To Prime or Not To Prime, That is The Question


I’m quite often asked if Amazon Prime is worth having, I pay for the service and love it but it offers so many different benefits that it’s really difficult to give a one size fits all response to the question.

For me personally, I order multiple items a month (or a day sometimes) and the free next day delivery is a real bonus.  This is especially so for things like last minute birthday presents (I’ve never done this for a close family member, honest) but it also changes your habits for certain consumables.  For example, I can get my deodorant of choice delivered the following day for less that it would cost if I was to buy it from the supermarket.  I think that the delivery service on it’s own justifies me spending the £79 a year, but there are many other layers to the amazon prime onion.

Amazon Prime Video gives you video streaming of 15,000 TV shows and movies through Amazon Prime Instant Video (formerly LoveFilm).  It’s no Netflix but it does offer plenty of content and I’ve used it for both TV shows and Films and have been very pleased with it.  You can access the service through FireSticks, your laptop, smart TV’s, games consoles, smart phones and other connected devices.  Netflix costs from £5.99 a month so Prime Video would appear to be of good value when compared with this.

But wait, there’s more!  You also get access to Amazon’s music library, this gives you unlimited downloads and streaming.  Like Prime Video, Amazon music isn’t as well stocked as Spotify but there are over a million tracks so you should be able to find something you like.  For the purposes of comparison, Spotify costs £9.99 a month so Prime comes out as a bit of a bargain again.

You also get Prime Photos for unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive with get 5GB of cloud storage for other types of file.  Access to 800,000 free e-books for your Kindle as well as the ability to borrow one of over 500,000 titles per month for free.

Finally you benefit from 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals, this can help you to snap up a bargain before Joe Public even gets the chance.

So, if you are likely regularly use a little bit of even just some of the services above then it’s probably worth a go.  I’d recommend signing up for the 30 day trial to see how you get on, just remember to cancel before the end of the month if you decide it’s not for you.

Sign up for the trial here.

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