deals6 month amazon prime membership for students w…

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This has been active for a LONG time, but for those who haven't seen the deal, it's one hell of a deal. :D

After your six months, you can get a year for $39, also. I'll be doing that in September.

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Also if you do not have a .edu address you can use the Amazon Help to contact customer service and they will give you alternate ways to get the deal. you will still need your proof of enrollment but some schools do not give out .edu addresses which makes it harder to get deals like this.

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Well, thanks for reminding me to re-up my membership at 39 a year. That's a good price, totally worth it.

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sad thing was this used to be for 1 yr, then $40 (1/2) afterwards

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This does not include the Amazon Prime Videos or the Kindle Lending Library. This is only for free 2 day shipping. Not a bad thing and I wouldn't complain, but I know there is usually confusion because the paid Prime membership includes some additional benefits.

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I'm almost on my 3rd year of Amazon Prime student.

1st Year - Free
2nd Year - $40
3rd Year - ???

My subscription ends this August and I was wondering if anyone else is on the same boat as me. Would you do next?

For me, if it's full price $80 and now that the taxes are implemented for California residents.. I think I'm canceling before I get billed.

If it's discounted for another year.. I'm still debating wether or not I'm keeping the subscription. Honestly, I've been buying off the Woot and deals.woot more often and eBay. The only thing I'll probably miss is the free two day shipping (sometimes one day.

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It definitely is renewable at $39 a year. I just reconfirmed my in school status with a copy of my class schedule. More info here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200500380

-Edit-
Student membership is good for 4 years with proof of enrollment.

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@joshobra: Im coming onto my 3rd year tomorrow. Ill let you know what happens.

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"free" is a tricky term for this offer. Yes, you get the Prime upgrade for "free" but it can be very dangerous once you get a feeling for it. I've spent hundreds more a month since having the "free" prime just because of how awesome, convenient and fast it is with prime.

It should come with a warning label warning of addiction. In fact, I actually get a tiny bit depressed if I come home to a porch without any packages. Yes, maybe I have a problem. No, I can't blame Prime for all my problems.

But Amazon is the enabler in this addiction and Prime is the sweet sweet drug!

...in seriousness though, I started out with a year free and absolutely loved it (and did actually buy a ton more) and ended up using the half off renewal which made it a "real" prime account (rather than a free one) and now I also get the free Prime videos. I'm close to cancelling netflix and just sticking with the included Prime video. Not perfect but a nice bonus!

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Anyone know if this is undergrad only?

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@joshobra: I'm in the same boat as far as being on the 3rd year. First year free. Second $40 to renew and not sure what will happen this year (also in August). But honestly, I have ordered plenty and well over $80 worth of shipping charges so in the end it's a great deal regardless. I mean I can easily order a $2 product with free prime shipping without even worrying about it (no bundling to make minimum purchases for free shipping).

Just recently started playing around with the Prime video, mostly for the kid, but a nice "free" bonus. Have also used the discounted 1 day shipping for quick items which was nice.

I'm curious how the rumored "same day" shipping will work with Prime if it is in fact true. Would be incredible to order something and get it delivered the same day with a prime shipping discount!

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@amander: I believe it applies to all emails ending in .edu regardless if you are an undergrad or not

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I received 1 year free amazon prime student, which ran out last month. It gave me the option to upgrade to the full amazon prime for $40, which I did. So I know have access to the full amazon prime, which I only had to pay $40 for.

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I used to think of Prime as an awesome program but with the recent addon program, I had cancelled my prime as I only used it for shipping.

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@navthesav: What addon program?

I mostly only used it for "free" 2-day shipping and was happy with the value there but recently finding use for the Video service for my daughter. I even actually "rented" a newer movie which is something I told myself I would never do lol.

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Does not work if you've ever used this promotion before :(

" your free Amazon Prime shipping benefits has ended.
Continue receiving these benefits and more with an exclusive offer
for Amazon Students:
Sign up now to get Amazon Prime for only $39/year (normally $79/year) and enjoy:..."

is the message returned if you have used the EDU discount before.

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@jesterfx: navthesav is referring to Amazon's new "Add-On" program, where certain items CANNOT be bought unless you have a $25 minimum purchase, even if you have already paid for Amazon Prime.

Amazon's spin on this is they can offer items in smaller quantities (e.g. you can buy one of something instead of a three-pack), but I'm unconvinced. I have the feeling that more and more smaller items will be considered "add-on" items as time goes on.

Not to mention I feel like its a bit of a rip-off after paying $79/year for Prime... the main benefit of it was not having the $25 min order restriction and two day shipping... the add-on program is taking away one of the best benefits.

Here's an example item -- I went to go buy this last night, but couldn't buy it unless I added $20 more of stuff to my cart, and I am a Prime member:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001XURHBQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8

My Prime membership is up in Sept, and I am considering cancelling it because of this.

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I do not recommend renewing this and paying $40/year if you will only use this for shipping. I only renewed mine because I had just purchased a Kindle Fire and it has been worth it. Having free access and discounts on certain books is great. The TV series collection on Amazon is pretty good but the movies suck unless you have kids.

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I am also in the "going on third year" predicament wondering what they will do, but I know it's for grad and undergrad and the limit is 4 years. I agree it can be addictive. I am not sure a week goes by without me ordering something and I also feel that sadness when no package is at the door, as well as the anxiety awaiting the arrival of whatever it is no matter how small. Also, you do get the videos and the lending library(provided you have an actual Kindle, not just the app) when you hit the second year and get the discounted rate.

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@amander:
Open to any student with proof of enrollment or anyone else with a .edu email. Some universities let you keep the email address for life.

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@crimsonpride88:
ALMOST full amazon prime. You can't add guests to your account with a student account.
At least you can't anymore.
I added my wife a couple years ago with the free student prime, accidentally removed her sometime later and am not able to readd her.

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You can also get 3 months free through www.amazon.com/mom - however in both cases, it upgrades to the paid Prime at the end of the trial, so make sure that you unsubscribe before the end, or you will pay.

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@joshobra - I'm in my third year of renewed Prime, still coming in at $39.

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I recently confirmed with someone at the Amazon online chat help line. Once you've started Student Prime, you can get a total of 4 years of Student Prime.

For example, I got a full year free with Student Prime, so I can get 3 years worth after that for the discounted rate of $39/year. I'm not sure what happens to those who got 6 months free as far as getting your full 4 years as I didn't experience that.

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@jesterfx:

It sucks because previous items that were already eligible for prime were added to the program and lost the ability to order on its own without bundling with 25 dollars worth of stuff.

I had watched a few items that I've ordered on my own that were around 5 dollars that have to have 25 dollar purchase requirements.

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Great deal!
Just signed up with an old .edu account and it worked!

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@indetrucks: Just a heads up, they might ask you for proof of enrollment and (I assume) cancel your account if you can't provide it. I don't know if there are consequences if you've taken advantage of prime membership perks when you aren't actually eligible, other than a canceled account. I never really looked into it much.

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@mechanicsc: @navthesav: Wow, that really really sucks. The whole point of prime (in my mind) is to take advantage of the free shipping on the cheaper items that could double in cost due to shipping! Especially since a lot of items are eligible for free super-saver shipping on a $25+ order anyways! I guess Amazon finally realized they were losing a good chunk of money on prime :( Glad I never wasted my money on it.

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@theabnormal1: I haven't been a student since 2005, but I've been a Student Prime member for the last 1.25 years. They don't (currently) ask for proof of anything. As long as you have access to an email address that ends in .edu, you're good. No promises that they won't change that in the future though.

Especially at the discounted student price, it's really not a waste of money assuming you order more than a very few times a year. And especially because you also get their movie streaming - I think you don't get it during your free membership time, but you definitely get it once you're paying the $39/yr. We order a ton of stuff from Amazon - a majority of what we buy that isn't food comes from there. Even if you factor in a bit of the Prime membership cost on every order, we always save money, get what we need quickly AND get to avoid a lot of the hubbub at Walmart, etc. That's absolutely worth it in my eyes.

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Also, FYI when you enroll for free, you will be charged by default (auto-renewal) to continue the membership.

From the signup page: At the end of your free six months, your membership will automatically upgrade to an annual Amazon Prime membership and we will charge your card (Visa -*) or another available card on file $39/year. Select "Do not upgrade" from Your Account if you do not wish to continue to an annual Amazon Prime membership. You will continue to receive Amazon Prime for $39/year for as long as you are an Amazon Student member for a total benefit period up to 4 years (free and discounted) after which your Amazon Prime benefits will renew at the full price. Visit Your Account during your membership to change your renewal settings.

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@joshobra: Same here. I've got about three weeks left. Amazon sure isn't letting me forget to renew -- there's a yellow banner on every page reminding me. If it were $40 for another year, I'd probably do it again, no questions asked. For $80, I'm not sure. I do use the Prime instant streaming on occasion (especially since they launched the Xbox app), which is pretty neat.

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@smtatertot13: Cool! Thanks for the info.

I'm sure it's not a waste to those that use it. But I'm pretty sure that if I paid for prime it would just make me buy more stuff to make sure I can actually justify paying for prime :o) So far my method hasn't failed me, though; I just stick to products that allow super-saver shipping on $25+ orders, and once there's enough stuff in my cart to reach $25 I make the order. I usually don't mind waiting. So no prime for me :)

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@mechanicsc: ahhh wow, I haven't noticed this yet when shopping. But, yeah, I agree that really does suck. I was even just talking about how nice it is to even be able to order a small $2 item and get free shipping and be done with it but it seems like that "luxury" may be coming to an end.

I wonder if it is for all small items or only certain ones that may cost more to ship or something. Because that really just defeats the purpose of the whole thing and not a good trend. I was sold because it was "free shipping on ANYTHING amazon handles the shipping for". I can understand 'why' they would do it but definitely don't like the change.

Going to have to check their forums and see if others are crying out about it...maybe we can get them to rethink that decision ;).

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@jesterfx: Well, I have decided to not buy any item that is an "Add-On" item, even if I have more than $25 in my cart, just out of principle. Buying the "add-on" just lets Amazon know that I'm OK with that, and I'm not.

I'm voting with my wallet... just won't buy that item from Amazon.

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Mine runs out just before Amazon starts collecting California sales tax. I won't be renewing and Amazon will be way down on my list of retailers.

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@jesterfx: The best thing about this deal is that the price to renew prime for students is just around 40 bucks so its not as much as a normal prime account if you keep it up after the six months. Of course, at a cheaper price, more people might become addicted to prime far easier....

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@sundi712: That may seem like a lot to pay for just free shipping but it does pay for itself if you buy a lot off of amazon. Anyway though I also use it for the streaming of tv shows too so i feel like I get my money's worth

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I know the free doesn't include Amazon Instant Video or Kindle Lending Library, but does the $40 offer those services?

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@rickmasta: Yes. I'm currently on the second year ($40 renewal) and have those.

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IMPORTANT: The free six month Student trial only includes Prime "shipping benefits." This is still great for free, but it means that you DO NOT get the free instant streaming or Kindle books. However, this trial allows you to upgrade to "full" Prime for half price ($39/year instead of $79/year). So for only $3.25/month, you'd get all the instant viewing and Kindle books. Just wanted to get across the point that the trial doesn't include instant viewing, as I thought it did. :/