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Amazon Prime Raises Their Monthly Price (Yearly Subscriptions Stay The Same)

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime through their monthly plan today may be the day to look at switching over to a yearly subscriptions. Starting today Amazon Prime members who pay monthly for the service will see their payments jump from $10.99 a month to 12.99 a month. ($155.88 a year) If you pay for an early annual membership the cost will still be just $99 a year a $56.88 savings.

With Amazon Prime, you get the 2-day free shipping on orders sold by Amazon but there is a lot more that comes with the membership. Subscribers get access to Amazon Prime Video with a growing list of movies and TV shows and now NFL Thursday Night Football. Prime offers exclusive access to deals on Amazon that non-members do not get. You can also get access to over a thousand top Kindle books for free with Prime and early access to new books every month.

It does not stop their Prime members also get access to unlimited free photos. Love music? Well with Prime you get access to a collection of music for free as part of your Amazon Prime membership.

Amazon did not say what pushed them to change the monthly cost of Prime but it seems clear that they would prefer you to subscribe to the yearly membership.

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23 Responses to Amazon Prime Raises Their Monthly Price (Yearly Subscriptions Stay The Same)

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    Fred Koot January 19, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    What about the Video only plan?

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      SS January 19, 2018 at 9:54 am #

      They can’t offer video-only plan because the entire reason for Prime existence is to encourage people to buy more stuff on Amazon. Technically, they make losses in their video division.

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        Fred Koot January 19, 2018 at 10:09 am #

        They already offer Prime video only. Its $8.99 a month.

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          SS January 19, 2018 at 10:50 am #

          I forgot about that. It’s probably a bad choice though because Amazon Prime has very little content compared to Netflix. But maybe worth it if you subscribe for like just a month to watch one or two shows then cancel.

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            Jason F. Perry January 19, 2018 at 10:52 am #

            Wait, did you say Amazon Prime has very little content compared to Netflix? Prime has about 3 times the number of movies as Netflix. Granted, many of them are B-films – but their film library is much larger than Netflix’s (and Netflix’s has been decreasing every year).

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            SS January 19, 2018 at 11:07 am #

            Where did you get the numbers for movies? Netflix definitely has more TV shows though. Half of the Amazon Prime shows don’t have all the seasons; and they usually count each season as it’s own show.

            When I go to Prime, I barely get any content to watch. And if I see anything good, it’s usually on Amazon Video (not Prime). Maybe they have more and they’re B-rated which may explain why I can’t find anything good. And honestly, I’d rather have 10 movies where I can watch 8 of them than 100 movies with none I can watch.

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            Jason F. Perry January 19, 2018 at 11:18 am #

            In looking at just movies Amazon Prime is showing as 11,952 currently available for streaming vs. Netflix’s 3,699 films. In looking at TV shows Prime is showing 833 vs. Netflix’s 1,012. So, yes, Netflix definitely has more TV shows but Prime wipes the table with Netflix regarding films.

            I’m not sure that there is a difference between Prime movies/TV shows vs. Amazon Video (not Prime). I have a $99 annual subscription to Amazon Prime and there isn’t anything I haven’t been able to see that’s available for instant viewing on Amazon’s service not listed here.


            By the way, this site is a really great resource for finding films/tv shows and where they are available for streaming.

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            Jason F. Perry January 19, 2018 at 11:22 am #

            Are you talking about rentals on Amazon where you can pay to watch a film on there that isn’t otherwise available on Prime Video? If that’s the case these are just #’s that are for films that are available for Prime subscribers that you don’t have to pay extra for a rental fee even if you have Prime. If you’re discussing films you can rent on there but aren’t free with Prime that # is, I’m sure, much much higher than 11,952.

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            SS January 19, 2018 at 11:37 am #

            Amazon Prime Video is part of Amazon Instant Video. Some Amazon Instant Video shows and movies have the “Prime” label meaning that you can watch them without additional cost if you have Amazon Prime. However, majority of them are not eligible for Prime and you have to pay for them even if you have Prime.

            I think the site may be mixing them. When it was first announced last year, I noticed a lot of missing content and errors. I don’t know if they improved since then.

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            Fred Koot January 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

            Amazon has 400 workout videos they count as movies and they count each season as a show.

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            Rocksleeper January 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

            I think it depends how you describe “content”.

            I know a lot of people with cable that get Netflix as well because they love the original shows (Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Marvel (Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc.), Orange is the New Black, Santa Clarita Diet, Sense 8, etc..), along with its library of movies and TV shows.

            I don’t know many who get Prime just for the videos (in fact, I don’t think I know anyone with a “video only” subscription). I think the only original prime show I’ve liked is “The Man in the High Castle”…and it seems like they only make one season of that every 2 years. A lot of their TV library is lacking completeness of all the seasons, making it hard to “binge” to catch up on something. The only true thing it has ….that only calls to me because I was a 90’s kid….. is a lot of the older nick cartoons and shows. Netflix doesn’t have much of the nick toons.

            I’m not sure if I’d be willing to spend $9 a month just for the prime streaming based on their current library. It is not about quanity…but quality and completeness. And just from my experience, Netflix wins by far on both accounts. I know when Netflix has a show, they usually have all the seasons leading up to the last completed one.

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            DrexelLake January 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

            Better movie selection on Amazon. Maybe less, but Netflix has crap for movies.

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    TaiPeng January 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    Amazon is the richest corporation in America and they want $166 for year? Nope. Too expensive. I won’t pay $200 a year for 2 day shipping.

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      Rocksleeper January 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

      Good news. You actually only have to pay $99 a year.

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        TaiPeng January 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        I do pay annually but this shows the richest corporation in America’s intent. They want to charge us near $200 a year for two day shipping? That won’t go over well when it happens. I know it won’t be $99 a year forever.

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          Rocksleeper January 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

          Their intent is customer retention. It’s easier to retain annual customers than month-to-month.

          They won’t raise the annual that much.. Because they want everyone to be on prime for as long as possible. Customers on prime obviously buy more from Amazon.

          That’s their intention. Get everyone on prime as long as possible

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          Rocksleeper January 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

          My post to you got removed for some reason..must have angered the Amazon gods.

          Anyway…IN SHORT…..Amazon is NOT trying get profit off of tablets, subscriptions, or even their Alexa dots… at least not a huge profit. Their whole purpose is to have you order stuff for them.

          Kindle Fires are super cheap because each one sold means a customer that will constantly be buying for them. They are a portal to Amazon.

          Dots are cheap…and you can even buy them in a bundle. Every “Alexa” device sold is a portal to Amazaon. “Order me coffee!” and soon an order is placed with amazon. Super easy to buy from them!

          Same with prime. The annual subscription will never go up that high. They aren’t trying to make a profit off their subscription. But they know if you are a prime member, you will probably be ordering monthly from them because of free shipping and deals. Prime is almost a guaranteed loyalty to Amazon. They want as many people on their annual subscription as possible. They want you to buy from Amazon always and forever. So the annual subscription will always be affordable.

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          Rocksleeper January 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

          And just on another note:

          When Prime launched in 2007, it was $79 a year. that is almost equivalent to $99 today if you include inflation. They also added video, music, and other features with that increase, despite not adding more than inflation to the price. Amazon has no intention of raising their annual prime membership too much beyond inflation…because they want EVERYONE on it for as long as possible.

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      Jason January 19, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      Might want to read everything next time…

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      Kravimir January 20, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      No, this shows that a significant number of people were using a lot of free shipping while subscribed for 1 month but then cancelling for a number of months before resuming their subscription and using the free shipping again. Yes, they are very likely to raise the annual rate at some point but now they have real data on how customers choose to use the two monthly-billed Prime subscription options. In other words, they’ve simply decided that their initial estimate for how much to charge for the monthly plan of full Prime benefits was too low.

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    stumpy579 January 19, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

    I pay the $99 at one shot. I hate going to stores so I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon. When I first started on Prime they didn’t even have videos and it was still worth it to me. They could drop the video part now and it would still be worth it to me. Every time I question myself about the cost I just think of the big fat ass on her cell phone blocking one side of the aisle and her cart blocking the other side of the aisle. They could double the price and it would be worth it to me.

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    Jason January 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    $99 a year for all that Prime offers is a no brainer IMO. Dunno why anybody would ever pay the monthly version.

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    charles perry January 19, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

    Look at all those benefits above and then ask yourself: Why would you pay more monthly and get so much less? The shipping alone pays for an annual subscription PLUS you can rent or buy hard-to-find movie titles for so much less than other services.