Tricks to Get the Most Out of Amazon Prime

Here are some secrets from Tech Talker that will help you take advantage of your Amazon Prime account.

Eric Escobar
4-minute read
Episode #194

Prime Video and Music

Now if you have Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, or Apple Music, there’s a chance that you can cut those subscriptions and just stick with Amazon Music and Amazon Instant Video. Again, both of these are free with Amazon Prime, and they allow you to have unlimited free streaming music of which they boast over 1 million songs.

On Amazon Instant Video, you can watch a ton of movies and videos streamed to any number of devices. I’ve used both of these services with my Prime account and found a few things from my experiences. One downside, however, is that they don’t seem to have near the selection that I’ve seen from Google Music or Spotify.

However, if you already have an Amazon Prime account, this is definitely something you worth a look, so you can see how much of the streaming video and music that you consume is available without purchasing Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, or any other similar providers..

The reason I bring this up is because if you cut a single online account for $10/month and substitute it with Amazon Prime, then you have essentially paid for your Amazon Prime account with the savings alone.

Amazon Lightning Deals

If you haven’t heard of Amazon Lightning Deals, I wouldn’t be surprised. This is an awesome, but little known part of Amazon that could save you a ton of money. These are deals that come up very quickly, and disappear once stock is gone. They could be anything, and the amount of savings can vary greatly.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get a 30-minute head start on the deals, which could easily be the difference between a product you want being sold out or in stock.

Bonus: Amazon Smile

Now last but not least is something that doesn’t require you to have Amazon Prime at all. I’ve decided since we are in the spirit of Amazon that I would throw this bonus tip in the mix. Amazon has a special portion of its site called Amazon Smile, which donates .5% of whatever you buy to a charity of your choice.

This doesn’t add anything to the cost of the item that you’re buying and it’s a great and easy way to support a charitable foundation. All you have to do is visit www.smile.amazon.com , select the charity you would like to support and then go shopping!

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at techtalker.quickanddirtytips.com. And if you have further questions about this podcast or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post them on Facebook.com/QDTtechtalker.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.

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