Amazon Prime Benefits
I’m sure you’ve heard of Amazon Prime by now. Amazon started offering this Prime service way back in 2005 with their vision being "fast delivery should be an everyday experience—rather than an occasional indulgence". Of course at that time, not many if any online shops offered something similar like this. Effectively, they gave up on a lot of shipping revenue.
Now, Prime has over 150 million subscribers and is one of the world most popular subscription service.
This article will try to highlight some of Amazon Prime benefits you receive with your subscription.
What is Amazon Prime?
As mention above, Prime is a subscription membership provided by Amazon. It started out by provided free shipping and two-day delivery, later expanding the membership to include even more benefits.
Now, they offer free one-day delivery in some metropolitan areas. If you live a bit further from a big city, you need to wait an extra day for you delivery. You can check if your area offer same day delivery by entering your zip code here.
In later years, Amazon have started offering even more with their Prime subscriptions. More enjoyment for the same price. These services are the following:
This is their video streaming platform. If you have a Prime subscription, you get access to thousands of movies and TV shows. Amazon also produce some of their originals movies and shows like their hit show The Grand Tour. In some countries this service is offered as a video-only subscription.
Prime Video started in the US on September 7, 2006. After gradually launching it across other countries with an Amazon service, they announced in 2016 that they will be opening up their video service worldwide, excluding some countries.
You can watch on pretty much any device and smartTV which support webplayer. Content is delivered in mostly Full HD and some even in 4K resolution if your internet speed is fast enough.
Prime Music is a music streaming service similar to Spotify and iTunes. It offers a library of over 2 million songs. If you want more than those 2 million songs which is included in your Prime membership, you can get Amazon Music Unlimited which as over 60 million songs(!).
The 2 million songs are curated by Amazon’s music experts. Keep in mind that their songs often change. Some new songs are added and others are removed.
You don’t need to always be connected to the internet to listen, you can download them and enjoy the songs while you’re offline.
Started in October 2016, all Prime members got access to a changing amount of Kindle e-books. Meaning you will always get something new to read. It’s not only e-books though, they have magazines and travel guides too.
Prime Reading is not the same as Kinda Unlimited or Audible. Those are sold as separate services and does not include in your prime membership. However, if you’re person who only likes to read sometimes, than this can be sufficient for you.
Also a service which is included in your Prime subscription. It’s basically a cloud storage for your photos. Every Prime member gets 5GB of free storage. If 5GB isn’t enough, you can choose to upgrade you plan up to a max of 30 terabytes.
The most popular plans are:
- 100GB $19.99 per year
- 1TB $59.99 per year
- 2TB $119.98 per year
From your photo storage, you can order large prints of your best photos. If you own a Fire TV, you can display them as screensavers, turning your TV into a picture frame.
Exclusively for Prime members, try before you buy on eligible items. You get 7 days to try whatever you choose in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t like it, you can return it for free. You only pay for what you keep. Don’t worry, your time period of 7 days starts from the day you actually receive the items.
Simply mark which ones you are keeping and which you are returning. You return the items you don’t want and get charged for those you keep. Easy right?
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Amazon Prime benefits for you
So what exactly are the benefits from getting an Amazon Prime subscription? Besides everything listed above, like Prime Video, Prime Music, etc. there are even more to be gained from having this membership. Let’s list all the goodies you can get with a Prime membership.
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S.
- FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes.
- Prime Now: Get FREE 2-Hour Delivery on thousands of items.
- FREE Release-Date Delivery: FREE Release-Date Delivery on eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date to ZIP codes within the continental U.S.
- FREE No-Rush Shipping: Don't need your Prime order right away? Select No-Rush Shipping and earn rewards for future purchases.
- Amazon Day: Choose a weekly delivery day for the items you buy throughout the week.
- Prime Video: unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Amazon Channels: Watch your favorite shows and movies from HBO, SHOWTIME and STARZ channels.
- Prime Music: unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than two million songs.
- Amazon Music Unlimited: Prime members can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans and there are annual plans available exclusively to Prime members.
- Twitch Prime: Members will receive exclusive promotions on eligible pre-order games. Twitch.tv users who link their Amazon Prime account get a free Twitch channel subscription every month.
- Whole Foods Market: Exclusive savings for Prime members, 5% back for eligible Prime members with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, and 2-hour Delivery in select cities-
- Amazon 4-star and Amazon Books Stores: Prime members pay Amazon.com prices on all products in-store.
- Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: Eligible Prime members earn 5% back every day on all Amazon.com purchases, in addition to rewards everywhere else you shop.
- Amazon Prime Store Card: Eligible Prime members can get 5% back every day on Amazon.com purchases and access to exclusive financing offers.
- Amazon Dash for Prime: Never run out of your favorite products with Amazon Dash Button.
- Amazon Fresh: Prime members in select regions get fast and FREE grocery delivery on a wide selection of groceries including meat, seafood, produce, snacks and household essentials.
- Prime Wardrobe: Prime Wardrobe is a Prime-exclusive program where you can try before you buy from eligible items across women’s, men’s, kids’, and baby clothing, shoes, and accessories.
- Prime Pantry: Amazon customers in select regions can shop for groceries and household products in everyday sizes, shipped separately from Amazon for a fee of $5.99 per order.
- Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe: Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive a monthly styling service.
- Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family: These include up to 20% off diapers, baby food, and more through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry.
- Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com.
- Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon's own line of everyday essentials.
- Prime Reading: You can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.
- Amazon First Reads: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Amazon First Reads picks.
- Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.
- Amazon Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage and enhanced search and organization features in Amazon Drive for you and the members of your Family Vault.
Are you convinced yet? Sign up right now and get a 30 day trial. You can cancel it anytime without being charged.
Amazon Prime is $12.99 er month. You can also choose their annual plan of $119 per year. That means you will pay only $9.92 a month! Go for the annual plan if you believe you need Prime for a whole year.
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