Amazon Prime is like your fairy godmother who delivers whatever you need with her magic UPS, USPS or FedEX wands. The 21st century values instant gratification, and Amazon Prime shopping and shipping promote just that. For an annual fee of $79 you receive free 2nd day shipping on tens of thousands of products, as well as access to Amazon Prime Instant Video and even free book rentals on Amazon Kindle.
What people like
- Amazon Prime carries plenty of other applications that make possible things like storing unlimited number of photos in Prime Photos or streaming videos from any device without the actual video access subscription.
- Advertisement-free music streaming of more than one million songs.
- Even without the Kindle ebook subscription, Prime members can borrow books from Kindle’s library without having to pay for a subscription.
- Ability to shop for perishable goods like groceries or takeout practically all hours of the day and all days of the week.
- One account is all you need because you can share benefits with others.
- For items you repurchase often such as toilet paper, you can subscribe and save 15% every time you order.
What people dislike
- Thirty-day trial ends and users automatically get billed. Keep track of your trials.
- Lighting Deals offering immense discounts on certain products carried on the site are fleeting.
Amazon prime is a bargain however you slice it (Amazon actually loses money on Prime subscribers). Even without Amazon Prime Instant Video, which is actually a viable competitor to Netflix, and free ebooks, it’s still very much worth the cost. Consider the last time you bought paper towels or shampoo from the drug store… and now consider you could have had those same products delivered directly to your door, for probably 20% less. Simply put, you should be making more of your purchases on Amazon, and you should be doing so without paying shipping costs.