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Blackie_

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03-14-2014 10:05 PM

I just received an email from Amazon in regards to my Prime membership, there’s been a change as of my renewal date for this coming July I will have an $15.00 increase in order to keep my membership.

For me that’s a deal breaker, I’m going to cut the ties come time for renewal, myself I don’t even think the video steaming they offer is worth that much and I don’t buy enough to justify any savings in shipping. I have a feeling it’s going to hurt them more then it’s going help as others like me will be dropping their memberships too, just a hunch.

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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 10:13 PM

Although I’m neither a member of Amazon Prime nor a big fan of Amazon, I’ve tracked the few orders placed with them and frankly see very little, if any difference, in the length of time it takes for me to receive an order after placing it (all usually within 2-days). So, I don’t think you’ll regret your decision to drop it—especially given the nice little fee increase.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 11:50 PM

It isn’t as big of benefit as they promote. Usually the items are slightly higher price to compensate for the cheaper shipping.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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AlaskaGuy

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 12:29 AM

Seems to me for profit companies do thing to make a profit.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Gerald Thompson

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 12:58 AM

It has never made any economic sense to me. A little off subject but I just faced reality on cable TV. We watch about 5 channels max and not that frequently. I am cutting them loose and the land line phone.
More money to turn into lumber to make dimensioned fire wood.

-- Jerry

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 01:24 AM

I use Amazon prime quite a bit and the main thing I like is getting the orders so quickly. I guess I am one of those people that order a lot of things at the last minute ( not everything…but a lot) and appreciate the 2 day shipping because I always want it to arrive ASAP.

I ordered some stuff from Rockler the same day with their Free shipping if I spent $50 or more and the order just arrived 2 days ago…11 days longer than Amazon.

I have seen quite a few items that are priced higher to offset the free shipping but I still enjoy the convenience. On the other hand, many Amazon prices are considerable lower than other places. I bought a new Ipad a couple of weeks ago and wanted a protective case with a wireless keypad built in and one that would allow me to use my Square and Intuit card readers without removing the Ipad from the case. I found one at the local Office Depot for $99 and got it through amazon prime for $60. I plan on keeping my Prime account because for me it is worth it.

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JHarshaw

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#6 posted 03-15-2014 01:39 AM

I’ve been a Prime member for a lot of years, because I purchase a lot thru Amazon for the convenience, selection, and the fact that my location has very limited retail. I find it worth the price of admission at this point, though if I wasn’t such an impulse buyer, the new higher price might push me out too.
It will be interesting to see if they end up losing out on new customers or renewals like you.

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Tedstor

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 01:45 AM

My wife holds our Prime account. She plans to cut them loose when the fee increases. We don’t need the streaming video or the 2 day shipping that bad. Amazon delivery is painfully slow to my neck of the woods without the upgraded shipping though. That said, I foresee us placing WAY fewer orders with Amazon in the future.

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jmartel

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 01:46 AM

If you are only looking at the shipping portion, then you probably don’t need the membership. However, Amazon Prime also has instant video (like netflix), which the membership ends up being cheaper for than Netflix. Add both together, and it’s a hell of a good deal, even with the price increase.

Plus, with prime, I typically get items in 1-2 days, not just 2 days. I’m also 10 min from their headquarters though.

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Bill729

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 01:48 AM

I’m not a “Prime” customer. But they lost a lot of sales from me when they recently raised their minimum for free shipping from $25 to $35. I like Amazon, they are just not going to get as many purchases from me under those terms (I have bought a lot of books from them that fall under the category of discretionary purchases).

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 01:50 AM

Amazon has become an amazon. I click on it to find what I need and I have prime. like Greg I purchase everything as It’s 44 miles to a box store. 2 days works for me. And I like free timely shipping to finish what I am doing. For me it’s a business expense.

Been a member since the beginning.

It may come back to bite em in the toosh but we even buy catfood on prime, and when it’s been trashed they are prompt to follow up.

My wife said 20 bucks raise?

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lightcs1776

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 01:51 AM

I have Amazon prime and have been very happy with it. However, the movie selection is weak. I wouldn’t mind the increase if they provide movies similar to Netflix.

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Roger

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#12 posted 03-15-2014 01:52 AM

I have bought many things through Amazon, and been very happy, and I’m not a member. They’re all out to fill their pockets. That goes for everything out there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 02:13 AM

I have prime and don’t mind the price change. It won’t kick in for me until february 2015 anyway.

There’s a way around it if your membership expires soon though; just buy a “gift” membership using your account email as the recipient and set it to start the day after your current one expires. Lock in the $79 price for another year.

For me though, the cost increase is negligible. I have literally hundreds of amazon orders per year.

IMHO, it will be accepted, because even for $99 you’re getting a great deal.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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georgiaken

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 02:20 AM

I use my Amazon Prime in conjunction with baby supply subscriptions. By ordering my baby supplies ahead of time through subscriptions, I basically get 20% off of what was already a Walmart type price. I can’t even begin to add up how much I have saved…for me, it’s worth every penny.

And the two day shipping on everything…ditto…there are often several items at different prices that have Prime shipping. I never use the video though…

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Paul

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 02:48 AM

If you buy online from amazon regularly the price increase is a non issue. They will lose the customers who buy from them 1-10 items a year.

They don’t rely on shipping cost per item anymore much like most larger ebay companies don’t. $99 a year for free shipping and 2 days to your door? Yep, keep me signed up for another ten years.

I will buy toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates etc etc on amazon at the same quality/lower price than running to the grocery store.

If you take advantage of the prime subscription it’s worth it.

Paul

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