I recently posted a blog and video on my YouTube channel that featured some companies that have been shipping much faster than Amazon.
This sparked a lot of questions from my followers about what to do about their Prime membership in response the widespread shipping delays Amazon customers are experiencing.
So, let’s tackle this subject together! Is your Prime membership really worth it right now?
Quick disclaimer: I do host programming as an independent contractor with Amazon but I him NOT an employee of Amazon. The article below contains my own opinions and I am not in any way speaking on behalf of Amazon, nor am I qualified to do so.
Let’s start off the conversation by considering everything that your Amazon membership includes.
At the time I’m writing this article, an Amazon Prime membership costs about $13 per month, or roughly $200 annually.
Below I broke down some of the most popular benefits of an Amazon Prime membership, but these are not ALL the benefits! To see the whole breakdown, click here.
‘All You Can Eat’ Delivery Benefits:
One of the biggest reasons consumers report becoming Prime customers is the delivery benefits.
This includes FREE same day, 1-day, 2-day and no rush shipping on qualifying items plus ‘ultrafast’ grocery delivery.
Your Prime membership comes with access to the Prime Video streaming platform which works similarly to Netflix.
You can also use this platform to subscribe to your favorite networks!
Unlimited access to the Prime Reading service, access to new releases, magazine subscriptions and more!
This is an awesome part of the service that goes unused by many.
Unlimited photo storage is a big deal! Make sure you keep this in mind when choosing whether or not to continue your Prime membership!
These benefits are great, but if you search your most frequently purchased items right now, you’re likely to notice big delays and insane estimated delivery dates.
It’s important to remember that these delays are no better at some other major retailers!
I’ll use paper towels as an example; they are virtually out of stock anywhere!
Amazon is no exception. If you search for paper towels you will find very few in stock, and those items have shipping delays up to a few weeks.
Even worse, a lot of the products that are available are not Prime, which means that you have to pay a shipping fee!
Is Amazon prioritizing their products?
I have heard a lot of complaints about what seems like Amazon pushing their own products and brands over others.
For instance we have those crazy delays for paper towels, but if you want an Echo Show, you can get one in just a few days!
The answer to what is going on here is actually pretty simple.
Amazon controls the distribution of their own products, so they of course have them stored in large volumes in all of their warehouses across the country. On the other hand, third party company’s that sell on Amazon do not necessarily distribute their inventory in the same way.
This means that Amazon’s products are already readily available in all warehouses, while other companies need to scramble to get their merchandise to convenient fulfillment locations.
Tips for Faster Shipping
Often times, if you’re shopping for a common ‘subscribe and save’ item, the subscribe price and shipping is automatically selected when viewing the product.
Most of the time, if you switch to a one-time purchase, the delivery date will be much sooner!
Another great tip is actually just an FYI. In about 60% of the orders I’ve recently placed, my orders have been filled up to three weeks sooner than the Amazon estimated delivery date.
To me, it seems like Amazon is imposing extremely delayed delivery estimates to ensure that they have the time to get your products to you; but they are often able to get the products delivered much sooner.
Limited Customer Service
Yet another frustrating factor when it comes to your Amazon Prime membership is getting any type of customer service.
Due to Covid-19, there is essentially no staff to answer your calls or emails right now – not exactly ideal if you’re experiencing problems.
What I do know is that if you are having consistent issues with your orders Amazon will issue you a credit for a month of Prime. As long as no one is abusing the system, it seems that Amazon is very receptive to issuing those credits.
Ultimately, the decision on what to do with your Prime membership is up to you. The experience differs from person to person dependent on where you are and what you need.
If you’re someone who is experiencing huge delays, it might be worth it to cancel and use another service. That being said, my experience has been primarily early deliveries and just a few minor issues; so taking into consideration what is going on in the world, I don’t think I’m unhappy enough to cancel.
I’d love to know what you think! Send me a message or leave a comment on my most recent YouTube video to tell me how you feel about this situation!
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