As a member of Amazon Prime, you get a convenient and well-publicized perk: free two-day shipping on almost any item on Amazon.
But the $99-per-year membership actually gets you a lot more than expedited shipping. In fact, signing up for Prime unlocks features like Amazon’s vast library of music, movies, television, and books, one-hour restaurant delivery, and unlimited cloud storage for your photos.
Here are 17 of the coolest benefits of Amazon Prime.
1. Free two-day shipping
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Most things you buy on Amazon are eligible for free two-day shipping, but there are a few exceptions:
– Some items that are fulfilled by Amazon Marketplace sellers
– Magazine subscriptions
– Personalized gift cards
– International addresses and addresses in US territories, possessions, or protectorates (except for Puerto Rico)
2. Amazon Restaurants
For a $20 order minimum, you can get restaurant food delivered in less an hour in cities like Manhattan, Orlando, and Los Angeles (it’s available in 24 locations total as of right now).
3. Prime Photos
A Prime membership also gives you access to Prime Photos, Amazon’s cloud storage feature. Members will get unlimited storage for photos, plus 5 GB for videos and documents.
4. A discount on Amazon Music Unlimited
Prime members can get Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon’s music streaming service, for a discount of $7.99 per month. Non-members will have to pay $9.99.
5. Free same-day delivery
For orders over $35, same-day shipping is available in more than 5,000 cities in the US. Prime members can check if their ZIP code qualifies here.
If you place an order before noon, the item should arrive by 9 p.m., while an order placed in the evening will show up the next day.
6. Amazon Elements
Amazon has its own line of high-end, organic products, and Prime members get exclusive access to them. Called Amazon Elements, the line includes vitamins and baby wipes at the moment, and Amazon says its goal in making the products is openness and transparency.
7. Twitch Prime
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