You’re obviously a customer on Amazon or perhaps, you want to become one but you keep seeing the phrase “Prime Early Access Deals”, and like me, you must have wondered, “what does this even mean?” Well, I’d say you’re about to find out what it means and how it works. So, let’s find out.
Prime Early Access Deals
Prime Early Access is a feature on Amazon.com that gives Prime members 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. Which leaves you with two new questions – Who is a prime member and what are Lightning Deals on Amazon?
As a prime customer, you have access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and a variety of other specific services and deals on Amazon. There is an option for a 30-day free trial, but then you have to pay ($99 per year, plus a free 30-day trial or $10.99 per month). One of the perks of being an amazon prime member is that you are eligible for one- or two-day free shipping on some items amongst other perks. In some cases, you’ll even get bumped to complimentary 1-day shipping.
I should mention that if you’re a student with a valid .edu email, you can get a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime Student, which gets you all of the benefits of Prime in addition to special student-specific deals and coupons. After the 6 months is up, Prime Student will cost you half the price of regular Prime or you can pay $5.49 per month for the months that you need it. However, If you don’t want to be a Prime member, Amazon offers free standard delivery when you buy $25 worth of “eligible” items.
Why Should I Become An Amazon Prime Member? – Prime Early Access Deals
There are a good number of reasons why you should become an Amazon Prime Member. I have mentioned some of them already but for emphasis, I’ll list them one more time. So you can know what you are getting into or what you are already into if you are a registered prime member already.
With Amazon Prime, you get a free 2-day shipping on most items. This should be a plus on your end because you won’t have to pay for shipping. However, some items are excluded from this. To find out more, go to Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits.
Amazon Prime Customers are eligible to having foods delivered from popular local restaurants in registered ZIP codes such as Los Angeles, Orlando, and some other metro areas. You can find out more at amazon.com/restaurants.
Free same-day delivery
Also for eligible ZIP codes, free same-day shipping is available in more than 5,000 cities in the US. Prime members can check if their ZIP code qualifies here. If you place an order before noon, the item should arrive by sometime that same day. An order placed in the evening will show up the next day.
Instant Access to Photos, Video & Music Streaming
Amazon Prime gives you free access to a large number of movies and TV shows including Amazon original series. Prime Music also offers unlimited, ad-free access to more than a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations, at a discount.
Access to Lightning Deals
You get to have an early 30-minute access to lightning deals. However, it is short-term but goes for amazing discounts on the lightning deals. High-tech and fashion goods are featured. You should be on alert though. Just because you get a 30-minute head start doesn’t mean that the product will keep waiting for you. I’d say, Be quick! All deals are only available while still in stock.
Prime membership doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to purchase particular goods of your choice, and it’s possible that a deal could sell out before the end of the early access period.
Other incentives include:
- Prime Photos. Secure unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive.
- Amazon Family. The benefits include 20 percent off diapers through its service, Subscribe & Save, and 15 percent off eligible products from your baby registry.
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: You get access to more than 800,000 e-book titles. In addition, you can borrow one per month, with no due date, along with one pre-released book per month with Kindle First.
- Membership Sharing. Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.
- Prime Now allows you to shop with ease from early morning to late night, seven days a week, for groceries, gifts, and food from neighborhood restaurants. Delivery is within 2 hours free of charge, or within 1 hour for $7.99. For restaurant orders, delivery is free within an hour of ordering, and the service is available from Amazon-affiliated restaurants in select areas.
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If you ask me, I’d say this is a cool feature. However, if you are not a frquent shopper on Amazon, this might just be excess baggage for you in terms of expenses. You can save cash and stick to the standard Amazon deals and charges if that works for you.
If you’re unsure whether Prime is right for you, consider signing up for a free trial. You’ll have 30 days to give it a test drive. However, I should mention that your credit card will be charged at the end of the 30 days. So, it’s best you cancel it beforehand if you are not interested anymore. Paid members who haven’t used their benefits are eligible for a full refund. You can’t receive a refund if any of the household members have placed a Prime-eligible order.
One last thing before I wrap up this, if $99 per year seems like too much of a commitment, you can opt for the monthly $10.99 plan or the Prime Video only plan, which costs $8.99. I hope you enjoy your subscription, should you decide to subscribe.
Bestseller Prime Early Access Deals
- LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness
- Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
- MagnoGrip 311-090 Magnetic Wristband
- Affresh Washer Machine Cleaner, 6-Tablets, 8.4 oz
- Instant Pot LUX60 V3 6 Qt 6-in-1 Muti-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer
- Amazing Baby Muslin Swaddle Blanket, Premium Cotton, Palm Trees, Black
- Woods 59746WD Outdoor 24hr Photoelectric Timer with Wireless Remote Control Kit, 3 Grounded Outlets, Weatherproof, 100ft Range
- URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby
- Presto! Flex-a-Size Paper Towels, Huge Roll, 12 count