Money Roundup: Amazon Prime Increase Edition

by Michael on Mar 18, 2014

The big news in e-commerce this past week was that the cost of Amazon Prime in increasing from $79/year to $99/year. While some customers are up in arms, I view this as much ado about nothing.

Consider that this is the first price increase since the service was introduced in 2005, and the inflation-adjusted value of that original $79/year is now ca. $95/year.

So we’re mostly talking about an inflation adjustment here. And don’t forget about the addition of a free video streaming service similar to Netflix (which charges $8/month) as well as free books via the Kindle Lending Library.

But don’t worry, there’s still time to get in at the old price… You can get a year of Amazon Prime for $79 through April 17th.

And now… Here are some articles that caught my eye this past week:

That’s it. I hope you’re having a great week.

P.S. Since we’re on the subject, don’t forget that you can get your Amazon Prime membership extended by a month (for free) anytime they miss the guaranteed shipping dates. You just have to contact them and ask.

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