You’re paying $160 for a year of Amazon Prime, and you’re thinking, “Why don’t I just get that for $20 instead?”
The short answer is, “because you can.”
You can buy the Prime membership, which gives you a year’s worth of Prime benefits and discounts on hundreds of products, including books, music, movies, clothing, electronics, and more.
That’s because Amazon’s pricing structure is a bit unique.
Instead of the usual annual fee, Prime members get an additional $20 per month.
And they can spend that money on anything, including buying new electronics, as long as it’s in their Prime shopping cart.
If you don’t want to pay a $20 fee, you can also buy the Amazon Video Unlimited service for just $7.99 per month, which includes access to the Amazon Prime video streaming service, plus unlimited storage.
And if you want to use the Prime app, you’ll pay just $9.99 a year.
But what if you’re not sure how to spend your $160?
Amazon says you can use the $20 Prime membership to pay for up to three TVs, three tablets, and a home theater system, with discounts for new and used items.
That means if you have an Xbox, you could spend $30 per year to upgrade your system to Xbox Live Gold.
You can also add more Prime-eligible items to your cart, such as an Apple TV and a pair of Apple speakers, and the company says that you’ll still be able to use all your $20 in Prime spending to get discounts on those items, too.
But you can’t buy new electronics like the Roku Stick, Amazon’s $100 streaming stick, or Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablet.
And you can only spend $20 a month on Amazon Prime products, which means you won’t get discounts for any other items.
If this is your first time using Amazon, you may want to give the $160 membership a try before you get the $50 monthly membership, since Prime members can get up to six free items each month for the first year, and then they can switch to the $80 membership.
And the company is also offering a $10 gift card to new Prime members that you can redeem at participating stores and online at amazon.com/myamazon.
You could also try the $60 membership and then pay the full price.
That way, you’d have $50 in Prime savings each month, not to mention a free $50 gift card each time you use Prime.
But if you don, you might as well spend $60 instead.
For the most part, the $10 and $20 membership programs are the only way to get Prime discounts, but you can always try the other programs.