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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos  (Source: Salon)
More price hikes likely in store for Amazon customers

For those that frequently shop on Amazon.com year round (or even just during the holiday shopping season), Amazon Prime is like a gift from the gods. The service allows customers to get packages delivered to their home with two business days (sometimes even faster if you’re close to an Amazon distribution center), gives users access to a growing digital video library (movies, TV shows, original programming) and special Kindle “lending” perks.
 
However, it appears that the $79/year Prime membership may be getting a lot more expensive. Citing increased shipping costs; Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak made it clear that the online retail giant is “considering” a price hike for Prime membership.
 
According to Szkutak, that price increase could be anywhere from $20 to $40, which would put an Amazon Prime membership at $119/year if the bean counters get everything they want.
 
The writing has been on the wall as Prime has been around at the same $79/year price for nine years, and Amazon recently bumped the free shipping threshold for non-Prime members to $35 (from $25) on orders.
 
Amazon has also come further under assault from tax collectors in various states, with North Carolina residents becoming the latest to “face the music” when it comes to paying taxes on Amazon purchases.

Source: The Verge



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RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By MrBlastman on 1/31/2014 10:15:51 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty stingy (frugal) myself. I'll usually wait until I can load up an order past the threshold required for free shipping and then I'll buy stuff off Amazon. I don't mind waiting a few days to get the things usually, either. So... I've never bothered buying Prime membership. The movies are no value to me as I already have Netflix which has more stuff to watch--though lately the streaming content even there has been lacking.


RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By Rukkian on 1/31/2014 11:43:38 AM , Rating: 2
When I have looked at the free stuff on the streaming library, it is just not worth it, now if they up that, and get at least to a Netflix level, I could see paying the fees, however, I also get the shipping portion of prime for free, as my brother has it, and once you pay for it, you can give the shipping benefits to 2 others to use for free. I do not get the other perks (free video library being one), but the prime membership is very nice.


RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By FlyBri on 1/31/2014 4:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's not even getting to the level of Netflix with their content, but the fact that there are no native apps for mobile to watch it except on Amazon hardware. They need to open up Amazon Prime Video to all mobile devices.


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