What is Amazon Prime? Everything you need to know

Is Amazon Prime worth it? If you wonder that question, this article will give you some points which might help you to make your final decision.

There are a lot more things involved with Amazon Prime than you may have known if you are wondering whether you should use this service or not. It's not just a way to have two-day shipping without a fee, which is a pretty amazing advantage, though. 

We've made this informative guide to help you understand what Amazon Prime is so that you can determine if it's the perfect membership for you. We'll cover everything you might want to know, including costs and delivery, and even help you answer the question of whether it's worthwhile.

Those who heard of this program for the first time might need to be informed that it offers a 30-day free trial for Amazon Prime. By doing so, you can have a chance to experience and test out the service for a month before making the final decision.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is an Amazon membership program whose members get discounts, free shipping, access to specialized retail as well as entertainment content, and more.

What are the benefits of Amazon Prime?

The most common thing everybody knows about Amazon Prime registration is free two-day delivery on millions of eligible products. But that is not all you can get if you sign up for that membership. Below is a summary of all the benefits you can get once becoming an Amazon Prime member.


  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on qualifying products to destinations in the continental US.

  • FREE Same-Day Delivery is offered in specific zip codes.

  • FREE Release-Date Delivery on qualifying presale products shipped to ZIP codes in the continental US on the day they are released.

  • FREE No-Rush Delivery. Choose No-Rush Shipping to receive incentives on subsequent purchases.

  • Amazon Day: Choose a delivery day in a week.


  • Unlimited movie and TV streaming

For customers who have paid or signed up for a free trial, Prime Video enables limitless streaming of movies and TV shows. Visit Prime Video for more details.

You can also get your favorite HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ programming with Amazon Channels. For Prime members, it just costs $4.99 to $14.99 a month.

  • Unlimited music streaming

For subscribers, Amazon Music Prime offers unlimited, ad-free access to over 2 million songs across hundreds of Prime Playlists. 

Free games

Prime Gaming offers many free games, in-game items, and a monthly Twitch.tv channel subscription. 


Over a thousand novels, comics, and publications can be freely accessed for members. The service can be used on both iOS and Android devices that have the Kindle app and Fire tablets.

With Amazon First Reads, you can read a new book before anybody else and download it for free each month. Hardcover books are also available at discounted prices.

Prime Day Early Access 

Prime Day every year offers a special benefit for Prime subscribers. You'll have early access to Flash Sales for the remainder of the year, 30 minutes before non-Prime members.

Amazon Photos

After subscribing, you will get free unlimited image storage, which is accessible from both a computer and a smart device.

Amazon Family

Amazon Family is a program available to all Prime members that offer family-friendly discounts and coupons, such as up to 20% off diapers every month.

Whole Foods deals

Whole Foods Market offers an additional 10% off of qualifying sale products to Prime members both in-store and online.

How much does an Amazon Prime membership cost?

As stated previously, you can use Amazon Prime for free in 30 days. After that, the price of Amazon Prime is determined on the plan you select:

  • Standard Amazon Prime membership: The yearly cost for choosing a full year is $139. Also available is $14.99 per month.

  • Student Amazon Prime membership: Students with a working school email address may purchase a year's worth of Prime membership for $69, which works out to $7.49 per month.

  • Prime membership for Medicaid and EBT cards:  A discounted rate of $6.99 per month is available for Prime membership if you have an EBT or Medicaid card.

Is it possible to share an Amazon Prime account?

Two adults and four kids can share digital Amazon content with Amazon Households. A number of Amazon Prime advantages like two-day shipping, Prime's ebooks, videos, and games, can be shared by two individuals living in the same home.

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

You should first consider the advantages of Amazon Prime's most valuable benefit, free 2-day shipping, before deciding if its  price is reasonable. The $139 cost is certainly worth it if you often shop from Amazon and value getting your items on time. This is because non-members must pay $5.99 for regular delivery on items under $25 and $9.99 for two-day shipping. 

Your Prime membership's entertainment bonuses are also a thing to consider.

Last but not least, having a Prime membership gives you access to exclusive offers and Amazon Prime Day earlier than those who are non-Prime members.

How do you cancel Amazon Prime?

You have 30 days for free use, and you can cancel it at any time during the trial. When the problem ends, you will automatically be promoted to a premium membership plan if you forget to withdraw within 30 days.

To cancel your Prime membership, log into your account and choose  "Account and Lists" -> "Your Membership" -> "Manage Membership" and select cancel.

Should you have any questions regarding Amazon Prime's features and services, comment down below, and we will help you answer all of them.

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Lucy Taylor
Lucy Taylor
Lucy is a mother of three and a graduate of California State University with a major in media and communication. She's basically an excellent writer with extensive experience in various fields, including kitchen appliances. Using her own experience as a mother and a wife as well as her knowledge, she's been able to write hundreds of articles related to home and kitchen products with in-depth information. Readers often find her information extremely useful, especially when they go shopping and have to decide among thousands of products on the market. Lucy's currently living in New York with her husband and three beautiful kids.