|Mon July 23 2012 23:23:27|
Why I Ditched Netflix for Amazon Prime
By: Brian Cohen
Amazon Super Saver Shipping allows eligible orders (generally speaking, orders shipped or fulfilled by Amazon) $25 and over to ship without a shipping fee (Free Shipping!). I can't remember the last time I didn't take advantage of the Super Saver Shipping Program. A few times I even padded my order just to reach that $25 threshold.
Recently my printer broke. This is indeed the same printer that prints my shipping labels.
Not wanting to risk waiting on the (slow and long) line at the Post Office for possible orders while I additionally waited for my order to be processed by Super Saver Shipping which can (and usually does) add extra shipping time to an order; I decided on second day shipping for the printer. However, it would have been an additional $16 to ship my order second day.
Before I processed my order, I recalled that I could get second day shipping (similar eligibility to Super Saver Shipping) with Amazon Prime and get a Library of Movies to stream for "free" (at no additional cost - it's included with Amazon Prime membership).
Crunching the Numbers:
Amazon Prime is $79/year (an upfront cost)
Netflix Unlimited Streaming+ 2 DVDs out at-a-time cost me 19.98/month ($239.76/year)
I downgraded my Netflix plan (from above) to 2 DVDs out at-a-time (with no streaming included) for $11.99/month ($143.88/year)
I am now spending $7.99/month ($95.88/year) less on Netflix.
My new combined cost of Netflix + Amazon Prime is $174.88/year ($64.88 less per year for media consumption) and I get Second Day Shipping from Amazon.
The Amazon Prime Library is much smaller than Netflix's Library and there has been some controversy in the matter (see Fastcompany's "Amazon Massively Inflates Its Streaming Library Size"). But controversy aside, the quality of Netflix's library collapsed when it did not renew its license with Starz earlier this year.
With options like Hulu.com, Crackle.com and access to guilty pleasures like "Storage Wars," "American Pickers" and "Pawn Stars" available directly from each networks' homepage, there is more than enough content to go around.
Finally, Amazon Prime streams over your Roku Box (just like Netflix does) as well as integration with Kindle Fire.
Pro User Tip: RateRix.com on the Roku allows you to stream your Youtube channel over Roku Box. Go to the Roku Channel Store to add RateRix, then go to My Profile and the "Integration" Tab.
About the Author
Brian Cohen has been an active member of the eBay community since May 1998. He currently trades under the member name Bidofthis.com. His first AuctionBytes article was published in May 2002. Brian can be contacted through his website at BidofThis.com where he always has a "little Bid of This and little Bid of That."