dealsamazon prime 50% off after first free year…

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Not a bad deal, but it sucks that I don't get any more of it free.
I know, I get to quit my whining.

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What all does Amazon Prime offer?

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@wigglemonster: Free 2-day shipping on things shipped from Amazon
Free release-date delivery for books, games, and DVDs
This one gets you unlimited streaming from Prime instant video

A feeling of vast superiority over your fellow humans--excuse me, subjects--who don't have Prime memberships.

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Don't quite understand this one.

So this offer is only available to students. OK. Now why would said students choose to pay $39 vs renewing their free student membership

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@negativefps: So far as I can tell, we can't renew student memberships. They offer a free year. Mine is certainly up.
If we can please let me know.

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@negativefps: It's for Students that have already used up most of their Free membership to have the opportunity to pay only 50% on an extension of their membership.

@trahentis: As of now you cannot renew a free membership

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Just look and my student Membership Expired Today. Good thing I found this.

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Weird my student membership happen to expire today as well... I guess its a good deal if you buy more than ~15 items off amazon a year.

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@trahentis: There was a deal posted here 1-3 months ago that allowed you to renew.

Not officially, it might have been a bug. You had to cancel your free Prime and then sign up again using a link provided. I assumed it was renewable then. Worked for me

edit: here it is. http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/9452f24e-40d1-4d1b-864d-1a22830dfd50/extend-your-amazon-student-prime-membership-for-another-year-from-today#178

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@rossmans: Unless you make sure to get to super-saver shipping every time. It's not that hard to do.

@negativefps: Aww, darn. Should have jumped on that when it was here.

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@negativefps: that what I did, or else my Prime would have expired this week as well. With the unsubscribe \ renew I now have another 3 months left, Im sure theyll have another promotion before September's book selling time.

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Ive had amazon prime for free for a year now.. I probably wouldn't have renewed for 79$ but this I jumped on... this + free 20GB cloud (with infinite music-GB) + free-shipping + streaming is well worth the 39$

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I was really happy to receive this email as well. They have got me hooked on prime and I don't want to give it up, but 80 bucks is too much. 40 seems just right though.

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Mine is expiring today as well. Since I just got a message that Netflix is going to charge separately for DVDs and streaming, maybe I can just use Amazon's streaming now. The savings alone on that would justify the cost. The missus and I both decided we would pay for Prime when this deal ended. Half price just sweetens the pot.

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Read over the renewal screen before whacking the submit button. My membership has about four months on it left. When I went to the sign-up screen, it clearly stated near the top that if you clicked submit, your half price membership would start immediately wiping out the rest of your free membership. Said screen also said you could use this offer anytime up to the end of your free subscription. Wish they'd just let us get it done sooner and tack the time on to the end, but glad they also spelled out dem rulz.

As for Prime, I'm hooked big time. When I do have to pay for it, I'll make up the $39 (or even $79) quickly. As long as it says Prime, it doesn't matter how heavy it is, 2 day shipping is free. 100 pound box of rocks? 75 pounds of gummy bears? A literal army of blow-up dolls? Free shipping. Two days. shazam!

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For anyone still curious about what Amazon Prime offers, here is a basic breakdown:

FREE Rush Processing (95% of items ship same business day)
FREE Two-Day shipping
FREE Release Date Delivery for games, movies, and books.
One-day shipping for $3.99 per item
Instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video

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@dpmonkeyboy: Haha yeah, that's why I specifically outlined that in the deal description. Almost fell into the same trap myself :)

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@promyst: lol, wow, you sure did. Guess I need to get me one of them remedial reading class thingees while I be at skewl. arg. Reading Is Fundamental.

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Does anyone know if "family members" who you list under your prime subscription also get streaming video, or do they just get the free 2 day shipping and nothing else?

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@trahentis: Super saver shipping is not like Prime free shipping at all. Prime is insanely fast (2 days), while "Saver" can take a week if not more.

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@yankeefan1087: Prime members under a free trial or paid subscription can share their benefits with up to 4 additional family members living in the same household, or up to 4 coworkers to shop for the related account.

See this link for more: http://tinyurl.com/2c6pzky

With Amazon Mom and Amazon Student you CANNOT share benefits, but this is considered a "full" membership if you pay the $39 so the above applies.

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@lll0228: Ah, good call. I've had prime too long to think about that. Which is why they expect me to pay for more of it.

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thinking about doing this. What do you guys think about amazon's streaming service?

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@sleepy35758: I've used their On Demand service about 10 times, all of them streamed great and the picture quality was awesome on all except 1 occasion, which was my fault because I was using slow 3G internet to stream it. 2 days later I got an "apology" email from Amazon about the poor quality of the movie image and my account was refunded for the purchase lol

So pretty great in my book

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This was horribly depressing because it made me find out that I only have 1 week of free prime left :(

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been planning on trying out Prime for my next school year for almost a year now. Very excited...

:3

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$80 really is way too much to ask. If it was normally $40, I would definitely consider it more

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I was not planning on re-upping my prime after the freebie, but this really is solid. I haven't extensively checked out the streaming content, but I know it has Burn Notice as they come out, so I imagine it has a pretty fair selection of current things. $40 for a year of instant access is cheaper than Hulu+ or Netflix, and with the free shipping perks and cloud benefits as gravy. Seems like a win.

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It's been suggested by users on some forums to just create another Amazon account and resign up for a Amazon Prime Student account in order to continue to receive another free year. Just a warning that (at least) one member has reported that their Prime access was cancelled because Amazon caught on and they received the following email:

Hello,

It appears that your Amazon Student account is one of many enrolled using the same .edu email address. According to the Amazon Student terms and conditions, "You may not transfer or assign your Amazon Student membership or the benefits associated with an Amazon Student membership. You may not use your student e-mail address for more than one Amazon Student membership".

Due to this fact, your Amazon Prime shipping benefits have been cancelled. If you would like further clarification, please send an email to amazon-student-confirm@amazon.com from the email address associated with your Amazon.com account.

Regards,
Account Specialist

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This is a pretty good deal! But in the interest of free always being better, I will be going to a new school in the fall with a new email address; can I use that to get another free year?

Either way I'd probably want to transfer to the new email since the one I used will be closed by the school soon, but if anyone has any insight, I'd appreciate it.

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prime has saved my butt, fast shipping on a lot of books and materials needed for school. Having no access to a car, getting to a store can be a massive hassle, this has saved me countless trips. I have about 3 more days before mine expires, I'm definitely going to jump on this :3

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I received an email from Amazon about this offer today. Here is what the email said:

Your year of FREE Two-Day Shipping will end on xx/xx/xxxx. As a valued Amazon Student member, we would like to offer you an Amazon Prime membership for only $39/year (normally $79/year).

You can wait until your year of FREE Two-Day Shipping benefits as an Amazon Student member has ended to take advantage of this offer or upgrade at any time to continue receiving unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping, in addition to access to Prime instant videos--unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.

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It was actually too easy to pay for that Amazon prime student discount. I was already logged in and clicked two links for it to charge my account without it actually displaying a payment screen. This is a great deal though. Prime always comes in handy for me around the holiday season when I purchase presents at the last minute.

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@promyst: I've got a question about this here dealy-o since you seem pretty knowledgeable:

I'm currently on the Free Year for Students Prime account, and it expires on the 19th of August of this year. Should I wait until later, say, Mid-August/around the expiration date (more bang for my buck), or just jump on it now while the deal is up? Put simply- Will this deal last long?

Also, you stated that one can share the prime membership benefits for upto four people living in the house- I have my brother living with me, would his account be given Prime benefits and goodies EVEN THOUGH his account is under a "[dot]com" email address, and not a "[dot]edu" one?

Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long comment!

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My Student Prime lapsed several days ago. I still have the option of signing up for the $39 prime. Hard to say if the deal will last, but I'm going to wait to sign up for it until I need to purchase something on Amazon.

You cannot share Student Prime, only the full Amazon Prime.

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Did anyone else notice Amazon's change in policy?

Up until now if you upgraded to a full subscription it was added on to your Amazon Student membership. In contrast if you had a full subscription and went to Amazon Student they have been crediting you a prorated value of your subscription.

I wish I didn't have to renew before the year ends to get this deal though.

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Do they still have a free year thing for students? Mine is about to end but I'm thinking of singing my wife up for it so we can benefit this for another year.

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My email specifically said that you can upgrade as late as you want into your free 1-year membership, but when you upgrade to the actual prime (from Student) it starts your paid membership immediately and doesn't tack it on to the end of you free one. Therefore, you're cutting your free year short if you start it early.

So, for example, if your free year expires August 18th, you want to wait until August 17th to get the $40 deal. It specifically says the deal will always be up until the end of your free trial period.

I, for one, wonder why people don't just use multiple .edu addresses to get year after year of this. My brother has been doing this for several years now with his multiple .edu addresses. I currently have five .edu addresses, but they're all legitimate. I don't know if you can create your own (check google).

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Just looked it up, Google gave me a list of websites that you can use to make an .edu email without school affiliation. I also highly doubt Amazon digs through these to make sure they're legitimate non-public domains like a University is. I'm sure someone has tried it though, I have not so I would not know.

Either way, if you want to do everything as pertains to the T&C, this a great deal.

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@jaavaa: I think your school has to be on Amazon's list in order to get the student membership.

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@deeveeance: You can renew for $39 up until the day your Prime account expires, so wait!

You cannot share benefits until you upgrade to the full account (paying the $39)

Hope this helps

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Makes me wish i was a student for the discount. Getting a heavy beach canopy shipped to me overnight for 4 bucks makes me think prime is well worth it for the smart online shopper....

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@jaavaa: yeah and I hate these sites. It's sites like these that costs actual students a version of Windows7 at a low cost in some of Microsoft's MSDNAA programs. So many people were getting fake addresses and signing up cheap as a student in some IT organizations that some programs immediately took it down.
Don't start doing this crap or Amazon will take down there Amazon Prime for students, which is great and very helpful to students who sometimes can't afford $$$ for rush shipping. It has been great for getting textbooks last minute because I mostly decide whether to buy my books new or used (Chegg) after the first day and reading the syllabus.