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(Wired)   Amazon.com may soon drop the price on Prime   (wired.com) divider line 69
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2013-03-14 12:41:48 PM  
I just let my Prime student membership expire, since I am no longer technically a student (and they now need more than just a .edu address for verification), and $79 a year just seemed too much for me. But when I had it, I ordered something from Amazon at least once every two weeks. I ordered mainly small items too, like vitamins, air fresheners, car parts, cables, etc. I definitely spent a ton of money at Amazon, but they must have not been making much off me factoring in the shipping costs. Now, I haven't ordered anything since I canceled Prime. I also have a free ShopRunner membership (they seemed to hand those out like candy around the holidays), so now I just make more of my purchases on Drugstore.com or Newegg.
 
2013-03-14 12:48:24 PM  

MBZ321: I just let my Prime student membership expire, since I am no longer technically a student (and they now need more than just a .edu address for verification), and $79 a year just seemed too much for me. But when I had it, I ordered something from Amazon at least once every two weeks. I ordered mainly small items too, like vitamins, air fresheners, car parts, cables, etc. I definitely spent a ton of money at Amazon, but they must have not been making much off me factoring in the shipping costs. Now, I haven't ordered anything since I canceled Prime. I also have a free ShopRunner membership (they seemed to hand those out like candy around the holidays), so now I just make more of my purchases on Drugstore.com or Newegg.


They offered to let me keep my old "free" student Prime account for the low, low price of $39. Seemed reasonable. Do they not do that anymore?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-14 12:58:07 PM  
Do I buy enough from Amazon to justify paying $79 per year for unlimited two-day shipping?

Since last fall, "Do I buy enough from Amazon excluding the items Amazon has classified as extras...?"
 
2013-03-14 12:59:31 PM  

FizixJunkee: ImpatientlyUnsympathetic: Yeah, judging by the Prime customers I know (my boss, a 20-something bachelor with two and a half jobs, in particular), they make boatloads from him. Metric boatloads even. We were joking around on a Friday and he ordered at least half a dozen things off of ThisisWhyI'mBroke's site (which linked to Amazon for those products.) Its so random and odd, but he and his roommate do massive Amazon orders for weird stuff that neither wants, like non-perishable food stuff - cereal straws? shelf-stable sandwiches? Just to order weird stuff. Because its one-click purchased and shipped.


It's like SkyMall for stoners.  I love it.


Remote control flying shark? Yes, my boss ordered that.
Remote control flying pig? It got into the shopping cart, but then, he got distracted (I swear, he is not a stoner. Really, its Seattle, we're cool with that kind of stuff, but he's not a stoner.)
Game boy and cassette iPhone cases? Yes, he ordered that.
 
2013-03-14 01:00:33 PM  
I am an example of a customer that Amazon is losing. I only purchase an item from Amazon when the price is significantly less than other sources. As such, I've made six major purchases from Amazon over the last year. I have a new scanner being delivered from Amazon today. I have a kindle and a kindle fire HD (I won them) that I use almost daily.

I refuse to pay $80 for an Amazon membership. The value is just not there for me. Shipping is cheap. Netflix is better than Amazon video. Amazon has crippled the Kindle Fire HD so that 3rd party books are not easily read. Amazon is not my favorite place to shop.

I am about to purchase a new gaming laptop computer. Amazon has the exact same price as a couple of other providers. I will not be purchasing this new laptop from Amazon. The shipping for a non-prime account is more than the free-shipping from other providers. If I had a prime account each shipment over the last year would of cost me ~$10.00. Free Shipping beats $10.00.
 
2013-03-14 01:29:15 PM  
"But PRIME!"

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2013-03-14 03:06:15 PM  
Just looked into Prime again. Looked at a few items that i would normally buy often enough that would let me skip the store trips (like the poster above, using it to buy dog food), but many of my repeat buys are products not sold directly by amazon, and therefore, are not prime eligible.


Then i looked at the streaming movies/tvs, and most of what i am watching now, i would still have to pay extra for on top of prime.

I want to like it, i do, but i just don't see the value. what am i missing?
 
2013-03-14 03:24:20 PM  

KarmicDisaster: I have Prime and use it a lot. However. I do think that a lot of time the Prime prices are jacked up to cover the shipping. You can get the same item for the same price or less elsewhere without the Prime shipping. IMHO.


Definitely. Go to amazon while not signed in and no cookies, etc. and look at some prices. Then log in and you'll notice a lot of the prices change.
 
2013-03-14 06:02:56 PM  

Zulthar: I am an example of a customer that Amazon is losing. I only purchase an item from Amazon when the price is significantly less than other sources. As such, I've made six major purchases from Amazon over the last year. I have a new scanner being delivered from Amazon today. I have a kindle and a kindle fire HD (I won them) that I use almost daily.

I refuse to pay $80 for an Amazon membership. The value is just not there for me. Shipping is cheap. Netflix is better than Amazon video. Amazon has crippled the Kindle Fire HD so that 3rd party books are not easily read. Amazon is not my favorite place to shop.

I am about to purchase a new gaming laptop computer. Amazon has the exact same price as a couple of other providers. I will not be purchasing this new laptop from Amazon. The shipping for a non-prime account is more than the free-shipping from other providers. If I had a prime account each shipment over the last year would of cost me ~$10.00. Free Shipping beats $10.00.


LOL "gaming laptop." I'm sure it'll run Angry Birds at 60 FPS. Good luck upgrading your video card and CPU in six months.
 
2013-03-14 08:18:49 PM  

foo monkey: LOL "gaming laptop." I'm sure it'll run Angry Birds at 60 FPS. Good luck upgrading your video card and CPU in six months.


What? My laptop is "gaming." I need it for physics simulations and 3D modelling at the University. It doesn't take much to have a reasonable desktop replacement nowadays.
 
2013-03-14 11:02:01 PM  

Enuratique: MBZ321: I just let my Prime student membership expire, since I am no longer technically a student (and they now need more than just a .edu address for verification), and $79 a year just seemed too much for me. But when I had it, I ordered something from Amazon at least once every two weeks. I ordered mainly small items too, like vitamins, air fresheners, car parts, cables, etc. I definitely spent a ton of money at Amazon, but they must have not been making much off me factoring in the shipping costs. Now, I haven't ordered anything since I canceled Prime. I also have a free ShopRunner membership (they seemed to hand those out like candy around the holidays), so now I just make more of my purchases on Drugstore.com or Newegg.

They offered to let me keep my old "free" student Prime account for the low, low price of $39. Seemed reasonable. Do they not do that anymore?


They still do.  I got the first year of my Prime membership free as some special offer and I was able to renew the next year for $39.
 
2013-03-15 12:53:34 AM  
I got Prime because I had surgery on both of my feet and it saves me from having to run a lot of errands. We're not spending any more money, we've just shifted a lot of our spending from Amazon. Also, I hate doing errands, hated it even before surgery, so I'd procrastinate and we'd be out of something for a week before I could drag myself to the store. Now I get it done right away because I can just get it from Amazon.

The dollar value of our credit card points was higher on amazon than it was for getting a check, so we got the Amazon credit. That more than paid for our Prime membership.
 
2013-03-15 01:33:24 AM  
(SNIP)
LOL "gaming laptop." I'm sure it'll run Angry Birds at 60 FPS. Good luck upgrading your video card and CPU in six months.


Why would I upgrade my video card? Buy enough GPU and keep it for 3 to 4 years.
 
2013-03-15 06:25:12 AM  

Gonz: giftedmadness: It's so funny how ignorant most farkers are with business and economics, kinda sad actually

It's not just Farkers. There was a story on NPR yesterday comparing two apparel companies. When they mentioned the financials, they talked about Company A's sales, and compared them with Company B's profits.


umm, NPR , fark, not much difference, just an overlapping group of libs
 
2013-03-15 03:03:25 PM  

Rustico: Prime is a no-brainer. Small items that I don't need today, but need in the next week or so? Click, click. Here in two days no shipping cost. Usually cheaper than running to the store.


Yup...I avoid MANY wasted hours at WalMart by simply ordering items via Amazon. No gas needed, and actually NO personal time used at all since I do such shopping at work usually. Time is the most valuable commodity in my view.
 
2013-03-15 03:30:51 PM  
LOL nice! prime is a great deal for me at a few times that price. My wife orders enough stuff in a month to cover that fee! Other than food, we basically never have to go to any stores anymore, its great. Thanks Amazon, for allowing me to avoid the troglodytes at brick and mortar stores like Walmart for example. No lines, no parking issues, just have to wait 2 days for the purchase. Half the things even come in one day anyway.
 
2013-03-15 04:14:15 PM  

Rustico: Prime is a no-brainer. Small items that I don't need today, but need in the next week or so? Click, click. Here in two days no shipping cost. Usually cheaper than running to the store.


I concur. About half of my pantry is stocked from Prime. If I can find dry goods on prime in reasonable (i.e., not absurdly huge) quantities, I'll prefer to get them from there rather than the grocers. Same for most electronic purchases.

In fact, I just ordered a replacement for a compact florescent that just burtn out. It's a weird model and, unfortunately, our sockets are only designed to accept it (something I didn't realize when we bought the place). It would have been  a royal pain in the ass to try and track it down locally, but it only took a couple of clicks to find the correct model and have it on its way.
 
2013-03-15 04:27:01 PM  

Zulthar: (SNIP)
LOL "gaming laptop." I'm sure it'll run Angry Birds at 60 FPS. Good luck upgrading your video card and CPU in six months.

Why would I upgrade my video card? Buy enough GPU and keep it for 3 to 4 years.


Pardon a minor threadjack, but PC gamer evangelists are constantly talking out of both sides of their mouths on this issue. I can guarantee that if you opened up by saying that you wanted a console because you don't want to have to constantly be upgrading cards and hardware, you'd get a dozen replies assuring you that that wasn't at all necessary and that any half-decent machine (which should certainly include high-end laptops) will be viable for the better part of a decade.
 
2013-03-17 09:02:55 PM  

KarmicDisaster: I have Prime and use it a lot. However. I do think that a lot of time the Prime prices are jacked up to cover the shipping. You can get the same item for the same price or less elsewhere without the Prime shipping. IMHO.


I can't find this where I live..
http://www.amazon.com/Neoguri-Seafood-20-Count-4-2-Ounce-Packages/dp /B 000PDN3E2
But I will tell you it's cheaper on Amazon that it was from the Korean store in Seattle.
 
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