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What do readers think of the prime scheme and in particular the associated borrowing - and will you be renewing?


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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012 6:51:49 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
As dot com is coming up to a year of borrowing on the amazon prime scheme, these options are just becoming available in UK. Whilst we can discuss potential pros and cons over there, I (and I'm sure many other UK readers) would be interested to hear what readers think of it here.
Will you be renewing your membership?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 6:55:51 AM PST
BareThoughts says:
I have Prime for the shipping... I order a bunch from Amazon. The videos and book borrowing are just extras to me and I rarely use them.

I personally do not think Prime is worth it if you do not have it for the shipping.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:01:55 AM PST
Laura B says:
Yes, I will certainly be renewing mine. I have it for the shipping. I also really like the Prime Instant Video's, even though I rarely watch any:) Borrowing 1 book per month sounds nice - but I haven't borrowed any yet. I have a LOOOOONG list of tbr books already on my kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:04:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 7:26:16 AM PST
Becky (NOLA) says:
I love prime, but I have only borrowed one book in the 14 months I've owned a kindle and never used the streaming, For me it's all about the shipping.

*edited, while scheme has a negative connotation in American English, the poster is apparently British where scheme means plan. I am glad to have learned something today, thanks:) the rest of my answer is the same though, I use it for the shipping.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:05:24 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
Don't think I've heard about the videos. I would imagine it might be useful for borrowing if you read a lot of expensive academic/technical books - providing they're on the list, of course.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:07:18 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
When you say shipping, do you mean print books? Shipping - unless you want something the next day - tends to be free in UK anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:07:28 AM PST
Cassie Anne says:
I have Prime for the shipping. I was a holdout for ages, and finally signed up in late June. It's wonderful to be able to shop online for birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, and assorted random household stuff - and not have to worry about the shipping cost. Sure, I could go to any of the scores of big bix stores in my area, hassle with parking, and stand in line at the post office to mail gifts, but it's been worth the $79 to not have to do all that.

I've enjoyed the streaming videos too...right now, there are lots of old favorite and new-to-me TV shows.

I haven't yet borrowed any books from the KOLL. I have hundreds on my TBR list, and I add to it regularly. I've skimmed through a few times, and for the most part, either the books aren't anything I'd be willing to spend my time on, or they're so appealing I'm willing to buy them in the first place.

YMMV.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:09:45 AM PST
I have had Prime for much longer than they have offered the lending library and videos. I buy a LOT of stuff from Amazon, and have saved a bundle thanks to the free shipping, which is what the program is really about. I wouldn't count on any of the academic/technical books being available, though. I don't know if the UK site offers rental on those kinds of books, but the US site does have quite a few you can rent for a user-defined period.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:09:49 AM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Shipping in the US is generally free if you opt for the slowest speed (5-7 days, I think) and purchase enough at any one time.

Prime members get unlimited free 2 day shipping on much of what Amazon sells.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:10:16 AM PST
Cyndie says:
I got Prime this past January and will definitely renew it. I usually used to wait until I had $25 to get the Free Shipping, but now I don't have to wait to hit that $25 mark and even if I have more than $25, it comes much faster now on Prime. What I saved on just Christmas gifts this year made it worth it. I also borrow the one book a month and love that feature. Plus now they've added a Watchlist to the Prime videos, I use that, too. Definitely so worth it for me!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:10:49 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
In the USA prime membership gets you free 2-day shipping on thousands upon thousands of items - print books, non-perishable groceries, pet supplies, electronics, toys, household items.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:12:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 7:50:05 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
"Scheme?" Talk about a "Have you stopped beating your wife?" type of "reporting." Correct your biased statement. Truth is, it's not a scheme; it is a fully voluntary program which gives you free 2-day shipping and cheap 1-day shipping on millions of items from Amazon for $79/yr. If you purchase a lot from Amazon (as I do), it more than pays for itself, and then some. In addition to the free shipping, I get free movie streaming and a free book to borrow every month. That is no "scheme," it is a significant cost savings for many, many customers.

Edited to add: I was harsh on the 'scheme' critique and have apologized below. The rest still stands.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:14:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 7:18:52 AM PST
MommaCat says:
I don't think Prime is a scheme either. If that's your mindset already, don't get it. Prime is for shipping; if you don't buy products from Amazon, don't get. I buy a lot, so it's very much worth it to me to get items in two days without paying extra rather than waiting a week (or more) for regular shipping.

The lending library is a nice perk that I use occasionally, but really not very often. I can use the Public Library just as easily.

Streaming video? Nice. I've used that as well. But, honestly, I'm more into reading. I wish I could use it more, there's a lot of stuff I'd like to see. An awful lot. Wish I didn't work, I would really use that option.

But again, if you think you're being taken advantage of, don't do it. I've been a Prime member for years, and love it. Wouldn't have it any other way. And I share it with family members. Good deal for me.

ETA: When we say shipping, we mean shipping on everything from coffee cups to cat beds. I buy everything from Amazon. I stopped shopping around when I finally realized it was a waste of time. EVERYTHING is cheaper and I don't waste gas.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:14:38 AM PST
Cassie Anne says:
"Scheme" reads funny to me too, but it I think it's just "British" for "plan." Nothing nefarious.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:18:49 AM PST
I agree. If you read much Brit lit, you'll find "scheme" used to mean "plan" or "arrangement" with no positive or negative connotations.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:20:46 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
Then I spologize.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:22:59 AM PST
Mary Jane says:
Ali, I have been looking at the list of books and I don't see very many (if any) technical books. Most of the books on the list are inexpensive books anyway.

I got prime when my kids went to college so that I could buy and ship textbooks to them. It has come in useful when I am buying other items, also. I do borrow a book when I see something on the list that interests me but there have been fewer of those lately. I don't usually do the streaming videos since I have Netflix, but a lot of people have reported that they can get their money's worth with the videos (if you are in the right area to get the videos).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:24:37 AM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Divided by a common language.... ;-)

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 7:30:48 AM PST
Ali Cooper says:
Sorry - I think we may have slightly different meanings of the word 'scheme' in UK and US. I'm not implying anything underhand about it - just meaning an option you can sign up to or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:36:11 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Umm, yes, that's how I use the word, too. I might have to be more careful about it in future...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:36:16 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
Yes, 'scheme' in the US denotes a "crafty or secret" plan of action, per Merriam-Webster.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:37:18 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
With us poor foreigners having to decide which side to take :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:39:18 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Oops. Perhaps nobody complained about my use of the word before because it was mostly in connection with DRM - as in "B&N and Amazon DRM schemes are incompatible".

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:43:19 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
My SO is an American citizen raised in Singapore, where they speak a variant of the Queen's English. She's always adding extra an extra 'u' or using 's' where it should be an 'z'. Very annoying. I tell her holding onto a past Empire is futile. She tells me to go shag myself. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 7:45:12 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
:o)
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