Amazon Prime: What you need to know in 2021
If you are a fan of the services offered by Amazon, you may have heard of the company’s newest subscription package, Amazon Prime.
Much more than an online store, Amazon Prime arrived
to further expand the services already offered by the company, with tempting prices.
In this article, we will explain to you what it is, how it works and what benefits you will have when subscribing to Amazon Prime.
First, the most important
- Amazon Prime works as a great service package that offers subscribers exclusive promotions, free shipping and a range of digital content distributed via streaming.
- Amazon Prime subscription can be either monthly or yearly, and prices are very low.
- In addition, it is also possible to subscribe to additional packages that give even broader access to Amazon’s collection of digital books and music
Amazon Prime: What is included in the package?
As we have seen, there are countless resources that you can have access to when you sign up and become an Amazon Prime member. From shopping to products and books, to accessing movies, games and music.
In order for you to know in detail the characteristics of each of the benefits of Amazon Prime, we list all of them below.
Free and unlimited shipping
Currently, and outside the Amazon Prime package, deliveries of books and other products have free shipping only for purchases starting at R $ 99 for books and games, and R $ 149 for other products.
But as a member of Amazon Prime, you will be able to buy hundreds of thousands of products in more than 20 categories, in addition to millions of printed books, without paying anything for shipping and with no minimum purchase amount.
Jamil GhaniInternational Vice President of Amazon Prime on Amazon
“Prime is the only benefits programi that combines, in a single subscription, unlimited free delivery for the whole country, with no minimum amount per order, and entertainment benefits”
Streaming videos from Amazon that features series, films and documentaries produced by the company itself and licensed from other production companies and movie studios is also part of Amazon Prime.
That is, Prime members can watch thousands of series and movies anytime, anywhere and on different devices: On the Prime Video website or app, whether on your phone, tablet (Android and iOS) or on selected Smart TVs, plus video game consoles, Fire TV Stick, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
It is possible to access the content on up to three devices at the same time, and even offline when downloading the titles.
As we have seen, this is yet another service that Amazon brought. Amazon Prime members can access Prime Music and enjoy over 2 million songs, ad-free.
In addition, you can switch between songs and download to listen offline, all without limits. Prime Music also offers hundreds of playlists and stations, at no additional cost.
Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to listen to Prime Music songs with the Amazon Music app, available for iOS and Android phones and tablets, with Fire TV, in webplayer; or in the car, with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay apps.
Amazon Prime members can also enjoy a rotating selection of hundreds of ebooks, including fiction , non-fiction, English books and more; as well as Editora Abril magazines, such as Veja, Claudia, Super Interesting and Health.
To start reading you need to download the free Kindle apps for Android and iOS, or read on any Kindle device .
Did you know that Amazon officially arrived in 2012, when it started selling digital books and Kindle e-readers?
In 2014, the company also started to sell printed books. In 2017, it opened space for partner sellers to offer their products, and launched Amazon Video and Amazon.
Then, the company started direct sales operations in the country. And for that, Amazon already has two distribution centers.
Another service available to Amazon Prime subscribers is Twitch Prime. With it, Prime members have access to game loots to enjoy in some of the biggest titles in the world, such as Apex Legends, Grand Theft Auto Online and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
In addition, you can access, free of charge, a selection of games and a subscription on one Twitch channel per month.
Finally, the Amazon Prime package also offers subscribers access to exclusive offers for products from the online store.
Prime members will receive the announcement of flash offers at least 30 minutes before they are released to the general public.
Buying Guide: What is Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is Amazon’s subscription service that entitles you to a number of shopping and entertainment benefits through a single subscription.
Launched in September 2019, Amazon Prime is already used by more than 100 million people in 18 countries. 19th country and the first in Latin America to receive the subscription package from Amazon.
When you enroll in the program, you will have access, for example, to free and fast shipping on purchases of hundreds of thousands of baby products, kitchen, electronics, clothing, in addition to millions of books.
But the benefits are not just related to purchases. Amazon Prime also offers Amazon Originals content, movies and series, and a free selection of extra virtual items within games (loots) and games.
In addition, subscribers will also have access to two new Amazon services: Prime Music and Prime Reading.
How do I subscribe to Amazon Prime and how much does it cost?
If you are interested in Amazon Prime, just click here to access the Amazon website, choose your payment method and enter your credit card details.
The annual subscription to Amazon Prime guarantees 25% savings.
To make it even easier and give you options to choose from, Amazon offers two forms of payment, monthly and annual. The annual subscription to Amazon Prime guarantees 25% savings.
See below the comparative table that shows the two Amazon Prime subscription options and choose the best payment method:
The caveat we make is that, so far, the only form of payment is by credit card and only three brands are accepted: Visa, Elo and Mastercard.
In addition, when you sign up for Amazon Prime, your subscription will automatically renew every year or month, depending on the type of subscription you choose.
But don’t worry if you decide to end your subscription. Amazon allows you to disable automatic renewal, ending your subscription at any time, including during the free trial. And it is about this benefit that we will address next.
Is it possible to test Amazon Prime before signing up?
The answer is yes and that is another big advantage of Amazon Prime. If you still have doubts about whether this package is a good investment, Amazon allows you to test all Amazon Prime services for free for a period of 30 days, and for free.
That is, you will be able to buy selected books and products with free delivery, access movies and videos, games and music at will. At the end of the trial period, your subscription will take effect automatically.
But, as we saw earlier, if you decide that Amazon Prime is not for you, just disable subscription renewal before the trial period ends.
What are the types of free Amazon Prime deliveries?
By subscribing to the Amazon Prime package, you will have two delivery options for purchasing books and other products sold in the online store.
In both cases there is no minimum purchase requirement and shipping is free. What changes between one option and the other is basically the delivery time. Check it out below:
- Free Express Delivery : This option guarantees the delivery of products from two business days to the capitals of the Southeast and South regions.
- Standard Free Delivery : For other cities, in addition to orders paid with bank slip and custom products, the delivery time will depend on the circumstances of shipping and product availability.
It is worth mentioning that the free delivery is only valid for products with the Prime seal.
Amazon Prime: What changes for Prime Video subscribers?
Before the arrival of Amazon Prime, Amazon’s video streaming service, Prime Video, was accessed through a subscription of R $ 14.90 per month, with a six-month promotional period for R $ 7.90.
But, as we have seen, Prime Video is now part of the Amazon Prime package, with the advantage that the monthly subscription is cheaper, being R $ 9.90 per month. So, what changes for Prime Video subscribers?
If you already pay for Amazon Prime Video don’t worry because you won’t be harmed. Quite the opposite. According to Amazon, current Prime Video subscribers will be automatically migrated to Amazon Prime.
Thus, if you were already a subscriber to streaming videos, from now on you will start paying the new value, cheaper, and still have access to all the other benefits of the Prime package.
For an overview, check out the gains you will have with Amazon Prime:
How to upgrade Amazon Prime services?
In addition to the benefits of Amazon Prime, there are two other additional packages that may interest you, especially if you are a fan of books and music. Check out:
Amazon Music Unlimited
If you are a Prime member you already know that you will have access to Prime Music. But if you want to listen to even more music, you can upgrade to Music Unlimited, the premium streaming music service with over 50 million songs. In this case, an additional subscription of R $ 16.90 per month is required, with a three-month free trial.
Kindle Unlimited follows the same principle. It is a service that offers even more books than Prime Reading. To access the titles, you also need to make an extra subscription, in this case R $ 19.90, with 30 days of testing.
Conclusion: Is it worth subscribing to Amazon Prime?
If you like to buy books and products and receive them at home, and you are still a fan of films, series, documentaries and music, the answer is simple: Yes, it is very worthwhile to try Amazon Prime.
We emphasize the “try” because this, along with the subscription price, is one of the great advantages of Amazon Prime. That is, you have the opportunity to test all services and content before committing.
But even if you join the program, you can still cancel your subscription at any time and without prejudice. Want more?