Amazon Prime – Everything You Should Know About It

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What started as a book retailer over 20 years ago is now the world’s biggest online marketplace. Amazon is the place to go if you want to shop online. You can find anything you might need here. From toys to clothes, gadgets, and books, the options are plentiful. Amazon is available worldwide, and it continues to expand its service. If you become an Amazon customer, you’ll definitely hear the phrase ‘Amazon Prime.’ Learn want this program entails and how it can benefit you.

TLDR: Discover how Amazon Prime works, its benefits, and more about Amazon’s availability in Israel. 

What Is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a subscription service offered by the giant retailer. Customers paying for this service can enjoy multiple benefits, such as

  • Same-day delivery
  • One-day delivery
  • Ad-free music 
  • Instant video streaming

The Prime subscription also offers different shopping benefits. The subscription price varies depending on your location and subscription type. A monthly subscription for Amazon.com costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. If you just want the Prime video membership, it costs $8.99 per month. There are also different discounts you can get. For example, students pay only $7.49 per month or $69 per year.  

Do Amazon Prime Customers Enjoy Free Shipping? 

First of all, this subscription offers you unlimited delivery benefits. These can take different forms: unlimited one-day or same-day delivery, priority delivery, or express delivery. All these ensure you receive your products within a specific time frame. Here is a breakdown of each delivery benefit:

  • Same-day delivery: you get the products on the same day if you place the order within the specified time frame. 
  • One-day delivery: you get the products one day after placing your order.
  • Priority delivery: you get the products two days after they are dispatched. 
  • Expedited delivery: you get the products within two to five business days. 

There is also the Prime Now delivery option. It’s only available in some countries and selected postcodes. This offers the possibility of getting the items within one – to two hours after they are dispatched.  

What Are the Shopping Benefits of Becoming an Amazon Prime Customer?

Amazon Prime customers can enjoy, among others, the following shopping benefits:

  • Family discounts: if you have children, you can get 20% off specific products such as baby food.
  • Faster access to new deals: you can access Lightning Deals 30 minutes before non-Prime customers in some countries, such as the UK.
  • Grocery benefits: Amazon’s Fresh grocery store allows you to buy foods and household items and get the products based on a 2-hour delivery slots schedule.
  • Easy clothes return: you can order clothes, try them, and return them for free as a Prime customer if you don’t want to buy them.

Additional Amazon Prime Perks

You can also enjoy several Amazon Prime benefits in the streaming services area. Customers worldwide can access these services. 

Amazon Prime Instant Video Streaming

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video is a video content streaming service. It allows you to choose from thousands of TV programs and films. Besides video content, the subscription includes music streaming services and access to written content via Kindle. This service is available for streaming on hundreds of devices (computers, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, or consoles). 

Amazon Prime Video also enables you to Access exclusive Amazon shows

Amazon Prime Music & Books 

The music streaming service from Amazon allows Prime customers to listen to more than two million songs with zero advertising in between. There is also an upper tire for the Prime Music service. For an extra fee, you get access to 40 million songs

The Amazon Prime Kindle Library allows you to borrow one book per month for free. In 2021, Amazon launched Prime Reading, which provides free unlimited access to more than 1,000 eBooks and magazines via the Amazon Kindle app.  

Leveraging the Amazon Prime Free Trial 

Amazon Prime also comes in a free trial version. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the trial before paying for the subscription.

How Does the Amazon Prime Free Trial Work? 

The free Amazon Prime trial lasts for thirty days. During this time, you get the full range of benefits available for Prime customers for free. To sign up, go to your account. Click on the option Start my free trial and follow the rest of the instructions. You must have a valid payment card to be able to subscribe. 

Canceling Your Amazon Prime Account After the Free Trial

When the trial period ends, you have two options:

  1. Cancel your subscription
  2. Pay for the subscription

If you wish to cancel, you can do it instantly, with no strings attached. To continue accessing Prime services, you must pay the monthly or yearly fee. 

You can only enjoy the free trial every 12 months. You won’t be charged a service fee during the first 30 days, but you must cancel before this period ends. Otherwise, the platform converts your free membership into a paid plan and charges you.

FAQs

Is Amazon available in Israel?

Amazon is an international retailer. So, you can order products from Amazon and have them shipped to Israel. Local import laws will apply to your orders. In 2019, Amazon officially started operating in Israel by offering local delivery from Israeli sellers who had inventory in the country. Amazon has a website in Hebrew. Not all the products you find on the international Amazon website will be available for shipping to Israel. 

Does Amazon.co.uk ship to Israel

Yes, you can order from Amazon UK even if you don’t live there. There are different shipping companies that ship products from Amazon UK internationally. One example is Forward2me. The delivery speed depends on your location and local regulations. 

Can you enjoy free shipping as a regular Amazon customer?

Starting in 2021, Amazon reintroduced free shipping to Israel, an option previously available in 2019. To qualify for free shipping, your order must be over $65. Only certain product types qualify for free shipping. 

How to search for Amazon products available in Israel for free delivery? 

To learn more about the items currently available for free shipping to Israel, browse for products. Look for the Israel Free Shipping or Israel Free Shipping Best Seller label, and you’ll find thousands of results.