Is a Prime Membership Worth It?

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With Amazon Prime annual membership now priced at a cool $119, we have to ask - is it worth it? We decided to break down the costs of Amazon Prime benefits to help you see if the perks are right for you.

Free shipping

  • Annual cost to replace: $119
  • You save money if you would have spent more than $9.92 a month in shipping fees somewhere else.

Fast shipping

  • Annual cost to replace: $0

Prime Video

  • Annual cost to replace: $156
  • Shows and movies streaming from your TV, PC, or phone.
  • Compared to Netflix.

Prime exclusive brands

  • Annual cost to replace: $0
  • Brands such as Lark & Co., Good Threads, Mea, Presto! and more are exclusive to Prime members only.

Special deals      

  • Annual cost to replace: $410
  • 20% off diapers and baby food for parents.
  • Based on an average cost of $70 per month on diapers for a year, $20 per month on wipes for a year, $105  per month on formula for 6 months, and $57 per month on solid foods for 6 months.

Free reading      

  • Annual cost to replace: $0
  • A large library of free eBooks you can read via the Kindle app.
  • Compared to the public library and free online options.

Unlimited photo storage

  • Annual cost to replace: $12
  • Store your photos on Amazon’s cloud service.
  • Compared to paying for extra storage on an iPhone, the lowest option costs $0.99 per month.

Twitch Prime

  • Annual cost to replace: $108  
  • Ad-free pc gamer streaming and access to stream your own pc games to a live audience.
  • Based on the Twitch’s price (before becoming a prime exclusive) of $8.99 per month.

Prime Music    

  • Annual cost to replace: $120  
  • Ad-free music streaming, save music to your library.
  • Compared to Spotify.


  • Annual cost to replace: $179
  • Audiobooks that can be played back via an app.    
  • The paid version of Audible is $14.95 per month

If you use all of the services above, meaning you’re a parent, who also has time to stream music, stream games, watch movies, read and listen to books, and you take a lot of pictures - you can save $1,104 or more a year by using Amazon Prime.

For the rest of us, as long as you use a benefit of Amazon Prime that would cost more to buy somewhere else, you’re probably saving money by having an annual membership. Amazon does offer a monthly prime membership option for $12.99. This will end up costing you $155.88 a year, so by switching to an annual membership you can save $36.88. However it’s still a luxury to have, and if there’s no room in the budget, there’s just not room.

*Data and prices as of September 2018*

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