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

(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.

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)
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