Is an Amazon Prime credit in your future? Chances are, unless you’re just returning from your once a century trip to the outer planets, you’ve heard of Amazon Prime. It’s a subscription service from Amazon that gives members a number of benefits, such as unlimited “borrowing” of books. With as much as I read, it’s definitely something I’m going to be looking into. (Actually I’m putting it on my Christmas list.) Let’s take a deeper look at what Amazon Prime is, and find out what this hubbub about them offering members a credit.
What is Amazon Prime?
The easiest way to describe Amazon Prime in a single sentence is that it’s a combination of Netflix, local library, and local video rental store, all rolled into one, except you don’t have to leave the comfort of home.
Prime subscribers gain access to a library of several million stream-able and downloadable songs and playlists. Users can also peruse their video catalog which consists of both feature films and TV series. Again, users have several thousand titles (more than 40,000) to choose from. People like me that love to read have over 500, 000 Kindle titles to choose from, although they can only choose one to borrow per month. For me, that would be severely restrictive. Amazon also offers free two-day shipping on items ordered through the Amazon site.
Video Compatibility for Prime Users
Amazon Prime subscribers that want to watch movies aren’t restricted to a single device or even a single device type. Whether you’ve got a Kindle Fire, a laptop, Android device, or iPad/iPhone, you can stream video to it as a Prime subscriber. You can even stream to your computer or TV. I have an older computer set up to stream video, a home theater PC (HTPC). This is handy because the Kindle Fire is far too underpowered for me.
What’s This About an Amazon Prime Credit?
Remember I mentioned above that Amazon Prime subscribers get free two-day shipping? We all know that two-day shipping is pretty expensive. Amazon will give Prime subscribers that opt for slower delivery a one dollar credit towards an Amazon Instant video (an extra cost part of the service that you don’t hear much about until AFTER you sign up.) Instead of the two-day delivery, you get regular “no rush” five to seven day delivery, also for free.
What Does This Amazon Prime Credit Get Me?
I’ve gone out and signed up for the Amazon Prime membership. Now I need to get Uncle Moe and Cousin Trudy birthday gifts. Since their birthdays aren’t for a few months, I’ll go with the no rush five-to-seven day option. So, what can I do with this two dollars they just credited me with?
Amazon Prime has a section of the video marketplace that isn’t free even for subscribers. It’s basically their on-demand/pay-per-view section for their on-demand video library. There are movies, mostly Hollywood blockbusters that have just left the theaters, that Prime subscribers can stream for instant viewing, but that cost anywhere from $1-$5. That one dollar Amazon Prime credit doesn’t sound like much until you realize that it can pay for a whole movie, or cut the price in half or 25 percent.