Reader Q&A – Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Ooh, so a reader asked me on Facebook whether or not I thought Amazon Prime was worth it. What a great question!

Let’s break it down!

For those of you who live in a hole in the ground, Amazon Prime is the shit! For $99 a year, you get access to free two-day shipping on most things on Amazon.com as well as a whole host of other benefits. Here’s a list – current as of this posting –

Aaaaannnnnnddddd…. Wait a minute. This list is long. I’m not going to post it. Instead, here’s the link Benefits Of Amazon Prime.

That seems like an insane amount of stuff available to Prime members. Now, the question remains, is it all useful?

Let’s look at some of the best benefits of Amazon Prime and figure out if it’s worth $99.

Free two-day shipping on all Prime eligible items.

In my opinion, this benefit alone is worth the $8.25 a month. I order A LOT of stuff on Amazon Prime. I don’t like shopping and it is so much easier to have a 40 pound bag of dog food delivered to my door than it is for me to go out and get it. I <3 you.

Looking at my Amazon account. I have made 101 orders in 2017 and I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet. That is an average of over 2 orders per week. Yeah, I’d say I use this benefit to its max advantage!

If you’re not an online shopping person, or you have much more patience, you could definitely live just fine without Amazon Prime. But another unsung benefit of Prime shipping is free same day delivery if your zipcode (which mine does!) falls into a certain radius of their distribution centers.

Prime Video

As cord cutters, we use Netflix and Hulu Live to replace our cable. But Amazon Prime is a big supplement to this. Just this month all of the James Bond films came to Amazon Prime as well as my new favorite romantic comedy, the Big Sick. There are TONS of great flicks on Amazon Prime as well as emmy award winning television shows like Transparent.

Prime Music

Now, I’m not a music person, but the link above says that Prime Music allows for unlimited ad-free access to hundreds of playlists and more than a million songs. A spotify membership is $10 a month – have you tried replacing that with Prime Music? I bet it’s just as good.

Also! If you’re not a music person but you are a book person, Prime Audible comes with free access to Audible channels of books, original programming and more!

Kindle First, Prime Reading, and Prime Release Date Delivery

You guys KNOW I like books. This is a HUGE benefit to having Amazon Prime. If I pre-order a book it is shipped to my home for free on the day it releases! This is huge! I love when this happens! You also get one free book a month from Kindle First picks as well as have access to a number of books and magazines from the Prime Reading catalog. This is a HUGE perk to me.

Twitch Prime

You might not care that much about this one if you’re not into video games. But my husband and I love to watch Twitch videos. With Twitch Prime you get ad-free viewing on Twitch videos and a free channel subscription every month! That’s pretty good.

The Verdict?

If you already order from Amazon frequently and/or are a cord cutter who wants to supplement your video streaming services and/or love books – Amazon Prime is for you.

If none of the above applies to you, it might not be a great deal.

Ultimately, it’s going to boil down to your own personal shopping, viewing, and listening habits. But if you’re looking for a couple of ways to make things easier on yourself – online shopping can help. I don’t have to remember to get detergent next time I’m at the store because I have a dash button for it on my washing machine. And I don’t have to remember to buy dog food because it’s on subscribe and save.

For me, it’s a productivity tool as much as it is a money saving tool.

 

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