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3.30.2016

:: To Amazon or not to Amazon? ::



My really good friend uses Amazon Prime service. All the time. Every day. And she swears by it. I don't know. I'm so resistant, and I don't really know why. Why do I feel like that? Once, I complained to her that I couldn't find a small, unlined journal that I really needed before Monday. Then, we got a snow storm. I didn't go out at all, but on Sunday, while walking the dog, we were headed home and I saw a us postal service car in front of my house. The post office isn't open on Sundays. Boy, was I wrong. Amazon has contracted with them to deliver even on Sundays and they were bringing me a journal that my bestie ordered just for me! {Albeit, it was to prove her point} and, I had to admit that it was pretty nice indeed. She actually uses this service in lots of ways including having all of her dry goods shipped to her home at a set time. For instance, she receives toilet paper and paper towels and kleenex once a month and detergent and dish soap every 6 weeks. she has it down how often she needs it. Amazing, right? Of course, this is why she is always playing on her phone too. But, it leaves her lots more time for the important stuff for sure. You pay one yearly price and with it you receive a lot of perks like; 

Amazon Prime has lots of different things to offer for sure, take a look at what you will get:

Free two-day shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping benefits. For more information, go to Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits.
Free same-day delivery in eligible ZIP codes. For more information, go to Order with Prime Free Same-Day Delivery.

Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits. For more information, go to About Amazon Households.

Prime Instant Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. You can also add video subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, A&E, AMC and many other streaming entertainment channels. For more information, go to About Prime Instant Video.

Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs for members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information, go to About Prime Music.

Prime Now: In select cities, you can get one hour delivery for tens of thousands of products from local stores. For instance, in New York City you can now get delivery of beer, wine and spirits from Westside Market, Union Square Wines and Vintage Grape. Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore also participate in this program.

Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. For more information, go to About Prime Photos.

Prime Pantry: Access to Prime Pantry, where members can purchase and ship to addresses in the contiguous U.S. low-priced grocery, household and pet care items for a flat delivery fee of $5.99 for each Prime Pantry box. Prime Pantry orders cannot be shipped to addresses in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.

Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon's own line of everyday essentials.

Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new events on MyHabit.com. For more information, go to About Prime Early Access.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library: Accessible to members in the U.S. For more information, go toKindle Owners' Lending Library.

Kindle First: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks. For more information, go to Kindle First.

Video Add-On Subscriptions: You can order third-party streaming apps through Amazon Prime to keep all your video content in one place. For instance, you can add Showtime Anytime and HBO Go to your account.

Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Mom: These include 20 percent off diapers through Subscribe & Save and 15 percent off eligible products from your baby registry. For more information, go to Get 20% off Diaper Subscriptions or About the Completion Discount.

Amazon Warehouse Deals are open to everyone. These are products that have been returned, so they may be open-box, like new or preowned. Regardless, each item is backed by Amazon's return policy. We found some impressive and tempting deals through this program, including $452 for a 64GB iPad Air 2 (normally $599) and $34.76 for a pair of Panasonic noise-canceling headphones (normally $80).

Price comparison If you've recently bought a new television set on Amazon, and you see it for less someplace else, the e-tailer will pay you the difference in an Amazon Gift Card. The list of eligible competitors contains more than 77 retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy and Target. All you need to do is contact customer service using the Contact Us link found on any Help page, including Managing Your Orders.

You'll be connected with a customer service representative who will ask you which competitor is offering the TV set at a lower price. You will then either provide a working link to the available product or the agent will call the store to confirm the price. Then the company will issue you the difference in gift card credit, though Amazon will first take "any differences in shipping and promotions into account," so you may not get the exact price difference.
Redeem your book purchases for Kindle editions;
If you've ever bought physical copies of a book — either hardcover or paperback — from Amazon, you can easily get free Kindle versions. Just sign into your Amazon account and visit Kindle Matchbook to see which of your previous purchases can get you a free (or up to $2.99) digital copy.

Well, I guess I have a lot to think about. I will check it out at least and see if I feel like it's worth it to me. I'm just not sold quite yet... but, you're getting me ever closer bestie! How about any of you? Do you use Amazon Prime? What do you recommend? I'd love to know!











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