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More Deals than Black Friday with Amazon Prime? Count Us In!


It’s true! This Wednesday, July 15th, Amazon is celebrating it’s 20th Birthday by offering amazing deals for one day only. But of course, like all good things, there’s a catch. You have to be a member of Amazon’s “pro” accounts, Amazon Prime, to take advantage of all the savings. If you’re not already familiar with Amazon Prime, it’s a yearly service offered to Amazon customers for $79 CAD or $99 USD per year and includes a lot of helpful tools and savings for the avid online shopper. I’m sure you noticed that little price difference there between the Canadian version and the US version so let’s go through a few of the top features for each service and why you need it.


Prime in the US

The core feature of Amazon Prime is it’s free 2-day Shipping on thousands of items. This is the same for both Canada and the United States, but that’s where the similarities abruptly end. If you’re in the States, you also have access to an impressive amount of other features, hence the $20 price increase, but after you see this list, you’ll be happy to pay the couple extra bucks.

What’s Included:

  1. Free 2-Day Shipping
  2. Free Same Day Delivery (in certain zip codes)
  3. Prime Instant Video
  4. Prime Music
  5. Prime Photos
  6. Prime Pantry
  7. Access to Amazon Elements
  8. Prime Early Access to new Deals
  9. Kindle Lending Library
  10. Shareable Account (within household or business)

This is a steal for our American friends! Even if you only use your Prime account for the Music and a couple of orders per year, you’re spending a lot less than you would purchasing all these services separately! Not to mention the Black Friday-esque savings you’re going to be able to get in on this Wednesday!

Prime in Canada

Compared to the American version, there are considerably less features available with an Amazon.ca Prime account, so is it still worth paying the lower price of $79/year CAD? Let’s see.

What’s Included:

  1. Free 2-Day Shipping
  2. Free Standard Shipping (on other items)
  3. Discounted Shipping on Non-Prime Items
  4. Prime Photos

Now before you make a decision based on this shorter list, hear me out fellow Canadians! Living in Canada, there are two words we rarely hear together while shopping online, “free” and “shipping”, so our minds are practically blown when you change it to “free 2-day shipping”. Shopping from American websites can cost you anywhere between $0 (rarely) to upwards of $75 just to get your stuff across the border. Now considering the amount an average, regular online Canadian shopper would spend on shipping per year if they’re paying an average of $25 per transaction, $79 pays for itself almost instantly. It’s also a great incentive to check out if Amazon sells the item you are looking for before purchasing it off the original website and sometimes will even allow you access to items you would never otherwise purchase because of the insane shipping costs.

So, if we’ve yet to convince you to shell out the $79 or $99 per year, you’re in luck! There’s a 30 day free trial that you can sign up for now and still be able to take advantage of all the deals going on July 15th. So hurry up and sign up for Prime, if you find it’s not for you or you don’t end up using it you can cancel anytime in the 30 days and not be charged anything. That’s a risk we are willing to take!

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In 2010 I became infatuated with pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, in 2012 I decided to quit my job and joined the “Entrepreneur Club”. Fast forward a couple years and now we have Data Nerds. We specialize in internet marketing, growth hacking, direct response, web development and design. We are always hiring geeks to join our team in Kelowna, BC. Email me at josh@datanerds.com.

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