Huh, Amazon is having a big “prime” day on the 15th. We didn’t know that when we first queued up this post. Go us?
#1 had resisted getting Prime for a long time. Not because of the annual cost of the thing (we spend more than that on Netflix each year), but because of the behavioral changes I worried might come with it. It’s not so bad to wait for products– waiting encourages introspection and makes it easier to put something on the wishlist since getting it in 7-10 days isn’t so much different than getting it at the next holiday (or failing that, getting it at Target on the weekend). Once it’s on the wishlist it either displaces a potentially unwanted present, or it might no longer be needed.
Without Amazon Prime I would also batch up orders to make sure I could get to $35 before purchasing to get free shipping. Though sometimes if I needed something, I would either have to pay shipping or find something I didn’t need right away to add to the list (but, of course, there’s always the wish-list for those items).
But then I needed Blues Clues and Dora the Explorer because DH had taken the ipad and its children’s games with him. We do have Netflix, but at the time it mainly only had PBS Kids stuff (now it’s got a lot more variety, like My Little Pony, which I swear is the best show on kids’ TV these days, except maybe Doc McStuffins). Also DC1 wanted to read more Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja and that’s on the list of things that can be read free (one book a month) for Amazon Prime members. So we did their free monthly trial.
Like many technology things, Amazon Prime is one of those things that you don’t need until you have it and once you’ve had it it seems essential. Yes, it has increased our amazon spending– if we need something soonish, we really do just go on amazon and order it. This is especially useful for when we get a flyer from school at the beginning of the week saying we need something by Friday. However, it has also, I think, cut down on our Target and Home Depot purchases. So I’m not sure what the overall net effect is on spending and stuff-acquisition. The number of amazon boxes randomly showing up at the house seems to have slowed in the months since we first got it, though I’m not sure how much of that is due to the Prime effect slowing down and how much is due to, you know, getting ready to move.
Should you get Prime? Probably not, unless you care more about convenience than spending and stuff acquisition, which you may. Or really want Nickelodeon kids’ television. Once you have it, you may find it hard to ever give up, even after the free month is over.
The shelter put the foster kittens on a kind of kibble that I can’t find in my local stores, so I ordered it from Prime rather than driving around to any more stores. Also the special kitten-safe litter, just because that’s heavy and awkward to carry home from the store 2 blocks away with the other groceries.
Privilege, I haz it. And it’s super-great!
I shop through smile.amazon.com, which is the exact same as amazon (same interface, account info and preferences) except it also donates to a charity you choose. Not a lot (a Google search suggests .5% or $5 for every $1000 you spend), but more than 0. Partner and I don’t factor this in to our yearly charitable donations.
This post is not a plug, we don’t get paid for this post (though we do get paid a bit if you buy any stuff through affiliate links). We’re just spitballin’ about the conveniences of our lives.
We know very well that Amazon can treat people badly. We are not unconflicted about this. But the convenience is just too much.
Do you use Amazon Prime? Why or why not? If you do, have you noticed it affecting your spending habits at all?