Cyber Monday is here, and I must say, I definitely prefer it to Black Friday. You don’t have to leave the house or deal with crazy crowds, plus everything is delivered directly to your door. In most cases, you can also find a bigger selection of items. I am all about shopping online, so it’s no wonder I am such a big fan of Amazon Prime.
I signed up for Amazon Prime several years ago, and I have no regrets. It’s worked out remarkably well for me. It costs $99 for a year-long membership, which, in my opinion, is well worth it. While there are plenty of other reasons to sign up for Prime, here are three of the big ones that have kept me coming back.
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1. Free Two-Day Shipping
I used to work for a store that shipped a lot of inventory, and if I learned anything, it’s that shipping costs can be outrageously high. Shipping also takes time, which sometimes deters people when they want an item right away. I’m usually pretty patient, but I’m also a major procrastinator, so by the time I get around to ordering something, I usually need it pretty quickly.
With Amazon Prime, you get free two-day shipping. This is what drew me in to the idea in the first place. Being able to procrastinate and still know my items will arrive in two days seemed too good to be true, but it’s been great so far. I also love not having to pay for shipping, because these costs can add up. I’ve been able to ship some pretty large items (heavy bag stand, TV) without paying for shipping. Considering how much shipping would have cost me over the past few years, my Amazon Prime has more than paid for itself.
I knew Amazon Prime came with access to videos, but for some reason I wasn’t taking advantage of it. I’m so glad I’ve changed this. I have access to content, such as Doctor Who, that other video streaming services no longer have available. It also has a better selection of movies, in my opinion, than other options. There is also exclusive content, such as Amazon Originals, though I can’t speak to their quality, as I haven’t watched any of them yet.
3. Exclusive Deals and Prime Day
Prime Day is a one-day event, for Prime members only, that offers major discounts on tons of items. I took advantage of Prime Day for the first time this year and somehow managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done in July. This is a huge step for me, considering that I usually wait until the week before to even think about shopping.
Amazon Prime also has massive deals on Cyber Monday, most of which are available to the general public. However, some of these deals have early access for Prime members, so they get picked over pretty quickly and might not be available by the time everyone else has access. These deals update constantly throughout the day and even extend into the remainder of the week, which is great for me because I might be able to avoid physical stores entirely this year.
Exclusive deals for Amazon Prime members aren’t limited to Cyber Monday. Deals are actually available every single day, and Prime members get early access to all of them. I’ve found items as high as 80% off, and I’m willing to bet there are others with even higher discounts.
Ready, Set, Go
As I’ve already said, my Amazon Prime account has more than paid for itself over the years. The convenience alone has made it worthwhile for me. Plus, the more I look into it, the more I realize how many other facets there are that I’m not taking advantage of yet. Amazon Prime includes access to reading materials, music, podcasts, photo storage, and probably other things I’m oblivious to currently. If you do any shopping online, Prime is definitely worth looking into. I know I’m glad I did.