17 Things to Know About Amazon Prime

17 Things to Know About Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is much more than free, two-day shipping. Ahead of this year’s Prime Day savings, here’s everything you need to know about Amazon’s service.

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17 Things to Know About Amazon Prime

Amazon is already a treasure trove of great prices, undercutting a lot of other e-commerce and brick-and-mortar store prices. The savings only get better if you are among the over 100 million people who subscribe to Amazon Prime. It’s great for shopping benders, thanks to the service’s most basic and best feature: free two-day shipping on eligible products. Plus, you get access to all the streaming content via Amazon Video.

If $119 per year for Prime sounds expensive, there’s a month-to-month option for $12.99. If you keep that option for a year or longer, obviously you’re not saving much; but if you need free shipping for the holidays or want to binge-watch The Tick or Man in the High Castle for a month or two, it’s a good option.

In fact, a 2016 study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showed that 19 percent of Amazon Prime subscribers still prefer the monthly payment for its flexibility. Medicaid recipients and low-income families with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card can get Prime even cheaper, at $5.99 per month (though you can’t use the EBT card to pay for Prime).

If you’re a Prime member you can also take advantage every year of Amazon’s annual Prime Day, the site’s attempt to boost e-commerce in the summer to Black Friday-mania levels. The savings can be substantial; of course, Amazon has other sales throughout the year, too, most of them geared toward Prime members.

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If you’ve never had Prime, try the 30-day free Prime trial. It’s definitely worth it, even if you’re not going shopping, because Prime includes a slew of other services beyond just shipping and videos. Below, we’ll spell out some of the special things you get.

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