26 of the Coolest Things You Didn't Know About Amazon Prime

If you’ve been using Amazon for years, you probably know all of these Amazon Prime hacks. But if you’re still mastering the wonders of the online shopping site, or just opened your account and are looking for a deal or excellent gift, this list of Amazon Prime tricks is full of helpful info.
Discount codes, money back comparison shopping, and automatic charity donations are a nice addition to peaceful and easy browsing (maybe on your couch, in your sweatpants... who will ever know?). Because Amazon gift cards never expire, find out how to make the most of small leftovers from prepaid cards and use your Wish List in an old-fashioned brick-and-mortar retailer for budget savvy comparative shopping. Another of the top Amazon Prime tricks deals with how to share a membership within your household.
Do you shop for the holidays all year round or just can’t resist a good deal? Discover great deals in Amazon’s virtual outlet store. From scratch and dents to overstock, there are lots of items to snap up for that special occasion or as a little treat for yourself.  
As Amazon builds several hundred brick-and-mortar stores and dances on the bones of vanquished bookstores, you can take some comfort in these Amazon Prime hacks. For instance, to snag those deeply discounted add-on items, try preordering something for at least $25. Want to save on shipping and get video credit? There's a Prime trick for that, too.
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  • In Select Cities, You Can Get Alcohol Delivered In Two Hours

    In May 2017, Amazon Prime announced it would begin two-hour alcohol delivery in 30 cities across the US, starting in Los Angeles. Great news! 

    There is a slight catch. The alcohol delivery is only available during certain hours - Monday through Saturday 10 am to 8 pm - and does have a delivery fee, unlike other Prime options. But Amazon does have a wide selection of alcohol to choose from. That's because the retail giant is partnering with local stores that sell alcohol. And the prices from Amazon are the same as the ones in the store, which means you're not getting ripped off. Cheers! 

  • Prime Now Offers Video-Only and Monthly Subscriptions - At a Price

    In 2016, Amazon Prime began offering video-only subscriptions for people who don't want to use Amazon for anything other than watching TV and movies. For video streaming only, it's $8.99 a month, and for Prime on a month-by-month basis it's $12.99 per month.

    But neither are a better value than a yearly $119 Prime subscription - and the month-by-month Prime is over $30 more.

  • You Can Get Money Back When an Item You’ve Already Ordered Drops in Price

    If you bought an item and the price later drops, you may be able to get the difference back. You can use this easy tracker to compare prices and contact Amazon to see if you can get some of your money back. If your item came from Amazon Marketplace, you’ll need to reach out to the seller directly. There is usually a time limit, as well, such as seven days from when you ordered the item.  
    This also works for items not sold on Amazon Prime. If you see a lower price for an item on another website, Amazon may refund you the difference. 

  • You Can Share Your Prime with Up to Four Other People

    Add a household member (you're allowed up to four people) and get two-day shipping for everyone! You don’t have to live under the same roof (or even still be in the same boy band) but you’ll need to know each other’s birth dates.

    The household feature allows for those Prime prices, but does not include some other features.