Amazon Prime Membership
About a year ago, a friend of mine was blathering on about how cool the Amazon Prime membership was and I was mentally rolling my eyes and thinking blah, blah, blah… So a few weeks later I took the time to read up on the program details and decided that since it had a Free Trial option to give it a try. Besides, it couldn’t really be much worse than having a Costco or Sam’s Club membership – right?
My friend (Jeff) was describing how they use the Amazon Prime membership by shopping online for nearly everything, and I mean anything. His point was that Amazon makes shopping so simple; they offer nearly any possible item you may want; and that the Prime membership provides discounted pricing and free shipping. He said that the UPS truck probably stops at their house every day, and they could easily even buy toilet paper online and have it the next day… so why go to Sam’s Club?
So after the free trial period I bought an Amazon Prime membership. Up front it’s only $79 per year which is slightly more than my other club memberships, but boy has it paid for itself many times over because I shop online and at Amazon all the time, but rarely go to Sam’s Club once a month. Here are the basics of the Amazon Prime Membership program:
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items
- No minimum order size
- Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
- A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
I have been keeping a running total of my Amazon purchases from the past year to test “the value”. (BTW – You can also go into your Amazon Account and download your own order history). I have had $1,520 in total purchases and have paid only $12 in shipping fees (for non-Prime items). By my estimates I saved just over $135 on shipping fees and almost $200 in pricing discounts - and I am not a heavy Amazon user like Jeff. Product pricing discounts will vary depending upon the specific items purchased, but some have been pretty significant. I believe getting $335 in discounts for a $79 membership to be a good bargain…plus I get the expedited 2-Day free shipping. Woo Hoo!
Now some of you may simply consider this article an opportunity to enhance our site traffic. Guilty on one hand, but try to overlook the obvious promotional stuff and look into the Amazon Prime membership anyway. It’s free for 30 days so what can you lose?