Saturday, March 2, 2019

All About Amazon Prime

If you are one who frequently shops on Amazon or finds your neighbors receiving a conspicuous number of Amazon deliveries, you may be asking yourself: What is Amazon Prime, and is it really worth it? 

The company's subscription service costs $120 a year -- or $13 a month-to-month, due to a recent price overhaul -- but it delivers a large number of benefits that may offset the price of admission.

Whether you utilize other Amazon products such as the Amazon Fire TV or simply prefer to shop there, here is everything you want to know about Amazon Prime, so you may make an informed choice about whether to register or continue with more traditional buying and streaming customs.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a paid service -- $119 per year or $12.99 per month -- that provides Amazon shoppers an assortment of distinct perks.  The biggest advantage, however, is a free one- or two-day delivery on most items sold by Amazon.

a) Shipping

Free expedited transport on qualified items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping advantages.

b) Free same-day delivery in eligible ZIP codes

Prime Pantry provides members access to low-priced groceries as well as family and pet care items.  Presently a subscription service, Prime Pantry costs $4.99/month (in addition to a Prime membership). Under $40 pay off a $7.99 shipping fee

c) Prime Now

In select cities, Amazon offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of products from local stores.Unlimited streaming of films and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  You could also incorporate movie subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, A&E, AMC, and many other streaming entertainment channels.   

Amazon is constantly expanding its Prime Video library with fresh content.  Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and over a million songs for associates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Secure unlimited photo storage from Amazon Cloud Drive. Kindle Owners' Lending Library: Available to members at the U.S.

Video Add-On Subscriptions

It is possible to order third-party streaming apps through Amazon Prime to keep all of your video content in one spot.  As an example, you may add Showtime Anytime and HBO Proceed to your account.

Get Maximum Access to Your Items

Amazon recently started experimenting with making some purchases eligible for Prime members only.  Similarly, a couple of years ago when Amazon restocked its Nintendo Switch stock, the console was only available for Prime members.  This might be a sign of things to come in which Amazon becomes like Costco or Walmart, requiring membership before you are able to shop.

Likewise, Amazon's Elements line of goods is only available to Prime members.   The notion is that Amazon goes the extra mile of telling you exactly where the product came from.  (In the case of those wipes, I will tell you liquid within is 97.9 percent pharmaceutical-grade purified water in the White Lick Creek Aquifer in Mooresville, Indiana).

Amazon Households

Two adults in the exact same family can share quite a few Amazon Prime benefits, such as two-day delivery, streaming video and access into the Kindle Lending Library.  To add to -- or eliminate yourself from -- a household, follow the instructions on the Amazon website.

Prime Now

Prime Now is a program for iOS and Android apparatus along with a site which promises free delivery of select items within two hours.  At the outset, the ceremony was only available in select cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Phoenix, but the app has additional new towns on a regular basis.

The goods offered are largely groceries, toiletries, and small presents, but this must change as Amazon gains additional regional partners.  It is also possible to purchase food delivery from a number of your favorite restaurants.   

For instance, in New York City, Eataly, Westside Market, Gourmet Garage, Vintage Grape Wine & Spirits, and Billy's Bakery are one of the participating companies.  You can elect for expedited delivery if you're in a hurry, but that'll cost you an extra $7.99.
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