The upcoming Amazon Prime price hike has our readers split

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What you need to know

  • We asked our readers if they were keeping their Prime subscriptions.
  • The responses were mostly split, with 35% saying yet, nearly 30% voting maybe, and 28% voting no.
  • Of the votes, 8% say they already canceled their subscriptions.

Prices are going up in many places, and Amazon is the latest to announce that it is following suit by increasing the price of its Prime subscription. For those that pay yearly, it will cost $139, while those that pay monthly will tack on an additional $2 for a 12-month cost of $180.

With this news, we asked our readers if they were keeping their subscriptions. Of the votes, 32% say that they think it's still worth it. However, 29% are unsure, and 28% don't think it's worth it. While 8% say they've already canceled the service, the votes indicate that our readers are split on whether Prime is worth it after the price increase.

Amazon Prime Price Hike Poll

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One reader, wyelkins, seems to think that it's worth it, particularly for the shipping benefits:

In my case it's worth it. Their shipping and logistics systems have greatly improved in the last year since they rely mainly on their own drivers. I live in the country and am disabled making driving difficult. In prior years I had numerous problems when they used other carriers. Now I rarely have a problem. And I do watch Prime Video occasionally too.

Another reader agrees, saying that it's a small price to pay for great services like Amazon Music, which remains one of the best music streaming services available:

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However, LightningGA is torn as they won't take full advantage of the service outside of shipping benefits:

Still up in the air on this one. We order a lot through Amazon and the included free 1-2 day shipping is definitely a big perk. But...we don't use Amazon music and don't watch much on Prime. We'll have to compare non Prime shipping options to see if it's worth it.

Meanwhile, jimmy hallmark doesn't think it's worth it and canceled their membership:

I cancelled it last night because it just isnt cost effective at this time. I will probably reinstate it around Prime day at least for a bit. I really dont realize any benifit from Prime Video because so many of the good programs cost extra anyway.

Keep in mind the price hike will occur on February 18 for new subscribers, but current subscribers won't see the increase until after March 25 on their next renewal date. That said, you may not see the increase for some time.

Derrek Lee
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  • "the price hike will occur on February 18 for new subscribers, but current subscribers won't see the increase until after March 25 on their next renewal date. That said, you may not see the increase for some time." Some people seem to forget this and just cancel. My Prime membership just renewed so I've got a whole year at the current rate. Check your renewal date before you click [Cancel].
  • That's good info. I went from a monthly to a yearly the day after the announcement for 119.00. With monthly, just go to your plan and change to yearly and next monthly payment is now a full year.
    However, next year, I will consider cancelling unless they get the delivery speed back up to two-days for prime. Example, I ordered two items last Thursday, they will not be delivered till this Thursday. And both were marked prime.
    I didn't need them right away, but no option for two-day, just the week.
  • Keeping it. We use Prime Video, Amazon Music, Amazon shopping as well as free books through Amazon Prime Reading. Just the free books alone have saved me hundreds per year.
  • I'm keeping mine too. Free 2 day or 1 day delivery alone makes it worth it to me. I order a lot and the selection can't be beat. I'm totally spoiled.
  • Not living in the US Prime shipping is useless to me but I do use Prime video a lot but will review it next time my sub comes up for renewal in October.
  • I don't understand why people want Amazon prime. It's 140$ US before tax for the privilege of faster shipping? Every order over 35$ is free 2 day shipping anyway. How often are people ordering things from Amazon? I just wait until my cart is large enough and make my order and wait (gasp) 2 days for it to arrive. You dont get audible with the subscription, I've never met anyone who uses Amazon music, and what shows are people watching on Amazon video? Is everyone waiting for Lord of the Rings? Maybe people don't do the math and see a lowish monthly rate and forget that it adds up every year. I've saved 2,652$ by NOT subscribing to Amazon Prime since it launched; How much have you saved by being a member?