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Customers with existing Prime memberships will receive the new pricing for renewals that initiate on or after April 17

Well, that didn’t take long. It was just over a month ago that Amazon was talking about raising the price of its Prime subscriptions. Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak made it clear that prices for the yearly service could increase by as much as $40/year.
Well, it looks as though the gauntlet has been thrown down, and customers will see an increase of $20 a year, bringing the total to $99.

Someone has to pay for those drones...
In a letter to customers, Amazon writes:
We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews.
Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. 
For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page.
The Amazon Prime Team
The new pricing will go into effect for new Prime members starting March 19. For current Prime members, the new pricing will go into effect for susbscriptions that renew on or after April 17. Pricing for Student Prime memberships will also be increasing from $39 to $49.

Tell us what you think in the comments section.

Sources: Amazon [1], [2]

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RE: No problem here with it
By ltfields on 3/13/2014 9:27:03 AM , Rating: 3
We like the "free" shipping part and use it often, but I still consider their streaming catalog lacking. Hopefully this will help get some more shows and movies available. I kinda wish Netflix would raise their prices a couple bucks a month. Not that I need more streams, but I'd like to see them be able to get more shows and movies and I'm willing to pay a little extra for that...

RE: No problem here with it
By Mitch101 on 3/13/2014 9:56:36 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone try RedBox streaming yet? They tend to buck the movie industry demands.

RE: No problem here with it
By blueaurora on 3/13/2014 10:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
They have done that from a physical disk perspective due to distribution agreements they were forced enter into by studios. They only buck from time to time on major releases they buy from a wholesaler. (Just pay more for each disk).

This helps them none in the steaming arena and they have no exclusives compared to their competition.

RE: No problem here with it
By Reclaimer77 on 3/13/14, Rating: 0
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