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Is Amazon Prime worth the fee?

Is Amazon Prime worth the fee?
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If you have ever bought anything on Amazon, you are probably aware of Amazon Prime. But have you ever wondered if Amazon Prime is worth it? Let’s take a look.

Is Amazon Prime right for you?

Amazon Prime members pay a £79 annual fee or £7.99 per month. If you are thinking about joining, its worth checking to see what you get for this fee.

Amazon is one of the largest online stores in the world. Signing up for a service such as Amazon Prime will give you access to a range of services and benefits. But there is no point in signing up for a service if you have no interest in what’s on offer. So, whether Amazon Prime is worth it will depend on your particular interests.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime?

Here are the benefits and services you can access when you sign up for Amazon Prime. These have been categorised in terms of service type.

1. Free deliveries

With Amazon Prime, you will get free unlimited one-day delivery on all purchases from the website. Free unlimited same-day deliveries are also available with no minimum order. However, availability of this service is dependent on your postcode.

Amazon Prime members can access the Prime Now service for 1-2-hour deliveries. Unlimited 2-hour deliveries are available on orders over £40. Deliveries within 1 hour are available for £7.99 with scheduled delivery options. Again, access to this service is dependent on your postcode.

Amazon Prime members wanting deliveries at a specific time can also select Amazon Day Delivery. This is useful when ordering multiple items if you want them to arrive at the same time.

So, with respect to deliveries, is Amazon Prime worth it? The delivery change for a single item could add as much as £5 to the total cost, so Prime members could save money if they order more than twice a month.

2. Access to TV, films and music

Amazon Prime members have free access to Prime Video – Amazon’s on-demand service offering the latest TV series and films. Members can also access Prime Video Channels allowing them to watch films and TV originally shown on channels such as BBC and ITV.

Members that prefer music have free access to Amazon Music service. The service allows access to 2 million songs ad free. For an extra £7.99 per month, members can access Amazon Music Unlimited, offering 60 million songs also ad free. Both music services allow you to listen offline.

The Prime Video on-demand service can be accessed using a mobile device or a smart TV. The music services can be accessed using a computer, tablet, smartphone or the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant.

When travelling abroad, you can still access Prime Video. However, you may not be able to access all the same titles due to geographical licensing restrictions.

Amazon offers a competitive streaming service with a good selection of films, shows and music available on-demand. With respect to its streaming services, is Amazon Prime worth it? It is if you are looking for an on-demand service. The basic package is competitively priced, and you have access to additional services as well.

3. Books and magazines

Amazon offers a Prime Reading service, which gives members access to more than 1000 e-books, magazines, comics and audible books.

Members can access the service by downloading the free Kindle app. The app can be accessed using a Kindle device and also iOS or Android devices.

Prime members also have access to Amazon First Reads. This allows members early access to new books for free or for £0.99 as a Kindle book or £3.99 as a printed version.

4. Deals on grocery shopping

Members have early access to Lightning Deals, can shop and re-order using the Alexa voice assistant and can get 20% off specific Amazon Family products.

Prime members get free delivery from Amazon Fresh. This is Amazon’s grocery delivery service available in the UK in collaboration with Morrisons. Access to the service is available for minimum orders of £15 and is dependent on your postcode.

5. Sharing your subscription

The main additional benefit with Amazon Prime is the sharing service. You can link your Amazon account to that of one additional adult. They can benefit from free deliveries, free multimedia access, and other discounts for no additional cost.

Take home

Still wondering whether Amazon Prime is worth it? Well, provided you’re likely to order from Amazon regularly and take advantage of its Prime Video, Music and Reading services, the answer is yes.

Amazon offers a 30-day trial, so you can experience the service for yourself free of charge. When you sign up for the trial, you will need to submit your credit card details.

Therefore, make a note of when the trial finishes. This will prevent you being automatically charged £7.99 at the end of the trial period if you decide that the service is not for you.

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