I was reading an article last month from USA Today, regarding a possible price increase on Amazon Prime. While this has not been set in stone, Amazon is contemplating increasing their annual fee from $79 to either $99 or more. They have been fighting an increase in their shipping costs and it is showing during their quarterly reports. As a big Amazon Prime fan, I am a little upset by this news. It got me thinking, would I pay more for Amazon Prime? There are a lot of good things that come with Prime, but are these services justified by a price increase?
To Prime or Not to Prime?
I have been an Amazon Prime member for a few years. I buy quite a few things from Amazon and I love the free two day shipping. Most of my stuff either arrives in a day, but has never gone past two days. I am a fan of online shopping and Amazon takes the cake. Hell, in December, I bought two car seats from Amazon. I didn’t have to pay sales tax (not anymore, we now have to pay sales tax, boo!) and I was able to save over $100 on each car seat. That is what I am talking about. To ship those from any other store was going to cost me $50 per seat. There is the cost of my Prime membership right there.
Since my state and Amazon has come to an agreement on charging us sales tax, the excitement of Amazon is fading. Now that I have to pay sales tax, I will probably just shop locally. Some of you may say that there is more to Amazon Prime than just shipping. Yes, they do have their streaming service, but I already have Netflix. Most of the good content on Amazon Prime video costs you money. I have tried to use the streaming service, but it is like having a duplicate service.
I have seen others talking about this possible Prime membership price increase and it looks like there are many that will dump the service. Most were already on the edge in regards to it being too expensive. I was not on the fence, but now I certainly am. If it goes up to $100 a year, I just don’t know if I can justify it. I don’t have any big purchases planned, so let’s see which side of the fence I fall on.
Would You Pay More For Prime?
Well, considering it is Friday, I am going to keep this short and now ask for you opinion. If you are an Amazon Prime member, would you pay more for the same service? Just fill out the poll and give me your solid opinion. Oh, and have a great weekend everyone!