The Amazon Prime membership may increase by $20 to $40 per year. Currently, Amazon Prime costs $79 per year and it has been this way for years. Amazon Prime includes free two-day shipping on physical goods and it offers unlimited streaming of TV shows and movies from Amazon Instant Video. Amazon said that the rise would be due to the rise in fuel charges and shipping costs. Amazon is “considering” the change right now and it may fall through. It is unknown how many Amazon users are signed up with Prime. Apparently, Amazon Prime members spend approximately twice as much compared to regular Amazon shoppers ever year.
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Amazon.com has reported that the 2013 shopping season was their biggest so far in terms of sales and services. Amazon.com announced that on Cyber Monday, over 36.8 million items were ordered worldwide. This is up from 26.5 million items last year.
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Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is reporting that Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has 16.7 million Prime subscribers. This is up from 9.7 million one year ago. Around 93% of Prime subscribers have plans to renew their account for at least another year too. This stat is based on a survey that the CIRP received from 300 Amazon.com Prime users.
Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon has launched a new feature that allows users to give Amazon Prime as a gift. Amazon Prime costs $79 for a one-year membership. Recipients will receive an e-mail on the day that the giver’s choose with instructions on how to set up the gift. Amazon Prime includes unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video, one Kindle Book each month from the Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle First, and two-day shipping.
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For those of you that have seen the movie Zombieland, you may recall that it is about a student trying to reach his family in Ohio that partners with a tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie. They are joined by two sisters that are trying to get to an amusement park. Now a Zombieland TV series is going to premiere on Amazon Prime.
Amazon.com Prime gives users free two-day shipping, a free book per month from the Amazon Lending Library for Kindle, and instant streaming of movies and TV from Instant Videos. The company used to offer $7.99 per month for the service and the annual cost of Prime is $79. The monthly option made it easier for users to spread that cost of the subscription. The monthly billing option was a test and is no longer available. [Phandroid]
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is preparing the launch of a digital-book lending service that will be available to Kindle and Kindle Fire owners that subscribe to Amazon Prime. This program will be limited initially with over 5,000 titles in the library. Currently none of the six largest publishers in the U.S. is participating in this service.
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