I am not a huge fan of going out and shopping around looking through racks, driving/walking from store to store trying to figure out what those on my gift list might like. I am just not big on shopping and I have a large Christmas list. Ugh!
However, put a laptop in my lap, connect me to wi-fi, and I am a shopping fiend!
This year for Christmas I purchased 62 gifts, 7 books, 1 movie and received 1 free gift and I received all but 1 of those with free shipping and within 2 days due to my membership with Amazon Prime.
I started my Prime membership a couple of years ago and I can honestly tell you that for me it has more than paid for itself. I do realize it is not for everyone, but there are a few reasons I’d like to point out why it is worth it for me.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m a media specialist, so it goes without saying that I purchase a lot of books. The majority come from a company that sells to libraries and media centers, but if I need something to be delivered quickly, I generally go with Amazon. As a more than avid reader (see My reading habits as seen through memes) I also purchase quite a few books for myself. 🙂
Also, as previously mentioned, I make a lot of other purchases online as well. Amazon has pretty much anything and everything. I have never searched on it for a way to hide a body, but I would be willing to bet you can buy something for just that purpose. Just kidding, but I rarely have a search come back with no results.
The 10 reasons that Amazon Prime is worth it to me are as follows:
1) Free 2 day shipping
The majority of Prime Eligible items are shipped for free and are received within 2 days. Yes, 2 days! That is so awesome! Have I mentioned that I am not an extremely patient person? Well, I’m not, so waiting a week or else paying extra for speedy delivery is just not high on my happy list. But even I can wait 2 days!
And did I mention shipping is free on Prime Eligible items? Yep…Free!
There is also FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes. For more information, go to Order with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery. This is for major cities, basically, but, hey, I can hope, can’t I, that they will expand this? To check your ZIP Code click this sentence.
2) Prime Movies/TV
Unlimited streaming of movies and TV programs. There are tons of these that are available free to Prime members. Not only that, but some of the items are exclusive.
For example I began watching Downton Abbey after it had been on TV for about 5 episodes. I started watching from the beginning using Amazon Prime. Turns out, I had all the episodes for the entire season available to me before they appeared on PBS. That takes binge watching to a whole new level!
3) Prime Music
Unlimited, no ads and hundreds of ready-made playlists. Plus you can make your own playlist from more than a million songs! For no additional money!
4) Prime Photos
Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
5) Prime Early Access
Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new events on MyHabit.com, a designer shopping website with some pretty good deals.
6) Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Kindle First
If you also own a Kindle, there are thousands of books that you can borrow from the lending library and read and not have to purchase! YAY!! You also get early access to download a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks.
7) Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family
These include 20% off diapers through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry. For more information go to Get 20% off Diaper Subscriptions or About the Completion Discount.
8) Membership Sharing
If 2 adults in the same household both have accounts, the membership can be shared between them.
9) Customers who bought this also…
This is NOT prime exclusive, but quite honestly, it is one of my absolute favorite things about Amazon.com. It is a little bit like “Big Brother” but I love that I can go in and see what other books/items are similar to the things that I like. I can also customize this if there is something I did not like, I can take it off of my history and it will stop showing me similar items.
For me, the biggest reason for shopping from Amazon is convenience. If I think of something that I need/want at 9:47 on a Tuesday night, I can just pop on over to Amazon, search for it, check the reviews, and purchase if I decide to do so. In my pajamas. And I don’t have to go anywhere near Spaghetti Junction or a crowded parking lot!
For me, Amazon Prime is worth it. However, I purchase from Amazon quite a bit probably because of the convenience most of all. I have faced facts, I am not a patient person. That being said, getting the item in 2 days helps with that character flaw.
While I know that Prime is a good choice for me, I also know that it may not be the right fit for everyone. If you don’t order a good bit from Amazon, don’t pay the extra. However, if you have paid more than about $50 in a year for shipping costs from Amazon products, I think it would be worth it, especially with all the extras that you get.
Just my 2 cents.
The links on this page go to Amazon-Smile. I do not receive any kickbacks, promotions or privileges from this website. I simply chose this site because it is user-friendly, has plenty of reviews on each book and proceeds from Amazon Smile go to the charity the buyer chooses. My charity of choice for this site is the Established on September 23, 2014, the Worldwide Syringomyelia & Chiari Task Force Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Their mission is to educate the world about Syringomyelia. Their purpose is to educate the world about this rare disease and provide those diagnosed (including me) with hope by providing durable medical equipment, prescription assistance, and excellent resources within the medical community.