I am addicted to Amazon–frankly, a bit too much! I do a good amount of our shopping through Amazon (the subscribe and save option is especially awesome!), I’m an affiliate member through my other blog, we regularly listen to Prime music, we have an Echo and two Dots (read about them here), we watch movies and TV shows on Amazon Video, my son has a Kindle, I use the Kindle app on my tablet to read books and magazines…well, you get the idea.
When we first joined Prime several years ago, I did it for the free two-day shipping. I’d been searching stores for days for a specific product (I have absolutely no idea what it even was now) with no luck. I turned to Amazon and found it immediately! It was a Prime-eligible item, and I didn’t even know what that meant. I did some reading at the time and decided to try the 30-day free trial just to get the free shipping. A monster was created!
I soon learned about all the other cool things about being a Prime member, and they’ve added lots more since. If you read that first paragraph and wondered what some of those things even were, you’ve come to the right post. Let me start by saying Amazon is in no way paying me or compensating me for writing this post (I wish they were!). It’s just my honest review and overview of what being a Prime member is all about.
Free Two-Day Shipping
The first one is the most obvious. Countless items on Amazon are available for free two-day shipping. In fact, I won’t even buy something that isn’t. When I search for something, I immediately filter by Prime-eligible items–though I’ll admit you almost don’t need to anymore. So many things are eligible that you’ll find very few that aren’t.
Now I’ve had my fair share of snafus with this one. Do you always get everything you order in two days? No. Even if it claims it’s “guaranteed” by that date, I’ve had a few things that haven’t arrived on time, but their customer service is awesome about taking care of you and offering some sort of compensation. However, the clear majority of the time, it arrives just when it says it will in perfect condition. They even have Sunday delivery, so many (but not all) Friday orders will often arrive on Sunday! No complaints there!
Prime music is a great feature that lets you listen to tons of music–free and without commercials. I used to listen to Pandora quite a bit, but the commercials got really annoying. Then I realized my Prime membership included music. It works in a similar way. You can ask for a “station” based on a genre, a decade, an artist, and more. Or you can ask for a specific artist, album, or song. If it’s available in Prime, it plays instantly. If it’s not, you get a sample and an option to buy it after the sample is over.
Now they also have Amazon Music Unlimited, which has tons more music available, but it also comes with a monthly fee (I think it’s $2.99). For me, it’s not worth the extra fee since you still gets lots of options with Prime music.
Prime music can be played on any device. You can download an app for your smart phone or tablet. You can listen on your browser on your computer, or you can download an app for your computer. If you have an Amazon device like an Echo or Fire TV, you can play through those as well.
Much like other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, Amazon offers Prime Video. You can stream (or download) tons of movie and TV titles–all as part of your Prime subscription. They also have their own set of Prime originals available only to Prime members.
Much like Prime Music, you can access Prime Video on all of your devices as well. Download the apps; stream online; or play through your Fire TV, Apple TV, or Roku device.
Now if you’re wondering about all the other things I mentioned in the first paragraph, they’re not Prime-specific, so I didn’t discuss them. If you want to know more, though, by all means post a comment, or send me an email!