Amazon is where it’s at and online shopping has been the most convenient thing since we started heating up food in the microwave. Also, many people have been turned into compulsive shopper since shopping has been as easy as clicking on photo and later clicking on “checkout.” It all has been simple and yet online shopping can be complex and complicated. Many companies have offered us “deals” by subscribing to a membership kind of service and Amazon is no different. Here comes Amazon Prime! Is Amazon Prime worth it? Well, that’s a Yes and it’s also a No. (see bottom of post for why Prime might not be worth it)
So is Amazon Prime worth it?
Yes and no. It really depends on your lifestyle and needs. If you like buying things that cost less than $25 online and do not want to pay $3-4 on shipping and do not want to wait a week for it to be shipped, yes Amazon Prime could be good for you. BUT only if you buy frequently. For those who shop on Amazon 3-4 times in a year, I suggest that you don’t become a member. It’ll be a waste of money!
What is Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is a yearly subscription that gives you a few perks including:
- Prime Shipping: Free Same-Day and 2-Day Shipping on most items
- Amazon Prime Video (streaming service like Netflix)
- Amazon Prime Music (ad free)
- Free unlimited photo storage
- Kindle First (free editors’ pick book every month)
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (you can borrow one book every month on top of Kindle First)
Prime Video is $8.99/month. Amazon Prime is priced at $10.99/month or a yearly subscription rate of $99. The yearly price rate definitely is the cheaper one.
So who is Amazon Prime for?
There are many benefits to being an Amazon Prime member and if you are one of the people below, you should think about signing up:
- Frequent online shoppers and gift-givers!
- College students
- Kindle Readers, TV and music lovers
For frequent online shoppers
If you have a family and you like to buy stuff for them at a good price, then you might already shop on Amazon. When you look for those birthday and Christmas gifts, you will get free 2-day shipping on most things. That in itself, is pretty good considering that most online retailers will still charge for shipping. Also, you can get household products, gadgets, sports gear, and so much more on Amazon!
A few examples of family purchases on Amazon:
- Buying an SAT guide for Jimmy
- Getting that Polaroid camera for a Christmas gift
- You want to cut cable and decided to buy a digital antenna on top of the Prime video, Netflix, and Hulu
- Some workout supplements for dad and vitamins for mom
All of these, you will get free 2-day shipping. If each would (for the sake of argument) cost $3-4 to ship, then you have already saved $12-16. Sure, the Amazon Prime membership costs $99 ($49 for college students) but if you buy from Amazon frequently, you might see some returns on shipping alone.
For college students
College students like me benefit more from the Amazon college textbook rentals. The 2-day (or even same-day) shipping is important to many students and downloading an e-textbook to a tablet, computer, or Kindle device is just oh-so-sweet. It’s a lifesaver! Like regular Prime members, Prime Student members also get all the benefits listed above this post.
College students are also more inclined to watch TV shows and listen to music so Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music helps in that area.
If you are interested in Amazon Student Prime, get your 30-day free trial today.
Amazon Prime is also great for readers, TV, and music lovers
I personally love reading on my Kindle Paperwhite. I read multiple books at once (it’s like following a few TV shows) and I get free books every month from Kindle First; and I try to read them all! I can also borrow books once a month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library with Prime.
On top of this, I get to access Amazon Prime Video on some of my devices and watch shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Veep, Bored to Death, and many more. Although I think Netflix has a better selection of content, there are some few good ones on Amazon Prime Video.
I also have Amazon Music on my computer and it works just like Spotify. Even though I prefer Spotify, this is an extra perk.
Amazon Prime may not be worth it to:
My mother signed up for Amazon Prime and it turns out, it’s just a waste of money. She hardly buys anything from Amazon (she thought she would buy more), and she doesn’t have enough time on her hands to watch Amazon Prime Video or read Kindle First or Owners’ Lending Library books. So she cancelled her subscription.
For those who will not use most of the perks that come with Amazon Prime, I suggest that you do not get it. You will save money and so what if you pay your usual $4 on shipping. If you only shop on Amazon 3-4 times a year, $12-16 on shipping is better than paying $99/year.
It is not worth it for:
- Super busy people (no time to read or shop online)
- Brick-and-mortar and patient shoppers (those who can wait for shipping)
- Those who do not shop that much
So is Amazon Prime worth it? Overall…
Amazon Prime is great if all the benefits that come with it is used to the fullest extent. If you’re a frequent online shopper. Or you love digital content like Kindle books, Amazon Prime Video, and Amazon music, you might like Prime. The free 2-day or same-day shipping is also great for college students and those who cannot wait to get a package on your doorstep. Also, if you like sending gifts to family and friends, you can’t beat free 2-day or same-day shipping!
If you do not have time to shop online, read Kindle books, watch Prime TV shows, or listen to Prime music, you might not like Amazon Prime. If you do not mind waiting for shipping and you do not shop on Amazon that much anyway, I suggest that you do not sign up for a Prime membership.
I have been a Prime Student member for over two years and have used it the best I can. My textbooks arrive on time and when I most need it. I also love reading on my Kindle and having access to many free ebooks through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, I get to read a-plenty. Also, there are a few good books on Kindle First. I discovered some of my favorite shows through Prime Video like Veep! I have also taken advantage of the free 2-day or same-day shipping for things like digital antenna, shoes, video games, CDs, books, and gifts.
Do you think Amazon Prime is worth it? Do you shop on Amazon a lot? Leave us a comment below!