Discuss: Amazon Prime Price Hike

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March 14, 2014 at 06:00:26
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Amazon is increasing the price of its Prime membership from $79 to $99 per year. Discuss here if you think this change will hurt Amazon going forward, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
March 14, 2014 at 06:28:48
That "might" dissuade some from subscribing/using it. Depends on how much an individual uses it now and anticipates in the future? Often the price of an item via another vendor (shown on Amazon), and who will charge for shipping, matches Amazon otherwise.

The next day aspect is an attractive option (with Prime) and often that costs extra from other vendors. Occasionally another vendor is even slightly cheaper for an item, but loses to Amazon because of the Prime deal (at least currently).. So if pholks feel they will save noticeably less with Amazon Prime than now (in terms of a years shipping) then they will vote with their pheet and leave...

I use it a fair bit (mostly in UK) but also have used it (months trial) in USA. The latter was a no-brainer as it was one month's free use... But not needing/using Amazon in USA, as much as in I do in UK, naturally declined to take it longer. I could see many seriously considering canceling their involvement though.

Similarly a price hike in the UK and Europe may now be in the offing; and no doubt will cause many to reconsider if - when - it happens...?

They may have point re' inflation and fuel costs etc... being a factor to consider in their price hike.

But many of us are creatures of habit and likely will just absorb the increase?

How many change their bank accounts when they get poor service, high/unreasonable bank charges etc.?


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#2
March 14, 2014 at 12:13:27
I don't buy enough stuff from Amazon to justify the old cost, let alone the increase. I tried the free month because there was supposed to be a movie available that wasn't on my Netflix. The movie was available, for a price though. Cancelled before the month was up and never actually used it for anything.

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#3
March 14, 2014 at 14:45:17
I'll be doing a cost appraisal on my UK "membership" regardless of whether or not they increase the price. It may work in my favour - but equally of course it may not...; and if the latter will rethink the whole deal...

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