Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by NewTeacher2016, May 6, 2018.
May 6, 2018
For me, it isn't, but it truly depends on the individual.
I tend to use Amazon mostly to buy books for the classroom (and a few random other things), so I usually hit the free shipping mark, and am okay waiting a few extra days. Plus, I already have Netflix & Hulu, and use the free Spotify.
Heck, my last order was placed Thursday afternoon and I got it Friday mid-morning!
It's not worth it for me. I don't order from Amazon that often, and when I do, I make sure to place one bigger order (over several small orders spread out over time) so that I can qualify for free shipping anyway. I find that most of my items come within 2-3 days even though I'm not paying for the prime shipping. I have plenty to watch on Hulu Plus and have no need for the Amazon TV service. Maybe the selection has gotten better, but a few years ago when I had prime I found anything I actually wanted to watch, you still had to pay extra for. There are other free music services you can use as well, like spotify or pandora.
I like to think it is, but it does sometimes encourage me to purchase things I may otherwise nort.
For me it is. I buy enough stuff, my husband buys enough stuff without coordinating with me, and I do enjoy the streaming services.
I share the account with my daughter, but we will not be renewing at the higher price.
It's likely going to still be worth it to us.
We sometimes watch shows on Prime Video. I listen to Prime steaming music. I borrow books from the Kindle library. We live in a rural area, so it is really handy to buy things and have them delivered in two days. Some things would require a 100 mile round-trip drive to get otherwise. I have an Amazon credit card, so I get an extra 5% back on purchased through Amazon, and I can use my reward points to purchase items.
With that said, I've noticed that Walmart has joined in the free two-day shipping. Last week we ordered a mower. We had seen it at Walmart the week before, but ended up ordering it so that DH didn't have to stop after work, load it, and unload it at home. I ordered it, and in two days it was here. We mostly watch shows on Netflix, and we also have a big cable package. I borrow books for my Kindle on Overdrive through our local library, and I have a paid Pandora subscription that I use a lot at work.
We buy stuff from Amazon allllllllll the time so it's worth it for us. Plus, when they make a mistake on their part, they'll give us a couple months free so
Still worth it. Free movies, tv shows, 2 day shipping, free credits for waiting more than 2 days, oh yes .
Yes. I actually only use the shipping perks though I think Hubby uses some of the kindle perks. I order things usually 5 times a week, sometimes multiple times in one day. It's the convenience of it for me. I love knowing it will be their two days later. Their customer service has always been great too. Our PO sucks so things come late from time to time, and they always give us at least a month free out of it.
I live in the boonies so if I’m out of something, it’s faster to order than to plan a midweek trip to a neighboring town. I also use the music, books, and photo storage.
It's absolutely worth it for us. We have lots of pets and have pet food delivered each month. It's worth$10 a month just to not have to haul giant bags of food home!
I'm not sure. I do like having it but don't know if I get my money's worth. Two day shipping is nice to have but not totally necessary for me. Prime Video has an okay but not great selection of shows and movies. The commercial-free music on Amazon Music is nice to have.
It will still be worth it for us. There are things that are more difficult to get in our rural community. Also, I think that I come out ahead because of the number of shopping trips I avoid. A short trip to Walmart can easily take an hour.
May 7, 2018
I really don’t understand why $20 more per year is so awful for some people. That’s $1.67 more a month, which is next to nothing...
Jeff, is that you?
I'm here. Perhaps if I were truly mindful of my budget I would sit down and realize I could save a few bucks by doing Such-n-Such instead of Prime, but at the end of the day I would probably blow that 20$ on some other frivolity.
How do you contact them to get free months when something is late? I placed an order of a single item with prime last Tuesday, supposed to arrive by Friday and now it might make it here tomorrow.
There's a chat feature on their website. We always use that.
We call them. They have great customer service (in our experience anyway)
Likely less that it's so awful, and more that the change triggers one's re-consideration of the overall value. For example, when Netflix increased by $1.00 a month, obviously I can easily afford that, but it did make me think briefly about whether I still felt the (insert current price here) was worth how much I was using it. Otherwise, it probably wouldn't come to mind as much.
That’s what I’m getting at. $1 more a month shouldn’t trigger you to reconsider the value of it. It’s still a fantastic service. For example, my car insurance recently went up despite my never having an accident or moving violation. At first I was upset, but it only went up by $10/month and so I just shrugged after my initial reaction because I realized $10/month is a not a lot in the grand scheme of things.
May 14, 2018
I had the same thing happen, but I felt like I needed that $10 bucks. So I switched plans.
I see a ton of boxes in my hallway all the time. But for some reason the UPS man gives me the runaround! I get those notorious notices saying "sorry we missed you" and I was home the entire day! So I just gave up and started getting deliveries at the UPS Store for $2. I know exactly when my packages arrive because UPS Store calls me, and I they are open until 7pm and open on Sundays too.
So now it's up to $3 for packages. I have to weigh the cost of gas, sitting at home, waiting around, or paying $3 to get my package when I am ready. For that, I'll pay another $1 per package.
May 15, 2018
It's useful. I watched one Prime movie so far. I told my husband I needed to go shopping for 2 items at the mall and he said why bother? Look on Amazon! I think it is a totally lazy way to shop but it's very convenient.
I signed up for it but kept it only for 2 months. In the beginning it was worth it because I bought a few things and saved a lot of money on shipping, and the items got here real fast. But I'm not going to keep buying stuff, and I don't use their music or video, so it would just be $12 / a month I can use for something else.
For example I signed up for Ipsy, it's $10 / month and you get 5 different beauty products. I was completely skeptical but it's totally wroth it.
I sometimes wish I wasn't such a "saver", because I'd totally like to do it (and it wouldn't cost anything out of pocket...I think I'm up to a thousand or so in Amazon gift cards haha), especially to get books within a day or two of ordering for my classroom (isn't there a minimum order though now, anyways?), but it would mean $120 worth of books I wouldn't then be able to order.
May 18, 2018
With prime, there's no minimum order. I just had a package arrive yesterday that just had $8 worth of toy mice in it lol. I often pick things up for a couple dollars and it ships right out.
Because sometimes you just need 2 day shipping on toy mice and nothing else but Amazon prime will do
May 19, 2018
It's a long story, but let's just say it was a priority order. Kitty lost her favorite mouse, and she kept looking so sad about it! Target doesn't sell the ones she likes anymore either, so amazon it was! She is clearly a spoiled cat lol.
May 23, 2018
Its worth it to me. I don't have any good stores near me so it is totally worth it. Also, I am near a warehouse and get the 2 hour delivery which I use for the majority of my grocery shopping. I thought at one time they had a discount for students and I was able to get it as a teacher. I'm not sure if that exists anymore though.
The student discount still exists. However, you have to have a specifically-ending e-mail address to qualify for that, which many teachers do not have, unfortunately (if it was half the cost, I might consider it!).