The price for an Amazon Prime membership is about to go up to $99.00 per year, a jump of $20.00 from the previous rate of $79.00, starting on March 20, 2014. But you can still get it this week for $79.00 including a 30-day free trial on Amazon Prime. Now, we have raved about Amazon prime for years. If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, it’s well-worth the price to have otherwise free shipping, especially when it’s free two-day shipping. At least it was certainly worth the cost at $79.00.
For existing Amazon Prime members, the $79.00 is going to stay in effect for the duration of 2014, and will go to $99.00 with their 2015 renewal. (Why is Amazon raising their Prime rate? Perhaps to fund their Amazon Prime drone service (this is said mostly tongue-in-cheek).)
For brand new Amazon Prime members, the rate will be $99 immediately, except, for the next week, you can sign up at the old $79.00 rate. Amazon is also running their 30-day free trial on Amazon Prime
Here is Amazon’s announcement:
We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing in 2015. Your 2014 annual renewal will remain at the original price of $79. On March 15, 2015, your membership will renew at $99/year.
Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
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The Amazon Prime Team