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Is amazon prime worth the money for streaming tv shows and movies?


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Initial post: May 1, 2014, 7:44:52 PM PDT
Is amazon prime worth the money for streaming tv shows and movies?

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 7:51:33 PM PDT
Beth says:
Your best bet is to check the selection. The price is good compared to Netflix but I have heard complaints about not getting the latest movies. I have Prime and am completely satisfied. But I mostly watch not particularly new TV series.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 7:56:05 PM PDT
Artist says:
Just for streaming videos? It depends on how often you use it, and if there are enough videos you like to make it worth your while.

It's definitely not a substitute for Netflix and other similar sites.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 8:18:53 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
You really need to review their library and make that decision for yourself.

Many people do seem to think it's worth the money. Personally, I don't, so I stayed with Netflix instead of switching.

Posted on May 1, 2014, 8:32:31 PM PDT
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GnomeEd says:
Prime's main benefit is "free" 2 day shipping. I put it in quotes because if you're paying $79 or whatever it is now then it's really not free.

The streaming videos is just an extra perk along with borrowing 1 book per month.

Posted on May 1, 2014, 8:57:28 PM PDT
pjf says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 9:24:55 PM PDT
Peter Craine says:
My experience is quite different. My Prime orders always come in 2 days, and occasionally next day. I am very pleased with the shipping.

As for the streaming, as others have said, you need to check out what they offer to see if what you want is what they have, but I find the real value is discovering movies and (especially) TV shows I'd never heard of.

Posted on May 1, 2014, 9:27:38 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 9:41:49 PM PDT
Artist says:
Season 1 is free, but Season 2 is not. You could have asked how to get a refund if you viewed a season 1 video and were charged for it, instead of just posting a whine. But since that's all you wanted, I won't bother.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 9:44:05 PM PDT
Artist says:
I get my Prime packages in 1-2 days. Only one time did it take 3 days.

As for free shipping, the estimated delivery date is 5-8 *business* days, but you might get it before then. However, you should never *expect* to get it before the last date in the estimated date range that they give you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 9:47:26 PM PDT
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Peter Craine says:
Season 1 of Orphan Black is free for Prime members. Season 2 is not. If you're a Prime member and you were improperly charged, you should call customer service. My wife once rented a movie on our Roku. She started watching it, then stopped it, unaware that there was a time limit on rentals once you start watching. A few days later, when she tried to resume watching it, it wasn't available. I called customer service, explained what happened, and the woman I talked to restored it right away. You should give them a call.

Posted on May 1, 2014, 9:53:57 PM PDT
musicmomma says:
I have had Prime for a few years and think it is well worth the $99 a year.

The biggest perk is the 2 day shipping. I have only had one time when my packages did not come in within the two day time frame. As far as the other things that come with Prime, they are; Kindle First books. You get one book a month for free from four choices. There is also the KOLL where you can borrow a book for free each month.

The movies and TV shows are another added perk. I watch streaming movies all the time. I have some that I have purchased and some that are on Prime (which means they are free). We have both Netflix and Amazon movies. I have never have been at a loss to have something to watch.

When you are looking for a movie or TV show you have to be careful that they are free.

I think Prime is worth it. I use it all the time and not just for the shipping. The thing is you have to make the choice for yourself. What is good for me may not be good for someone else.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 10:04:46 PM PDT
Except that for many orders, Prime 2 day shipping is taking 3-6 days
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All of my Prime orders arrive within the 2-day shipping, sometimes even next day without me even paying extra for it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2014, 10:08:33 PM PDT
Peter Craine says:
I agree that for the whole package, Prime is worth the $99. I'm not sure the streaming alone would be worth that - or, rather, if I were deciding between Netflix and Prime, and I didn't already have Prime, and I was not interested in the shipping part, I'd go with Netflix. I think a problem Amazon has is that most people who do not have Prime view it as a streaming service, not a shipping service - the media certainly covers it as a streaming service, a direct Netflix competitor - and Prime just doesn't have the depth that Netflix does. It's also quite frustrating to get into a series for a few seasons and then discover that later seasons are not included with Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 6:15:24 AM PDT
Pageturner says:
My Prime orders all come in two days. Did you order something that was listed as 3-4 day shipping? Or was out of stock? I have not had your problem.

Posted on May 2, 2014, 6:26:32 AM PDT
wwtpgirl66 says:
I absolutely love my prime membership!! I don't really use it a lot for the video service. I, like so many others here, like the 2 day shipping. I have never had something not come in the 2 days. I also like the ability to get 1 book free per month and also enjoy the kindle first program. I have Netflix and Hulu plus for the video side of things.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 12:51:41 PM PDT
That pretty much sounds like Operator Error.

Posted on May 2, 2014, 12:55:26 PM PDT
I have never had a Prime package come later than promised. In fact, several of them have arrived the very next day after ordering.

It's worth it to me, even just for the streaming, because my local cable is just silly-expensive for even the basic package, and I can't afford it, never mind satellite. $8.25 a month is about the best deal around for quite a lot of shows & movies.

So far, we find more than enough on Prime to watch; if at some point the selection runs out, I'll reconsider, but for me, for now, Prime is totally worth it!

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 1:47:04 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I have never (barring bad-weather or other shipping company issues) had a Prime package take more than two days from the time I received the "your item has shipped" email. If you are consistently receiving your items outside of that 2-day window, then you need to perhaps talk with someone higher up on the CS scale than the first rep who answers the phone. Two-day shipping is supposed to be that it will be delivered *to the customer* in those two days.

I even recently ordered something on a Sunday afternoon, expected that I would get it on Wednesday (since Sunday's not a business day)--I received an email that Sunday evening that the item had shipped and it was on my doorstep on the Tuesday afternoon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 3:59:25 PM PDT
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pjf says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 5:21:11 PM PDT
Artist says:
Funny, when my package was one day late, they apologized and gave me a free month of Prime. They didn't give me any of the excuses that you posted above.

You need to speak to your local post office. We used to have a carrier who would deliver packages when she felt like it, often only once per week. The PO got enough complaints (after Amazon starting using the PO) that she was "retired." Now we get our deliveries on time because the carrier does his job.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 5:23:48 PM PDT
I still get Prime orders via UPS. Some are Sure Post and I get them in 2 days.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 6:08:39 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I agree that the issue must be with your post office. Every order I've done recently (haven't taken the time to look too far back) has the following in the shipping confirmation email:

Your guaranteed delivery date is:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (or whatever the date is)

That's always been 2 days after the email's date, and I've gotten everything (no matter what the shipping method) on time.

The next time you order something, check the email confirmation and see if it has that "guaranteed delivery date" part in it. If it does, and you don't get the item by that guaranteed date, then a call to Amazon is definitely warranted.

Also, if you have Subscribe and Save orders, those (because of the S&S discount) don't get shipped using Prime. Could any of your orders that you say are taking longer be part of a Subscribe and Save shipment?

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 6:11:28 PM PDT
But I was told by CS that this is the way it is now that they've switched to Sure and Smart Post for Prime shipping.
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I get Smart/Sure Post items all the time - they always get here on time, within the 2-days.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2014, 6:13:44 PM PDT
Yes, I would be complaining to my Post Office, UPS, FedEx, etc. (whichever it was), if I had packages not being delivered on time.
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