I am sure you have heard of Amazon! But have you heard of Amazon Prime? It is a yearly subscription Amazon offers that comes with a whole bunch of perks, and sets you apart from the general Amazon buyer. Yes, preferential treatment, sort of like a MVP, but it comes with a prize.
Amazon is the millennial success story and it drove other brick and mortar businesses like Barnes and Noble and Borders to the brink. Now they not only sell books, they are a digital publishing giant with the Kindle platform. You can pretty much order anything from fancy electronics like giant LCD TVs to cookware and shampoo.
Let us see what you get with your Amazon Prime membership and if it’s worth it.
What Amazon Prime Offers
Over 350,000 Amazon Kindle books to borrow for free
Hmm! This means nothing to a bookworm like me. Because actually it only allows you to borrow ONE book per month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library. These are books that authors have specifically enrolled in this program. So every book on Amazon is not part of it.
If you like to read more than one book per month, this may not be a perk for you. But hey, there’s always the public library for serious reading!
Unlimited Instant Streaming of TV serials and movies
I love this. I really love this!! Yes, this is similar to Netflix streaming. So what is different?
– It may not have Netflix only series like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black initially.
– You may not value this if you already pay for Netflix Streaming
– Get this – it costs Less than Netflix streaming with more features than streaming
Personally, I think this is a valuable perk of Amazon Prime.
Free Two Day Shipping – No minimum
If you have bought things on Amazon, you know they give free shipping on orders over $25. Have you ever added an item just to cross this number? I have! Many times. Human beings can be strange that way.
But this free shipping is regular paced and takes 4-5 days to reach you. Amazon Prime gives you Free 2 Day shipping on any item, even if you order only 1 teeny item at a time. Yup! That’s what they say!
This itself is worth more than 79$ to anyone who shops on Amazon. Gift delivery is a breeze with this. Buy affordable gifts from any department, and send them to your friends and loved ones, one frying pan at a time.
I think this might end up being a great money saver. Apart from the money you save upfront, you could potentially save hundreds more in terms of going to the store, spending time selecting something, and shipping it on. Amazon even sends you regularly needed items on a certain schedule, which is time saved again. And with Amazon Prime, you don’t need to factor in shipping costs or worry about reaching a minimum.
I think Amazon Prime is worth a try. The Amazon folks offer a 30 day trial, and you can cancel any time. A smart and frugal person can order tons of stuff, get all the holiday shopping done in a couple of weeks and cancel before they are charged any money. But if you are like me, you will somehow Not be able to cancel within 30 days despite your best intentions, and probably be on the phone with customer service at zero hour, arguing about whether 30 days are over yet or not ( Yes, I somehow always end up doing this stuff).
If you are game for a trial, use this link to sign up. I might earn a tiny commission. Or you can snub me and search for Amazon Prime in Google and go to that link.
Either way, I wish you luck with getting the best out of Amazon Prime’s 30 day free trial!
Are you already a Prime member? Jump in and tell us what you think. Before we spend that money!