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Amazon Prime membership usually costs $99 per year, and include free 2-day shipping on millions of items, free streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes, free MP3 music streaming, and a handful of other perks.
In other words, for about the price of a Netflix subscription, you get music, movies and free shipping… although you don’t get the same content available from Netflix and the music library isn’t as extensive as what you’d get from Spotify, Google Play Music Unlimited, or other services.
Still, it’s not a bad deal if you order at least a few things a year from Amazon. And it’s an even better deal if you sign up today… because Amazon is offering Prime membership for $67 today only.
The price coincides with the made-for-Amazon Prime TV show Transparent taking home 5 awards at the 67th annual Emmy Awards.
Here are some of the day’s best deals.
Subscriptions, media, and digital goods
- 1-year Amazon prime membership for $67 – Amazon (new members only)
- Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here MP3 album for free – Google Play
- Name your price for $95 worth of PC games – Humble Bundle
- Name your price for $230 worth of banned/challenged digital comics – Humble Bundle
- Asus Zenbook UX305 13″ ultrabook w/Core M + LG USB DVD burner for $589 after rebate – Newegg
- Apple MacBook Air 13″ notebook w/128GB for $800 – Best Buy
- HP Stream 13 Windows notebook w/Office 365 for $200 – Best Buy
Tablets and convertibles
- Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi 2-in-1 tablet w/Core M for $499 – Microsoft Store (coupon: SAVE100)
- Open Box Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″ Android tablet for $160 – Quick Ship Electronics (via eBay)
- Lenovo Flex 3 11.6″ convertible notebook for $250 – Best Buy
- Save 20% on select PCs priced at $799 or more – HP (coupon: SEPTEMBER20)
- Save 25% on select PCs $999 or more – HP (coupon: SEPTEMBER25)
- Save 30% on select PCs $1199 or more – HP (coupon SEPTEMBER30)
- Gigabyte BRIX barebones mini PC bundle w/AMD Bolton M3, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD for $280 – Newegg
Smartphones and wearables
- Google Nexus 6 w/64GB for $370 – Expansys USA
- BLU Vivo Selfie smartphone for $100 – Amazon
- Refurb Motorola Moto 360 (1st gen) smartwatch w/steel band for $120 – A4C
- Pebble Steel smartwatch (1st gen) for $100 – Best Buy (via eBay)
- SanDisk 480GB SATA III 2.5″ SSD for $140 – TigerDirect
- Seagate 5TB external USB 3.0 hard drive for $125 – Best Buy
You can find more bargains in our daily deals section.
Free Floyd!! Sweet.
Yeah, I already own that album, but I “bought” it anyway, just so it would be linked to my Google Play library (I’d already uploaded it through the Google Music Manager, but this way I’ve got a redundant copy… I have no idea if that’s useful, but the price was right. 🙂
Yeh I already own all their albums on Vinyl, and CD (and SA-CD for Dark side of the moon). But I like free stuff 🙂
I have not gotten around to putting all my discs up on Google Music yet. But to be honest I’m not sure if I ever got this on CD. I might have only had it on cassette back in the day.
As usual, ‘Free’ if you have a creditcard linked to your Play account or a PayPal account. It is just another pitch for the zillions of people who have Android to finally give Google a tap into their bank account in the hope that once you have linked an account you will start buying stuff.
It being free isn’t changed by the fact you need a valid payment method to buy things from the Play store. And honestly every restaurant and gas station and convenient store people go into they are happy to hand over their credit card info so I don’t really get the issue.
Overall I think the few paid apps, etc I’ve purchased are actually out-paced by the various free music and movie offering I’ve gotten through Play. And that doesn’t even count the ‘free’ Android apps which are typically ad supported so indeed the quotation marks are accurate.
There is a difference. Free apps in the Play Store are actually free, although as you point out they usually get their coins through ads in the end. This is ‘Free’ because it isn’t free until you show them the money. Showing a credit card to buy gas does not typically leave an open account to buy additional products months or years in the future with a single misplaced click. Which is what is being required here, either directly adding cash from a stored value card or connecting a credit card or PayPal account to your Play Account. It is clearly a marketing gimmick.
We are just in disagreement here. It’s clearly marketing. By giving free items they hope to increase your usage of the service with the hopes you enjoy it enough to start purchasing things too.
I don’t find it that easy to accidentally buy things. Probably not least because Amazon has a patent on one-click buying.
In the end what they are providing as free though is free. There are no hidden charges. The fact you have to have a valid form of payment on file to take advantage of it is obviously objectionable to some but doesn’t add to the cost of the free items.
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