It was never really extremely clear when, exactly, the first episode of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard. In the past, there have been loopholes for existing members to take advantage of these sporadic Prime discounts, but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case this time around. That said, if you still haven’t yet joined Prime, this is a fantastic opportunity.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR PRIME AMAZON MEMBERSHIP?
We’ve compiled a rapidly expanding list of benefits that you get with your membership, including free two day shipping, access to thousands of streaming TV shows and movies (including…The Grand Tour), 20% off video games, free Kindle ebooks, and a whole lot more. It’s the best deal in tech even at $99, so you shouldn’t hesitate at $79
Free Two-Day Shipping (Or Same Day, Or One Hour)
Amazon Prime is best known for its free two-day shipping. Their shipping estimates are highly reliable, and if you don’t need your items right away, you can choose a slower shipping method and get yourself some kind of credit (categories and values rotate). You might even be able to trick the system into giving you the fast shipping and the credit. If Amazon does fail to get you your items on time, you can get get your Prime membership extended.
Residents of a few major cities can now select same day delivery, and also take advantage of the new Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, while those outside of the current range of Amazon Fresh can still use Amazon Pantry.
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video was playing catch up to Netflix for a while, but with great shows like Transparent, the huge addition of HBO, and numerous exclusives, Amazon Instant Video is at least an even match, if not the superior streaming service. If Amazon Instant Video has what you want, or at least enough of what you want, you could in theory cancel cable, Netflix, and HBO, resulting in savings that would cover the cost of Prime multiple times over.
The addition of offline playback for Prime subscribers is the most exciting thing to happen in streaming video since streaming video.
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Amazon and JetBlue have also announced a partnership to offer Prime members free access to Prime Instant Video during their flights, along with free faster Wifi.
20% Off New Release Video Games and Preorders
Forget Best Buy’s Gamer’s Club Unlocked, Amazon is building a 20% discount on video game preorders that extends for two weeks after the game’s release right into your Prime Membership. What’s more, most recent releases can be traded in to Amazon for upwards of $40 if you finish with them quickly. You could easily make money on this deal.
This discount stacks with the 5% back you get with your Amazon Store Card that we discuss below.
If you’re a Prime member, anything you watch on Twitch will be ad-free, and you’ll also get access to some free games and in-game items.
Amazon Prime Music
Amazon Prime Music boasts “one million free songs” for Prime subscribers. Like the comparison between Netflix and Prime Instant Video, whether Prime Music has everything you need is subjective, but if it does, you could cancel your subscription to services like Spotify, or at least knock them down to the free tier, further ameliorating the cost of Prime.
While the audiobook store Audible is primarily a separate service from Amazon Prime, Prime members do get free access to Audible Channels, which includes a selection of spoken news stories, podcasts, and other short form audio content.
Unlimited Photo Storage
If you’re already paying for Prime you can store all of your photos in Amazon’s cloud for free, and then sync them to any device. Depending on what else you’re putting in various clouds, this bonus might enable you to stop paying for the premium tiers of whatever storage services you’ve been using.
Amazon Gives Unlimited Photo Storage to Prime Customers
You also get 5GB of storage to use for whatever you want, in addition to the unlimited photo storage. If most of your cloud-stored files are photos, you might be able to do away with premium tiers of other services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Plus, you can even invite up to five friends and family members to to share your space.
Kindle Lending Library
The Kindle Lending Library lets owners of Kindle devices who are also Prime subscribers borrow from a selection of over 600,000 books at no additional charge. The Kindle First program also lets users buy one of four “Editors’ Pick” e-books a month ahead of official release for $2 — or free, for Prime members.
In addition to the lending library, Prime members can also download a rotating selection of over 1,000 books, magazines, and comics through the Prime Reading program. The selection is significantly smaller than the Lending Library, but doesn’t limit you to one download per month.
Exclusive Deals and Early Access
In the last several weeks Amazon has really ramped up their offering of exclusive deals for Prime subscribers, with steep video game preorder discounts as well as everything from sound bars to blenders.
At the same time, Amazon has made headlines with deep preorder discounts on their first-party hardware like the Fire Stick (a discount which made it our most popular product of 2014), and the Amazon Echo.
This year, Amazon launched Prime Day, a mid-year day of deals with all the agonies and ecstasies of a Black Friday. We have a hunch it won’t be a one time affair.
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Prime Store Card
A few credit cards have been offering cash back bonuses on Amazon for years, but Amazon recently rendered them all unnecessary with the Prime Store Card, which offers 5% cash back on every Amazon purchase year-round. That’s another 5% off on top of the great deals we cover every day on Kinja Deals.
The Washington Post
Prime members get 6 months of Jeff Bezos’ paper of record, the Washington Post, a $60 value, for free. Once the 6 months expire, subscribers have the option to continue the Post subscription for $4/month, as compared to the usual $10/month.
Good To Know
Other Amazon Prime discounts are available to students, holders of certain credit cards, and AT&T customers.
Amazon has preorder price guarantee, doesn’t charge your card until an item ships, has a 30-day return policy, and will generally honor price changes within 7 days of delivery.
Amazon Mom offers exclusive deals and discounted subscriptions on items like diapers.