The answer is, it depends.
I signed up for Amazon Prime in 2012 when we decided to get rid of our cable television. I was intrigued by the benefits that they claimed to offer, including the free ebook lending for Kindle owners and free 2 day shipping on Millions of products. I also liked the fact that they had a large selection of free to stream movies for Prime account members. Even though we already had Netflix, Amazon had some things in their Prime section that Netflix did not.
I do some work through Amazon’s Mturk platform, and I can use my money to buy Amazon gift cards which are basically instant credit to buy lots of stuff from Amazon, including buying digital editions of movies and TV series through the site.
I already shopped at Amazon, and I tried to always find free shipping options, but couldn’t always. But, I did notice a LOT of the things I bought were Prime eligible, so I was really curious. I investigated, and here is what I found.
Movies: Currently Amazon has over 40,000 movies and television shows available to stream or download. Over 15,000 of these are available free to Prime members. Of course, that number could go up as new titles are added. One cool thing: CBS’ ‘Under the Dome’ is available on Prime pretty quick after it airs on TV. Even Hulu doesn’t have it!
Free 2 Day Shipping: There are literally millions of items that qualify for this, from clothes to food to toys and baby gear and household items and…you get the point, right? It’s a BUNCH of stuff. If you consider what shipping costs for most items, you’d probably save the cost of your annual subscription cost in a few purchases.
Free Kindle Books: Kindle owners can borrow from up to 350,000 Kindle ebooks, including best sellers and new releases. I don’t have a Kindle, but my son does, and I have ‘borrowed’ it to borrow a few. WELL WORTH IT in my opinion!
If you don’t have a Kindle, you should consider getting a Kindle Fire …it’s a great tablet for reading and watching movies!
Cost: A year’s subscription to Amazon Prime cost $79. That breaks down to $6.58/month. It’s less than Netflix or Hulu Plus, and it has more benefits to me.
Bottom line: We renewed our subscription this year. We are thrilled with Amazon Prime and the whole process. I’ve ordered items from Amazon 7 times this year and never paid a penny on shipping. Plus, I’ll probably buy more than a few Christmas presents on there, all Amazon Prime eligible, of course!
So, I’d say you could save a HUGE amount of money with a Prime membership, especially if you reduce your cable or satellite package at the same time. After all, with 40,000+ movies and TV shows to watch, who needs cable?
SPECIAL PROMOTION ALERT!!!
Amazon Prime is offering a free 30 day trial. This is an amazing opportunity to try it out, and with free 2 day shipping you could buy a ton of Christmas presents and never pay shipping!
Do you use Amazon Prime? How do you save money on your online shopping and movie watching?