I’d put off getting Amazon Prime for a long time. Too long to get any sort of discount, but not quite long enough that their video library has reached levels I’m now comfortable with.
The long and short of it is I finally figured out I was wasting a lot of money and time attempting to find a product or two to obtain free shipping, and they had some Amazon exclusive web series I wanted to see.
When it was $25 to order, I’d usually have $18 worth of stuff. When it became a minimum order of $35 for free shipping I’d hold off ordering things, and even when I did order many times I’d discover one of those items didn’t qualify for free shipping. RRRRR.
Oh, and Transparent – I wanted to watch Transparent, and have some children’s shows that are not on Sprout, Disney, etc. Transparent is really good as a note. One of the few shows I’ve ever binge watched the series (which is only one season at the moment, but…)
With Amazon Prime you also get two-day shipping… this has come in useful a total of once for me. What’s more useful is to mark the shipment as “I don’t need it that fast,” and then get Prime credit toward movie rentals later on.
I can dig that. I’m getting about five bucks a month because I’m not in a rush. That puts $60 or so in my pocket for movie rentals, and I’m no longer over-ordering to reach a set shipping amount.
I just want to order $30.56 worth of Diaper Genie refills, Prime doesn’t make me go searching for $4.46 worth of something to make it free shipping, and that adds up as evidenced by my growing book collection that has been purchased and not read yet due to that last few dollars.
If you’re thinking about it with x days left ’till Christmas Eve, you can count on two day shipping coming through and not having to pay extra for it… also you can watch Transparent… did I mention how good that show was?
You can also share your Prime membership with up to four people. I’m not quite sure how this works, but ITMama is now Prime as well. May be limited to one address for shipping, but I admit I don’t know. Four people can watch Transparent though 😉
Although I don’t have a direct comparison to Netflix’s content, if the Amazon library has what you want, it’s like a less expensive Netflix plus two day shipping. Amazon doesn’t have House of Cards, which is a Netflix original, so that might be a game changer for you. You can purchase it separately though.
Amazon also has cut out the competition (Chromecast,) which is a pretty crappy thing to do, but we can hope that they’ll change their ways if enough people complain that they want to be able to use their Chromecast instead of the more expensive Fire TV Stick.
Amazon Prime is $99 a year, you can give it as a gift or use it yourself. If you get it through us I get something like $10 that goes towards diapers, if not no biggie. I think Prime is now actually a good value and figured I’d write about it as something useful for at least those first two years.
I wish we’d had it during baby’s first year, would have made up for it with all those small purchases I made and tacked on an additional $5-10.
Click here to give the gift of Prime. Or you know, buy it for yourself.