Amazon Prime Raises Monthly Rates

Mae Love
January 21, 2018

The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday. CIRP also estimated that approximately 19 percent of those members paid for a monthly membership instead of yearly.

Amazon Inc. on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee.

Amazon increased the monthly rate of an Amazon Prime membership to $12.99, for a total of $156 over a year.

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The annual membership option, which requires customers to pay a one-time fee of $99, is not increasing at this time, according to Recode. Amazon launched the discounted Prime membership previous year for people who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card. Other benefits of Amazon Prime include Prime Music, Twitch Prime, Amazon photo storage, the Kindle Owners Lending Library, and many others. Those with the monthly student membership saw a similar percentage increase, up to $6.49 from $5.49.

The 2017 statistics for Amazon Prime revealed that more than 5 billion items were shipped to members, with the most purchased items being the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, the Amazon Echo Dot, and AmazonBasics Cables.

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