An offer you can't refuse?
I've had Amazon Prime membership here in Japan for several years now. Originally I got it for the fast free delivery. Since then, Amazon has been adding functionality, and now the service is incredible value.
It is getting pretty close to being an offer you can't refuse.
So what's so good about Prime? Well, originally it just offered free/fast shipping for members, and price discounts on certain products on Amazon. I use the site enough that the price discounts each month pay for the annual fee. Complete no-brainer there for me.
However, while I wasn't paying attention Amazon quietly added a couple perks that allowed me to cancel/replace other paid services.
I only noticed these towards the end of last year and have been playing with them for the last few weeks.
This is a big one. Amazon prime members get access to a lot of the video content for free. It's probably not as good as Hulu or Netflix (both of which I got for the free trials) but it's close enough for me, and you can't beat the price ;)
Been watching kids' movies on here with Alyssa and also the Preacher series. Prime also has some exclusive content, like the new Top Gear program (The Grand Tour) and even Penny Arcade's Acquisitions Incorporated.
There are also paid rentals and purchases, but they are a bit too expensive still.
Again, this is not as good as Apple Music (which I just cancelled) or Spotify (which I tried for a bit) but good enough and free.
There is also an expanded subscription music service, but I haven't felt the need for it yet.
There are a few more things that Prime members get that I'm not as interested in, like free photo storage, free ebook borrowing (one title a month, but the selection seems a bit limited), or grocery delivery.
If you sign up for Prime you can get a month free to try it out, and if you like it you can save a couple of thousand yen a month by cancelling your existing video and music subscriptions. Prime currently costs 3,900 yen a year.
If you don't have existing video and music subscriptions, forget you read this post. You don't need them.
Anyone else a Prime member? How are you finding the service?