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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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By mmichii on 1/31/2014 5:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
i love prime. if you just factor in how much most places charge for 2 day shipping you make that back in savings real quick. Also you can share your prime by inviting people like i have with family and friends and share the cost and it just is really a steal. You also have to factor in things like the easy and no hassle returns and exchanges. Most places want their broken stuff back first before they ship you a new item. Amazon just wants you to return your broken item within 30 days with prime using a PREPAID shipping label all the while having sent you out a new item using 2 day. Most places will make you pay for that shipping. Next day is only 3.99 per item. Have you checked out how much some places charge for next day? Also how much gas would you blow driving around getting your stuff from the store. I really don't mind them raising their rates since its been nine years and a lot of stuff involved with the shipping process, especially fuel, has gone way up in that time. Even with a 40 dollar hike its still really worth it.


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