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Amazon Prime Monthly service  (Source: Hacking Netflix)
Monthly subscription will cost more than yearly rate

Historically, the only way to get an Amazon Prime subscription was to pay one $79 per year fee. However, Amazon is now offering a monthly Prime subscription at $7.99 per month. To get people to try out Prime, Amazon is even offering up a free one-month trial of the service. After that one-month trial, the Prime membership will cost $7.99 per month.

Perhaps the best thing about the monthly service is that there is no minimum order size to get free two-day shipping on millions of items. The real and often overlooked benefit of Prime is the dirt-cheap next-day shipping. For somewhere around three dollars, you can get your items the next day.

Monthly prime subscribers also get unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video and a free Kindle digital book each month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Amazon is obviously getting very serious about its streaming video offering with the monthly price of $7.99. It's on par with Netflix and Hulu Plus, with one major benefit over both of those services of having free shipping on all sorts of products sold by Amazon and a free digital book each month.

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Only Good Movie is.....
By MrPerez on 11/6/2012 10:30:50 AM , Rating: 1
Super Troopers! All Prime has thats enjoyable to watch. The rest of the movies kinda suck imo.

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2012 10:48:53 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry bud, gonna have to rank Planes, Trains, and Automobiles a little higher on my list than Super Troopers as "enjoyable" movies. And what about Office Space?

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By Ristogod on 11/6/2012 10:54:42 AM , Rating: 2
Super Troopers is 10 times the movie either of those are put together.

Office Space is classic though and quite good.

As far as the only good thing Prime has though, it has plenty beyond Super Troopers.

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2012 11:13:40 AM , Rating: 2
Super Troopers is 10 times the movie either of those are put together.

Is this a joke? I mean sure it was a funny movie, in a really stupid low-brow sort of way, but I don't think any credible fan of cinema would say it's "10 times" Planes Trains and Auto's. No freaking way.

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By marvdmartian on 11/7/2012 7:54:43 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously. No way that dumb "meow" and "liter of coke" jokes can ever match, "THAT'S NOT A PILLOW!!!!!" ;)

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By MrPerez on 11/6/2012 10:55:18 AM , Rating: 2
You can get Office Space is on Netflix.

RE: Only Good Movie is.....
By VoodooChicken on 11/6/2012 11:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
You can get Office Space in the bargin bin

So... sign up for Christmas and then leave?
By tayb on 11/6/2012 11:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
What is to stop me from signing up for the holiday season, taking 30 free days of cheap expedited shipping, and then bolting the next month? And then next year I'll pay $7.99 to receive cheap expedited shipping and bolt the next month.

I ship so much crap during December alone that the $79 was actually worth it. I rarely buy physical goods from Amazon at other times of the year. Now I don't have to pay $79... I can pay $7.99. Hooray.

By FormulaRedline on 11/6/2012 12:38:54 PM , Rating: 4
Somehow I don't see Amazon being terribly heartbroken that you've decided to do the vast majority your holiday shopping with them.

Especially when all it costs them is the price of shipping, something they have become extremely operationally efficient at. It sounds like a win-win for both of you.

By DanNeely on 11/6/2012 1:05:22 PM , Rating: 3
I suspect they're counting on the number of people thinking they'll do that and then forgetting will make it worthwhile overall. Kinda like how my parents spent 6 or 8 years paying AOL $25/mo after the 3mo free they got with their new Compaq instead of switching to the $20(15?)/mo local ISP like they intended. (And if it wasn't for a long distance pop number snafu and the resulting several hundred dollar phonebill I doubt they've switched to DSL yet.)

By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2012 1:11:12 PM , Rating: 1
Pretty sure they make more on actual sold goods than shipping charges anyway.

By marvdmartian on 11/6/2012 3:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing whatsoever to prevent it. In fact, I did it a couple times, before I went for the full year.

However, Shane, not everything is shipped 2-day, regardless of order size. Amazon recently started do "add-on" items, that require non-Prime members to have a $25 order, and Prime members to have other item(s), in order for the add-on items to ship free. In fact, they won't even consider the order, if it only has add-on items. One of the reasons why I'm letting my Prime membership lapse.

Also, the upgrade to 1-day shipping is a set price (think it's $2 or $3) PER ITEM in the order. Got 5 small items in your order? Ships 2-day for free, but will cost you $10 or $15 extra to have them ship 1-day! Really only worthwhile if you absolutely have to have it one day sooner!

Going to have to think about this
By DanNeely on 11/6/2012 10:58:04 AM , Rating: 2
I bought my prime sub because between last minute Christmas and Birthday gifts I was spending $50-90/year on expedited shipping; and the marginal cost was worth it to get a few new books on release day instead of a few days after. (Don't know if they still do; but while Amazon 2day orders for books arrive on the same day it's released for retail if you ordered ground shipping it would be shipped on release day instead.) If I can get all the expedited shipping I really need for only $24/year the other 9 months of the year might not be worth paying for.

RE: Going to have to think about this
By jimbojimbo on 11/6/2012 12:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
I just use Amazon for everything these days so I use the hell out of my $79. That and if you need something the next day just $4 will get it to your door. That's faster than me going to a store to buy it! $79/year is a bargain but I do wish the bastards would release an app for Android.

By DanNeely on 11/6/2012 1:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think I've paid for next day more than once or twice. 2nd day is great for procrastination; beyond that the margin between Two Days Is Good Enough and I Need It Right Now that justifies spending an hour driving and paying retail markups have made it mostly irrelevant to me. Finally Amazon's sameday service is unlikely to be rolled out to where I live unless they grow another order of magnitude (at which point they're in the same size class as WalMarx).

By V-Money on 11/6/2012 3:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
but I do wish the bastards would release an app for Android.

I assume you are talking about for watching videos, because I wouldn't mind having that as well, but for shopping their app is awesome. If I see an item in a store that I like I will frequently scan it for reviews and to see how much Amazon charges for it, I buy pretty much everything through Amazon now since I switched to prime.

By Motoman on 11/6/2012 4:05:52 PM , Rating: 2
I signed up for Prime...once. Sort of.

Needed new tires on my truck. The distributor that my buddy's auto shop works with didn't carry the brand I wanted, so I went online to see if I could find them anywhere nearby.

Lo and behold I find them being sold on Amazon, though whatever 3rd party. So I go and order them to be delivered to the shop...and what pops up but a free offer to try out Amazon Prime for like a month, with free next-day shipping on my current order.

Next-day air. On 4 very large, load range E truck tires.

...sure. Why not? So I accept their free trial offer. And the tires got there the next day. And then I canceled my Prime subscription immediately, because realistically speaking it serves no purpose for me. I occasionally buy stuff from Amazon, but when I do it's fine to wait for normal shipping. And, since like 1 in 5 Americans I live in a rural area (frequently areas with no broadband internet of any kind), streaming movies or downloading any content of any kind is an utterly laughable concept.

I shudder to think what it cost Amazon to ship those tires next-day air...but hey - you offered it, so I took it. Huzzah!

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