Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee

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The cost of an Amazon Prime membership was increased, a service which provides members free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items.

Price increase

Amazon announced the annual membership will now cost $99 every year, up from $79, while a student membership will cost $49 annually.

In its nine-year existence, this is the first time Amazon has decided to increase the annual fee.

Prime members get two-day shipping at no extra cost, apart from the right to access Kindle books and stream more than 40,000 movies and television shows.

Fuel and shipping costs

The e-commerce giant blamed the increase in fuel and shipping costs.

“Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same,” Amazon said in an e-mail statement. “If you consider things like inflation and fuel costs, a Prime membership valued at $79 in 2005 would be worth more than $100 today.”

Amazon also sent this statement to some Prime customers to explain the increase.

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