Amazon Prime offers far more than just getting stuff delivered for free.
Free one day delivery on orders fulfilled by Amazon. Not only do you get free delivery but it'll be with your in a flash. No minimum order price, unlike non-prime customers. Get items delivered to a residential or office address and now even to a locker ready for you to collect at a later time.
Prime customers are able to benefit from services such as Amazon Prime Video. Prime Video is Amazon's answer to a media streaming service, providing access to thousands of TV shows and films. Some exclusive to Amazon.
Now you can use Spotify for free music streaming, but you need to be prepared to stop for adverts. With Prime Music, you can listen to your songs through the Amazon website, using the app, on an Echo and can even create your own playlists of your favourite hits.
Amazon Prime (which I cover in another review click here) isn’t just a way to get major discounts but also a way to get exclusive and unlimited access to books, magazines, music, movies, shows and unlimited cloud storage for photos.
Amazon Prime includes Prime Video, the premium content subscription service which you can access via a Fire TV Stick or 4K Fire TV Stick.
Some shows that are currently available on Prime Video include Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mr. Robot, and Vikings, too list a few. Movie buffs should see our round up of the best movies available on Prime Video this month. Prefer TV instead? We also have a round up of the best TV shows on Prime Video.
Amazon Prime membership also gets you unlimited access to thousands of books, current magazines, comic books, Kindle Singles and plenty of other content. The access is unlimited and you don’t need a separate Kindle e-reader to view the content – only the free Kindle app. Of course, the app comes pre-installed on all Amazon Fire tablets.
Prime members also get advanced access to one of six books selected by six Amazon editors before the book is officially released.
Prime Music gives you access to two million songs, with no adverts.
You can use Spotify for free music streaming, but you need to be prepared to stop for adverts.
With Prime Music, you can listen to your songs through the Amazon website, using their app, on an Echo and can even create your own playlists of your favourite hits.
As a Prime member, you can choose to upgrade your music to Prime Music Unlimited. This will give you access to 40 million songs!
Of course, one of the main benefits of having an Amazon Prime account is to access exclusive deals and discounts. Amazon’s Lightning Deals are temporary flash sales that happen once a day. The deals are often timed or last until there is still stock available.
The advantage of a Prime membership is that you have access to Lightning Deals 30 minutes ahead of anyone else, which means you can avoid the rat race of getting those headphones or gaming keyboards before they’re all out.
These days with modern phones, running out of photo storage space on your phone becomes inevitable. With an Amazon Prime account, you also get Prime Photos, which gives you unlimited storage space. You can keep all your pictures in one place and you don’t have to downsize them either to a lower resolution.
Prime Photo lets you access your photos from anywhere and from any device (your desktop, iOS or Android devices), and share your photos as well. Click here to get the Prime Photos app for Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.
Once you’ve finished your free Amazon Prime trial, you have two options.
You can pay an upfront cost for the year. This will give you all the benefits of Amazon Prime for an entire year.If paying up front will be tough on your budget or puts you off, you can choose to pay Amazon Prime monthly. Paying monthly will cost you more per month, so yearly subscriptions are a great idea if you can afford the one off bill.
Paying monthly is more expensive overall versus paying a one-off fee, but it can be easier to manage the smaller costs, and it gives you the option to cancel from month to month if you need the cash for something else.
Keeping your membership as monthly still gets you all the same benefits as paying annually.
Whether or not Amazon Prime is worth it depends on how much you’ll use it.
If you order through Amazon, whether that’s stuff for yourself, gifts for birthday and Christmas, or even order your groceries from Amazon, then it will start to pay for itself.
That’s not taking into account all the other stuff that gets thrown in.
Although we could list the Amazon Prime prices here, to avoid the possibility of having out of date prices.
What is also worth noting is that by taking the annual subscription you will save even more when compared with the monthly option.
Amazon offers a generous 30 day free trial to people who want to give Amazon Prime a shot.
After 30 days, if you choose to keep your Prime membership, you can get a lower price per month than the regular Prime subscription cost if you subscribe to a full year.
Of course, being a means you’re on a tight budget. If that monthly subscription is eating into your coffee funds, you can cancel anytime.