As of March 2021, there are 147 million Amazon Prime members in the U.S. That’s a whole lot of members! That number is up nearly 25 percent from March 2020.
Are you or your partner part of that 147 million? Do one or both of you have an account?
Amazon Prime Day, the biggest online sales event for the shopping giant, is quickly approaching on June 21st. If you’re not a Prime member, you may want to sign up to gain access to those insane deals.
I watch the movies and other content on Prime TV occasionally. Wife orders a lot of craft and sewing stuff she cant get locally. I order parts, tools, electronics, garage supplies, etc. that just aren’t available locally, or local versions don’t meet my requirements. However, lately, on some stuff I find ordering direct from an online vendor, or an ebay purchase, beats the Amazon pricing. When we do, both of us order thru Amazon Smile and designate our chosen charities. (Mine is 2nd amendment related-ha take that woke corp).
We don’t have a prime account but I still will shop there. That’s because I just can’t find things locally that they carry even though we have most of the big stores. As an example, I have been looking for solid colored short sleeve dress shirts. WalMart and Khols had white. That’s it. The mom and pop men’s stores no longer exist. I could order some from DXL at $45-$50 each but Amazon is less than half.
I don’t have want or need an Amazon account, but I do get frequent phone calls from “Amazon” about charges made on my account. They want to verify a charge to my account, I have a lot of fun with them. I tell them yes I made the charge and mess with them until they hang up in frustration. To all who buy everything on line, beware. When the local stores start disappearing and you have to drive past empty buildings for ten miles to find a store, think about all the purchases you made on line that could have been made locally. You are responsible for the disappearing malls and stores.
Yes. It really has been a convience with shopping birthday, Christmas and odds and ends. That said I’m also spend time shopping on eBay as I have found same products there at a lesser cost than Amazon or more specific items and car truck parts. I have gotten most of my grandsons Tonka collect on eBay and at great value. But yes prime and the movie selection is great and my two monthly free ebooks.
I dropped Amazon Prime after Amazon after they jacked up the cost 30%. Now, I won’t order anything from Amazon unless said item(s) have free shipping. I’ll actually pay a little more if I can SEE an item in a local store rather than the Amazon “Pig in a Poke” with the accompanying bogus “reviews”.
We’ve learned some interesting stuff about Amazon with hubby having a Prime account and I don’t. Pricing is adjusted upward for prime members, it’s very rare that the Prime price is better – I can get free shipping more often than not anyway.
We don’t use Amazon Prime, even though we order often from Amazon, 99.9% of things we order have free shipping and we can usually wait a few days to receive our order. If we need it quickly we pay the up charge for that item.
Interesting comments here…I started using Amazon about 10 years ago because I received a Kindle as a gift and bought books thru the service, and still do. As I watched amazon grow into a HUGE successful organization, I started branching out to other smaller online businesses like rvupgrades, ebay, etrailer, carid, etc., just to help out the smaller guys. I really can’t knock amazon/Jeff Bezos, he created a service people wanted, and became one of the wealthiest men in the world! Yeah, there’s all kinds of reasons we choose to do business, or NOT do business, with any company… that’s what great about the USA.
We signed up a few months ago but only to watch the “Yellowstone ” series. We will cancel when this season ends. Almost never buy from Amazon. Usually can find it locally for the same or less money.
I’ll have no part of Amazon’s monopolistic and vicious policies. They’re trying to drive all other businesses out of business and replace them completely. They move into communities, demanding huge tax incentives, then do nothing to support the community. Their treatment of their employees is pitiful, especially thuse in warehouses. They take huge percentages of the sales of their third party vendors. They also take no responsibility for the rampant sales of counterfeit goods on their site. Not only am I not a member of Amazon Prime, I refuse to do business with them completely!
You probably said the same thing when Walmart became the #1 retail business and then the Supermarkets before that. It’s called progress and something else will eventually come along that will do the same thing to Amazon.
Supermarkets had an S on the end, there was competition. Amazon is a senselessly large conglomerate and has purchased so much influence in DC we will be stuck with its tentacles in our lives for good. Enjoy ‘progress’ when your future choices boil down to 1 junky Chinese made product sold by one monopoly.
Ya but you’ll shop at Wal-Mart that drove the stake in the hearts of mom & pop stores go figure.
We were until Bezos (SP?) decided to be political and use his power of the server farm to shut out dissenting views. At that point we decided to stop buying through Amazon, as well as patronizing other companies who became “woke”. This was not a left/right decision, simply because I want companies to offer products and not dictate a political bent. The employees & management can do what they wish as individuals (This is America after all) and can keep it secret – or not.
Do not try to guess where my politics are, you will probably be surprised.
Yes, very easy and can find nearly anything you are looking for. Plus there’s the streaming service. Good stock too
That free shipping is not so free. I want to buy a gallon of greased lightning cleaner & at Home Depot it was $9.54 & at Amazon it was $21.88 with FREE shipping. Exact same size & product. But I suppose if your home bound & need it, you can get FREE shipping for only $12.54 extra, like I said FREE shipping. Hey sometimes its cheaper with free shipping. I’m sure they pressure the manufacture to sell it to them cheaper!
I don’t think they advertise or claim to have the lowest prices……of course you need to shop around and not just purchase blindly because of free shipping. And by the way, that free shipping costs $120 per year.
The first few months I kept track of the shipping we saved. Didn’t take long to know we’d done the right thing for us. We live about 100 miles from the nearest city of any size.
For some reason I can’t access the poll. We’ve been members of Prime for a few years now. We live on 50 acres, on a gravel road and the nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away. We’re old and Prime Free Delivery has been a life saver during the Pandemic. We also have the Fire Stick, and, when improved wifi comes thru next year, we’ll make good use of the TV offerings. Sure, the cost has gone up substantially over 5 years, but, then again, fuel was $1.80/gallon a year ago and it’s nearing $3.00/gallon now, just a a year later.
I answered no but here lately they keep sending emails addressing me as prime member.
What a waste of money. I still shop Amazon but just choose free shipping. Packages always arrive earlier than stated and in a lot of cases in just three days
Our only beef with prime is that they seem to keep signing us up without our intentionally opting in. Did let the free year deal run then cancelled at the end, but suddenly saw Prime show up on our credit card bill & had undo that. As retirees we don’t buy enough stuff online or otherwise for Amazon or Prime to make any real difference.
No way, Amazon has caused way too many small retailers to go out of business! I avoid on line shopping as much as possible but it’s getting harder every day. I use to be able to buy my size 15-16 shoes at a local shoe store and try them on before purchase, now I have to go through the hassle of returning them or put up with bad fitting shoes!
Yes as Wal-Mart with mom & pop stores. Why free camping in the parking lot is leaving.
Yes. Life would be more difficult without Prime. Living in Rural America and having several interesting hobbies, Prime delivers the goods. Worth every penny. Last order was delivered in 22 hours. RV parts without hunting them down. Otherwise, I would be stuck with hoping CW actually had them in stock.