. I save $6/month in fuel and frustration alone.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 10:05:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011 10:06:01 AM PST
You have probably already read the updates on what Prime is. Keep in mind that Prime can change how you shop. I needed vacuum cleaner bags. Rather than run around trying to recall which retail location stocks them (if any), I clicked to order and for less than $5 those bags were in my hand within a day. Ditto a giant closet organizer. Cheaper on Amazon and for $3.99 (overnight upgrade from Prime) it was here the next morning and Fed Ex offered to carry it upstairs. Seriously, I couldn't drive to the store and wrestle it into my car for less. Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 10:09:35 AM PST
And free streaming and the Kindle lending library.

To each his/her own but for me the $6 or so it costs per month is more than made up for in the fact that I don't have to "build" an order to reach the magical free shipping limit. If I need $4 vacuum cleaner bags, click, buy, done. In my hand the next day (usually). Ditto any other item big or small. On Black Friday I must have submitted six different orders - which made scoring a deal before it was sold out easy.

I would suggest that you try the free trial of Prime. If it's not for you - cancel without any obligation. That's how they hooked me last year :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 12:06:50 PM PST
Rick says:
I have had a few days to look over Amazon Prime on a Kindle Fire, which I am returning for a refund since it quit working. I can't see how they can advertise millions of books and movies being available. A few thousand, maybe. Most of the ones I saw were really old and didn't look very interesting.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011 3:33:52 PM PST
It's similar to Netflix. Streaming options are very limited.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 12:39:24 PM PST
Yuppp says:
Amazon is usually an excellent place to buy things. Almost everything I buy has the prime option for it. I haven't had prime for more than a few months but I radically feel that it is very worth the 79 dollars a year to get 2 day shipping on pretty much everything. Many times I have gone to order something (this happens many places online) only discover that when I am about the pay, the shipping is 2-3 times more than what could be conceived as reasonable. Using prime has the potential to save money and absolutely eliminates that concept while giving an excellent benefit, two day shipping! I seem to be a pretty impatient person, when I go to order something, I always wish I had it instantly, 3-5 days can be at least a little frustrating for me sometimes, especially when it's a very important item or piece of something that I need.
The very reason I am here is because I just experienced this idea that I feel made prime pay for itself in one or two orders. Since getting prime there have been a small number of things I needed days before I had even placed the order. Every time I've ever placed an order with one day shipping the cost has been at least 20 dollars, even if it's something that is extremely light and small. This week I ordered something with 1 day shipping for 3.99. I just struggle to understand how that price can happen, it seems insanely low. I honestly feel guilty using it so I only do so when I really feel the need. Anyway, I ordered these things, now I searched 'is amazon prime worth it' and found this thread. I read the thread, and just did a little investigating, I went to one of the items I ordered with 1 day shipping and found a seller that wasn't prime. I added the item to my cart and selected 1 day shipping. The item was about as big as a hand and weighed around 1 pound and they wanted 34 dollars for 1 day shipping! I haven't done this comparison on other items before, but 30 dollars (not a lot less than what the item costs itself) savings times 2 or 3 makes amazon 100% free and then some.

In summation, if you order several things online a year, you really enjoy or even sometimes need to get things quickly and you enjoy saving cash on it, go for amazon prime.

I've tried on several occasions to find something I wanted to see on their streaming stuff that was included with prime, I have yet to succeed. Maybe in the future they will have a more extensive prime streaming catalog, but anything beyond the free 2 day/3.99 1 day shipping is gravy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 12:50:38 PM PST
How long will it be until Kindle Fire Prime allows streaming videos outside the USA?
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