Thursday, March 13, 2014

Amazon Prime raises its price from $79 to $99 per year

Amazon announced today that they are increasing their yearly price for Prime membership from $79 to $99 effective April 17th. The internet is buzzing with some people complaining about it and others saying that it's still a good deal. I'm on the fence. My experience with Prime shipping around the holidays last year makes me wonder if the "two day shipping" is worth paying for but as a Kindle owner I also get free video streaming, free eBooks, and book lending. Their video library is growing daily but it's still not Netflix or Hulu. The decision to continue my membership is still up in the air at this time but I found a way that current Prime members can get one more year for the old price.
1. Disable auto-renew on your Prime account. Instructions on how to do so are here -  Disable auto-renew

2. Purchase a gift subscription for $79. You can purchase them here - Prime gift subscription

3. Set it to deliver to your own email address on the day that your current year of Prime lapses.

This method should work until the price increases on April 17th.

So, are you an Amazon Prime member and will you remain one after this price increase takes effect? Comment below.