Amazon Jacks Prime Fee to $99
Amazon.com announces $20 hike, starting next week
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2014 8:40 AM CDT
This Dec. 13, 2005 file photo shows stacks of Amazon.com boxes with merchandise for shipment, at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – After a suspenseful couple of months, Amazon announced today that it will be upping its Amazon Prime fee—but, hey, it could be worse. The $79 rate will jump to $99 after the company initially announced a $40 increase was possible back in January, the Wall Street Journal reports. Existing members will pay the new fee when their annual renewal date comes around, but for those looking for a bargain, new customers can sign up for a one-year membership at the original $79 fee until next week. The Prime Fresh membership fee will stay put at $299, TechCrunch notes. Meanwhile, a separate WSJ piece adds Amazon is in negotiations to add music streaming to Prime's TV show, movie, and Kindle library.

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Scaramouche
Mar 13, 2014 8:26 PM CDT
* ditches Amazon Prime; wife renews it behind his back
K.KRANK
Mar 13, 2014 5:04 PM CDT
No support for Linux anyway, barely support for Mac OS10 https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201431320 (can't stream HD movies on a Mac? Huh? ??) And it's looking like Mozilla's Firefox OS is set to take over the smartphone market http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57619338-78/with-firefox-os-mozilla-begins-the-$25-smartphone-push/ I'm pretty sure that's a Linux based distro... yep https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_OS Looks like Amazon has put themselves fully in the catbird seat yet again lol ?? obtw, I signed up for Prime for the free trial to see if Prime video would work on Linux (no matter what tweaking page I tried I couldn't get it to work in Chrome or Firefox 26 in whatever Linux distro I tried). I maybe order from Amazon once a month, & it's easy to order more then $35 worth of junk in order to qualify for free shipping anyway. So, if I had a Kindle, maybe a Prime membership would be worth it, but, not really for me. Occasional Amazon shopper here. There are other vendors online that I can buy junk from besides Amazon. Just not worth it to me to pay for a Prime subscription.
Deaux
Mar 13, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
$99 is still a huge bargain considering the free movies and free books that go along with it. It comes out to $8.25 (ish, sorry i don't have a calculator on me) per month. Get a Kindle, and you get over 100k free books. No i don't work for Amazon. But I do absolutely think this is a great bargain. But I do hate waiting for the UPS guy because they won't drop on my front door (because I live in an apartment). But, here's to another nine years! (takes a drink from the bottle of Champagne that came to his front door).