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The huge book and product seller, Amazon.com recently introduced a month-to-month pay option for its popular Amazon Prime services. Customers can now pay $7.99 per month for the service instead of the annual $79 fee.

Amazon Prime enables customers to forgo individual shipping charges for most items ordered on the site. With Prime, members typically receive their orders within two days of ordering, with no extra charge, and no minimum order size. Overnight shipments typically cost Prime members $3.99. The cut-off time for ordering products is listed alongside other shipment options. Items are delivered every day but Sunday.

Of course, the monthly subscription will cost customers more—$95.88 for a full year membership, which is common for pay-as-you-go plans.

Amazon does include a few other incentives for Prime membership, including unlimited instant streaming of selected movies and TV shows labeled, “Prime Instant Videos,” and access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library where members can loan and borrow Kindle books online. Prime Instant Videos can be watched on computers and supporting mobile devices with a WiFi connection.

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Prime members can also share their paid subscription with up to four additional family members living in the same household, or with two coworkers on a related account.

Typically Amazon Prime works best for customers who make weekly or biweekly orders from the site, which includes millions of all the items besides books. The month-to-month description may be useful for customers who make heavy seasonal or holiday purchases, say for instance during the holiday season.

Source: Washington Post

  1. Debra Beshears
    November 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

    This is really great! It's worth the price even if you don't buy a lot of merchandise. The instant video streaming makes it worth the monthly charges!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Yep, I agree. I dropped Netflix because of the instant streaming that Amazon offers. The movie selections are not very wide, but they competitive to Netflix.

      • Drew Butler
        November 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

        I agree with you both on that.. I don't watch much anyways.

  2. Ari Shrum
    November 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Order at least $25 and ground shipping is free and usually makes it anywhere in the U.S. in 2 or 3 days. What't the point, unless you watch and read on Amazon?

    • Josh Hill
      November 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Mine virtually always make it in two days... and on the rare occasion I get the items overnight. For me, it is worth it. Keeps me from having to hit the big box stores.

    • Boni Oloff
      November 14, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Prime is really good feature when you think you should get the stuff faster. But in many country it is impossible to do.

      • Bakari Chavanu
        November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Boni, if you don't mind me asking, what country do you live in?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Ari, I think if you order about at least 5 or more items per month, you're probably saving money on postage in the long run. Before my wife and I started using Prime, I tried doubling up orders for +$25 but it didn't always work out like that. So the $75 seems like a pretty good deal for us. My wife still orders lots of paper books and other items from Amazon, but I try to stick to digital downloads. I think we should by more groceries from there as well.It also helps that Prime members also get access to free movie downloads, which I think are about as good as you get on Netflix.

  3. Drew Butler
    November 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Awesome!! Thanks for the heads up. My free month of prime expires in about a week and was going to cancel it because I can't afford the $79 right now even though I love the service. Thanks to this change in their payment options I can keep Prime! Woohoo!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Drew, you're probably one of the types of Prime customers they had in mind when deciding to do month-to-month.

      • Drew Butler
        November 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

        I sure am :) thanks again for the article and all the responses to comments.

  4. Josh Hill
    November 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I was an early adopter of Prime and it has been well worth the money to me. I ship everything two day and the savings alone there are huge. Monthly wouldn't work for me, but folks could really take advantage of that during the holidays. Nice move by Amazon to add market share.

    • Drew Butler
      November 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      My thoughts exactly :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Josh.

  5. Joel Lee
    November 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I've always been hesitant to get Amazon Prime because I never knew if I'd order enough stuff to justify the price, but a monthly option does sound enticing. Hmm...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Joel, I would say if you regularly oder 2-3 or more times a month, a yearly subscription may be useful. Or use the monthly subscription during seasonal times.

  6. Ahmed Khalil
    November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    their is no confirmation in the article about coverage area of this service (USA only or Not)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Ahmed, I'll try to research in the future where services are available outside the U.S.. Often times website companies don't state where their services are not available.

  7. Adrian Rea
    November 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    If this does work out, it may be a great way to pay for reduce the cost of Christmas without paying for it through the year, but I would like it in the UK please Amazon!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Adrian, exactly. Subscribing in December would be a very good time. My wife and I tend to most our holiday shopping on Amazon now because it's less costly than shopping at brick and mortar stores locally.

  8. Boni Oloff
    November 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I think this is only works in USA, i also see this feature these last weeks. But never activate it, no shipment received in 2 days in my country from USA, even the parcel shipment inside country takes 2 days.. :D

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Boni, thanks for keeping us informed on this issue. It's sometimes difficult see the limitations of these services because the sites don't state where the services are not provided.

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