- Amazon Prime has over 100 million members globally, according to Jeff Bezos.
- Paying for a membership allows you to shop online quickly with free delivery.
- Whether Amazon Prime is worth it depends on how you weigh the pros and cons.
Over 100 million people worldwide think Amazon Prime is worth the cost.
In his latest letter to shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos shared that Amazon Prime has more than 100 million members globally. The Wednesday news was the first time the company revealed how many people paid for the premium service.
The 100 million figure is significant for Amazon Prime, the service which costs $12.99 a month or $99.99 for an entire year. With their membership, users get free and fast shipping on Amazon purchases, a large collection of books, songs, and movies, and other deals and exclusive offers.
However, that doesn’t mean Prime’s perks are worth it for everyone. It may not be for you, but it may also be perfect for you.
Below, weigh the pros and cons to see if joining the 100 million members of Amazon Prime is worth the cost.
Pro: Free shipping
One of the initial perks of Prime and a cornerstone of the brand is the free shipping. For people who shop online a lot, shipping fees can really pile on. But Prime membership eliminates that cost for over 100 million items, with just a few exceptions.
Pro: Fast shipping
While two-day shipping is the Prime standard, other options can get your package home even sooner. Amazon has one-day and same-day shipping for millions of products in many cities and two-hour delivery for groceries and essentials. Prime users also get release date delivery for many new entertainment products.
Pro: Stream Prime Video
If you are bored with Netflix’s offerings, you can check out Prime Video which is included with an Amazon Prime account. Streaming is available on any device for hundreds of movies and TV shows including Prime originals like “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”