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Free shipping, free 2-day delivery, and Amazon Instant Video: three of biggest reasons why more than 20 million users have an ongoing subscription to Amazon Prime. But did you know that those benefits are only scratching the surface?

Honestly, if Amazon Prime consisted only of those three features it’d still be well worth the price tag Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Is Amazon Prime A Good Deal? Amazon Prime seems like a great deal, but is it? We dig into the benefits to figure out if they're worth the $99 per year. Read More , but Amazon has gone above and beyond with what they offer. The truth is, Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don’t realize exist.

Do you have a Prime membership? Here’s how you can extract the most value from it. If you don’t have a Prime membership yet, perhaps these benefits will be enough to justify the $99 annual subscription.

Prime Membership Sharing

Did you know that you can share your membership with up to four other people?

Yes, that’s right. Four other people can make use of your shipping benefits without you needing to give them direct access to your account (i.e. giving them your account password, which might be a breach of the Amazon Terms of Service).


The only stipulation is that these people must live at the same address as you. Or, in other words, membership can only be shared with members of the same household.

To invite somebody, you’ll need to know their name, birthday, and email address. When they accept the invitation, they’ll need to know your birthday.

Only shipping benefits are shared. Other benefits, like the ones we’re about to explore, are not shared.

Unlimited Photo Storage

All Amazon customers start with 5GB of free data storage with Amazon’s Cloud Drive. This includes anything from photos to videos, documents to music files, and whatever else you might want to store on there.


As an Amazon Prime member, your free cloud storage plan Amazon Cloud Drive: Get 5GB Of Online Storage & Music Player For Free Amazon Cloud Drive: Get 5GB Of Online Storage & Music Player For Free Read More is expanded to allow for unlimited photo files as part of the Prime Photos program. All photos — whether previously uploaded or uploaded in the future — do not count against your cloud storage data limit.

Note: Photos must be smaller than 2GB. Supported formats include JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and RAW formats for Nikon (NEF), Canon (CR2), and Sony (ARW) cameras. Prime Photos is only meant for personal, non-commercial use.

Ad-Free Music Streaming

Though there’s a lot of entertainment value in Amazon Instant Video, it’s not the only streaming service offered by Amazon Hulu Plus vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Amazon Instant Video: Which Is Best? Hulu Plus vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Amazon Instant Video: Which Is Best? Hulu. iTunes. Netflix. Amazon Instant Video. The lifeblood of online cinema and television. The new wave of home media. The providers of endless entertainment in which pants are not necessarily required. They are the contenders... Read More . If you listen to a lot of online music streams Which Internet Radio Sites Have the Best User Experience in the Browser? Which Internet Radio Sites Have the Best User Experience in the Browser? Exploring the web players for various Internet radio services to see which ones offer the best experience in the browser. What good is a great radio selection if the player is frustrating to use? Read More then Prime Music will flip your world upside down.


Amazon maintains a library of over 1 million songs and albums that can be accessed by any Prime member for free. Prime Music includes unlimited skips, no ads, and access to handcrafted Prime Playlists. Don’t like them? Feel free to create your own playlists instead.

Note: Prime Music is only available to Prime members with a U.S. billing address and a payment method issued by a U.S. bank.

Flat-Fee Grocery Deliveries

Amazon has a program called Prime Pantry that allows you to order a box of groceries for $5.99. What counts as a grocery item? It’s not easy giving a hard-and-fast rule, but eligible items will be marked as Prime Pantry items when shopping.


Once the order is placed, all Prime Pantry items will be shipped together in a single Prime Pantry box. Due to air shipping regulations, Prime Pantry boxes can only be shipped by ground. Most orders will arrive within 4 business days.

Note: Prime Pantry will only ship to addresses within the contiguous United States. That being said, they cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes or Amazon Lockers either.

Kindle eBook Rentals

Any Amazon Prime member who owns a Kindle ereader, Fire tablet Your Unofficial Amazon Fire Tablet Manual Your Unofficial Amazon Fire Tablet Manual The Amazon Fire tablet is a great alternative to the basic E-Ink Kindle e-readers, while offering compelling new features more akin to a tablet. Its small size and flexibility makes it the top choice. Read More , or Fire phone can rent ebooks for free from the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Rented ebooks have no due dates and can be shared across any devices connected to your Amazon account.


The only restriction is that you can only borrow one ebook per calendar month. If you already have an ebook borrowed, you must return it before you can borrow another one.

There’s also the Kindle First program, which allows Prime members to download one free ebook every month. Titles in the Kindle First program are not-yet-released ebooks that are made available as Kindle First picks one month prior to their official release.

Free Months of Prime

If you’re currently enrolled in a college or university and you have a valid .edu email address, you can register as part of the Amazon Student program Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Secrets Of The Amazon: 7 Useful Amazon Tips & Tricks Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the best and most popular places to shop online. It’s got there due to awesome features like Amazon Prime, Super Saver Shipping, the Wish List browser extension, the... Read More which grants you a six-month free trial for Prime. When the trial ends, you can upgrade to a full Amazon Prime membership for 50% off.

Note: This free trial only includes free shipping, free 2-day delivery, and unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. Prime Instant Video, Prime Music, Kindle Owners Lending Library, and membership sharing are only available to those with a full Amazon Prime membership.


As for everyone who already has Prime, here’s a bit of fine print that you probably overlooked: on any order that qualifies for Guaranteed Accelerated Delivery but arrives after the guaranteed delivery date, you can contact Amazon’s support center and request a free one-month Prime extension.

There are a few conditions that must be met in order for the extension request to be validated but most orders will qualify without issue.

Amazon Prime: Is It Worth It?

My answer is… Yes, Yes, Yes! At $99 for an annual subscription, that’s the equivalent of $8.25 per month. What other online subscription offers this much goodness for such a low price? Absolutely nothing comes to mind.

Then again, if you stand against Amazon for personal reasons, you probably don’t care too much about the bang-for-the-buck value. In that case, you should try shopping at one of these reliable Amazon alternatives 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon 5 Reliable Online Shopping Alternatives to Amazon Amazon is the biggest player in the game of online retailers, but that doesn't mean you have to use them. Read More .

Did you know about these “secret” benefits? Are they enough to get you subscribing to Amazon Prime? What else would you like to see included in an Amazon Prime membership? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  1. mile
    April 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    how about as a Amazon prime member... on your birthday you can order any item up to say 150.00 for 50 percent pff

  2. Willie C Brazzell
    December 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Payment plans. Installment payment

  3. Tess
    September 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I don't see any real advantage unless you live in the US and I'm in Canada

  4. Matthew Pray
    March 9, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Don't forget about the Twitch Prime that comes with Amazon and the monthly subscription to a partnered Twitch streamer of your choice. I'm not sure what Twitch Prime costs by itself but a channel subscription is 4.99 a month. So now I don't have to watch commercials every time I switch channels but I get support my favorite streamer too. Amazon Prime is definitely worth the $ -- I love it and use it almost all day everyday between music,video streaming and Twitch. I don't know how I'd live without it!

    • Linda
      April 11, 2017 at 1:43 am

      What is Twitch and how do I access it from Amazon Prime?

  5. Laura Allison
    February 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Ever since I got Amazon Prime I have been doing a ton of shopping on Amazon and have loved it! it's really nice to be able to order something on the internet and get it in the mail a couple days later. Amazon is where I go first when I want to get something that I know will be hard to find, or it is where I will go when I'm looking for a good deal. Most of the stuff that I have bought on Amazon I have really liked. There's only been a few things that I have returned. My Amazon Prime is about to expire in March but I plan on renewing it for sure!

  6. Amazon user
    January 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    For the longest time, I was just an amz user, but I went prime... yep.. I made that leap about 2yrs ago. I don't use the other features as mentioned. But I do buy a lot of items for gifts and donations. I enjoy the fact that I get to write my thoughts as ppl would say (reviews) for items I purchase. While I pay full price or whether I catch it on sale. ie: pair shorts or jackets. or even the instant pot pressure cooker that they amz had on sale. There are so many people out there that have abused the review system that I've been having ppl say that my reviews are fake. I'm like what? or when I do mention that I've made errors in placing the protective shields on my phone they would question it. I'm sorry not everyone is a professional at placing those things on phones. I'm new to it.
    I've heard horror stories as for how amz is taking the privilege of writing reviews of products I purchase. Not sure what goes on in their minds on who's reviews are real or who's is fake. I've heard that you can not dispute it. So I think that's the downside of amz.
    I've had someone that would say my review was fake even when I posted video of me setting it up and using it. I'm like okay .. I'm sorry you feel that way.
    So there are also downsides of getting prime and having your review option removed if they feel they are fake.
    Other then that I really like how I can purchase things and have it sent to friends around the world without having to pay the extra shipping and handling. This is just my personal experience.

    • Laura Allison
      February 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      I totally agree with you on this! I have left many reviews and people try to tell me that this is a fake. I'm not fake! I'm a real person and yes I'm at I have Amazon Prime. Why people think that my review is fake I still do not understand. I don't give bad reviews I give honest reviews. And what I don't understand is even the good reviews they will try to tell me are fake. I don't know if it says that I'm an Amazon Prime member and people just do not like the Prime members? sounds more like a personal problem to me.

    • Thor
      March 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Amazon User
      January 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm,

      Amazon Prime is preety cool. I used it for a trial month. It is really rewarding. I plan on taking a one year subscription. I have a question though:
      Could you tell me please how do you manage to send stuff to other countries with Prime?

      Thank you in advance for your answer!

      Best regards,
      Thor (not from Asgard)

      P.S.: I reside in Germany if it helps in answering the question.

  7. Nancy Warren
    December 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I would be more interested in Amazon if they would ship to my address like other companies do. Amazon repeatedly tells me that my address does not exist, so I have to ship to someone else - only convenient if I am going to that address for Christmas.

    I know my address is valid because a) I live there, b) other companies ship there, and c) Amazon accepts it as the address connected to my credit card.

    Please work on this.

  8. Richard Gray
    December 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I'm a significant Amazon customer and have been on Prime for several years. However, I am planning to not renew my Prim Membership this year. Here's why: I buy enough that I can easily qualify for the $50 minimum to get free freight (though not two-day). As far as the other Prime benefits:
    Prime Music: -- Klunky and buggy interface. The poorest music player out there in my opinion. I uploaded a few hundred songs with dozens of playlists and Amazon Music couldn't play many of the songs. Their support solution was to delete them all and start over from scratch.
    Prime Videos -- The 'free' movie selection is pathetic. Seems like everything I want to watch is $3.99 or more. My neighborhood Video Rental place is FAR cheaper.
    Kindle -- great book reader, pathetic for everything else. The browser and Bing search is horrible.
    Amazon Fire Stick TV -- OMG this must be a cruel joke. The voice search is cool but it seems to only 'find' things that have no relationship to Google. Amazon hates Google. A movie I wanted wanted to watch last night was only view-able with a 30 day 'trial' membership to HBO, so I simply wet to YouTube and watched it free at HD quality. My Samsung Smart TV's interface is much better. Amazon has decided tot to support Amazon Prime Music for Samsung's sets any more so I am no longer listening to music through Amazon.

    With the exception of ECHO, Amazon has failed at providing quality products/services in the digital arena. This greatly reduces the value of a Prime membership in my view.

    • Kim
      January 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Very helpful review. I have been debating on whether or not to get Prime. I have a gifted 3 month subscription and have had a difficult time finding free movies as you mentioned. We order items a few times a year so the 2 day shipping would be great.
      I thought about getting the subscription to premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Stars through Prime but my husband doesn't want to chance it. We are not sure if we will be able to see programs in real time or if we would have to wait a specific period of time.

  9. Jason Baze
    December 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I like the idea of Prime, however, I would like to see them update the music part. Right now, my Wife and I have to have separate accounts in order to have our own unique music. Otherwise we have to share an account, in which case to add her to my house hold, she can't use the music service, so we are spending $200 a year. I feel Amazon should allow 1 prime membership per house hold, and the people who live in the one household have access to all of the prime features.

    • Mike
      December 25, 2016 at 1:17 am


    • Mikki
      December 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I also agree!!!

  10. Keith
    November 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I'm actually pissed off I got suckered into prime. It's a bunch of shit I don't need and I only got it for the 2 day shipping free 2 day shipping and now it's taking 4 days to have my delivery done from one state over. Amazom prime sucks and I'm not paying the fee.

  11. R. Porter
    September 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I am a huge fan of audible. Would go with Prime if it included a once a month download like $15/ month allows with a subscription. Audible by itself in my opinion is way too expensive.

    • Joel Lee
      September 29, 2016 at 1:46 am

      Hey Porter, Audible is really cool and I really wish Amazon would offer some kind of bundle that includes it with Prime. Even just one rental per month would be cool!

  12. Matt
    September 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I knew about all these things and didn't care at all about any of them. I don't read e-books, I have my own source of much better quality music and I have cable, netflix and hulu. Also I live alone. So literally NONE of these matters to me. I only signed up for the free trial for prime day and then i let it expire. Not paying $100 for free shipping that I can get anyway as long as my orders are over $50 which they pretty much are 100% of the time. Prime has literally zero benefit for me and am sort of glad I am out so Amazon will show me the lowest prices again

    • Joel Lee
      September 29, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Prime is more for the guaranteed two-day shipping (sometimes one-day shipping) than free shipping. But hey, if you don't need any of the features of Prime, then that's no skin off my back. Not everyone needs to have a Prime membership. :)

    • Keith
      November 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Guaranteed 2 day delivery is Bullshit. I joined for the same exact reason and now my stuff is taking 4 days to arrive. I GOT SUCKERED INTO BUYING SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T EVEN LIVE UP TO ITS CLAIMS. LAME LAME LAME.
      no way in hell am I paying for prime now. So first I find out then 2 day shipping is actualy 4 day shipping. Then I find out I paid 30 bucks more than I should have anyway. Amazon , you got me good but it won't happen again.

  13. primeshipping
    August 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Other than the additional perks such as sharing and media, how cost effective is Prime? It states that there is free shipping and free two-day shipping. Am I correct, though, that this only applies to items marked as "Prime"? "Prime" products are generally priced higher than non-Prime products. For example a book may be priced at $8 with $4 shipping but the "Prime" version is marked at $12 with free shipping. If I don't need to take advantage of the two-day rush than this may not be all that worthwhile to me.

  14. ed
    July 30, 2016 at 9:37 am

    how about one maybe even two free return shipping for merchandise that you dont like or need within one calendar year

  15. alicia
    July 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I love Prime. I shop Amazon a lot and have had only one product I returned in 3 years and the return was easy and I was refunded with no issue. Personally I think its well worth it if you want free shipping and quick service

    • Joel Lee
      July 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Even with the price hike from $79 to $99, I think Amazon is well worth it. It has saved me so much more than $20 per year. Very grateful to have a subscription.

  16. Arthur
    April 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Amazon is the worst company ever.. stay away.. You might not know from a consumer point of view, bust if you wanna thrive in the marketplace as a seller, they will protect scammers over your goods, right now I have just lost a pricey item over some claim, and they basically told me.. We gave the money back to the buyer, we don't care if you received the item back or not.. it's not Amazon' policy

  17. Sabrina
    April 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I am on a free trial right now but the TV shows I want to watch like the new orphan black they want to charge me 1.99 why is that? And all the new our TV shows

    • alicia
      July 14, 2016 at 5:28 am

      Only things listed in Prime is free not everything in the viewing is Prime elgible

  18. Robin
    March 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Audio books would also be nice for free listening download.

  19. Aaron
    January 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Does a Prime membership include allowing a user to upload 250,000 songs as their limit instead of 200 or do I have to pay the $25 extra.

    • Matt
      March 16, 2016 at 4:53 am

      There is no uploading involved.

      You have access to the Prime Music library with is over 1 Million songs. They probably already have every song you own - you don't have to upload anything.

  20. Mary Jane Granatin
    December 31, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Prime extension is only a one time exception for Prime members, not a routine that customer service agents for Amazon will give you each time your package is late to compensate for your inconvenience. You also have to consider where your items are coming from. Though you have free 2-day shipping, it does not usually mean that you'll get your item in 2 days! It only applies when your item is already packaged and ready to be handed off to the carrier. Prime membership is a VIP pass to a lot of features on Amazon, though they would like to offer you everything you want, there are really just some restrictions on their end that they can't surpass just because you demand for it.

  21. Matt
    November 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Don't forget discounted access to Kindle FreeTime! As this post (http://www.shoppingnexus.com/cart/2014/07/amazon-prime-benefits-kindle/) points, out "Free Time allows you to enable a password-protected user account for each child. Once logged in, your kids have unlimited access to thousands of “G-rated” books, games, videos, and other fun stuff." By using Prime, you gain all of this for your kids at a lower price than the general public. Our kids use FreeTime and love every minute of it. The discount, while small, is a nice additional perk to our Prime membership.

  22. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I have been a Prime member for two years now. Lately I noticed that I'm not getting a 2 day shipping window when I order. I can order early in the morning and I still won't have a 2 day arrival. I will not be renewing my membership.

    • Joel Lee
      October 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Hey starlady. I'd recommend contacting Prime support and seeing what the problem is. If the problem persists, then sure you can cancel, but maybe there's a solution somewhere. By the way, if you're promised a 2-day arrival and it doesn't arrive in time, Amazon will grant you a free month of Prime for every time it happens.

  23. Anonymous
    September 25, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I have been a member of prime for a little over 3 yrs now and my mom has been a member since they started offering prime.
    I absolutely hate shopping so I shop on amazon ALOT tho I am pretty good at doing my research and most of the time I'm getting a better deal then the store. I also am a kindle user and have recently bought my husband a kindle we love being able to share our books. I will admit I have had some trouble in the past with delivery but amazon always made it right. The only thing I can think of that would make it better is if we had amazon fresh here.
    I always spend more when I do my own grocery shopping lol.

  24. Anonymous
    September 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I went with Amazon because I don't shop much and it was useful and cost saving. I'd go shopping once a month so the load on the car was heavy. Using Amazon was a third reason I appreciated for my car. The orders started coming later and I didn't get my orders sooner than later.
    Yeah, I found going to the store is quicker and cheaper. Now that the stores lowered prices, probaly due to competition with the online shopping. The shippers at UPS where never delivering my stuff on time and they never rang the bell or knocked. My stuff was becoming damaged and even my deliveries were put behind the door so that I couldn't open the door to get to them. I felt as though the shippers were attacking Amazon due to the unbeatable lower prices to become the political intrigue to destroy Amazon's hold on a broad market. A market which gave the small business the business so the local business pricing came down dramatically. I found this attitude among other online but not as pervasive as with Amazon contracted carriers. With local business going up in quality and down in pricing I began shopping local again. I couldn't keep stressing with UPS coming late and damaged. I got tired of complaining about UPS carriers. The more I complained the more UPS carriers gave me the business through my packages coming later and difficult to get behind the door. Not to mention the damage to my items. Each time I ordered I'd be worried if they would come sooner than later and that the UPS driver would knock or ring the bell. In the beginning it was nice, but after about awhile things began to get problematic each order. I never had a problem with Fed X or the US Postal deliveries. Those were nice!

  25. Anonymous
    August 28, 2015 at 2:35 am

    I am frustrated that, even though I use Kindle-format ebooks on my non-Kindle tablet, I am unable to download them through AmazonPrime. Why is this benefit restricted to Kindle owners?

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Linda,

      You can export both e-books from Amazon and non-Amazon documents, pfs etc :)

      Two alternatives that I´ve used:

      1. Download the app "Send to Kindle".
      Once downloaded, it will show up on your desktop and all you have to do is drag items that you want to export to your tablet of choice.

      2. Locate your Kindle email on your tablet inside the Kindle app. It will look like this:

      A new unique email is created for each tablet that you add.

      More info:

      Good luck!

      • Mihir Patkar
        August 30, 2015 at 5:47 am

        Super helpful comment, thanks Jonatan!

  26. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Every time I try to stream a movie or TV show on Amazon Prime there is an additional charge. Are there any programs included at no extra charge? If so, how do you locate them?

  27. David Fenton
    May 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Amazon Prime members should be given lower prices on audibe.com memberships too. I would use it some; but I'm not paying $14.95/ month for it because I simply don't have time to listen to that many books.

    • Joel Lee
      July 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Interesting thought! I'd forgotten that Audible was Amazon. What a bonus that would be! Even if it just meant discounts on audiobooks rather than getting them for free entirely.

  28. Yodi Collins
    May 26, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I think the ad-free streaming and two-day shipping ALONE is worth the $8.25 monthly.

    • Joel Lee
      July 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      I agree. In fact, the shipping alone is 95% of the reason why I have Prime anyway, so yeah, definitely worth it.

  29. AP
    May 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    A friend recently invited me as one of his guest.
    1.Does that mean I receive FREE 2 day shipping for eligible items at MY address? Which is different than my friend.

    2. Can I use the Music prime downloading from my account that I have with Amazon?? Or must the music be download under friends account.

  30. Tawnisha
    April 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    This is great news! I've had an Amazon Prime account for two years now and didn't know about most of these features. Thank you for putting this out there for everyone. I will definitely be taking advantage of ALL of these features! :)

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

      Great, glad it helped! Which additional benefit do you like the best?

  31. Doug
    April 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I certainly liked Prime better when it was only $79.99, but I shop a lot there and use the free shipping, so even at $99 I probably make out okay. The cloud website does now say there is a free 3 months trial, and $11.99 per year for photo storage, and about $60 for everything else. I don't know, cloud storage services always feel like joining a Homeowner's Association - you never know when they're going to raise the fees on you! . If you have Hulu and Netflix, Amazon streaming probably won't add much more. I've never done a good comparison to see all the differences between them, though. One time when I had some streaming issues watching a show, they automatically refunded me the rental rate (it wasn't a free Prime movie), without me even asking for it (we watched it okay, but it was a little irritating).

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

      Honestly, between Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon, I certainly watch Amazon the least. However, the other benefits of Amazon still make it worth the price (free 2-day shipping is hard to beat). For people outside the US, Prime probably loses a lot of its value and won't be as appealing, which is entirely understandable.

  32. John Williams
    April 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Can we have a disclaimer at the top of this article that says Prime may well a bargain in the States, but becomes a lot less of a good deal elswhere in the world - even for Canadians who live next door.
    I'm in the UK and often read part of an MuO article, but stop when I find it is written for US readers only.

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Sorry about that. You're absolutely right. I'll try to include disclaimers for articles like these in the future.

  33. Suzi Love
    April 7, 2015 at 9:54 am

    If you are in Australia, many of these perks are also not available, which I unfortunately didn't find out until after I'd paid.

  34. pamrose
    April 7, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I just had a fantasy of a lending library of real books that you could have mailed and return them like Netflix did (does?) with discs.

  35. Debra Hall
    April 7, 2015 at 2:36 am

    i love the prime pantry you can get great deals ,but i wish you could pay for the prime in 3, 6 or 9 months instead of just one year i think more people would buy it

  36. Sandy Coulter
    April 7, 2015 at 2:01 am

    I just tried to get amazon drive free and it's no longer available. When was this article written? Was any recent research done?

    • Mark Messinger
      April 7, 2015 at 6:18 am

      I think Sandy Coulter is correct. I used to get free Amazon Drive. A week or two ago, I got an email saying the free offering was over and providing me with a few levels of paid storage. And I'm in the middle of my current Prime membership.

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Sorry about that Sandy. There must have been a recent change? It seems as if the "free 5GB" now only applies to Prime members.

  37. CityguyUSA
    April 7, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Sometimes items aren't included in the $35 free ship and they have their own shipping cost regardless of how much you spend. Are these included in the free two-day shipping?

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:55 am

      Items must be "Prime eligible" to qualify for free 2-day shipping. Some items sold on Amazon are not actually fulfilled by Amazon (meaning Amazon doesn't handle the shipping portion of it), so they won't qualify for Prime benefits.

  38. Scotty Heinl
    April 6, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Amazon Propaganda nothing of use for me here.

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:54 am

      If something is untrue, please point out what it is. Otherwise, Amazon Prime is still Amazon Prime and the benefits are still benefits.

  39. Andrew Jordan
    April 6, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Prime. I shared with my son in another state
    Canada could you use VPN and come out as the USA? Some of this is due to movie right distribution.
    Grocery prices yes may be more but on line buying would knock out one of the chores I detest
    we are a fairly good user of Amazon prime videos and have not V had any problems
    No I don't work for Amazon but I love Prime. Order multiple items and know it will be there in 2 days with almost free shipping compared to multiple shipping charges,

  40. Dave Hysom
    April 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    There's a long, long thread on Amazon forums about the extremely poor performance of Amazon Streaming. This article reads like Amazon propaganda; wish you'd done a bit of research first.

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:52 am

      I stream Amazon often and I haven't run into any big issues yet. If you're having problems, please feel free to share your experiences and offer your perspective.

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  42. AriesWarlock
    April 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I don't understand Pantry. You are already paying for Prime, so why the extra $5.99?

    • Joel Lee
      April 12, 2015 at 1:50 am

      That's a good question. I don't know what the answer is. If anyone has some insight, please do share!

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Good question, thanks for writing that one.

  43. dragonmouth
    April 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    "Amazon has a program called Prime Pantry that allows you to order a box of groceries for $5.99."
    As Garfield the Fat Cat would say "Big, Fat, Hairy Deal!" Amazon more than makes up for the low shipping charge by the inflated grocery prices. Through the use of coupons and supermarkets sales you can buy ALL your groceries, not just the imperishable ones, for half the amount it would cost you at Amazon, and have them at your home in hours, not in days. Shopping at Amazon is for lazy people who have too much money.

    • Anonymous
      September 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Yeah, I found going to the store is quicker and cheaper. Now that the stores lowered prices, probbaly due to competition with the online shopping. The shippers at UPS where never delivering my stuff on time and they never rang the bell or knocked. My stuff was becomming damaged and even my delivereies were put behind the door so that I couldn't open the door to get to them. I felt as though the shippers were attacking Amazon due to the unbeatable lower prices to become the political intrigue to destroy Amazons hold on a broad market. A market which gave the small business the business so the local business pricing came down dramatically. I found this attitude amoung other online but not as pervasive as with Amazon contracted carriers. The more I told Amazon about this problem the more the UPS carriers gave me the business on my orders from Amazon. That and other online UPS problems with delivery politicing has caused me to go local and get the things to buy. I noticed the prices came down and the value product went up locally.

  44. Leslie
    April 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

    If you live in Canada and have a prime membership some of the above mentioned perks aren't available. There is no prime pantry offered for.CA customers.This was a huge disappointment.Also...the video streaming isn't available to us
    I'm not sure about music as I just learned of that when reading the article
    Finally although amazon.cs has tens of thousands of products available to buy that number is substantially greater with the American membership and it should go without saying that Canadian prices are usually much higher than USA prices for identical items.
    Despite these downfalls I'm still thrilled with my amazon prime membership and I highly recommended getting one.

  45. onjoy
    April 4, 2015 at 3:08 am

    If you have Prime and get streaming with Fire TV, you get free shows too. Prime is so worth it if you use it!

  46. Jefe
    April 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    That opening sentence is really poor.

    • Oblivious 90s Dude
      April 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I wouldn't call it "really poor", but I might have edited it a bit. For instance, "...reasons why more than 20 million users have an ongoing subscription to Amazon Prime" might have been smoother as "...reasons why more than 20 million people are Amazon Prime subscribers". Just a matter of choice, really. As is the sentence might be a little clunky, but still conveys all pertinent information.

    • Bruce
      April 6, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      The "poor" part is: "Free shipping, free 2-day delivery." That's one item, not two. "Free shipping with two-day delivery" would have made more sense.

  47. Dave
    April 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    You can share the Prime shipping with anyone. They don't need to live at the same address.

    • Geospart
      April 4, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Prime states that you may share your free 2 day shipping benefit to two members of that same household. So one would think that means you have to be in the same address. If you know of some stipulation that the same household could mean a different address then I am not seeing it off their page.

      I think the bummer part f that is none of the other benefits are shared. The extra drive space, streaming videos and music should be inclusive.

    • Dave
      April 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      You are correct. I would have sworn it said for family and friends -- but it's coworkers if the Prime subscriber is a small business.

      In reality, Amazon doesn't seem to enforce their terms of service (yet). They haven't dropped anyone on the plan shared with me for the last 3 or 4 years.