Have you signed up for Amazon Prime? Perhaps you’re not sure if the benefits it offers are worth the price tag, or perhaps you’re not entirely sure what it’s for. Perhaps you’re worried that you simply won’t get your money’s worth. There are, however, a multitude of reasons to sign up for a Prime subscription, and free two-day shipping is only the first. Here are four reasons you should sign up for Amazon Prime today.
This is the benefit that almost everyone knows about. When you sign up for Prime you pay no shipping whatsoever on millions or items that are stocked dispatched by Amazon. What’s more, you can get many of those items within two days, or often the very next day after you place your order. Depending on how often you use Amazon to order items, this perk could be worth the cost of your prime subscription all on its own.
No Rush Shipping Bonus
As an added benefit, if you don’t need your item as a priority, you can elect to take one of the slower shipping options at checkout. If you select the “no rush” option, Amazon offers you $1 in credit on Kindle eBooks or other downloadable media. Order enough with this option and your Prime subscription could end up paying for itself!
Same Day Shipping
In fact, residents of some ZIP codes can enjoy same-day delivery at no extra charge, so as long as the order totals at least $35.
Free Release-Date Delivery
Suppose you pre-order a new book from your favorite author or a hot new tech product. As a Prime subscriber, you'll receive that item on the exact day it's released -- not two days later. Only certain items are eligible, of course.
Free 2-Hour Delivery
Prime Now takes things hyper-local, delivering groceries, restaurant food and other items in just two hours -- or within one hour for an extra $7.99. As of this writing, however, Prime Now is available in just a handful of cities.
Free (or flat-rate) Grocery and Household Item Delivery
Toilet paper, dog food, shampoo, your favorite cereal -- Prime Pantry will deliver these and other goods (pretty much anything that doesn't require refrigeration) for free. However, you need to order a minimum of five "qualifying" items, otherwise there's a flat $5.99 delivery charge.
Prime Video has been developing fast in recent years, and is increasingly looking like a worthy rival to Netflix. As more and more films, TV shows and Amazon Originals are added on a daily basis, the free access to a whole range of video streaming that comes bundled with your Prime membership begins to look seriously appealing. Many mainstream movies and TV shows are now available on Amazon Prime – and there are no limits to your viewing. Brilliant!
Free Prime Books
Prime members are automatically signed up to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which entitles them to one free eBook each month. Not only that, but Prime subscribers get priority access to a curated range of new releases each month as part of the Kindle First program – also completely for free. That’s not to mention the huge array of free magazines, guides and Kindle Singles that come bundled along with your membership.
One little-known perk of Amazon Prime membership is up to 5GB of online cloud storage provided by Amazon for photographs, documents or anything else you choose. This is a service comparable with Dropbox or other cloud storage providers, but backed up by Amazon’s world-class infrastructure. Lightning fast and accessible, you can take advantage of this for free when you sign up to Prime.
As you can see the benefits of Prime go way beyond providing you with quick, free shipping. When you join Prime, you’re opening up a world of Amazon products and services, and giving yourself priority access to the resources of an undisputed media giant. All that for around $10 per month is really a steal. If you haven’t signed up already, now’s the time!