Amazon Raises Prime Pricing To $99 A Year, Is It Worth It? - HotHardware
Amazon Raises Prime Pricing To $99 A Year, Is It Worth It?

Amazon Raises Prime Pricing To $99 A Year, Is It Worth It?

Spoiler alert: Yes, Amazon Prime is still totally worth it for $99 a year, if you actually take advantage of what the service offers. The company announced today that it’s jacking up the annual cost of Amazon Prime from $79 to $99 (and up to $49 for students).

Amazon cites rising fuel and transportation costs as the need to bump up the price, and noted that Amazon Prime has been $79 for the last nine years.

Just to recap, an Amazon Prime membership affords you free two-day shipping on pretty much everything in the world, access to the whole large (and growing) catalog of movies and TV shows in the Prime Video library, and a multitude of free Kindle titles.

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If you don’t order very many items, don’t read very much, and rely on Netflix, Hulu, pay TV, et al for your entertainment, then $99 a year probably isn’t worth it. However, if you for example send out birthday and holiday gifts to even a relatively small number of people each year and purchase a handful of items for yourself, you’ve pretty much paid for your Prime subscription.

Or, looked at another way, a Netflix streaming subscription is $7.99 per month, or $95.88 per year. In that light, it’s clear that Prime is priced accordingly, even if you’re only paying for Prime Video.

We’ve all gotten used to the idea that everything should be free--Google, Facebook, Twitter, music (via the like of Pandora and Spotify), and more don’t cost a penny--but there are costs associated with everything. Paying an extra 20 bucks a year for a three-headed beast of great value probably isn’t something we need to complain about.
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No

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I would say it is less of a value for sure. I like to say that I use the Streaming service a while bunch, but honestly the majority of the things I stream are available from other places that I have a membership). the Kindle Lending library only gets me a max of 12 books a year, and I do not read fast enough to get that and read other books. So the main benefit would be the free 2 day shipping. I do order lots from them, but I'm not sure even $75 worth.

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Split the cost with some family members or friends that you trust with your financial information. You can easily split the cost to have free shipping and movies for everyone. Not sure if that's against the TOS, but it's a good option for those who don't want to fork out that whole price.

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The comparison about the yearly price of Netflix and prime is a good point. So if you order items many times a year I think it's well worth it. The inclusion of 2day shipping with it is perfect for frequent Amazon buyers

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YES!

Those of you complaining, do you even have Amazon Prime!? it has been $80 for 10 YEARS!!!!!!!!! This is the first price hike we have seen and though $20 is something we would all like to save, it only comes out to $1.67 more a month! If you don't get prime you would be spending much more than that on a single order every month. Of course the more you order through amazon the better the value of Prime is but if you are only ordering 1-3 times a year then Prime isn't for you even at the old price. This is all of course before even taking in account their streaming service and the fact that they are making amazon original shows.

As someone who places several amazon orders a month I think the new price is still WAY more than worth it and I don't even stream any video from them.

People just don't like change especially when that change is having to pay more money for anything. But is it worth it? YES.

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I think it was about time they actually had to increase the price, gas is getting more expensive these days.

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Vietcloud; good point!! It is also important to note that Prime cost $80 back when there wasn't a streaming service and never got a price hike even after they introduced video streaming.

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Prime does have its pros and cons but still a trustworthy interest to be looked into

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