Sunday, January 1, 2017

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

I've always been a fan of Amazon.  We do majority of our online shopping there.  Only when we can't find what we want there do we go look elsewhere.  But I held off on subscribing to Amazon Prime because I didn't think it was going to be worth it.  I finally gave in and tried it out in August of 2015.  I was interested mostly in the music then.

A whole new world opened up to me.  First off, no more waiting to accumulate $35 worth of orders to get free shipping.  And that was regular shipping.  Now, we can order even the littlest things such as batteries and get them within 2 days.  We've even gotten Sunday deliveries a couple of times.  I didn't think people did Sunday deliveries!  That 2-day delivery has mattered the most when our kids needed something urgent for school.

Then, the music, which was my original objective.  The thing I like about the service is the fact that I can listen to the songs I want, instead of songs that it thinks I want.  Although, it does recommend similar music to the one currently playing.  While they provide pre-built playlists and stations that cater to every mood, you can also build your own playlists using your own favorite songs.  And there are no commercials to disrupt my listening sessions.  Although, you get so much more (and I mean so much more!) when you sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited (AMU), which, as a music fan, I also succumbed to.  You get preferred pricing if you're an Amazon Prime customer.  That was nice.  By the way, if you're not up for subscribing to AMU, Prime allows you to upload up to 250 songs for free.  You could upload even more but you'd have to pay beyond the first 250.  I initially uploaded my favorites that weren't available on Prime.  Most of them are now available through AMU.

I then also started streaming videos.  I've seen several movies and TV shows that I would have missed if not for Prime.  I just recently completed Season 1 of their original series, The Man In the High Castle.  Season 2 is out now.  Looking forward to seeing it.

There are other benefits that I'm currently not using but those three are what matter to me at the moment and just for them, oh yeah, it's definitely worth it for me.  If you have been on the fence, you can try it for free for 30 days using the link below.  Let me know how you like it.

This just in:  I just learned that their Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card will earn you 5% instead of the usual 3% for Amazon.com purchases (including the Prime subscription) if you are a Prime member.  With no foreign transaction fees combined with no annual fees, it's so appealing to me right now.  There's even a $70 instant reward to boot as I write this.  I might apply.  Last summer, we were in Paris and incurred a lot of these fees.  We tried to use our also-no-foreign-fees Discover card but very few stores accepted it.  This one is a Visa.  There are other travel-related perks.  I think I just found my new travel credit card.

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But if you're really only interested in the music, go for Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Keep trusting your informed gut,
Iggy

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