Is Amazon Prime Worth It In 2023? Only If You Enjoy Saving Money!
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I often get asked, “Is Amazon Prime worth it anymore or does it just contribute to bad spending behavior?”
The answer depends on what you need and what kind of shopper you are.
Amazon Prime offers a huge value to people that take advantage of all the benefits, but it’s not for everyone.
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What is Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a membership program that provides loads of benefits.
Amazon Prime customer benefits include free shipping benefits, free unlimited photo storage, free unlimited streaming of movies, tv shows, and music, as well as exclusive discounts, sales, and more.
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What Does Amazon Prime Offer?
Most people think of Amazon Prime as free 2-day shipping. But Amazon Prime is a huge value, offering loads of perks and benefits.
So why get Amazon Prime? Keep reading to find out!
Fast and Easy Shipping Options
The first Amazon Prime benefit most people think of is the free two-day shipping, but did you know there are millions of items eligible for free 1-day shipping?
Amazon Prime members can also get free same-day delivery in select areas on orders of $35 or more.
Amazon has quite a few different shipping options for Prime members.
- Free grocery delivery in select cities with Amazon Fresh
- Free Prime Pantry delivery on orders over $35
- Free release-date delivery – be the first to get the new release delivered right to your door the day it comes out.
- No-rush shipping perks – get rewards toward a future Amazon purchase when you select, standard slower shipping options
- Amazon Day – select your shipment day to make sure you’re home
- Amazon Key – have your packages delivered to your car or left inside your home
If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, these shipping options are a huge time saver.
As an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.
You’ll also enjoy award-winning Amazon original series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, and A Very English Scandal, as well as original Amazon Prime movies, documentaries, and stand-up comedy specials.
Prime Video also gives you the option to add on Prime Video Channels. Premium channels like HBO and Showtime are offered monthly with no need for a cable subscription.
With an Amazon Prime subscription, you can save money by ditching your Spotify or Apple Music subscription and using the included Amazon Prime Music.
Prime Music allows you to stream more than 2 million songs.
If you’re a current premium Spotify listener, you’re already paying as much for your music service as you would for all of Amazon Prime’s benefits.
One of the most practical reasons to sign up for Amazon Prime is the unlimited photo storage options.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve experienced the panic of hard drive failures and the frenzy of trying to clear out space when I discover at the most inconvenient time that I’d filled up my phone’s storage.
Having an online cloud backup solution is the perfect answer for both of these situations. And Prime users get it free!
If you’re using a cloud storage solution like Dropbox or iCloud to backup your photos, Prime Photo can eliminate that monthly or annual fee.
Are you a gamer? If so, Amazon’s Twitch Prime has some perks just for you.
Every month you can get free games and in-game loot to help you level up or customize your character in a variety of popular games.
Your Amazon Prime account also gives you access to a free channel subscription on Twitch.tv each month to support your favorite streamers.
Another perk of Amazon Prime is that it allows adults in the same household to share their membership at no extra cost.
By linking your accounts and a shared payment method, you can each enjoy all the perks of an Amazon Prime membership including shipping benefits, video streaming, photo storage, early access deals, and more.
You may not need separate accounts, but it can be a good idea if you like to organize your photos differently or enjoy custom recommendations.
Being an Amazon Prime member has a load of secondary service perks as you’ve read above, but it also offers some exclusive discounts and deals that make it an even better value.
- Amazon Prime Day – Get massive discounts on what has become one of the biggest and most popular shopping events of the year.
- Get early access (30 minutes) to Lightning Deals
- Access to Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Credit Card (earn 5% back on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases)
- Exclusive discounts on Subscribe & Save items
- Amazon Family – get up to 20% off diapers plus additional discounts and coupons
- Enjoy exclusive savings at Whole Foods Market
Amazon also has a Prime Member Deals page that highlights member-only discounts.
Prime Try Before You Buy (previously called Prime Wardrobe)
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate clothes shopping.
I’m super short (5 feet tall) so standard sizes just don’t fit. I wander from store to store trying to find things that require the least amount of alterations.
With an Amazon Prime membership, I can take advantage of Prime Try Before You Buy and try on clothes, shoes, and even jewelry from the comfort of my own home.
Keep what you like, and send back what you don’t. You only pay for what you keep.
I’m a huge fan of ebooks and have an ever-growing library on my Kindle bookshelf.
If you’re a big reader too, the money you save by taking advantage of Prime Reading may be enough to cover your Amazon Prime subscription cost.
As a Prime member, you get free access to over a thousand ebooks, magazines, comics, and audible books.
With Prime Reading, you’ll also get to pick a free Amazon First Reads book every month as well as access the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
You don’t have to have an actual Kindle to take advantage of these offers. Just install the Kindle app on the device of your choice.
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost?
So you’re probably wondering, “What’s the cost of Amazon Prime?”
Well, the cost of membership will actually vary depending on whether you join Amazon Prime monthly vs yearly.
As of February 2022, an Amazon Prime membership costs $139 a year, or $14.99 monthly.
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If you’re a regular shopper on Amazon or consistently using the streaming services, you’ll save just over $35 by opting for the annual plan.
Amazon also offers special discounts for people who qualify.
- In addition to an extended, 6-month free trial, students can join Amazon Prime Student for 50% off.
- Qualified EBT cardholders can also receive a discounted rate of $6.99/mo.
How Much is Amazon Prime Really Worth?
According to a study done in 2018 by JPMorgan, everything you get with Amazon Prime would cost you over $780 a year to piece together from other providers.
All those “cheap” monthly subscriptions add up.
Of course, the value Amazon Prime offers to you will depend on which services you actually use.
If you currently pay for Spotify ($9.99/mo), Netflix ($12.99/mo), and Dropbox ($99/yr), you could replace them with Amazon Prime and save over $250 a year.
So how do you know if Amazon Prime is worth it for you?
Amazon Prime Is Worth It If:
- You buy a lot from Amazon already. The free shipping options plus the exclusive deals and Amazon credit card can save you both time and money.
- You’re looking to cut the cord or reduce your entertainment costs. Amazon Prime Video offers award-winning original content as well as old favorites to keep you entertained.
- You’re looking for an alternative to Apple Music or Spotify. Prime Music has a large library, but even if you find it lacking, you can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited for more options and still spend less ($7.99/mo).
- You want a place to backup all your photos.
- You read a lot and can take advantage of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
- You have a baby and can make use of the 20% discount on diapers.
Amazon Prime Is Not Worth It If:
- You’re not a frequent Amazon shopper.
- You tend to impulse buy or overspend.
- When you do shop on Amazon, your orders are over $35.
- You don’t watch streaming videos or listen to streaming music (or are satisfied with what your library offers).
Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Amazon Prime Membership
An Amazon Prime membership is a great deal in itself, but there are some tips you can use to make sure you’re getting the most out of your membership.
- Take full advantage of your free trial – Sign up for your free trial before Prime Day or Black Friday to maximize savings.
- Make sure you actually use your unlimited photo storage by setting up automatic uploads from your phone.
- Download the Amazon app on your phone to get alerts when items on your wishlist go on sale in lightning deals.
- Choose no-rush shipping to build up rewards you can use for future purchases.
- If you don’t plan to use all the streaming features or photo storage, sign up for just a month at a time, when there are deals you want to take advantage of.
So Is Amazon Prime Worth It?
For me, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
The reason why Amazon Prime is worth it for me is because I actually use most of the benefits.
I watch Prime Video almost daily, use the free shipping at least weekly, and use Try Before You Buy every couple of months.
An Amazon Prime membership is a huge value if you actually use the things that are included.
Even if you only take advantage of a handful of Prime benefits, you’ll likely save time and money by being a member.
But that’s the thing only you can decide. Will you use it enough to make it worth it?
It may not be for everyone, but for our family, Amazon Prime is absolutely worth it!
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The prices mentioned in this article are accurate as of the day this article was last updated and are subject to change. You can check the current price and offers for Prime membership on Amazon’s page.
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I am sorry, but is it just me? We place orders every week, use to get order in one to two days. Now it is 3 to 5 days. Also. Prime video, movies and shows we watched, now they charge you to see, plus video quality sucks. The audio is always off track with lips. I am hearing this from other friends. Yet price goes up every year. Let us know your thoughts. We have been members for over 8 years, overall we have seen decline.
I haven’t noticed any dropoff in shipping speeds myself, but if something does arrive outside the 2-day window, you can contact Amazon support and they’ll usually extend out your Prime subscription as an apology.
We order quite a bit from Amazon, but are not usually in a hurry so don’t need fast shipping. My disappointment with Prime is that they charge a fee for many movies and shows that used to be included with Prime and many of them are older shows. I used to watch a lot on Prime, but now everything I want to watch costs extra, so not such a good value anymore.
I suppose I’d sing Amazon Prime’s praises if every link made me money when one of my readers clicked on it. I know you disclosed your affiliate status above the article, but if you’re receiving your packages in two days, (or even three) you’re the only one in the world. NO ONE on earth is talking about Prime being a great deal any longer. Your article is false and misleading. Even Amazon admits they have slowed down their packing and shipping times. It’s on their site.
Since this comment probably won’t stay on this page for long, (if at all) I’m reporting this link to their affiliates department for misleading info. Making money is one thing. Making money by feeding people lies is another.
I’m sorry your experience with Amazon Prime differs so much from mine. I checked my purchases from the past couple of months and only once has something taken longer than 2 days to get here (it took 3). Maybe it’s a regional thing or an issue with third-party sellers. But for the other reasons mentioned in this article, I still think Prime is a great value. I spend more annually for Netflix than I do for Prime and I get a lot more value from Amazon.
Very rarely do I get anything in 2 days mostly it takes 5-6 day and a lot of the time it takes 2 weeks. Things have been screwy since Covid. Also I never get receipts
anymore, I mean never. I am questioning whether I should keep prime.
I rarely use any of the other benefits.
Also it’s impossible to get through to them on the phone. One other thing I called amazon and asked for help getting on prime video I was given another number to call. That
Other call resulted in me be defrauded out of over $500 in gift cards. Amazon took off the charges but it creeped me out that the number I was given by an amazon
employee involved me in a fraudulent transaction.
Yikes! That definitely sounds like a bad experience. I’m fortunately still getting quick Prime shipments, but I’m seeing a lot of “Free shipping” options that take much longer. If you buy something marked Prime and don’t get it in 2 days, reach out to Customer Service, and they’ll usually extend your membership for free. As much as I despise paying for shipping, I don’t think I’d pay for Prime if I weren’t using the other services.
I was just online with customer service asking what exactly I’m paying for with Prime because I’m no longer receiving items the same week. the INSTANT GRATIFICATION is gone (since 2020). Items I order on Thursday or Friday aren’t expected for delivery until the following Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. They say it’s due to the warehouse. Did they move away from where I live? Doubtful. That said, I order things for a family member who lives near a warehouse and he receives his goods in 1-2 days. So who knows?!
Also, Prime Reading? I know about Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. But I haven’t heard of Prime Reading. Regardless, you have to pay for Kindle purchases and not all reading is included in Unlimited. Check with your library. You can get FREE books to read via your Kindle. Even my small town offers it!
As for the music, you can only play music in one room at a time UNLESS you purchase their music program. That’s a little something they should include from the beginning. I had an Alexa at my studio and the music kept turning off. It turned out that my cleaning woman would listen while she cleaned my home and we couldn’t have both playing at one time. That lesson sucked! That would have been good to know PRIOR to purchasing 4 echo devices! ALSO..I have been playing Amazon music in my treatment room for years, now all of the sudden we are startled by ads. This is NOT okay. Amazon is pushing customers to buy more and more of their streaming services AFTER they sold us something that didn’t require that initially. Perhaps future products should require a membership, but pre-existing owners should not be subjected to this. Also, sometimes it will play music until you turn it off, but most often, shuts off in an hour. It’s annoying to have to restart her. ALSO, it used to be “Alexa Dismiss” or “Alexa Resume” and NOW if you say DISMISS nothing happens and if you say RESUME she goes on about Brazil!
I do like the Shopping Cart option, except whenever I get to the back of a store, there’s no connection so I can’t see the list. I’ve found myself taking screenshots before going in so I have access to it while I shop. ALSO, some of the things that she adds..sheesh! We can’t figure out what they are! So you have to either type it in or watch as it is added to make sure it’s correct.
All in all, is Prime worth it? You can stream Spotify or Pandora music and use your phone or a speaker and it’s certainly less than PRIME. With all of the streaming services, Amazon Prime Video can’t compare. You can subscribe to Hulu, Netflix and others for significantly less than Prime. If you want to do a shopping list, you can add it to your phone under Notes or use one of the many free apps. As for delivery, it’s nice to not have to pay for it, so if you shop all the time for personal and biz as I do, then it could be worth it, even though it takes over a week to receive my goods. On the flip side, Amazon notes on PRIME items that prices may be lower from other sellers because shipping is included in that PRIME item. It’s definitely worth seeing how much you actually save before renewing Prime. I don’t think I will for 2023.
Thanks for weighing in! I agree, I think a lot of the benefits may not apply to everyone anymore. My renewal comes up this month, and I think I’ll stick with it. Prime Video alone is worth it for me because of some of their original series. But I do need to re-evaluate all our subscriptions. We actually pay more for Netflix (around $17/mo) than Prime, but I think my husband watches Netflix more. We were able to get the Disney+ bundle included in our cell phone package, though, so that saves us a little bit.