Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Amazon Prime offers free shipping and many other great benefits to members. Prime Day has some really great deals. Thanks for the info!

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.

Click if you’d like more information on Amazon Prime. If you subscribe today, you can also take advantage of some of the great Prime deals on July 12.

UPDATE: Here are some great deals on TVs and electronics on Prime Day.

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