Buy games from Amazon? Your Prime membership is getting more expensive

Premium service jumping to $99 per year; goes into effect next week so renew now or pay more.

If you buy your games from Amazon and enjoy quick 2-day shipping from your Prime subscription, get ready to pay more for the premium service. Amazon announced today that it has raised the price of its Prime subscription from $79 to $99 per year.

The new price doesn't go into effect until next week, and Amazon is allowing you to sign up for the $79 price until the changeover officially takes place. If you're a student with a .edu email address, you can get Amazon Prime for $50 a year.

Amazon Prime subscribers get free two-day shipping on a variety of items, as well as access to thousands of movies and TV shows available through Amazon Instant Video, a streaming service similar to Netflix.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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135 comments
playmynutz
playmynutz

Doesn't amazon offer digital copy of games?

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

I'm fine with the price increase.  Prime has saved me way more in shipping costs in the several years I have been using it.

limelight022
limelight022

I see people complaining about $99/year for the free shipping- not even realizing that it also includes Amazon Instant Video. Both of those combined make it just over $8/month which is better than Netflix.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Just be patient and always select the free shipping method.  100 dollars can buy you a couple more games on sale.   

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

Amazon is fast becoming another joke!

I order from them often and I never had anything but good things to say about the service... Until recently!

I have ordered quite a few things over the last two months and everyone of those times, my items arrive late or on the day they were due, which is three weeks after purchase.

Why is this happening now?

I believe that the company are putting Prime customers first and therefore treat your purchase like second class post. As a Prime customer, most would be expecting that for their money and that to me is the problem!

Just because I DO NOT want to pay premium for a delivery service, I am now made to wait even longer than before.

EVEN THOUGH I AM STILL PAYING FOR THE POSTAGE AND PACKAGING AS IT IS!

I expect in 5 years they will introduce an Optimus Prime service that puts your orders, well ahead of regular Prime ones. Of course you will have to pay double for this privilege.

Where does this crap end?

Leefx
Leefx

I can't believe people pay someone to buy things from them ..........are you people completely retarded? pmsl unbelievable!

19James89
19James89

I still to this very day cannot believe Amazon is not a profitable organisation. How on earth can they stay in business if they are not turning over profits?

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I had no idea the service cost that much. And two days is the best they can do? What a con.

Personally I think Amazon are getting a little too big for their boots.

blutfahne
blutfahne

Prime is a scam. 1 product is $10 without prime while the exact same product is $13-15 with prime. So basically you pay for free 2 day shipping by buying Prime but all Prime products are marked up. lol scam is scam. and now they are raising the rates lol just wait until they have billions of drones saving them billions in shipping costs the prices will still get marked up hahahaha

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

I got the notice today, but it's still a deal if you shop often online, shipping over time adds up & that's still only eight dollars & some change monthly.

Vodoo
Vodoo

People have to realize that things on Amazon that are Prime - eligible are sold directly by Amazon or Fulfilled by Amazon. Pretty much everything Amazon sells itself is eligible for Prime shipping.

The things you see listed on Amazon that don't have the little Prime insignia next to the item are sold by 3rd party businesses. When you click to view an items page, right below the price it says "Ships From And Sold By" either Amazon or another company.

So it's not that Prime-eligible items cost more, cause they don't, it's just that sometimes a 3rd party company has it cheaper.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Considering that it's free 2 day shipping and a decent Netflix-esque service $100 is still a great deal. especially since I order from Amazon all the damn time.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I'm reading in the comments that they price stuff cheaper for non prime members. I'm not sure how true it is, maybe some stuff, but I doubt everything. I usually buy new games on amazon to get it tax free with the 2 days shipping which, if pre-ordered, comes on the day of release, so I can save a few bucks. I'm not sure how much more cheaper it is if you don't have prime. You might be able to get it shipped free, but I don't think you can get it on release day without prime. It works for me and an extra $20 bucks won't kill me but will I have $100 to spare once I need to renew is the real question. I wish they'd let me pay it monthly. I like small bites instead of the whole pay in one shot.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

If I recall correctly, they upped the Free Super Saver Shipping threshold last October from $25 to $35.


But like the aforementioned, the jump in price of Prime isn't really that big a deal if you buy a lot of things from Amazon directly. Generally speaking, the number of items I buy that are fulfilled by Amazon are pretty low, as it's often a better deal to just buy from private sellers. I'm sure those that make use of prime don't mind the jump too much, since unlimited Two-Day shipping is still a good deal for $99/year (depending on how much stuff you buy).

betamaxx83
betamaxx83

I don't mind, I have Amazon Prime myself and enjoy the service.

RossRichard
RossRichard

If you stream, have a Kindle and buy off Amazon a lot, this is still a great deal.

supercakefish
supercakefish

Prime membership is equivalent to $132 over here in UK so don't any of you yanks be moaning! What's particularly strange is we are burdened with a much higher price when deliveries have to travel so much greater distances in the grand ol' USA compared to tiny little Britain.

ccgod
ccgod

Yahoo had an article this morning of a women filing a class action lawsuit against amazon saying if you're logged into a prime account the products cost more because 2 day shipping is included in the price, so amazon is just banking off our prime fees

comb5
comb5

If $20 more per year is that detrimental to you than maybe it's time to look at how you manage your finances.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

BTW, the article picture above just makes me think that there's a poo hidden inside that smiling box.

ziproy
ziproy

This site is crap because of articles like this

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

I love how he had to put "buy games from amazon?" in the title so that he could post this article to GAMEspot

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Well I won't be renewing my sub when it runs out. I will just buy games locally and pay shipping on the few other things I buy online.

GIF
GIF

Yeah I think the jump to $80 from $50 was enough but now its going to $100? Good luck with that.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

No thanks. Between this, the $35 free shipping hike, and free shipping being slower than ever, I've already started doing my online shopping elsewhere

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Amazon gives the best convincing low prices on every product with the best delivery service and closer support from customer service"you don't always get the same treatment from other sellers but usually  the opposite , you get ranting from old sellers if you just want to make RMA process or arguing about matching the game disc with it's cover" and one million times > than middle man market and greedy sellers. 

adamgrace
adamgrace

@limelight022 what about the people who already have Netflix and were perfectly happy paying for the delivery subscription? I don't want lovefilm, why should I be forced to pay for it, it should be an optional extra not a mandatory upgrade.. that's just a poorly thought out marketing plan. 

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@Leefx  ???? It's free unlimited shipping for a year.  It's not paying to shop at Amazon.  If you order a lot, 15+ items a year, it saves a lot of money.  If you don't, then you don't buy Prime.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Leefx  

I do not get it either. It should be free or p&p only. Making you pay premium for it is ridiculous. As a result I believe the Prime customers get preference now.

I ordered an item on Monday from the local Amazon depot, I am still awaiting an email telling me the order has been dispatched!

Orders of this type, were once eligible for "Free Super Saver Delivery," but even though it says it still is, I cannot get it it if my order is under £10!

It's ironic because it goes over £10 once I add the p&p.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

@blutfahne" 1 product is $10 without prime while the exact same product is $13-15 with prime" I'm not exactly sure how you came to the conclusion that products are more expensive for prime members, the prices don't change. If you haven't noticed, the free shipping is now $35 and up without prime, and that type takes over a week usually. So if you're someone who wants it delivered sooner, then what do you think the better option it? 2 day shipping can be anywhere between $5-15 for each purpose, meaning that if you buy, say, more than 10 items a year (which almost everyone does), you're now paying more than the cost of prime. If you don't care about fast shipping, but buy a lot of small things every now and then, the same reasoning applies. I would understand you saying it's not for you, depending on how frequently you use amazon and how much you care about fast deliveries, but instead you called it a scam, which it clearly is not.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@CMakaCreative  There's a difference between things sold on Amazon and things sold by Amazon. Sometimes you can find something cheaper that isn't Prime but it's usually because someone else is selling on their own.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@CMakaCreative  The prices are the same whether you have prime or not.  When it comes to pre-orders, I think prime subscribers do get priority over free-shipping customers, though.


I think you may be able to get release day shipping on some items, but you'll need to pay for 2-day shipping, not standard or economy shipping.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@ccgod Yeah,  I have noticed this. Non-prime items are usually cheaper and they have free shipping(not prime). 2 day shipping is nice, but I can still get cheaper stuff. The selection of prime movies isn't that great either IMO. I wouldn't sue tough.

tethar
tethar

@ccgod Which is completely bunk since I have a prime account and one of my friends doesn't and we pay the same amount for items.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@spikepigeo  Considering a lot of the people that use this site do buy games from there it is relevant.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@BamaGoatt If there was still such thing as a "local gaming store", I'd support that same idea.  

But since there's not, that just leaves the "is your time worth money" question.  (Obviously the answer is slightly different for each person.)   The absolute WORST example is a Gamestop in-person pre-order: You actually have to go there TWICE.

comb5
comb5

@GIF  This is the first price increase ever since Prime started in 2005. $80 was always the standard price.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@jakesnakeel @blutfahneDamn, GS deleted my example. I used an Amazon link, I supposed that's why.


Anyway, yugioh legendary collection 4. Amazon has it for 28.XX while third party merchants has the same item for less than 25$ including free shipping and you don't even need to hit a minimum to enjoy the free shipping while you still need 7$. Third-party merchants also rely on Prime, but there are some non-prime offers way cheaper.

It's not just gaming cards, I've seen books and a lot of other products cheaper w/o needing Prime. If you only buy games, you probably won't even notice.


We go to Amazon to save money, but Prime doesn't give you the cheapest option. When you check an item, it gives you the Prime cheapest option, and if you check the "other offers" you'll notice this. So why would I pay more when I'm supposedly using Amazon to save money. Sure, 2-day shipping is nice, but not everything.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@SoulxReaperx366 @blutfahneLook at this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0013QOTGG/ref=sr_1_2_olp?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1394780593&sr=1-2&keywords=yugioh+lot&condition=new

The offer with non-prime free shipping is cheaper than the one with free shipping. That's what he means by that. If you only count Amazon, then I'll give you another example. Look for yugioh legendary collection 4 and you'll find out that Amazon is selling that pack for 28.xx and you still need 7 more for free shipping while there are way more third party sellers selling the same pack for under 25 with FREE shipping and you don't even need the minimum $35 to get the free shipping. 


There are way more other products with situations like these two. If you only buy games on Amazon, then you won't even notice that.

skabb912
skabb912

@baystatethrashr @CMakaCreative  its shipping. For example, the item will be 10 dollars for 2 day shipping from amazon prime. The cheaper one, non prime will be 8 dollars but with 2-3 dollars shipping and 5-7 days delivery. Prime is the deal of a lifetime...if you shop amazon often, which we do and we have saved literally thousands of dollars in shipping. I told my wife that people are talking trash about it or calling it a scam and she laughed and said "they are idiots". A truer statement has never been spoken.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@zzamaro @ccgod  The "non-prime" items are being sold by other companies through Amazon (3rd party resellers).  You can buy items direct from Amazon for the same price as non-prime subscribers, but you need to pay for shipping or hit the $35 minimum for free shipping.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@ShimmeringSword @zzamaro@chibi-acer@ccgod Oh, yeah. I got his comment wrong. I got original comment now. He's confused but yeah, because now he has the Prime account, Prime items are now displaying in each possible product, but if you look at see other offer.
Still, @chichi-acer replied to my comment. So, my previous paragraph said, why would I pay more when I can get the same item at much cheaper that offer free shipping as well? Basically, the prime offers sometimes are cheaper.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@zzamaro @chibi-acer@ccgod No one else in this comment chain worded it that way, and many on this page are wording it as "prime accounts" not "prime items".

There is no direct link between prime accounts or items and the price tag they have, it just happens that 3rd parties will often undercut Amazon's set prices. That's just free market at work, not some Amazon prime profit scheme.

Free shipping and free 2 day shipping are very different things concerning this subject.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@chibi-acer @zzamaro@ccgodDid you miss the part where I said (and the other guy also said) non-prime items are cheaper? Some items don't have the same price, and I've found plenty of items cheaper w/o needing Prime and these items have free shipping without even having the need to hit any minimum.

Also, third-party sellers use prime to sell/send their stuff. Not just Amazon relies on Prime.