Posted by William Charles on April 26, 2018
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Amazon To Increase The Price Of Amazon Prime To $119 (From $99) On May 11th

In an earnings call to investors Amazon has announced that they will be increasing the cost of Amazon prime to $119 ($59 for prime student) on May 11th for new users. Starting June 16, 2018, existing Prime members with an annual membership will renew at a rate of $119/year. Prime Student members with an annual membership will renew at a rate of $59/year. Currently Amazon offers a prime membership for $99 annually. Amazon last raised the price of a prime membership back in 2014 where the price went from $79 to $99. Earlier this year Amazon increased the cost of a monthly prime membership from $10.99 to $12.99 It isn’t clear how discounted memberships (e.g low income/medicaid recipients) will be affected by this change. According to Amazon they have over 100 million prime members world wide, although keep in mind that some international subscriptions are significantly cheaper and effectively provide access to prime video and nothing else.

There are numerous ways to save on an Amazon prime membership. We’d recommend reading our full guide to saving money on Amazon purchases, but currently you can save on prime memberships by doing any of the following:

You can also lock in the $99 pricing by purchasing a gift of prime (these can be purchased with gift cards). You’ll be sent an e-mail to active your membership, if you’re an existing customer and click this link then you receive Amazon gift cards for the price you paid for the gift of prime membership. Click the link after your membership expires and it will enroll you in another year of prime membership. Keep in mind you’ll need to turn off auto-renew for that to work.

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Stephen
Stephen

Quick question, if I let prime lapse isthere a downside to waiting a month or two before renewing via the gift? could you buy several gifts at $99 and use them in future years? Thanks

Chuck

Yes, I think I’m going to buy a gift Prime. Just put in your settings not to auto-renew, then wait for it to lapse, then use the Prime gift to renew yourself. Dansdeals has a good post about this today.

JP
JP

Remember thought if you are in grandfather prime and you let it lapse you will lose those additional prime for household members.

Matthew
Matthew

Do you have a list of maybe all of the benefits of Prime? I think that could be useful to add to the post, as I am somewhat tempted at the moment…

Ann
Ann

“benefits of Amazon Prime including FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library”

More: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-prime-20-benefits-every-member-gets/

Jeff H
Jeff H

Amazon went too far when the price increased to $99.00. Other price increases leading to this one are just obscene.

Chaser123
Chaser123

If you dont find value, just dont get it. Its not obscene.

Terry
Terry

It may not be obscene, but it is a bit frustrating considering they announced this on the same day that they announced obscene earnings. Thank goodness I am a shareholder.

Ender
Ender

Well let’s hope prime will get free delivery for whole food?

Ann
Ann

“residents of Austin, Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Cincinnati and Dallas can now get free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores — though that requires a Prime Now membership. Amazon and Whole Foods plan to add more cities throughout 2018.”

(from https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-prime-20-benefits-every-member-gets/ )

It does not appear to actually be an additional-fee membership level, just a service available in select cities, where Prime members pay a delivery fee for deliveries that aren’t from Whole Foods.
https://primenow.amazon.com/onboard

Duke I.
Duke I.

Im not going to fret about the increase. Throughout the year Amazon always giving me a $5 credit here and there or tell me to keep the product and not return it. Those types of scenarios pays for the increase. But I’m going to buy the $99 gift membership like others suggested.

Peter
Peter

I have student Prime. I’m leaning towards not renewing. I barely purchase anything on Amazon these days. I’ve found their customer service to be horrible at solving problems; instead they want to throw refunds, credits, etc. at you. No more TrueBlue 3x, no price match, etc. Amazon has consistently devalued the Prime product as well by removing household sharing, creating “add-on items”, and more while adding unwanted features like streaming video and music (old content and poor interfaces).

Yep, looks like I’ll be saving the fee and just shopping at competitors.

artgriego
artgriego

never had prime; i thought those frustrating add-on items were just for us peons.

Yoni
Yoni

Prime Video ebbs and flows, Prime music was nice bonus, until a a lot of main stream labels and bands were NLA unless you paid for unlimited.

Google music is Ok but I actually like the Amazon player interface and even more so the free lyrics avail for a lot of songs. Never tried Spotify.

I’ve enjoyed Prime video original’s the series finally of Bosch was great, looking forward to what they do with JRRT and LOTR rights fop TV, they seem to offer VOD for a lot of the older syndicated shows from my youth and before.

I was a beta tester for Hulu late 06-07′ and a lot of the rights the got were for older syndicated shows as well, some I’d never heard of and you could skip the commercial’s.

We used to alternate between Hulu (after they dropped the free streaming) and Netflix every quarter, but now we get free with T-mo, that said its still kinda hard to find great shows to watch. I will say that the video/music made the annual fee more attractive. But considering I have a Chase Prime card the 5% ( I order a lot of goods for my business) so it has been worth it but the 20% price increase blows, so may just have to get the gift of Prime, it’s been a while since I got a free month from a late delivery, think I’ve gotten 6-8 months free over the past few years, but they’ve been on the ball ( and also pushed the 2 day out to 3-4 days – “we will notify you when this is available to ship…”. BS

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

One important thing to note:
The gift membership does not automatically renew and is not eligible for promotional offers.

Thelement
Thelement

What are some examples of these promotional offers you’d be excluded from?

Max
Max

Damn. $119 is really expensive. I can’t be the only one who doesn’t care about 2 day shipping (which must be the bulk of the cost). All I want is free shipping. Can I have unlimited free shipping for $10 a year?

Mike
Mike

Don’t they already have free shipping for orders over $25 without paying any membership fees?

Frito Pendejo
Frito Pendejo

Yup I use amazon all the time but I would never pay for prime when you can get free 3-5day shipping. Anything I need sooner I’d rather go get it at a brick and mortar. 2 days is an eternity compared to 30m to run to a store. You can even price match to amazon if you need to.

?
?

If you actually used amazon all the time with prime and don’t care about the shipping speed most of the time, you can get tons of no rush credits and cash it out. it easily pays for the membership

Frito Pendejo
Frito Pendejo

I didn’t know that was a thing. Can you profit from it? Or will it only credit up to the cost of the membership?

Sarah
Sarah

This would really depend on how much you order from Amazon, no? I only order a few times a year, much less than once a month, so I don’t really see credits adding up to more than $5-$10 and certainly less than $120.

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

How do I know if I am grandfathered into the old Prime sharing ?
Am I considered grandfathered If my credit card is not shared between the accounts ?

HarryTheFirstHarry
HarryTheFirstHarry

If you are sharing Prime with 2 or 3 family members (with each one having a separate email/login for Amazon so that as you say CC details as well as orders and addresses cannot be seen by the others) and only one is paying for the annual membership fees, then you are grandfathered. You cannot add or remove any of those members though even if you are grandfathered. Also only one of the 3 get the Prime Video..the rest get only the shipping benefits. This grandfathered setup ended some 2 years back and at that time they just allowed who ever was enrolled to continue. There is a newer version of the family prime that is not as good where you can share within real family but all of those people can see your stored payment info we well as order info.

alvinroast
alvinroast

If we let Prime lapse for a few days (or months), will we lose the shared Prime?

HarryTheFirstHarry
HarryTheFirstHarry

yes, the grandfathereed Shared Prime is very very delicate and all DPs indicate it will be lost if Prime lapses.

P
P

‪I think it’s worth complaining when you don’t get your package by stated delivery date which for mainland customers is part of the package. Not for Hawaii, but I complained once and they extended prime membership by one month. ‬

Ann
Ann

They’ve tightened up their policy on late-package extensions like that – only 2 per account per year, now.

Sam
Sam

Are you sure? Used to be once a month, 12 times a year. Going to search for that in the faq for Prime.

JK
JK

I wish Amazon had a cheaper option for two-day shipping without any of the other Prime benefits. I really have no use for Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime etc. I don’t want to pay more to subsidize Amazon services I will not use, when all I really care about is the two-day shipping. Will be reevaluating Prime membership once this change is made.

Tony
Tony

I wonder why Amazon charge sale tax on membership fee but Costco doesn’t.

Ann
Ann

Probably because Prime includes services that a warehouse membership doesn’t. Amazon is taxing it in any state that told Amazon they want it taxed (Amazon doesn’t want to piss off the state tax officials anymore after finally getting on all their ‘good sides’ in the last few years). Not all states tax it, but many do. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201571830

VM
VM

Tax on Costco membership here in NY

Greg N
Greg N

Tax on Costco membership (and Sam’s Club) in NM.

Tony
Tony

No tax on costco and sam’s club in CA.

Sarah
Sarah

Depends on how tax law is worded. Since Amazon contains additional products, like streaming, your state may tax streaming services but not club membership.

David
David

Any idea how long I can keep a gift of prime? I’m thinking of buying a gift of prime, but first I can utilize the $79 Alexa one. I just don’t want the gift of prime to expire 1.5 years later if that makes sense.

Wayne
Wayne

On Amazon I have a screen shot showing my renewal on June 16 will be $99.00.

TimmyD
TimmyD

The post says not to set to auto-renew, but it doesn’t seem like you can avoid auto-renew, you can only set your reminder to tell your 3 days before Do you have to quickly cancel your prime subscription and then use the gift of prime?

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