Amazon saw a huge bump in sales from the onset of the pandemic, and the retail juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down.
Many people don’t know you can get a free account if you shop on Amazon for your business. It doesn’t come with perks like free videos. But you’ll have access to multiple payment options, business-only pricing and quantity discounts. Tap or click here for more information on the benefits of Amazon Business.
Amazon Prime is most known for free two-day shipping, but there’s much more to it. Your Amazon Prime account comes with a ton of perks. Here are some standouts you may not know about.
But first: Want a free 30-day trial?
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can’t take advantage of all the spectacular Prime Day deals. Fortunately, this special link allows you to try Amazon Prime for 30 days free. Tap or click here to start your trial. Just be sure to cancel your membership if you don’t want to automatically be charged for renewal at the end!
Annual Prime membership costs $139. You can pay $14.99 monthly, but this will cost you $41 more yearly. There are other ways to save on your Prime membership. Households with two adults do not need two Prime memberships. Link your accounts to share shipping, streaming access to movies and TV shows and more for free.
Once you’re signed up with Prime, you can immediately access many Amazon services. Here are a few of them.
If you haven’t already, download the Amazon Prime Video app on your TV, tablet, or phone to start watching thousands of movies and TV shows at home or on the go. You’ll also be able to rent movies at discounted rates.
You can download select content to watch offline with the Prime Video app on your device.
You can add subscriptions to premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS All Access and Cinemax through Prime Video. No cable or satellite account is necessary. You can cancel these subscriptions anytime, and there are no additional apps to download.
Prime members can stream 2 million songs ad-free. There are thousands of stations and playlists. You can also download music to listen to offline, which is a great perk when you don’t have a connection. If you have an Echo, this is an excellent Alexa skill. Just tell the smart speaker the artist or what type of music to play.
Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access to a staggering 90 million songs. Tap or click here for a 30-day free trial. You’ll be charged $8.99 monthly or $79 per year to keep it. Non-Prime members pay $9.99 per month.
Bet you never thought of trusting your photos to Amazon. Prime members get free, unlimited full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB of video storage. There are also custom print options with free shipping.
If you need more storage space, plans begin at $1.99 per month for 100 GB.
Visit this Amazon Photos page to get the Amazon Photos app to start using this perk on your phone. If you prefer using your Mac or Windows desktop, you can upload photos at the Amazon Photos page.
In 2014, Amazon acquired the social media gaming site Twitch for nearly $1 billion. Now called Prime Gaming, you get free PC games, a subscription to a Twitch channel every month, and free loot, including weapons, upgrades, characters and skins.
Amazon started as an online bookseller in 1995, and those roots are evident in these Prime membership benefits. Prime Reading gives you unlimited access on any device to more than a thousand eBooks, magazines, comics, books with Audible narration and more.
You can also share this benefit with your household. You can use a Kindle or Fire tablet or download the Kindle app on your phone or tablet. There’s also Amazon’s First Reads program. Editors select books in various genres, and you get one free Kindle book from their picks each month.
Access thousands of kid-friendly games, videos, books, TV shows and educational content with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. It includes hundreds of hours of ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books and even Alexa skills for kids if you have an Echo at home.
You can try it for 30 days for free, and then you’ll pay $4.99 per month (non-Prime members pay $7.99 per month). Use the parental control settings to choose screen time limits, filter down to only age-appropriate content and set educational goals.
Access works across devices — including Fire, Echo, Kindle, Android, iPhone, and Chrome OS — for kids three to 12-years-old.
Alexa Voice Deals
You can ask Alexa to scan deals for you. If you want to shop with Alexa’s help, you first need to enable that setting. In the Amazon Alexa app, go to Settings > Account Settings > Voice Purchasing. Toggle it on.
Then, say, “Alexa, are there any deals on Amazon?” and she’ll rattle off a few you might like.
Audiobooks are great for keeping up on your reading while driving, exercising or performing chores around the house. Audible Plus gives you access to thousands of titles, including audiobooks, podcasts and originals that span genres, lengths, and formats.
Tap or click here to start your free 30-day trial. Following that, you can keep your subscription for just $7.95 per month.
Students with a valid .edu can get Prime for $7.29 per month or $69 per year. Holders of select government assistance program cards such as EBT and Medicaid also get a break.
Benefits include discounts on textbooks, a free six months of LinkedIn Premium and exclusive deals for Showtime and Amazon Music subscriptions.
Even before the pandemic, I preferred trying on new clothes at home. It’s always better to see how something fits in your lighting with your mirrors.
With Prime Wardrobe, choose up to eight items to try on without ever setting foot into a store. Return anything you don’t want and pay for the things you keep. Just be sure to return your unwanted items within the specified time frame.
Not all clothing is Prime Wardrobe eligible, but there are many selections.
Two-day shipping is nice, but you can get your stuff even faster in eligible locations:
- Filter by Get it tomorrow when shopping, and you can receive items by 9 p.m the next day.
- If you live in Philadelphia, Dallas, Orlando or Phoenix, you can order until 5 p.m. and get delivery in as fast as 5 hours, with four daily delivery windows. In thousands of other cities and towns across the U.S., orders placed in the morning (typically by noon) are delivered by 9 p.m.
- Get free two-hour grocery delivery with Amazon Fresh.
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