July 12, 2016 is Prime Day on Amazon. If you haven’t heard already, this is the anniversary of Amazon’s Prime service and the day when they run a ton of great sales on Prime items.
A Prime item is an item that is stored in Amazon’s warehouse and that is eligible for free 2-day shipping (or sometimes even free same-day shipping) to Prime members. The item can be one that is sold directly by Amazon or one that is sold by one of their third-party sellers through the Amazon platform.
Prime members pay either $99 a year or $9.99 a month if you prefer to pay monthly. For this fee, you get the following:
- Free two-day shipping (or sometimes same-day shipping) on certain items
- Free unlimited photo storage
- Access to Prime Now, a one- to two-hour shipping timeframe for items found in local stores (if you live in an area where this is available)
- Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (one free Kindle book rental per month)
- Prime Music (free music to listen to)
- Prime Video (free videos to stream on any eligible device)
- Amazon Freetime Unlimited (for $2.99 you get access to kid-friendly games and videos)
- Kindle First (one free editor’s pick Kindle book per month)
- Prime Pantry (regular sized grocery items delivered to you for a reasonable fee)
- Amazon Family (20% off diaper subscriptions and 15% off baby registry items)
- Early access to special deals
- Free trial subscriptions to the Washington Post and Audible
That’s a lot of stuff, but of course not everyone needs or wants all of these benefits. For me, the free shipping and Prime video make the cost well worth it. I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon, so the free shipping is paid for quickly. While I don’t watch a lot of videos from Prime video, my daughter likes several of the kids’ shows they have.
So for the foreseeable future, I will continue to happily pay my $99 a year.
UPDATE: Here are some great deals on TVs and electronics on Prime Day.
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