Amazon is one of the world’s largest online retailers. Whatever you need, from obscure unicorn tape dispensers with rainbow tape, to regular items like books or vitamins, Amazon most likely has it.
However, one of Amazon’s most popular items isn’t actually a physical item, nor is it digital – it’s their Amazon Prime membership. This membership comes with loads of features, but the most popular is their free 2-day shipping.
Yet, there’s more savings on the horizon for Amazon Prime members. Many frequent Amazon shoppers don’t even know these money saving tips.
Here are 15 little known secrets about Amazon Prime that you may not have known about.
Everyone Can Get A Free Month
That’s right. Everyone can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. If you’re not already a member, then the upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to give it a try. You’ll have those Christmas presents at your doorstep in no time!
Besides free 2-day shipping, Amazon Prime includes streaming music and movies as well. If it’s not your cup of tea, cancelling is only a couple of clicks away.
Prime Student Membership
Amazon loves our nation’s future entrepreneurs and engineers. If you’re a collge student or you have a college-aged kid, Amazon offers a 6-month free Amazon Prime Student membership. This will certainly help budget conscious students who need to have their textbooks sent via 2-day shipping!
TV Low Price Guarantee
If you see the price drop on a TV that you purchased, or even if you find it advertised for less by a qualifying competitor, Amazon will give you a refund on the difference in cost. However, you need to hurry, because this offer is only good for 30 days after your purchse.
Also, this offer only applies to items that are stocked and sold by Amazon. That may sound a bit confusing, but Amazon actually allows third party sellers to sell products on Amazon. On every product page, if the item says “ships from and sold by Amazon.com,” then you know this is not from a third party seller.
Late Packages = Extended Membership
Whoa, this is amazing! Well, not the part about a late package. But, if you’re not in a rush to recieve your package and it arrives late, talk to Amazon about it. If you go to their website and put in your phone number, a customer service rep will call you back and extend your membership by a month.
Doesn’t this make you wish some of your non-essential packages arrived late? You could have free membership for life!
Keep in mind that this deal only applies to the regular 2-day shipping that comes with your membership. If you specifically paid for 1-day shipping, you’ll only receive a refund of the extra shipping amount that you paid. However, if you ask nicely, they might work something out with you.
Make Money If You’re Not In A Rush
If you’re not in a rush to receive packages, you can actually make a little bit of money. When you place your order, you can get a $5.99 credit that goes towards a future purchase for Amazon Prime Pantry. This offer may not be available on every single item, but if it is, you’ll see the option on the checkout
Amazon Prime Pantry is a special service that Amazon offers on grocery items, such as canned goods, snacks or kitchen supplies.
Free Unlimited Online Photo Storage
Who doesn’t like this deal? Online photo storage normally comes with a $12 pricetag, but Amazon Prime members get this perk absolutely free. Also – it’s unlimited! That’s right – if you have exactly 1 billion pictures that need a new home, you can store every single one of them on Amazon. It just might take you a while to upload them all! You can view all of your photos through multiple devices, such as your laptop, phone, or tablet.
This free photo storage perk can be shared with another family member as well.
Heavy Pantry Products Shipped For $5.99
Amazon has a service called Prime Pantry that allows members to shop for pantry staples and groceries. You can fill a box that weighs up to 45 pounds with your favorites, and you only have to pay a $5.99 flat rate for the shipping cost. This is less than some grocery delivery services, and you also don’t have to waste time or gas money to go grocery shopping.
Earn Money For Referrals
Every time you get a family member of friend hooked on Amazon Prime, you can earn $5. Just make sure they sign up for a membership using this special referral link.
Share Your Prime Membership
Although sharing your membership is not currently allowed, if you’ve had a membership for a while, then you’re grandfathered in to the old plan. A few years ago, you could actually share your membership with up to 3 different family members, and they would be able to get unlimited 2-day shipping for free. These family members did not need to live at the same address, however extra perks such as Prime Video are not included.
You can find out if you qualify for this deal by logging into your account and going to the Prime Membership area and finding the “share your Prime benefits” section.
Current Prime subscribers can share their membership with one family member that lives in the same household. A credit card will be required as proof that the family member lives at the same address.
Free Streaming Music
You can get free online streaming music with Amazon Prime Music with your membership. This is the same kind of music that you have to pay for at a premium on Spotify. What makes this deal even better is that the music is completely free of advertisements!
Prime Video & Amazon Fire TV Stick
Amazon offers its members a free online streaming Prime Video service that is comparable to Netflix or Hulu. In fact, Amazon now offers their own original creations, just like Netflix.
In the past, you could only watch Prime Video on a small computer screen or through an app on your phone. However, with the Fire TV Stick, you can now watch thousands of movies and TV shows on your big screen TV. It also comes loaded with over 3,000 channels, apps, and games. It’s normally priced at a reasonable $39.95, however keep your eye out on the price for a possible Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal.
Free Same Day Or Next Day Delivery
Many of us already know that an Amazon Prime membership comes with their flagship unlimited free 2-day delivery. However, if you’re living in one of the few select metropolitan areas that have a large Amazon warehouse, you can actually have your purchase delivered the same day! If you miss the cut off time, which is normally around noontime, your order will be delivered the next day.
If the product is stocked at your local warehouse and your order is at least $35, then you qualify for this deal. You’ll know if the product is stocked nearby when you select the shipping method on the order checkout screen. If “same day” is one of the options, then you’re only a few hours away from having a package delivered to your doorstep.
A list of the metropolitan areas that Amazon offers this deal to can be found here on their website.
Free Kindle eBook Every Month
Amazon got their start as the largest online bookstore in the world. To pay homage to their roots, they are offering members one free digital eBook every month as part of the Kindle First program. These books are available to Prime members in advance of their official release dates, and there are always several to choose from.
Subscribe And Save Service
If you purchase an item on a regular basis, the product may come with the Subscribe & Save program. This offers you a discount on the price if you agree to have the product shipped at a regular interval of your choosing. You can cancel at any time. This comes in handy for things like toilet paper, which everyone needs to buy on a regular basis!
Early Access To Lightning Deals
Amazon’s Lightning Deals offers products at a steep discount for a limited time only. Prime members get a 30-minute head start as part of the free Prime Early Access service. This is almost like cutting ahead of people waiting in line at the store, except that Amazon is giving you the thumbs up!
This is incredible! I never knew about most of these things that come with an Amazon Prime membership. Did you?