How much does an Amazon Prime membership cost, and what do you get with it?

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Amazon Prime is Amazon’s membership program, which allows users to access things like free two-day shipping on eligible items and a library of film and TV content. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet, it could be a worthwhile purchase but there are a few things to consider first.

Here’s a breakdown of what it costs to get a Prime membership, what each membership covers, and other costs to consider before making your decision.

How much an Amazon Prime membership costs

As of June 2021, most people will pay either A$59 per year for an annual Amazon Prime membership or A$6.99 per month.

Paying month-to-month will cost you about A$25 more than the annual option over a year.

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Amazon Prime Video comes included with Amazon Prime, but you can also subscribe to it on its own. Amazon Prime/YouTube

What an Amazon Prime membership covers

If you opt to get Amazon Prime, here are just some of the benefits you’ll have access to through your account:

  • Free two-day delivery on Prime-eligible items (and yes, there are many of those – more than 100 million items, according to Amazon).
  • Free expedited delivery on International orders over A$49 for Prime-eligible items that are sold through the Global Store.
  • Discounted priority delivery for both local (A$7.99 or A$9.99 in select Metro areas) and international orders (a flat A$10 discount).
  • Free release-date delivery on select items, like video games and music, in certain metro and suburban areas.
  • Access to Amazon Prime Day deals.
  • Free streaming of Prime-eligible (as well as Amazon original) movies and TV shows, along with access to 2 million songs through Prime Music.

Additional costs that come with Prime

Prime may give you access to free, fast shipping on many items, but it doesn’t cover everything. That goes for other freebies, too. For example, you will likely run across items that do not have free shipping or movies that aren’t included with your Prime account.

For those who are willing to make a few concessions, there are ways to maximise your savings. This might mean opting to buy only Prime products (you’ll see the Prime icon next to eligible items).

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Amazon Prime -eligible products are specially marked on the Amazon website. Jeramey Lende/Shutterstock

How to tell if Prime is worth the cost

If you’re the type of person who frequently shops online, and can afford the annual membership, the Prime membership may be a good way to save money.

The convenience factor is also quite high since delivery can be as quick as two-hours from ordering. And, assuming you take advantage of the various perks, it makes for a solid service. (But keep in mind that Amazon does offer free shipping without Prime, as long as your order is A$39 or more.)

If you aren’t planning to spend more than the membership cost on deliveries in the next year, however, it probably doesn’t make sense to spring for the annual membership. A monthly membership (or the free 30-day trial) might be a good option, if, for example, you knew you were going to be making a lot of orders in the next few weeks.

Amazon has recently announced that its annual sale event, Prime Day, will be starting from June 21. In the past, Prime Day has included some of the biggest deals for big name items. However, these deals are only available to Prime member.

You could sign up for a free trial now to get these deals when they launch and still have plenty of time to cancel your subscription before your first billing period rolls over.

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