questionsdeals.woot poll - do you have amazon prime?

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No. I don't order that much from Amazon, and when I do, the Free Super-saver Shipping works just fine.

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yep. with the amount of stuff we order from there, it pays for itself 2-3 times over.

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@carl669: People keep saying that. But like I said in the other thread, I haven't paid shipping from Amazon (other than 3rd-party deals, mainly used CD's) in years. I just make sure my orders are > $25.

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Definitely. I feel like I get my money's worth on it since I use it for work and home and also setup a sub-account for my in-laws. Even if I used it just for personal stuff, I think it would be worth it. I end up buying a lot of stuff that is less than $25. Also, I do actually watch a few of the streaming shows just to make sure I get my money's worth.

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@tsfisch: I would be in your boat if I wasn't getting a free membership from someone else. It's pretty rare my orders don't total 25 bucks, or that I couldn't wait on an item until I needed another to make it 25. That is not to say I don't use the convenience of it all the time, but I doubt I could make the $80 case for it personally.

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I have in the past, but currently I'm not. If we need to order anything from Amazon, we write it all down, if we have enough and the cost savings is enough, we will purchase it for another year. This normally happens around Christmas time when the 2-day shipping is a must.

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So this is sort of the opposite of frugal... here's my confession:

I pay for Prime so that I can ignore it as a "sunk cost" and then live my life with stuff one day and $3.99 away from my doorstep. I also of course use 2-day free shipping liberally, without concern for consolidating my orders.

I honestly have no idea if I win or lose financially directly on the shipping - but I win freeing my time from deliberation and my emotions from angst about last minute purchases.

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Yeah - I joined a few months ago after considering it for years. I am glad I did as I have in the past held off buying things due to not meeting the minimum for free shipping (or adding things to meet minimum). also I enjoy the 2 day shipping. There are enough things on Amazon I purchase to make it worth it for me.

also, I hope to not have to sweat it out around Christmas when I order something a few weeks out...

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What @snapster just said. I'm not all that conscious, just yet, but had been about to answer, when he made his post.

I don't have Prime to save money. I have it to save my time.

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Snapster says it best with saving time.

For the time factor and with how often we shop on Amazon due to our remote location (local pricing/selecting is high/limited).

Plus the streaming is always a fun bonus.

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I have Amazon Prime because of Amazon Student. It's very handy when purchasing books for each semester. While I normally don't make numerous purchases each month, it is nice to have the shorter shipping time if I need something fast. It has definitely saved me lots of time in the long run.

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I did a month-long trial about two years back and cancelled it after 29 days and two purchases, saving about $18 in shipping (though I would have gone with cheaper shipping had it not been free so the actual savings was more like $8).

I now buy more online and (as has been highlighted by another recent question), many of the deals posted here aren't all that great for people who have free Prime shipping. Thus it is likely that I'd get value for the subscription.

However, the main reason I'm considering Prime isn't for the shipping but rather for the video streaming (which doesn't come with a free Amazon Prime membership). Right now, I'm trying out Hulu Plus for a month (and finding it rather disappointing, at least with respect to watching current TV shows, ie. replacing CableTV/FIOS). After I give up on Hulu Plus, I'm likely going to try Amazon prime.

So, count me as a Prime member for your survey (technically, I could be one now with the free student membership).

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I also thought Amazon Prime was a waste of money, and that I could just buy $25 worth of merchandise & get free basic shipping.

Then I got a 3-month trial of Prime with Amazon Mom, and now I'm thinking about buying it when it expires. I love not holding off on orders until there's $25 worth of stuff I want, or searching for cheap merchandise to bring an order up to that magic $25 threshold. And I get all my orders within 2 business days.

I buy from Amazon a couple of times a month, and most things I buy are small items less than $25. According to Amazon's shipping rate chart, the least I would spend on 2-day shipping for any order is $7.98 ($5.99 per shipment plus $1.99 per item). If I paid for 2-day shipping on 2 orders a month, it would cost me $191.52 compared to a $79 annual fee for Prime.

So I guess the moral of this story is: if you think Prime's not worth it, DON'T accept a free trial or you could find yourself changing your mind quite quickly.

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I'm actually considering joining Prime not for the reduced shipping cost but for the video streaming to replace Netflix.

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I used to use the $25 FSSS with Amazon but the drawback of the FSSS was that they used to wait 5 days before processing your order for shipment but if you paid for ground on a $25 order they shipped it out that day; however, I am not sure if this is still their practice.

Thanks to having one of my monkeys in college, I get to be a tag-along on his free student account and love it. Unfortunately, I have no self control and have packages showing up at my house all the time as I am a bad person and only think about consolidating my orders once in a while, while I am dismembering my boxes for the recycle bin and thinking that I should be more conscientious about waste and the environment. I am hoping that the half price for student Prime is still available when the kid's free account expires.

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I have Prime - more for convenience than cost savings. With special dietary needs, I tend to buy bulk foods from Amazon, and the 2-day shipping is great. A single order may come from several different warehouses in separate packages, and they all have 2-day shipping. When I used to use the free shipping, they would wait to ship until everything was in one warehouse, so it could take 2 weeks (or more) to arrive after the order.

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No, I don't have Prime. I always keep my Wish List well-stocked w/items I use/want. When I'm in the mood and/or have enough to use Super-Saver shipping, I order. Since time isn't a consideration for me, I don't care if it takes a long, l.o.n.g. time to get here. zzzzzzzz Besides, it's amusing when I get a box and have NO idea what I ordered. Kinda like getting a surprise present from myself.

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I got the one-year student trial and was hooked. As @studerc said, it's great for textbook shopping.

I'm also planning to renew it (it helps that they're offering it for half price to renew, but I'd have renewed it anyway)--I do most of my Christmas shopping online these days, and the Prime membership will pay for itself in November and December. The free shipping saves me oodles of money on all the lightning deals during their Black Friday sales (because obviously, the nature of those sales makes it impossible to consolidate an order), and the two-day or cheap one-day shipping means any last minute gifts I may have forgotten will still get to me in time.

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Hmmm... @snapster makes a very valid point and has reminded me yet again that I so often forget that my time is my most precious asset (sometimes I enjoy the angst).

In fact, I'd go and get Prime right now, if I had the time (have to head to work, plus it probably makes sense to wait until I'm actually going to order something).

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I am one of those guilty as charged: definitely a Prime member, and proud of it. It's not as much a matter of saving any huge amount of money - overall, it saves me only $20-40 per year, but the convenience factor is great... It's like microwave shipping! Click, and it's there!

And as long as they're expanding the benefits with more movies, music, cloud services, etc., it's definitely a good deal.

@shrdlu: Saving your time is probably more valuable than saving many other people's money... Just sayin'... Though I guess that depends on how you use that time :)

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No, I currently do not but am considering as I have been ordering more and more frequently through Amazon.

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Yup I use the 1 button checkout all the time...

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I get it free right now but when it's up I will drop Netflix and add "real" Prime. I get a lot of little things from them that it's great not paying shipping on it.

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I'm finishing up my first year of Prime, and will definitely renew it. I used to do the FSSS and find odd items to get above the $25 or wait for something that I needed. With Prime, I can order something I need quickly and have it before I need it. I haven't used a lot of the streaming video, but should start. Its also nice to be able to order something for a gift and ship it off to that person without the $25 issue and also having to plan way ahead. For instance, a book that my nephew wants is coming out in a couple of weeks, so I pre-ordered it for him and he'll have it on release day and I didn't have to find something else to add to the order. Speaking of, I need to go check the lightning deals!

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No, I don't have Amazon prime. I just make sure my orders are over $25 to get free shipping.

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@rustybender: But isn't it nice that if you need a new micro USB cable you can get this one for $2.11 and get free shipping and not have to add $23 worth of stuff just to get free shipping?

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Replacement-Charging-SPH-M330-SCH-R100/dp/B001XXUOQI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320076076&sr=8-1

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Like some others, I do not have it and try to consolidate my smaller orders to qualify for free super saver shipping.

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We ordered a bed frame and headboard from Amazon and got free shipping if we had prime so we got the free trial. That was a few months ago and we didn't keep prime. So, no prime for me currently. I think the rare instances I do pay shipping from Amazon are not eligible for free prime shipping anyway. Plus, if I had it, I would feel more pressure to buy things which would make me waste even more money.

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I've had prime for a very long time - close to when it was launched. I had it originally to get textbooks quickly and cheaply for every semester at school - plus i was in the theater program so they'd just add new plays and scripts at random.

There's no way i haven't gotten my money's worth from it. I use the Amazon app in store while shopping to compare prices and will order something from my iPhone while still in the brick/mortar store if Amazon's price is cheaper and i can get it in two days.

I go through a lot of technology, books, and fitness equipment so Amazon works out wonderfully for me.

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There are a few people that actually mentioned they are considering Prime mostly for the Video service. The video service should be treated more as a bonus unless you are really into British television or movies you can find on any basic cable channel. Prime videos are growing but I don't think it is anywhere near as good as Netflix or Hulu. If you signup for Prime just for videos, you will likely be disappointed.

That being said, Prime at $80 a year is cheaper than Netflix or Hulu and they are adding new stuff all the time.

I still don't understand why they don't have an Android or iOS app for it yet. I am assuming there will be one released when the Kindle Fire comes out since Prime streaming is a selling point of the device. I just hope it is available for all Android devices.

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Yep I've got it because I do most of the work "oh my goodness I need it today" shopping so it saves on the shipping.
And I like the streaming. But then again, I like British comedies.

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I have Prime.

Got it free for 3 months last year and used it almost exclusively for Christmas shopping. No lines and no hassle. Prices? Target has a sale on a Wii? Odds are Amazon will match or beat it the next day.

When the 3 months expired I dropped the $79 and didn't look back. The streaming is a minor plus, but a plus nonetheless.

I also have ShopRunner -- had a one month trial and cancelled it. A few months later they offered me the product free for a year. Used it to get a costume for myself and my son -- also a few things on Newegg.

I plan on doing nearly all of my Christmas shopping using Prime and/or ShopRunner. One less stress to deal with.

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I have it, and I also love it.....All of the free Prime Streaming is adding value to what was already worth $80 in my opinion!

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I would find a lot of deals on amazon.com that would come out to 17 or 18 dollars plus shipping. Because I can't stand paying 22 or 23 after shipping I would find pens or something to push my purchase up to 25 dollars for free super saver. Now with amazon prime I'm not spending that 5-10 dollars to get that free shipping. This alone pays for my membership

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I had student prime but recently upgraded to Full prime status.

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Yup, and I use it far more than I'd expected. I live in a city and don't have a car. Amazon delivers a whole bunch of stuff I don't even think about dragging home any longer. That alone is worth the price of admission. And it's terrific to pick up a cat toy, for example, for a couple of bucks and not have to think about delivery charges.

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I have it as well. Like several others have said, Super Saver shipping is great, if you have a $25 purchase. But I found myself adding items that I didn't really need just to get free shipping. In the long run, I think Prime has saved me a lot of money due to the volume of items I purchase from Amazon.

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Yes. I get the student price of $39. LOVE it.

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Yes, I do. @snapster's explanation pretty much sums up why I have it.

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@segafanalways: I hope you only paid $39 you can get it for $39 for 4 years if you are on a student account.

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Yep, got it for free by using Amazon Mom. That right there is a deal.

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I have student prime for 40 bucks. I order something from them at least once a week so it is definitely a good deal for me. I don't think I could justify the full 80 dollar membership, but for 40 bucks it is definitely a no brainer for me.

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Yes, Prime. Oh, gosh. Yes. I buy so much stuff from Amazon, and use my Chase Amazon rewards card, and ... and ... somebody help me please

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No. I use free Super Saver Shipping.

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I honestly go with the best deal and sometimes it is at other merchants then Amazon so I had it for being a student but now I do not.

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What @snapster @shrdlu @segafanalways @thefenst and probably quite a few other people summed up.

I'm cheap, but I'm also impatient.

Amazon Prime has made itself a nice home somewhere in the middle of those two.