Do you use Amazon Prime? If you’re not currently a Prime subscriber but have been seriously thinking about signing up, now is the perfect time to do it, as there are talks in the air of Amazon increasing its yearly subscription cost. If you’re not using Amazon Prime right now, you really are missing out on some pretty cool perks that Amazon has to offer. Take it from someone who got hooked on the free trial offer of the service.

As of right now, Amazon Prime costs $79 a year. While that might sound like a big purchase to justify when you get “nothing” in your hands immediately, that’s really nothing when you consider the possibilities of what you can get throughout the year as a Prime member.

Let’s just face it – shipping costs can really add up in no time at all. And, since Amazon upped the price of its free shipping to orders of $35 instead of $25, every dollar counts now more than ever. With Amazon Prime, you almost never have to worry about the shipping price, because everything you buy that’s Prime eligible gets sent to you with free 2-day shipping. I have to admit – I used to hate waiting the 5ish days to get something with free shipping. While the free part was nice, the waiting not so much. Look what our fast-paced culture has done to me.

Your Amazon Prime Cost Might Be Going Up

The free 2-day is only one of the perks of Amazon Prime, though. You can also watch all kinds of movies and TV shows for free, and the service and selection is comparable to Netflix. And, if you own a Kindle, you can also read certain books for free every month and keep them for as long as you want without worrying about any fines or anything like that.

Now that you know why you should subscribe to Amazon Prime, you should know that the cost could soon rise from anywhere between $20 and $40 a month. So, instead of paying $79 a year, you could end up paying $99 or even $119 a year if you don’t sign up quickly. While Prime’s cost will inevitably go up sooner or later, the important fact is that you can still get it today for $79.

For those of you who currently use Amazon Prime, would you pay the extra fees to keep your membership, or would you save your money for something else?

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SOURCE: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/30/5362620/amazon-considering-20-to-40-price-hike-to-prime-service-in-us