questionsdo you think amazon prime is worth the money?

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I have prime. I didn't pay for my membership. I got a free year when I signed up for Amazon Mom for discounts on baby stuff. However, I will continue paying for Prime once it runs out. I get stuff literally the next day for free on most things that I order before 5pm, and if I order after, it ships 2nd day. Before I was enrolled in Prime, I would have to wait 5-6 business days before getting the stuff I ordered. Also, since a large majority of stuff I order online is from Amazon, I save on expedited shipping quite often.

As far as prices on other sites, if it's just a few bucks, I go with Amazon anyway because of their customer service. It's top notch and second to none. The shipping speed helps too.

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Prime is absolutely FANTASTIC during the holidays.

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I pay for Prime and absolutely love it! The fact too, that in those rare chances I need something delivered in one day it costs me $3.99. Heck, even some of my 2-day deliveries come in 1 day. I think that is based on what warehouse they ship from. It's great for someone who purchases a lot of items from amazon, like myself. And lets not forget the numerous movie titles we can stream for free now.

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I've had it since it was first offered and I love it! I spend so much damn money with Amazon (as I did before Prime) that provides a tremendous savings for me. and as @mfladd says, when you throw in the free movies, it's that much sweeter.

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If you're ordering online frequently enough (or if you can shift other spending to Amazon), it's completely worth it. The 2-day shipping and discounted is completely worth it.

The free movie selection is pretty good and seems to be growing. There's lots of good titles, though granted you're probably never going to find a new first release in there. I'm interested in finally catching up some of the international action movies that I've never gotten around to watching.

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You all make it sound awesome, I may sign up tonight.

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Yes, absolutely. And most people don't realize that Prime can be free for a year if you are a student.

Just signup here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info

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It is totally worth it. If you need a Visa card (eh..."need" may not be the right way to put it) then getting the Amazon Visa to go with it leads to both some good savings, and some bad spendings, unless you are careful. Dollars to points to Amazon gift cards. The circle of life for my money. (Not very efficient circle, but circle all the same...) Great way to separate me and my money.

That being said, it is also incredibly useful. Send presents to relatives for free, and they get there fast. (Wrapping paper in blue costs extra.) Subscribe and save for the discounted item cost, and if you run out of something you will get it again in two days (assuming in stock) if you trigger an early shipment. Plus, no $20 minimum for "free" shipping.

Order enough small orders, and you are hurting yourself if you don't have Prime. With Prime, I don't hesitate to buy a $3.00 item, since shipping is 2-days for no extra beyond the Prime fee.

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Yes. Love that I get so much next day, and the movies. I recently found out that Amazon has now: Amazon Warehouse and Amazon Grocery & [forget] Coupon page. I've bought cereal, peanut butter, and coffee deals. All sorts of things will wind up in your "shopping cart." Amazon Warehouse is open-box items and are called "used," but is really just Amazon itself shipping.
Warehouse....
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA2L77EE7U53NWQ&field-keywords=&x=0&y=0

Grocery Coupons
http://www.amazon.com/Sales-Grocery/b/ref=amb_link_356348922_2?ie=UTF8&node=52129011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=1G71GT462T09STFXFAZP&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=1298700822&pf_rd_i=1000690281

Also, I use www.iGive.com. It raises money for the charity you personally designate. It's like 0.8%, but consider how much money we spend on there (since I shifted spending over)...

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If you have a Roku or similar device you can watch the free (and paid) Prime movies/TV on your television.

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Prime=

Stuff arrives almost instantly.
Free HD movies and shows to my PC, Sony Blu-Ray, Sony Chumby device, and soon on my Android.
Hassle free orders.
Did I say the stuff almost arrives before I actually order it???

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Absolutely worth it. More often than not, they have the lowest price for what I'm searching.

Did you know you can share your Prime membership with up to 4 family members? It says same household but that doesn't seem to be watched very closely... if you know what I mean.

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Thanks for the insight. I never considered how many small purchases I make through Amazon and having to pad my cart with junk to qualify for the free shipping. The idea of ordering a box of cereal and getting it in two days is intriguing. I suddendly can think of a 1000 things this would be useful for. I think I will take the plunge when I place my next order. Now if I was only a student...damn

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Another nice feature is that you can add up to 4 people in your household, to your Prime account after you invite them (through your account). In my case, my adult step-daughter who is living with us, while going back to school can order from Amazon, using all her own payment info, not mine! She can also get all the be benefits of Prime even though her free year for students ran out.

I've been told, but haven't verified, that other people (that you add) can also use your Prime even if they don't live in your household, but all packages must be sent to the address of the originating member. Anyone else know if this is true?

[edit to add] @thunderthighs stole my thunder! :)

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I use it all the time. Personal & business.

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I love having prime. I have it free through Amazon mom, but will start paying for it after it expires. No more buying crap to get up to $25 super saver, and stuff arrives very quickly. I often buy stuff on Amazon Prime rather than try to get out to Target...no traffic, price comparisons are easier, and no tax.

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Hell yeah... I do the amazon mom thing which everyone has already talked about but the amount of stuff we buy there makes it worth the 79 or whatever it is now...

I can get diapers for instance cheaper, over night or plan ahead and pay no shipping.. Overnight shipping is 3.99...

I got a 10 pcs dewalt tool set for xmas.. overnight for 3.99 baby..

I Love it.

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Ditto on what everyone else has said. I also end up saving money a lot of the time since I'm not worried about getting up to $25 per order to get the free super saver shipping.

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To me, hell yes. I've been fortunate to not have to pay the annual fee for about two years due to my status as a student but the savings in shipping, tax, and even the cost of the products, would have more than paid for the fees.

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I use Amazon a lot. I got prime from Amazon student, and from my understanding, I should be able to get another year, which is awesome. It's definitely worth it IF you shop from Amazon a lot. I'm never typically in a real rush to get something, but getting it in two days and shipped for free is nice.

Here's how I'd look at it: look at how much you spend annually on Amazon. Look at shipping. Do you buy big enough things to get the $25 free super-saver shipping? I typically don't as I usually just buy one thing at a time, such as a movie. So let's say we're getting a movie, it's 17.99. That either means you'll be spending approx 20 including shipping, or an extra $7 to hit free shipping. Those little bits can add up.

If it looks like the cost of shipping/extra items to get free shipping exceeds the cost of a Prime membership, then Prime is definitely worth it. I wholeheartedly feel it is, but if you don't use Amazon often, it very well might not be for you.

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I'll pay slightly higher prices at amazon for extra piece of mind. I've never had a problem that Amazon didn't clear up right away. sometimes i'll find something cheaper but the site looks shady and i'd rather pay the extra to know i wont get screwed over. as for prime, it depends on how much you order. I order all my christmas and birthday presents, as well as tons of other stuff, so its hands down worth it for me. the only problem is that i've gotten so use to 2 day shipping, i get fed up when something ships standard ground.

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I have prime and I think its worth it. Its also nice knowing that when you buy from Amazon directly, they have a great return policy as well.

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I have Prime, but most of my orders are shipped via ground service. The 2 day delivery has been hit and miss, sometimes taking a week. I've used the $3.99 next day delivery without any problems.

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@thedogma: Do you mean you can extend your free Amazon Prime/Amazon Student thing another year?! Do tell--how? I was planning on renewing my Prime membership once my free year thanks to Amazon Student expires, but if there's some way to renew for free, that'd be fantastic...

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@heyjoie: I'm not 100% sure, but I did read a way to extend it by unsubscribing and then resubscribing (or something along those lines), I think it was posted on here a while back. For me, though, I believe I might fall under a lucky technicality in that I'm going to a new school this fall and will thus have a new .edu e-mail.

Sorry if that initial bit was misleading, but even if the new e-mail doesn't work, I'm strongly considering springing for it

EDIT: reading back, that has pretty high potential to mislead. Sorry about that!

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It has been absolutely worth it to me. At first it was living in an area where everything was spread out, and if it wasn't spread out the chances of finding what you wanted were low anyway. Then it became "stuff arrives so quickly and I am too busy to go shop". Then they added the streaming stuff which was a total hook.

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Not when you can get it for free! (being a student or child care giver)