Trying to describe Amazon in a short paragraph is a daunting task. What began in Jeff Bezos' home in Washington state has grown to be a world-wide phenomena. 25 years ago, the small online company began as a bookseller, and in those first couple of months, they sold quickly to all the U.S. states and in more than 45 other countries. Now, they sell books - and so much more. Anything, really. You need it, you can certainly browse and locate it on Amazon, the world's virtual marketplace. And with a paid subscription to the unique Amazon Prime, free shipping is what they are known for and is perpetually an option, along with their streaming service for movies, television shows via Amazon Channels, Prime Music ad Amazon Music Unlimited and the video game centered Twitch Prime. And there are more benefits for shoppers, like discounts and savings at Whole Foods Market, Amazon 4-star and Book stores, the Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa, the Prime Store Card, Amazon Dash, Amazon Fresh, the Prime Wardrobe, Prime Pantry, early access to deals and discounts. Avid readers can enjoy Prime Reading and Amazon First Reads. Members can share, with two adults in the same home on one account. And get unlimited photo storage in Amazon Drive for your family pictures. Amazon has grown so far beyond its original concept, it is staggering to behold. Their AmazonSmile program allows shoppers to donate 0.5% of the price of their eligible Amazon purchases to the charitable cause or organization that you chose. In 2018, they announced that these donations were over $100 million. Amazon has even ventured into delivery programs with their own shipping company and vans, saving them money and offering even more jobs to people. And with almost 150 Amazon warehouses located around the country, they employee thousands of people to find, pack and ship the millions of products they offer. Get used to seeing the Amazon logo on boxes, this futuristic company is huge and only appears to be getting bigger.
- For necessities, make sure to consider Subscribe and Save. Amazon offers a discount of up to 15% on each product if you committ to buying multiple items. The discount increases as you subscribe to more items. One great feature is you can cancel at any time.
- If you sign up for an Amazon Rewards Visa Card, you can get up to 5% back on purchases with points. There are also special discounts on items during special periods, like Black Friday or Amazon Prime Day..
- If you are a student with a valid .edu email address, you can save up to 50% on Amazon Prime membership, taking the price down to $59 per year.
- You can share an Amazon Household account with your entire family. This will save quite a bit of money if you have multiple shoppers who all would like to enjoy Prime's best perks.