Amazon Prime was recommended to me by a friend and I have really enjoyed the service. For $79 a year, Amazon will send practically anything in their extensive web catalog by 2nd day air. There is not a minimum order amount as long as the item qualifies for Amazon Prime. Items that are Prime eligible is noted by Amazon by a check mark as soon as they appear on the list, so you do not have to go all the way through checkout to find out. If you order something now, Amazon is currently offering 3 months of “trial” for free before they bill you. In total, that would be 15 months for $79.
Amazon’s Prime service is great because although I am willing to wait 2-3 days for my books or items, I am more inclined not to wait much longer, and would otherwise buy the item at the store. Also, for now, there is still no tax when buying from Amazon.com. Not having to pay for tax combined with the 2nd day air service makes Amazon Prime a great idea, and pays for itself in no time.
With Amazon Prime, you are no longer subjected to the $25 requirement for free ground shipping. How many times have I spent another 20 minutes looking for another book to make the $25 minimum, and bought an item that I did not want in the first place. With Amazon Prime, this is longer an issue.
Of course, Amazon Prime is great for heavy items, but yesterday, I was able to fine 4 alkaline batteries for $3.99 and Amazon Prime sends to me 2nd day air for no additional cost. This saves me a trip to Walgreens, which takes me up to an hour round-trip! I probably would have bought things that I do not need, and candy that I should not eat. I travel a lot and with 2nd day air, I can predict when the item will arrive at home or in my hotel room, and order accordingly. Furthermore, if I need it next day air, it is only $3.99 extra!
When I think back at all the extra items that I ordered because of the $25 free ground shipping minimum, Amazon Prime is well worth it. Also, 2nd day air comes with a tracking number, so I can follow up on the item if it is missing or misplaced.