In addition to free two-day shipping, there are a number of reasons you might want to sign up.
Amazon Prime claims more than 100 million subscribers worldwide. Yes, the free two-day shipping is a perk. But surely that many people have been lured to Prime by more than just postage-free purchases. Here are a few of the other Amazon Prime benefits that might make the annual fee — $119 in 2019 — worth it to you.
1. Free Same-Day Delivery
More than 10,000 cities and towns are eligible for free, same-day delivery. Order before noon and Amazon says the package will be delivered by 9 p.m. that night.
2. Give To Your Favorite Charity
Buy more. Do more good. When you do all of your shopping on your personal AmazonSmile page you can indicate which charity you would like to receive 0.5% of the value of eligible purchases. Amazon charities have netted about $100 million through AmazonSmile so far.
3. Access to Exclusive Brands
Amazon Prime members get access to private-label offerings, including Amazon Elements Products: Scan a special code on these products using your Amazon Shopping app and you’ll see where every product ingredient was sourced.
4. Prime Video
It’s the new prime time of TV: Free movies and TV series are yours for the watching (or binging) with Amazon’s streaming service, Prime Video. You can also tune into to HBO, Starz, Showtime, and other streaming services via the Amazon Prime app.
5. Whole Foods Discounts and Delivery
Here’s a benefit you’ll absolutely eat up: Amazon Prime members can order Whole Foods private-label products on Amazon.com. Amazon also offers free, two-hour Whole Foods grocery delivery to Prime members in select cities.
6. Prime Day Deals
What summer doldrums? Amazon’s attempt to drum up more sales in mid-summer means super deals on a cornucopia of consumer favorites, especially Amazon’s proprietary products.
7. Alexa Assistance
Whether you own an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can place an order through Alexa, the voice-activated digital assistant. You can even ask about current Alexa-only discounts (that’s a benefit that speaks for itself).
8. Amazon Locker
If you want to avoid porch-delivered package theft, Amazon Locker is a welcome convenience. You can find the lockers at Whole Foods and other retailers, and they’re free to use for item pickups or returns.