This is probably such a simple question - and yet I keep over analyzing it.
Is it worth buying a Amazon Prime membership / does anyone have it?
Now here comes my ramble... (feel free to just ignore this part of the post, lol).
I was at Barnes and Nobles (the store - not online). I was buying some workbooks and such. When at the register, they asked me if I wanted their membership. It cost $25 and if I paid for it, I was going to save $30 (so it more than paid for itself). I don't usually shop AT bookstores, and didn't know if I would even use the card again, but it seemed worth paying the $25 to save $30.
When I got home, I was double checking that I got a decent deal on the books. I ended up returning all of the "books" because they were WAY cheaper on Amazon (the difference of $27 - after the discount at Barnes and Nobles to $12 on Amazon - shipping was $3.- on the book. That is a $15 difference). Some books had an even wider margin of savings. The workbooks and other items I bought were worth buying at Barnes and Nobles because with shipping it would cost more to buy them online.
So at this point, I realized it is WAY cheaper to buy books through Amazon than at the stores. So then I wonder if anything is cheaper than Amazon (online). I couldn't find it, if there was. So I go to order my books on Amazon. When I went to pay... I click the "free shipping" that is advertised and read about the Amazon prime membership. Looks interesting.
But I think to my Barnes and Nobles membership. I save 10-40% with it. So I go to their website. Turns out the dscount is only good in stores. However, I do get free shipping with it online. The price still doesn't beat Amazon (and that comparison is without Amazons membership).
Okay, so now I am down to just Amazon. Here is the thing. The Amazon Prime membership costs $79.- a yr. Well worth it since shipping is at least $4-5 a book and I buy TONS of books every year!! I would need to buy 16 books to break even. I have more than 16 books in my Amazon cart right now waiting to be bought. Seems simple enough right? It is cost effective to pay the $79.- to get the free shipping - if I am spending more than that $79.- in shipping.
Okay, so I noticed that Amazon allows private sellers to sell used - and even new products for cheaper than what Amazon themselves sell the products for (which is already super competitive). BUT the prime membership only qualifies for products sold by Amazon. This is where it gets complicated. I can find books + shipping for cheaper than what I can find the books + free shipping. However, there is the risk of getting burned every time I place an order.
I do not like Ebay. I do NOT want to BID on items. I do not have the time or patience for that. I want to buy an item - I do not want to spend 3 days watching 5 bids of the same thing to see which one has the better price and then get out bidded - or worse, pay too much for something just because I do not want to repeat the process after losing.
So anyways, back to Amazon... is it worth just playing it safe and purchasing ONLY through Amazon? Paying the prime membership? I mean, I am still getting a terrific deal no matter how I deal with Amazon (well, comparatively speaking).
I DO try to find all of books used at local used homeschool stores. I am a little hesitant to buy used online because I have heard some pretty bad stories about people getting scammed. My used homeschool stores do not have all the books I need because many are not curriculum or "homeschool" books. Most homeschoolers in my area must not use the same choices I do with curriculum, because even that, I struggle to find.
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