15 Things to Know About Amazon Prime

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    Amazon is already a treasure trove of great prices, undercutting a lot of other e-commerce and brick-and-mortar store prices. The savings only get better if you spend $99 a year on Amazon Prime, thanks to the service’s most basic feature: free two-day shipping.

    Prime is more than that, though. For example, Amazon last year added a special add-on for those not willing to spend the $99. Now, if you only want to access the original content available via Amazon Video, you can pay $8.99 a month. Plus, there’s a month-to-month option to get Prime for $10.99. If you keep either month-to-month option for a year or longer, neither is a better deal than the $99 annual price, but if you need free shipping for the holidays or want to binge-watch Transparent or Man in the High Castle for a month or two, it’s a good option.

    Of course if you’re not on Prime, now is a good time to sign up. (Though, remember, it pays to shop around, or at the very least install a browser extension like Honey, which helps you find bargains not only on Amazon but lots of other retailers.) Our commerce team will also be keeping tabs on Prime Day deals via TechBargains.com.

    Whatever you want from Amazon, now is a great time to start the 30-day free Prime trial. Because Prime includes a slew of other services beyond just shipping and videos. Below, we’ll spell out some of the special things you get with the service.