How Amazon Prime Works

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What is Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is a program that you can take advantage of by paying an annual membership fee of 36 € or monthly equal to 4,99 €  (with a 50% discount for university students). It offers countless advantages: let's see together what they are.

Advantages on shipments

The field in which the program Amazon Prime it differs from the basic program is undoubtedly that of expeditions. Amazon Prime offers an unlimited number of shipments with delivery in only one working day which applies to over two million products.



For the other millions of articles on the platform, delivery takes place in 2-3 working days. Another big advantage that needs to be considered is theabsence of shipping costs for all products shipped by Amazon that are eligible for the program.

Preview offers and exclusive products

Let's face it, the advantage of being able to get a preview of great offers is always a great thing. Thanks to the Prime program you will have access to lightning offers previewed 30 minutes earlier than basic users. Try to imagine how advantageous it can be to receive an unmissable offer half an hour before millions of other users. If we then add that most of the products sold by Amazon are products that when they are on offer are practically sold out, this function becomes even more advantageous.

To get an idea of ​​what I just told you, visit the page with all the offers of the day and the Amazon flash offers, where, if you are a Prime user, you can view the timed offers in advance of the other users.



Another great advantage of becoming a Prime user is that you can take advantage of a good selection of exclusive items. There are millions of products on Amazon available to anyone who wants to buy them at any time, but some are available exclusively to Prime users. This is not what I just told you about, that is, discounted items that can be accessed 30 minutes in advance, but a real selection of products available exclusively for Prime users without any time limit.

Amazon Prime Now

Being a constantly growing technology, there is no shortage of innovations, which make Amazon's functions increasingly performing. Among these check Amazon Prime Now, function that allows a delivery in record time. In fact, I am talking about products that can be ordered and received within one or two hours. The only problem with this feature is the fact that for now it is only active in Milan and some nearby areas.

This service, exclusively reserved for users who have a Prime account, provides beyond 20 thousand products divided into more than 25 categories including household products, food, electronics and more. To be able to start using this service, just check that it is active in your area by logging in with your Amazon Prime account and entering the postal code. If the service is active in your area you can start benefiting from it without any problem. Otherwise we have to wait, even if the news coming is the most optimistic. More info here.

Amazon Dash Button

If all these features reserved for Prime customers make you feel already projected into the future, what I'm about to introduce you will really leave you more open-mouthed. I'm talking about Amazon Dash Button, a device so small that it fits in the palm of your hand which, thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, allows you to buy your favorite products on Amazon at the push of a button.



Every single Dash Button it is in fact linked to a series of commonly used products, such as packs of pasta, detergents or personal care products, which belong to a specific brand. Each key refers to a single brand and using the Amazon smartphone app, you can choose the product to buy as soon as it is pressed.

To give a practical example: if you buy the Kleenex Dash Button and set a box of wipes as your favorite product through the Amazon app, every time your box of wipes is finished, just press the button and an order on Amazon will start. relative to the package of wipes you have selected.

It really feels like living in the future, right? Then don't miss the opportunity to learn more about how Amazon Dash Button works by reading this tutorial in which I told you in depth about this fantastic object.

Amazon Prime Day

Now I'm going to tell you about one of the most exciting benefits reserved for Amazon customers: Prime Day, that is a whole day totally dedicated to great offers on many discounted products available exclusively for Prime users. This initiative was probably born in line with events such as black friday in the United States in which they are applied for a whole day huge discounts to thousands of everyday products such as household appliances, clothing, technological products and more.

However, if black friday does not concern a single shopping center, Amazon's Prime Days are instead a real event that takes place exclusively on this e-commerce and to make it even more exclusive is the fact that in order to access it you need to own a Prime account. The good news is that you can access it even if you are on the 30 day trial period.



Amazon Prime Video

One of the most attractive services reserved exclusively for Prime users is undoubtedly Amazon Prime Video, an on-demand video service that allows, starting from the 30-day free trial, to have access to many productions Amazon Original, films and highly successful TV series wherever you prefer: via browser on your computer, via the dedicated app on smartphones and tablets or on one of the compatible Smart TVs.

Another very useful function of Prime Video is the one called X ray, thanks to which it is possible to identify songs or actors and deepen the contents of what you are watching thanks to a database of biographies, images and curiosities about the cast.

The function of download for free, which allows you to download your favorite content on smartphones and tablets taking advantage of any Internet connection. For more information, read this guide in which I tell you in depth about how Prime Video works.

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime subscribers also have access to Amazon Prime Music: a music streaming service that allows listen to over 2 million songs for free, for a total of 40 hours per month. At the end of the 40 hours, you have to wait until the following month to resume listening. It also supports offline listening and is accessible from a variety of devices and platforms: Windows PCs, Macs, Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and more. It can also be used directly via the browser through its Web Player.

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon Music Unlimited is Amazon's true answer to Spotify and Apple Music. It is, in fact, a music streaming service which allows you to access a catalog of over 50 million songs, even in offline mode and from any device. It is intended for Prime customers only but, after the first 30 days of free trial, it costs 9,99 euro / month o 99 euro / year. To learn more, read my guide on how Amazon Music Unlimited works.

Amazon Prime Reading

Amazon Prime Reading is a service, reserved for Prime customers, which gives you free access to a library of over 500 ebooks and comics in digital format. The contents are in various languages, including in your languagen, and can be enjoyed through all the apps and devices of the family Kindle.

Amazon Prime Photos

As you may have guessed, the benefits dedicated to Prime customers are truly unlimited, just like the storage space for your photos offered by Prime Minister Photos. Thanks to this service available exclusively for Prime customers, in fact, you will be able to take advantage of a totally personal and safe online storage space in which to keep all the photographs you want without having to weigh down your device or consume internal memory unnecessarily.

Whenever you want to review a photograph, just log into your account and start browsing your personal gallery. When you upload your photos to Photos, there are no quality or size limits, so your images will be kept exactly as they are, without undergoing compression and without compromising quality. Furthermore, once a photograph has been uploaded from your smartphone, it will be immediately visible also from your tablet and computer. More info here.

Amazon Drive

Among the many services reserved for Prime customers, Amazon have seen fit to provide an online data storage service. Thanks to this service you will have a real online space, called Amazon Drive, on which you can upload and store an unlimited number of photographs and much more space (5GB with the basic plan) to safely store your music, your documents.

With the backup you are sure to always have everything under control, also thanks to the fact that Amazon Drive is available on smartphones, tablets and PCs, so you can always have everything you need and that matters most to you at your fingertips or of desktop, continuously updated. More info here.

How to sign up for Amazon Prime

Signing up for Amazon Prime is really simple: all you have to do is visit the page dedicated to the service and click on the button Sign up and use it for free for 30 days. Once you have pressed the button, follow the on-screen procedure and within a few seconds you will be able to take advantage of all the benefits and services listed above.

Amazon Prime can be tried for free for 30 days with no renewal commitment. Once the 30 days of the trial have expired, however, the registration continues automatically and the 36 euros per year or 4,99 euros per month provided by the service are charged.

With Amazon Prime Studentin addition, college students can take advantage of Amazon Prime a half price (18 euros / year) with 3 months of free trial. More info here.

If you want to deactivate the subscription while you are still in the trial period, connected to the Manage Amazon Prime settings page, log in to your account and click on the item Don't continue. This will disable the automatic renewal of the Prime package but will continue to take advantage of the free trial until the end of the 30-day period. Remember that if you deactivate the service, you can still reactivate it at a later time (but without getting another 30-day free trial).

If you want to disable automatic renewal after having already activated a paid subscription to Amazon Prime, connected to the Manage Amazon Prime settings page, log in to your account and click on the item on Unsubscribe - Waiver of Prime benefits which is on the left. By doing so, you can continue to use the service until the subscription expires.

Know that if you have never used the benefits of Prime despite having paid the subscription regularly, you are entitled to a full refund. If you are entitled to a refund, Amazon will notify you via email at the same time as the cancellation of your subscription. If you are interested in learning more about the issue of canceling the Prime account, I suggest you read this guide that I have dedicated to the topic.

Amazon app

Well, now that I have talked to you about Prime and all its advantages, I can only invite you to discover the whole world that hides behind the apps developed by Amazon, which allow you to take advantage of the advantages of Prime directly from smartphones and tablets. There are several to choose from - here they are all in detail.

Amazon Shopping

With this very intuitive app you will be able to access your account (whether standard or Prime) and purchase products, check and manage your cart, view and edit your wishlist and much more.

If you are one of those who really can't do without online shopping, this is the app that cannot be missing on your smartphone or tablet. You have millions of items and items within your thumb that can be purchased in just a few taps. This app is available for both Android system as well as iOS and Windows.

Amazon Prime Video

Another interesting app developed at Amazon is certainly the one dedicated to Amazon Prime Video, a service which you can also access via desktop by clicking here. Thanks to this app, you can download movies and TV series using a Wi-Fi connection and then be able to watch them calmly offline at no additional cost.

Also, as noted above, you can use the function X ray which allows you to identify actors and songs in a moment, deepening in a radical way what you are watching. You can download this app for both Android and iOS.

Amazon Prime Now

Another very interesting mobile application is undoubtedly Prime Now, thanks to which you can manage the orders you have just placed, track your shipment, purchase products and much more. Thanks to this app you will feel even more like you have the world at your fingertips thanks to fast deliveries of one or two hours. Absolutely to try, but only if you are in the Milan and province area (where the Prime Now service is currently available). You can download this app on Android or iOS.

If you find yourself in other areas of the city, all you have to do is have a little patience. Technology teaches us every day that its greatest virtue is the speed of evolution. So even if you have to wait, sooner or later Prime Now fast shipments will come to you too!

Whether via portable devices or via PC, Amazon practically puts the world at your disposal, all you have to do is know how to make the most of the tools you have. If you have any problems with the services provided by Amazon, please try to contact the company's customer service. If you don't know how, read my tutorial where I explained how to contact Amazon step by step.

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