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amazon prime increaseThe news is official, Amazon Prime is increasing to $99 for 1 year on 4/17.  It will be $99 for for Amazon Prime Members and $49 for Amazon Prime Student Members.

It is currently $79.99, so be sure to renew or join before 4/17 to take advantage of the lower rate.

Divide $99 by 12, and it is now $8.25 a month. That’s only $1.59 more per month.

What It Includes:

-Free 2-Day Shipping On Millions of Items
-Unlimited Instant Steaming of Amazon Instant Watch
-Borrow Kindle Books for Free

Is it worth it?:

Free 2-Day Shipping

I added an item that was $5.49 to my cart and my shipping was $6.49. That’s for one item. So if you bought, (16) $5 items, Amazon Prime has paid for itself.

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If you don’t currently buy a lot on Amazon, with Prime you will find yourself buying more things. Amazon has great deals! They are my go-to site for price comparisons, electronics, some household products, and more. You can see some past and current deals here.

They also price match many deals at Target and Best Buy. You’ll buy it on Amazon instead because you get FREE 2-day shipping.

Unlimited Instant Watch

So, Amazon Prime has already paid for itself if you purchase at least (16) $5 items, but you will you also get Unlimited Instant Watch. Instant Watch is basically the same thing as Netflix. It has a ton of same content plus additional movies and television shows.

For example, Amazon Instant Watch has exclusive streaming rights to Downton Abbey. That means no other streaming service will offer it.

For a price compassion, Netflix and Hulu are $8 per month. Amazon Prime, including Instant Watch, will be $8.25 a month. That’s $3 more per year.

Borrow Kindle Books

If you love Kindle Books, this is a huge perk. You can borrow (1) book at a time. The library of books doesn’t include everything, but there are great options.

Amazon Prime Increase

Amazon Prime is increasing by $20. That will make it $99 a year or $8.25 a month. It is no longer be cheaper than Netflix, but you still get more perks than Netflix.

Do you think Amazon Prime is worth $99? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

See past Amazon deals.

    • Lana

      I don’t have and now definitely won’t pay for Prime. I just drop ‘deals’ that I see into my Wish List and I find that often the price stays the same and after awhile I can just make a free shipping with $35 order. Yesterday I was looking at my list and found that the prices had actually gone down on many items. There are some deals that are short lived but I am finding that those often come around again if I keep an eye on my list.

    • KatRand

      I will still pay for it! I order a lot of gifts through Amazon throughout the year and the price matching is great! My family has also found their Instant Watch to be very comparable to Netflix. Being able to borrow Kindle Books saves a lot of money on books I would only read once and then have to sell at a yard sale for a dime. To me it is more than worth the $8.25 a month that it works out to be!

      • gingerinCA

        How do you do the price match? I had no idea they did this.

    • Beth Anne Maier

      Can you explain the Downton Abbey reference? It is available on Netflix, too, What am I missing?

    • barbara

      I love instant steaming

    • bee

      So does the Instant streaming option include older movies? I’m always wanting to show movies I watched in the 80s and 90s. When we had Netflix, the selection for actually good movies was slim. They had great tv series and B movies which I’m not interested in.

    • clshores

      I think that $99 will be the most I would be willing to pay. Another increase and I will not renew.

    • Christina

      Just a word of warning re the kindle books. You only get one a month rented for free. If you aren’t a big reader thats good, but don’t think you will get unlimited rentals.

    • Luna Crystal

      The email I got said this increase won’t go into effect until next year – April 2015.

    • Jenna

      For many people, we get Amazon Prime + Netflix + Hulu Plus + an antenna and then drop our cable or dish service. Even with the Amazon price increase, it’s still a HUGE savings per month in comparison to paying that big cable bill, and with so much streaming content available, you really don’t miss out on much.

      I very much recommend this to anyone who has the ability to do so.

      Something else to keep in mind is that you can also add up to four additional people to your account to share in the free shipping, so consider that you can also split the cost four ways if you like, which comes out to just under $25/year. That said, only the main account can use the streaming and Kindle services.