Amazon Prime is probably best known for two things: free two-day (scratch that: one-day!) shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $119 annual subscription charge (a basic Netflix subscription costs $108 all by itself). But a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot more. Here's a look at every single benefit included with Prime -- along with a few Amazon services you might have thought were included, but actually cost extra. (Don't have a subscription at the moment? You can sign up for Prime here, even if it's just to get a 30-day trial -- and you can even get Prime Day deals without being a member.) Sign up for PrimeThe complete list of Prime perks is surprisingly long. Let's start with everyone's favorite: fast, free shipping.Read more: Prime Day 2019: All the best deals so far The 7 best AmazonBasics products 7 Photos Shipping benefitsFree overnight … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime: 20 benefits every member gets
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Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $119 annual subscription charge, but a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot more. Here's a look at every single benefit included with Prime -- along with a few Amazon services you might have thought were included, but actually cost extra.Sign up for PrimeThe complete list of Prime perks is surprisingly long. Let's start with everyone's favorite. Now playing: Watch this: Fun benefits every Amazon Prime member gets 2:08 1. Free two-day shipping (or better) Many, if not most, of Amazon's physical goods will be shipped to your door in two days -- provided you live in the contiguous US states (sorry, Hawaiians). What's especially remarkable about this is there's no minimum order: Even if you buy a $5 HDMI cable, it'll arrive in 48 hours. In fact, … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime: 21 benefits every member gets
After a year of anticipation, Amazon last month announced its winners for two new, 25,000-employee campuses and was summarily met with a flood of derision and mockery. There was even a protest in Queens, where one of the offices will go, with people lambasting the billions of dollars in incentives Amazon will receive for the projects.That backlash was the most heated criticism Amazon faced all year. But it was nothing compared with the roasting Facebook and Google sustained throughout 2018. Cascading scandals have stung Facebook, while Google took flak over a pilot project that could bring a censored search engine to China, its handling of executives accused of sexual harassment and its work to create AI tools for the military.This year has brought with it plenty of pointed criticism about the tech industry, but only a few leading tech companies bore the brunt of these complaints. As consumers re-evaluate tech's negative impacts, from social media's influence on elections to the … [Read more...] about Amazon’s 2019 challenges include Donald Trump, HQ2 protesters
Amazon has added so many benefits to Prime that they’ve become hard to keep track of, so we’re rounding them up for you, and will update this post as new ones roll out. Sadly, we can’t list drone delivery as a perk just yet. Free Two-Day Shipping (Or Same Day, Or One Hour) Amazon Prime is best known for its free two-day shipping in the lower 48 states. Their shipping estimates are highly reliable, and if you don’t need your items right away, you can choose a slower shipping method and get yourself some kind of credit (categories and values rotate). You might even be able to trick the system into giving you the fast shipping and the credit. If Amazon does fail to get you your items on time, you can get get your Prime membership extended. Residents of a few major cities can now select same day delivery, and also take advantage of the new Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service, while those outside of the current range of Amazon Fresh can still use Amazon Pantry. In … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Benefits
Independent booksellers, like Unabridged Bookstore on Broadway Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, once thought to have gone the way of the dinosaur, are making a surprising comeback. The Washington Post/Getty Images It's called the retail apocalypse. No zombies yet, but thanks to the rising dominance of Amazon and its infinite inventory of inexpensive items (plus free shipping with Prime!), traditional brick-and-mortar stores are struggling to survive. In the last few years alone, dozens of national brands have declared bankruptcy or shuttered their stores altogether, including mall staples like Toys"R"Us, The Limited, Radio Shack, Claire's and Payless. But one long-dismissed business model has unexpectedly thrived in the Amazon age: independent bookstores. If the last time you thought about the plight of independent bookstores was the 1998 rom-com "You've Got Mail," you've got some catching up to do. When Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starred as a boutique bookshop owner (her) and the CEO of … [Read more...] about Indie Bookstores Defied Amazon. Who’s Next?