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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
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14152 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Mar 2014 at 5:40 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-14 03:34:32 PM  
8 votes:
It depends on how much you buy from Amazon.

I buy a ridiculous quantity of things from Amazon.
2014-03-14 05:50:29 PM  
7 votes:
It's still worth it to not find myself in a shopping center between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
2014-03-14 03:25:32 PM  
6 votes:
Still worth the money.
2014-03-14 04:19:16 PM  
4 votes:
 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 03:29:46 PM  
4 votes:
Hint.  It is.
2014-03-14 03:28:08 PM  
4 votes:
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 06:07:22 PM  
2 votes:
I never pay shipping. I never have ordered anything on amazon that I needed right away. I add stuff I want to my cart and when it gets to $50+ I put the order in.
2014-03-14 06:03:04 PM  
2 votes:
I had 52 - frankly I thought it would be more. But like I said yesterday - if they went to $300 for prime I'd probably pay it. And if they canceled prime I'd still probably buy 90% of the shiat I buy at amazon. Their selection and customer service and general convenience is so far out in front of everyone else there's no one in the rear view mirror.
2014-03-14 05:42:16 PM  
2 votes:
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 04:02:48 PM  
2 votes:
2014-03-14 04:00:30 PM  
2 votes:
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 09:59:01 PM  
1 vote:
I find it more convenient and cheaper to just buy more t-shirts, socks, underwear and pants than to do laundry.  Plus they're delivered.

2014-03-14 08:03:03 PM  
1 vote:
these people are crazy. 3.99 an order? I've ordered 20 pound bags of pet food and gotten in 1 day. the shipping on one of those would be like 20.
2014-03-14 07:57:21 PM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: 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?

I have checked, via TOR and anonymous browsing VM, that my Prime prices are the same as they are when I'm logged into my account.

Anecdotal, but I check again every time I see someone bring it up.  I just spot checked a couple items, and they're the same price in both places.

I occasionally browse Amazon on a device that I'm not logged into. When I do go to long into my Prime account to order said item I've never seen a difference in price.

Intrepid00: What the hell are people buying all the time from Amazon. I live in a pretty pricey area and Target is usually cheaper even if Amazon doesn't collect sales tax.

My guess is you have to have a family for it to be really worth it.

Amazon has a shiat ton more items for sale than any local store, big box or not.  If the price is close enough (say, within 10%) and I want it that day I'll go to a store and buy it, assuming a local store carries it. If it's significantly cheaper online or if what I want isn't available at a local store then I'll order it.

I'm a tech geek and work in a specialty trade. Many things I want aren't carried in store. For example, I recently did a complete audio upgrade in my car. My local stores have an awful selection of speakers, head units, install kits, etc. Using Amazon I got the exact speakers I wanted (at half price since I found open box items on Amazon for the exact ones I wanted. Lucky me.), the install kit and wiring harness adapter, the fuse holder, fuses, high quality signal wire, and trim removal tools that I wanted. Absolutely zero of those items were available locally, save for the head unit. I bought that at BestBuy because the price was close enough. Best Buy had a different install kit for the head unit but it didn't have the pocket in it that I wanted.

I made 92 orders in 2013. It was worth it to me, not even counting the streaming service.
2014-03-14 07:20:17 PM  
1 vote:

Psylence: Still saves me money.

Someone has to stimulate this economy and by god, I'm doing my best....

Then you should have bought locally. The money you spent went for taxes that paid for schools, roads and other communal expenses.

It also kept buisness open that employed people who also paid taxes and helped people remain sufficient and kept your community from looking like a bombed out mess.

But you saved a few bucks and waited to get what you paid for.
2014-03-14 06:42:24 PM  
1 vote:
If streaming to TiVo was included with the package, I'd take it in a minute.
2014-03-14 06:40:45 PM  
1 vote:
Totally worth it. Free two-day shipping plus free Amazon streaming? I buy stuff from Amazon probably 50 times a year. I'd save money if it was $150 a year.
2014-03-14 06:15:54 PM  
1 vote:
Also, remember, half the time (most of the time) Prime is cheaper than tax on many items.
2014-03-14 06:06:31 PM  
1 vote:
It would be worth it if Amazon was more like it used to be, a vendor, not what it has become, ebay with a different front end. It seems half the stuff i need isnt actually sold by Amazon, and thus is not eligible for the prim shipping.
2014-03-14 06:04:39 PM  
1 vote:
Amazon sent me a handwritten Christmas card a few years ago.
2014-03-14 05:58:34 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:55:53 PM  
1 vote:
When utilizing video services AND the shipping, it is still far worth it.
2014-03-14 05:48:29 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:47:43 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:40:15 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:20:52 PM  
1 vote:
They should still have a $79 option for people who don't want access to their video and e-book libraries.
2014-03-14 04:19:53 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:11:14 PM  
1 vote:
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 04:03:09 PM  
1 vote:
Isn't it still cheaper than Netflix?
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