Amazon May Raise the Cost of Prime

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Amazon is considering a price hike for its wildly popular Prime memberships. Currently it costs $79 per year, as it has for several years. But soon it may cost between $20 and $40 more. 

Through Amazon Prime, members enjoy free, two-day shipping on many things. Perhaps more importantly, users also get unlimited access to the Amazon Instant Video service for streaming movies and TVs, as well as access to more than 350,000 e-book titles in the Kindle lending library. The Instant Video service includes Amazon exclusive shows such as "Alpha House." And with the Kindle lending library members can "check out" a new book each month for free, with no due dates. Both the media libraries are key reasons you might buy a Kindle Fire HDX tablet, although both can be accessed on iPads as well. 

MORE: 25 Best Kindle Fire HDX Apps

It is unclear how the Prime price hike might affect the retailer, but as of this past holiday season the service broke records. On the company's quarterly earnings call Amazon said that membership is now in the "tens of millions worldwide." Part of the company's plans for the current quarter is to increase capacity for Prime. However, we wonder if this price change might prove to be a boon for Netflix or Hulu Plus. 

This change in price comes just a few months after the e-tail giant raised the threshold for non-Prime customers to get free shipping from $25 to $35. So, how much more would you pay for access to Prime before jumping ship? Vote in our poll below. 

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Anna Attkisson
Anna Attkisson, Laptop Mag & Tom's Guide Managing Editor
A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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