When I became an amazon prime member last year, I was only in it for the free two-day shipping. The reason is because I was part of a network for product testers and reviewers. In order to get considered for paid sponsored posts, I had to have a prime membership so the companies wouldn't have to spend money on shipping to send me free products for review, on top of the money they were paying me to do the review. It kind of makes sense, right? I did not mind paying $99 because I knew that I would make the money back after reviewing a few products. But along the way, I found new movies that hubby and I could watch for date nights. I found kids friendly movies that we could watch with the kids. I also found myself going back to my bad shopping habits during my college days. There are more than 20 categories that you can enjoy as a prime member, but are you really
As a prime member, for $99 a year or $10.99 a month, you can enjoy all the benefits listed below and more. Having a prime membership depends on one's personal needs and lifestyle. For instance, if you don't mind doing most of your shopping on the amazon website, a prime membership will be beneficial for you because you can choose to buy from different vendors and enjoy your free two-day shipping. But if you are a bargain shopper and like to browse different websites to find the best deals, it will not be in your best interest to sign up for a prime membership.
Pros and Cons of Having an Amazon Prime Membership
• Free two-day shipping on eligible items to addresses in all states, except Alaska and Hawaii.
• Free same-day delivery for eligible ZIP codes.
• Prime Instant Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes.
• Prime Music: Unlimited, advertising-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs.
• Prime Photos: Secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
• Prime Pantry: You can buy low-priced grocery, household, and pet care items. Shipping costs $5.99 for each Prime Pantry box.
• Prime Early Access: 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new events on MyHabit.com.
• Kindle Owners' Lending Library: Access to more than 800,000 e-book titles.
• Kindle First: Download access to a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks.
• Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Mom: These include 20 percent off diapers through Subscribe & Save and 15 percent off eligible products from your baby registry.
• Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.
- Twitch: Get free game contents every month.
- And more!
1. Not receiving your packages on time + Hidden fees
Shipping is free. Or is it? Most prime products are more expensive, which means shipping is probably already included in the purchase price. If you run a Google search, like I did here, You will find out that I am not the only one complaining about this issue. Some even call Amazon Prime the S word. They think it's a scam.
Two-day shipping can mean five days, and sometimes never.
When I first started using my membership, two-day shipping was a dream come true. So much so that I was buying products that I only wanted to try and experiment with. But towards the end of my membership, things went down hill. I ordered several items that were either 4 days late or never made it to the house. Keep in mind that Two-day shipping is not guaranteed. If you are going to a wedding on Saturday, don't buy the dress on Thursday thinking it will arrive in two days.
BUT, I must admit that Amazon has the best customer service. If you did not receive your product on time or you did not receive it at all, they will refund your money right away. When my daughter's tablet was broken, I sent it back and I received a brand new one in two days.
2. Paying for things that you don't use or care about
I don't Twitch (play online video games) listen to music online, and I don't own an amazon card. So why was I paying for all these things that I don't even care about?
You can catch what I call APSD (Amazon Prime Shopping Disorder). I am not a scientist, but after using Amazon Prime for a year, I was definitely eligible to self-diagnose and come up with a name for that disease. It is the side affect that amazon does not want you do know about. Early access deals + two-day shipping is a recipe for shopaholic-ism. Not all of us have that weakness, but I ended up buying more shoes last year than any other year. I definitely blame it on having a prime membership.
In addition, having a prime membership may stop you from shopping around and exploring other sites. It makes you feel obligated to shop on the amazon website because you already paid for the two-day shipping. I did not renew my prime membership this year because I realized that I was paying for a lot of things that I was not using. But I did sign up for prime video. The reason is because we are all movie lovers in the house and it was the feature that the kids enjoyed the most. If Amazon Prime is not something you want to commit to, it will not hurt to give the 30-day trial a go. Just remember to cancel it before your 30 days are up.