Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
The Amazon Prime post
It’s being reported everywhere, and as an Amazon Prime customer, I can’t not pass along this information.
Amazon.com is offering parents a free 3-month Amazon Prime subscription under the poorly chosen program name Amazon Mom. This time, the company won’t be inspecting your groin, and so penis wearers qualify too.
I’ve enjoyed Prime for the past few months under a free 12-month subscription because my wife is going back to (online) school to earn a master’s degree. You see, in the grand scheme of things, students are precisely four times more important than parents.
Anyhow, under normal Amazon you can usually score free, slow shipping by buying $25 or more worth of products that Amazon ships from its warehouses. Under Prime, those same qualifying products are supposed to arrive within 2 days, and you can order them individually if you like. When you conduct a product search, click the ‘Amazon Prime eligible’ link in the left column to see only products that have free shipping.
It’s an extremely convenient perk, so long as you’re not sucked in a buying frenzy. Be sure to double-check that Amazon has the best price, or a comparable price once you factor in shipping charges from other companies… because sometimes Amazon’s prizes are steeply inflated.
For example, I’m flirting with buying a dog house for a stray cat in my yard, and Overstock.com sells a certain dog house for $30 less than Amazon, and Overstock offers free (slow) shipping on your first order.
Yeah, your Prime purchases don’t need to be student or parent related. Amazon will ask you some parent-related questions, supposedly optional. Oh, and you’ll qualify for 30% off diapers.
Final verdict: will I pay $79 for an annual Prime subscription when my free gravy train runs out? Probably not. It’s nice, but I can live with the regular $25 threshold for slow free shipping.