Amazon Prime Membership Now Costs 16% More: Here’s What You’re Paying Today
The price increases for Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN core members went into effect on Friday.
What happened: Existing prime customers as well as new prime customers will now have to pay $14.99 instead of $12.99 for their monthly subscription. For the annual subscription, customers need to pay $139 instead of $119.
The company previously increased the price of Prime in 2018, when the cost of membership dropped from $99 to $119. And in 2014, it increased the subscription fee to $99 from $79.
Amazon Prime offers members free two-day shipping, plus access to exclusive movies and TV shows.
Prime has over 200 million members in 2021 and is one of the biggest growth drivers for Amazon’s core business.
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Why is this important: The company is investing heavily in the Prime segment. More items are added with exclusive offers and discounts, and more entertainment options are coming.
In February, Amazon reported fourth-quarter net revenue of $137.4 billion, up 9% year-over-year. The sales figure is below the consensus estimate of $137.6 billion, according to Benzinga Pro.
The company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $27.75 per share. It recorded net sales of $469.8 billion, up 22% year-over-year. Annual earnings per share were $64.83.
Price Action: Shares of Amazon closed at $3,295.47 on Friday, up 0.69%.
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