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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon PrimeFor the first time since 2014,  Amazon is raising the price of their popular Prime membership from $99 to $119. The change goes into effect on May 11th for new subscribers, and renewing members will see the new price beginning June 16th, 2018. Earlier this year, the company announced similar changes to their monthly subscribers, those who do not wish to commit to an annual subscription, moving the price from $10.99 to $12.99 per month.

While this sounds like a big increase, we believe Prime still represents an unbelievable bargain for the online shopper. Why? Just look at what’s included with Amazon Prime:

  • Prime Video: Unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows
  • Prime Music: More than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations
  • Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage to preserve family memories
  • Prime Reading: A rotating selection of free e-books and magazines
  • Audible Channels for Prime: Premium original podcasts, audio series and audiobooks exclusively from Audible
  • Kindle First: A free pre-release e-book each month
  • Twitch Prime: In-game loot on Twitch and 20 percent off pre-release digital games
  • Early Access: Exclusive early access to select Lightning Deals
  • Savings: Discounts on select products including 20 percent off diaper subscriptions
  • Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery: One million products, order by noon and get them today in eligible zip codes
  • Prime Now: Free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items in eligible zip codes

That’s a lot for your $119 annually. Less than a Netflix subscription plus a lot more! Those receiving Medicaid or EBT benefits will continue to have access to Amazon Prime for just $5.99 a month.

Sign up prior to June 16th and avoid the price hike!



Amazon buying Whole Foods

Amazon Whole Foods

In yet another indication of the growing power of online over bricks and mortar, it was announced today that Amazon is buying buying Whole Foods in a deal worth about $13.7 billion. Only a month ago, problems started becoming evident that resulted in a board shake-up and the implementation of cost cutting measures due to falling sales.

What to expect next? Maybe ordering your groceries through Alexa and having them delivered by drone? Only time will tell, but the move provides further evidence of the tremendous shift from traditional sales channels to online.