Is A Prime Subscription Worth it?

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Over the last 26 years, Amazon has grown from a startup to a feature of the tech and ecommerce landscape. They are a leader in online shopping. In 2020, the services they provide are nearly essential, making it easy for customers to get the items they need delivered right to their door, all without leaving the comfort of their home. Amazon also provides opportunities for users to save even more, such as access to their monthly or annual subscription service, Amazon Prime.

“Prime” means “first”, and Amazon does everything they can to show that their loyal Prime members are a priority for the company. From Amazon’s famous Prime Day to less showy, everyday benefits like free 2-day shipping and access to Prime-exclusive items, it’s clear that Amazon is invested in users that invest in them. But what does that mean for you?

Amazon has business ventures in a wide variety of industries, and a Prime subscription can pass the savings along to you no matter what your interests and priorities are. But as with any service, it’s important to think about your needs and whether a subscription makes sense for you. As the consumer, the decision is always up to you. What we can tell you is that in December of 2019, Amazon Prime had over 112 million subscribers, and here are a few reasons why.

Shipping

It’s possible you’re already aware of the primary draw of a Prime subscription—free 2-day or even same-day shipping on over 1 million items in the Amazon catalog. With fast, reliable delivery on everything under the sun, Amazon has made online shopping more convenient than ever. If one of your concerns around online shopping involves returns, have no fear. A Prime subscription also means free and easy returns. If you’re a frequent shopper, it’s possible your Prime subscription could pay for itself in shipping alone.

One thing you can do while weighing whether a Prime subscription makes sense for you is to look at your online purchases over the last year and tally up what you spent on shipping. Chances are that if you make at least 2 online purchases a month, you’ll be breaking even in no time, and shipping is just the first and most visible perk of Prime membership.

Entertainment

Say you break even on shipping relatively quickly. What else comes with Prime? Only a huge library of movies and music that Prime members can access for free. With rentals costing an average of $3.99, having access to that library can make it easy to pop on a movie and start watching. You also don’t have to worry about running out of time on the rental or paying full price. As long as that movie is in the Prime video library, you can revisit it as many times as you want to. In this way, it’s very much like other streaming services. Right now, there are about 17,461 movies in the library, which is about 4x that of Netflix, the nearest competing streaming service. Prime streaming software pairs seamlessly with Amazon’s Fire TV, making it as easy as possible to access the film and TV library however you want to.

And that’s not all. Movies and TV are one thing, but Amazon also has a fantastic collection of music that Prime members can listen to whenever they want to. The library currently consists of about 2 million tracks, and pairs excellently with Alexa suite devices like the Echo and Echo Dot.

Prime Day

Prime Day started in 2015 as part of Amazon’s 20th-anniversary celebrations, and it’s only grown. While Amazon offers sales and deals all throughout the year on major, traditional sales days, Prime Day is for members only. Expect big discounts on in-demand items like tech, appliances, and Amazon-branded products.

If you are still trying to decide, Prime Day is a perfect time to take a Prime membership for a spin by signing up for a 7-day free trial just before the main event. This will give you a no-strings-attached chance to see what Prime membership is all about and take advantage of all the members-only flash sales and discounts.

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