We've done the savings calculations with Amazon Prime so you don't have to do them

We’ve done the savings calculations with Amazon Prime so you don’t have to do them

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The news of the rise in the price of Amazon Prime, from 36 to almost 50 euros a year in Spain, has been the thunder that has frozen the blood of the slicers at dawn. Although what Prime offers, when compared to other higher cost subscription services, it’s outrageous; an almost 40% increase from—literally—overnight is a tough thing to swalloweven fasting, as we have seen the warning email between rheums.

So as an act of service journalism, taking into account skyrocketing inflation and the total absence of value judgments towards our readers, we have made some calculations to save money for those who just want to save and see how the euros slip away between fingers in a spooky 2022.

Sharing a Prime account is not allowed by Amazon

Prime Video has multi-user support so that everyone has their own lists and catalogue. The Amazon Commerce Portal allows you to enter multiple postal addresses and credit cards for payments. However, Amazon prohibits in its rules the sharing of the Prime password with other people (section 3.7).

What Amazon does allow is the use of Amazon Household, a program designed to share the benefits of Prime with an adult, adolescents and children… who have not yet arrived in Spain. Although in our tests we have been able to configure a Household unit with two members, one Prime and one non-Prime; the second has not been able to access the benefits of the shared subscription, so we understand that it will be a kind of error, based on bridging the process to Amazon.com (not Amazon.es). So, although the process is available for Spanish users, it is not functional.

The option to directly share the same Prime account with other people, as we said, It is something that Amazon does not authorize. If someone decides to do this to save on the fee, it will be at their own risk, and assuming that Amazon can take action if it detects this activity. Another option? That a household has an Amazon Prime account and the rest of the members that can use Prime Video on the television, for example, pay their proportional share.

Membership

monthly fee

annual quota

1

€4.99

€49.90

two

€2.50

€24.95

3

€1.66

€16.63

4

€1.25

€12.48

5

€1

€9.98

6

€0.83

€8.32

An important note: Prime Video allows you to play content simultaneously on up to three devices, or only two in the event that they are viewing the same content. A nuance to consider before favoring that several different people have their own account.

Student prices

While the new Prime prices are set at 4.99 euros per month or 49.90 per year, students who verify their status through an email from an academic institution they can pay half, 2.49 euros per month or 24.95 per year according to the new price scheme (until September 14 it is somewhat lower, 1.99 and 19.90 euros).

Is there a student at home? He can be the account holder and thus save us half of the subscription.

Let’s stop at the monthly subscription

The annual one allows us to save compared to the monthly one if we are going to enjoy the service throughout the year. But let’s say that in the periods of lower level of online shopping, perhaps between January and April, and during the holiday month in the summer, we are not going to use the benefits of the Prime subscription much.

In this example, there are already five months that we could take out of the payment period. If we pay the remaining seven months month by month, there are 4.99 euros left for seven… less than 35 euros. Less than the current quota, which is about to die. For those who watch the euro closely.

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The key question is How many months a year do we effectively use Prime services, and is it worth going from the annual fee to the monthly fee?. The ten months are the meeting point. On top of that, it’s worth the annual fee. If we are going to spend four or more months without using any Prime, it is worth moving to the monthly option.

months with active subscription

total in monthly installments

Is it worth the annual fee?

1

€4.99

Nope

two

€9.98

Nope

3

€14.97

Nope

4

€19.96

Nope

5

€24.95

Nope

6

€29.94

Nope

7

€34.93

Nope

8

€39.92

Nope

9

€44.91

Nope

10

€49.90

equivalent cost

eleven

€54.89

Yes

12

€59.88

Yes

Bonus track: the statistics of our Prime subscription

Prime

If someone isn’t too aware of the extent to which they’re using the core services of Prime membership (Amazon orders and Prime Video), Amazon makes it easy to quantify.

On the Prime subscription management website we can see how many orders we have received at no additional cost and how many movies and series we have watched with Prime Video in the last 12 months or in the last 30 days. In this way we can estimate with exact data whether or not it is worth maintaining the subscription.

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The comparison with the rest

Beyond militant lonchafinismo, Prime offers many benefits (Prime Video, orders without shipping costs, Photos, Reading, Music, advantages on Twitch…) in exchange for a fraction of the cost of other platforms that “only” offer video on demand.

Monthly cost

Annual cost*

amazon prime

€4.99

€49.90

appletv+

€4.99

€59.88

apple one

€14.95

€179.40

apple one premier

€28.95

€347.40

Netflix

€7.99 / €12.99 / €17.99

€95.88 / €155.88 / €215.88

hbomax

€8.99

€69.99

disney+

€8.99

€89.90

filming

€7.99

€84

*Applied annual promotions in the case of those who offer them. In those who do not, multiple of monthly cost by twelve monthly payments.

This comparison does not pretend to be exact (several services offer “only” that video on demand while Apple One and Apple One Premier offer several more services, being more similar to Prime), but it does want to show everything that Amazon offers at a price that follows being the smallest of all the others.

Featured image: Euro money photo created by freepik.

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