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(Slate)   A quick widget to calculate whether or not Amazon is still worth the money after its rate increase. (Spoiler: It's probably not worth the money)   (slate.com) divider line 234
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2014-03-14 03:25:32 PM
Still worth the money.
 
2014-03-14 03:28:08 PM
Hey, it says it's worth it.

If you take into consideration that about 50% of my 31 orders from 2013 were also next-day shipping, it's even more worth it.
 
2014-03-14 03:29:46 PM
Hint.  It is.
 
2014-03-14 03:34:32 PM
It depends on how much you buy from Amazon.

I buy a ridiculous quantity of things from Amazon.
 
2014-03-14 03:49:32 PM
I find that living in NYC causes most of my 2 day shipping to be overnight.
 
2014-03-14 04:00:30 PM
Does the widget take into account that Amazon Prime gives "free" two day shipping, or is it comparing the Prime price to the regular speed shipping charge?  Time is worth money for a lot of people.  (Yes, I know that sometimes even the two day Prime ends up in the hands of a slow last mile delivery agent.)
 
2014-03-14 04:02:48 PM
 
2014-03-14 04:03:09 PM
Isn't it still cheaper than Netflix?
 
2014-03-14 04:03:24 PM
^As in the price of the item.
 
2014-03-14 04:09:32 PM
stream.....a LOT
 
2014-03-14 04:09:52 PM

RexTalionis: Hey, it says it's worth it.

If you take into consideration that about 50% of my 31 orders from 2013 were also next-day shipping, it's even more worth it.


I had a few of those too.  I ordered it before noon and it was on my doorstep when I got home the next day.
 
2014-03-14 04:11:14 PM
202 orders... if 3/4 were Prime (that's probably low) I still save about $400. I'd call that worth the money.
 
2014-03-14 04:12:59 PM

ManateeGag: RexTalionis: Hey, it says it's worth it.

If you take into consideration that about 50% of my 31 orders from 2013 were also next-day shipping, it's even more worth it.

I had a few of those too.  I ordered it before noon and it was on my doorstep when I got home the next day.


Living in Seattle this is true.  If I order usually before noon it'll show up the next day for the smaller stuff.  The larger stuff will sometimes show up in two days if it's coming from the Las Vegas area.
 
2014-03-14 04:17:41 PM
Totally worth it. $0.31 per shipment currently and $0.38 per shipment after the price rise.
 
2014-03-14 04:19:16 PM
 I also did not attempt to estimate the cash value of Prime's catalog of e-books, movies, and the like.

Ummm...fail. Makes the whole thing pointless.
 
2014-03-14 04:19:53 PM
Hell yeah it is. With few exceptions, any non-grocery item I don't need right away that Amazon carries I buy on Amazon.
 
2014-03-14 04:21:58 PM
What if someone, say a thrifty cousin's friend friend, that I don't know personally, really really really needed to sit on a buttplug covered with an assortment of flavored syrups ASAP?  I mean hypothetically.  At what point does cost outweight benif...gotta run UPS.
 
2014-03-14 04:27:19 PM
Is this for Slate writers? It certainly isn't for us successful TFers
 
2014-03-14 04:32:49 PM
Considering the number of movies I watch through Amazon Prime, I am far into the black even with the new rate.

Slate fails at math. Gee, what a surprise.
 
2014-03-14 04:57:04 PM
Its worth the money still

Why are people biatching about a $20 dollar price increase? Free two day shipping alone is worth $100 a year indeed.
 
2014-03-14 05:12:14 PM
I take classes at the local community college so I get my prime half off (as a student).

Boo-Ya!
 
2014-03-14 05:20:52 PM
They should still have a $79 option for people who don't want access to their video and e-book libraries.
 
2014-03-14 05:37:07 PM
Prime was a win-win. I ordered a lot more after I got it. I'll probably keep it after the increase.
 
2014-03-14 05:40:15 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: 202 orders... if 3/4 were Prime (that's probably low) I still save about $400. I'd call that worth the money.


I had 186 orders last year. Even if only a quarter of them were prime eligible, It was still worth it compared to the regular shipping price of $3.99. And let's be honest... free super saver shipping turned to shiat last year, so that really stopped being worth it, especially after they jacked the qualifying price up to $35.
 
2014-03-14 05:41:17 PM
You can share your Amazon Prime with four other people, or at least you used to be able to.  Did they factor that in?  If not, then along with speed and streaming content that's three things they're not accounting for.  Worthless article.  Very worthless.
 
2014-03-14 05:42:16 PM
With 25 order and probably 3/4 Prime eligible-

Without Prime, you would pay at least $3.99 per shipment.
At $79 per year (Prime's old fee), you would pay $4.16 per shipment.
At $99 per year (Prime's new fee), you would pay $4.96 per shipment.


Convenience- priceless
 
2014-03-14 05:42:55 PM
Still saves me money.

Someone has to stimulate this economy and by god, I'm doing my best....
 
2014-03-14 05:46:38 PM
Last year one of the things I ordered was a Dahon Mariner D7 folding bike that has a shipping weight of 36 pounds and is eligible for Prime shipping. That alone probably was worth the membership. And a majority of my other 38 Amazon orders in 2013 was eligible as well.
 
2014-03-14 05:47:24 PM
I think I'm still reaping the benefits when I ordered my kid's entire room full of stuff from prime. Mattress, crib, rocker, changing table, everything. Plus my TV and untold numbers of smaller stuff. Still worth it.
 
2014-03-14 05:47:43 PM
Wow, it's kind of impressive... one "OMGZ AMAZON RAISING RATE NOT WORTH IT WTF BBQ" greenlight every day this whole week.

Are these sponsored links?

Get over it, whatever "it" is.
 
2014-03-14 05:48:29 PM

InterruptingQuirk: Is it taking into account that Amazon Prime shipments may be increasing the price for Prime members in order to secretly cover that two day ship?


Except that they're not, and that's straight up crap.
 
2014-03-14 05:49:36 PM
Give me back my non add on add on items.

/let me add on one more add on. add on.
 
2014-03-14 05:49:54 PM
Yes. Prime will save you money.
You order enough Prime-eligible items that you will save money on shipping costs alone.
Without Prime, you would pay at least $3.99 per shipment.
At $79 per year (Prime's old fee), you would pay $2.63 per shipment.
At $99 per year (Prime's new fee), you would pay $3.30 per shipment.
 
2014-03-14 05:50:29 PM
It's still worth it to not find myself in a shopping center between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
2014-03-14 05:51:22 PM
25 orders or more = worth it.  Plus, Amazon started charging VA sales tax for all orders shipped there... but DC still doesn't.  So I just have everything I order shipped to my work address in DC (along with everyone else who lives in VA and works here.)

/Mailroom folks don't mind, the more packages they deliver the bigger budget they get
 
2014-03-14 05:51:35 PM

unlikely: InterruptingQuirk: Is it taking into account that Amazon Prime shipments may be increasing the price for Prime members in order to secretly cover that two day ship?

Except that they're not, and that's straight up crap.


Also, please don't post to auto play sites. Me and my phone just got into a fight.
 
2014-03-14 05:51:41 PM
Hah, says its not only worth it, but I'm halving my shipping costs. I don't know what subby is talking about.
 
2014-03-14 05:51:42 PM
Says it worth it for me.  I use the Prime video streaming (and occasionally the Kindle lending library), too, so yahtzee!
 
2014-03-14 05:54:36 PM
Yeah, it is.,even before considering the alternative of going to the mall or looking all over town comparing prices or just trying to find a place that even carries what I'm looking for.
 
2014-03-14 05:55:05 PM
Just went to check, in the last six months I have eleven pages of orders with between 13 and 21 items per page, almost all with prime two day shipping, add in all the movies and books I borrow through prime...


/maybe I should wear a mask and hold a pistol while I renew
 
2014-03-14 05:55:24 PM
Worth it.
 
2014-03-14 05:55:26 PM

Triumph: They should still have a $79 option for people who don't want access to their video and e-book libraries.


They probably use those people to balance out the folks that DO use 'em.
 
2014-03-14 05:55:53 PM
When utilizing video services AND the shipping, it is still far worth it.
 
2014-03-14 05:56:28 PM
It says worth it for me, but I'm still cancelling. Free Super Saver is plenty good enough.
 
2014-03-14 05:57:27 PM
Assuming your shipments cost $3.99...

These people have absolutely no idea what they're talking about... Seriously, a cursory Google search shows that the average per/item for two day runs about 8 bucks, meaning if you do about... oh 12 orders/year you're already in the black.
 
2014-03-14 05:58:21 PM

DamnYankees: I also did not attempt to estimate the cash value of Prime's catalog of e-books, movies, and the like.

Ummm...fail. Makes the whole thing pointless.


So much this.  Netflix is $96/yr, Prime is $99.  Many will argue that NFLX has the stronger content catalog, but I'd only agree with that on a marginal basis (and the gap is closing).  So even if you consider Prime Instant HALF as good as Netflix (which is grossly unfair), you've only got to come up with $50 worth of shipping benefits, or about 25 items' worth according to this "calculator" to make the subscription worth it. 

Not considering Prime Instant's value means this widget is absolute booty.
 
2014-03-14 05:58:34 PM
Am I the only one here who uses Super Saver Shipping?

Because it seems to me that if one is a little patient, one can leech off of the inventory and delivery infrastructure paid for by others.

As long as the orders total more than $35 each, of course.  Which they always do.
 
2014-03-14 05:58:38 PM
even without the streaming, it's the greatest thing in the world.
subby is a moron and/or needs to support the economy and buy more stuff.

i once bought and shipped a full size woodchip smoker across the country to my father for his birthday.  the fed-ex quote alone would have been $400.

you people spend $90 / year on porn and/or beer.  how is this even an issue?!
 
2014-03-14 05:58:48 PM
25 shipments is the break-even on shipping costs alone.
 
2014-03-14 06:01:02 PM

GleeUnit: DamnYankees: I also did not attempt to estimate the cash value of Prime's catalog of e-books, movies, and the like.

Ummm...fail. Makes the whole thing pointless.

So much this.  Netflix is $96/yr, Prime is $99.  Many will argue that NFLX has the stronger content catalog, but I'd only agree with that on a marginal basis (and the gap is closing).  So even if you consider Prime Instant HALF as good as Netflix (which is grossly unfair), you've only got to come up with $50 worth of shipping benefits, or about 25

13 items' worth according to this "calculator" to make the subscription worth it. 

Not considering Prime Instant's value means this widget is absolute booty.


/oops
 
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