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Amazon Prime guide

It comes with a lot more than just free shipping.

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Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping to subscribers, making it a cost saver for frequent online shoppers. But to get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to take advantage of all the extra features.

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How much does Amazon Prime cost and what do you get?

ServiceSubscriptionCost
Amazon PrimeMonthly$12.99
Amazon PrimeYearly$119
Amazon Prime – StudentYearly$59

New customers can try Prime for free for 30 days, but keep in mind you’ll have to go into your account to cancel your subscription after the trial is up if you decide you don’t want to pay for it.

Amazon Prime members enjoy lots of benefits, including:

  • Prime Video
  • Prime Pantry
  • Free two-day shipping
  • Unlimited music streaming
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Unlimited reading
  • Free same-day delivery on select items
  • Exclusive deals and discounts

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

If you do a lot of shopping online, then there’s no doubt that Amazon Prime is well worth it. The wide range of items available on Amazon means you can find almost everything you need, while the unlimited free delivery means there’s nothing too small to buy.

Amazon Prime will also come in handy if you stream lots of videos and music or read books on Kindle.

On the other hand, customers who only shop online a few times per year might be better off paying for shipping or making sure their cart includes enough items to qualify for free shipping without a Prime membership.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video lets users stream hundreds of movies and TV shows at no additional cost, as well as access Amazon-exclusive content such as the hugely popular Grand Tour. Prime members can also download video content to watch later on their phones or other devices for free.

Does Amazon Prime Video have 4k?

Yes. You can stream in 4k with Amazon Prime Video. But you will need a 4k compatible TV, and the options are somewhat limited.

Does Amazon Prime Video work on Apple TV?

Yes, Amazon Prime Video launched an Apple TV app in late 2017. Download the app on the Apple TV and sign in to your Prime account to start streaming.

Amazon Prime Pantry

Prime Pantry is Amazon’s grocery delivery service, available to US Prime customers. Shop a wide variety of grocery and pantry items, and get them delivered to your door for a low rate.

How much does Prime Pantry shipping cost?

Prime members have several shipping options for Prime Pantry:

  • Pay $4.99 per month to sign up for a Prime Pantry membership and get free shipping on all orders of $10 or more
  • Pay a flat rate of $5.99 on orders under $35
  • Receive free shipping on all orders of $35 or more

Prime Pantry orders take 1–4 business days to arrive. Expedited shipping is not available at this time.

Amazon Prime Audiobooks

Let’s not forget that Amazon’s humble beginnings were in the book business. As such, Prime members enjoy lots of reading perks, including free access to Audible Channels and Amazon-exclusive audiobooks. Prime members can also borrow books, magazines and other media from the Kindle Library.

Does Amazon Prime include audiobooks?

Yes. US Amazon Prime customers gain access to an Audible Channels membership for free, which ordinarily costs up to $60 a year. You’ll get access to a rotating selection of audiobooks, podcasts and news stories. But the selection is much more limited than you’d get with a full Audible subscription.

Amazon Prime Music

Prime members enjoy access to a wide selection of songs and playlists as part of their subscription.

Does Amazon Prime include music?

Yes. Prime members in the US enjoy access to more than two million songs, playlists and stations at no additional cost.

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