For over a year, we enjoyed Amazon’s free two-day shippings benefits courtesy of Amazon Mom. When our extensions ran out, we quickly ran the numbers and decided to go ahead and purchase the $79 Amazon Prime membership.
When it runs out this fall, I have no doubt that we will renew.
What makes Amazon Prime worth the $79 per year for us? Here are the five reasons:
#1 The monthly cost – Mentally, I like to break that $79 cost into a monthly expense. When I do that, I realize that we’re talking about just $6.58 per month. That’s a lot easier for me to swallow. And considering that over 20% of all online sales worldwide go through Amazon (that’s just a staggering statistic to me), I’m fairly certain that I’ll be buying through Amazon a lot.
#2 Two-Day Shipping on thousands of products - If I need a new charger for my iPhone or a set of headphones for our van’s entertainment system (both purchases I’ve made in the last several weeks), I love that I can find the best deal – and get it shipped to me for free. In two days. (Sometimes it comes even faster.)
#3 No up-charging mentality for the free shipping – If I didn’t have Prime, I’d feel compelled to spend the $25 minimum to qualify for free super saver shipping. Or I’d get in the car, pay $4/gallon for gas and schlep to some overpriced store with my three wily kids in tow. Last year, for example, when we bought headphones for the car (they don’t last long with our kids), we paid four times as much at Best Buy. The ones I get this summer from Amazon were $12 – and worked just as well. (Until a kid stepped on them and broken them in half, but that seems to be how things go on our roadtrips.)
#4 Free streaming of hundreds of TV shows and movies - The basic membership at Netflix will run you $8 per month. That’s $1.42 more than the monthly cost of Prime. You will have to compare the selection for yourself, but for our cable-free home, we are more than pleased with Prime’s offerings. We get instant access to interesting documentaries (Forks Over Knives is our current favorite), TV series we never got around to watching (like Prison Break), and more than enough kid’s programs (Caillou, Blues Clues, Little Bear and many more) to keep my daughter amused in the morning when I’m hoping to catch another 20 minutes of sleep.
#5 Free lending library for Kindle owners – We still don’t own a Kindle, but if you do, you borrow one free Kindle ebook each month through Amazon’s incredible lending library. Yes, you can only borrow one book per month, but don’t forget about all the free ebooks you can download every week.
As an aside, Amazon also recently acquired Audible.com, with it’s vast selection of audio books. While they haven’t announced it yet, I’m really hoping to hear that a free subscription will be included for Prime members. Audible has a super easy to use app for your phone, and it remembers precisely where you left off in a book. It’s a great way to get in some more reading when you don’t have time to sit and actually read.
Do you have a Prime membership? Why do you think it’s worth it for your family?