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Amazon Prime - What a waste of time


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Posted on 10 Dec 2009, 11:30:35 GMT
Hawthornman says:
I'm trying it out for a month and think so far it's a waste of time.

The Prime products I have been looking at are more expensive than the same items available from the Third Party vendors on the very same page.

By the time you have added the shipping costs it still nearly always works out cheaper than Prime.

Yes, next day is OK but that's surely down to either being better organised or being more patient. If you can manage these two then you can save a lot more money by NOT joining Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2009, 16:29:09 GMT
Jasturgeon says:
Completely agree. I've been really happy with the service. With 4 kids under 10 it saves me so much hassle driving into town and paying for parking. Never again will I be caught out by yet another birthday party invitation.

Posted on 10 Dec 2009, 18:23:16 GMT
AmaryR says:
I totally agree with all the positives above. A marvellous service - not just the Prime part, but the helpful, courteous and friendly Amazonians you get to speak to if there is a problem - which in my case is very rare. If a courier or the Royal Mail has a problem, that is hardly Amazons fault. Love it and love Amazon - wish other firms were half as good. Happy Christmas to all at Amazon and all of us as well!

Posted on 12 Dec 2009, 23:25:42 GMT
J. Cormican says:
Amazon Prime is the greatest thing EVER!! been a repeat member for three years now and every one i know is registered as we all buy loads from Amazon as they're always the cheapest!!!

Posted on 14 Dec 2009, 10:18:46 GMT
R. Willis says:
If you buy from Amazon enough times to make it financially worthwhile, then it is a Good idea. Nect day delivery as opposed to Some day delivery is Good. Only downside is that ONLY CERTAIN ITEMS qualify for Prime.
The more items Amazon get to be included the better the service will be!!

Posted on 14 Dec 2009, 15:40:30 GMT
Vagra says:
Its brilliant! I order nearly everything I buy from Amazon and with Prime I don't pay postage AND its next day, how in anybodys book that can be a waste of money I really don't know.

If I want to be picky, the few things I ordered recently didn't come next day, in fact some blnk DVD's took five days but that is very rare.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2009, 13:05:34 GMT
Drozd says:
The have sent everything to me via standard royal mail this Xmas nothing came quicker than 3 days and one thing never appeared at all. thinking of cancelling.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2009, 13:57:52 GMT
I agree I also have had loads of problems this year with late deliveries and received a standard email in extremely bad english for my complaints probably won't bother again when runs out

Posted on 15 Dec 2009, 20:30:41 GMT
J. Orton says:
I've also found that some things haven't arrived next day as they are meant to as it is one day delivery and complained, then got the usaual we can't do nothin, but since then they have used City Link.

Posted on 16 Dec 2009, 15:21:18 GMT
Nothing I have ordered since joining Prime has turned up on the next day, and much of it not even within 2 or 3 days. I will not be paying for this shoddy service.

Posted on 16 Dec 2009, 17:16:38 GMT
Mince_Pie says:
I'm still fairly new to Prime, only signed up the other day but I have made 3 orders so far, 1 item should have been delivered 15th (still not there) another item due today (no sign yet) and another item due for delivery tomorrow... I'll be back to confirm if any of them have been received!!

All ordered in the morning or early afternoon at the latest so they can't say it was after the cut-off time!

1 item is for my Christmas "lucky dip" which is on Friday 18th... I just hope it is here on time for that!!! Or else someone in my office aint gonna be getting a visit from Santa!!

Posted on 16 Dec 2009, 17:40:48 GMT
L. Smith says:
was a Prime member last year as I bought loads of textbooks and they arrived as promised, the next day (did surprise me!!) but the drawback was when I ordered some items that were not "linked in with the Prime offer". Still had to pay postage - felt a bit cheated on those occasions. Haven't renewed this year as can source free delivery on the items that i need.

Posted on 17 Dec 2009, 18:51:34 GMT
How do you cancel prime?? I've just used the free trial to order something but I don't use Amazon much so I want to cancel it before it chagers me...

Posted on 18 Dec 2009, 15:52:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2009, 15:55:13 GMT
To be quite frank, I'd pay someone £50 to go Christmas shopping for me! Then return with everything in fabulous condition and be receive exactly what I'd requested. Who in their right mind would wander through the cold soggy streets of the UK, getting jabbed in the leg by other peoples sharp cornered boxed gifts, coughed and sneezed on whilst travelling on public transport or in lifts, wait in long queues to pay at the check out, getting tripped over by other peoples children and tolleys, or even trawl several shops looking for 'just the right thing' then have to walk through the 'wall of smoke' when exiting shops through cold, wet, smokers who are sheltering from the elements? The rest of the year is just a nice bonus, I'd do 'PRIME' simply for the Christmas benefits.... Infact..... AMAZON, IF YOU ARE LISTENING..... Great money spinner for you, why not introduce a 'Seasonal Prime'... all of December for £10 or something????
Amazon Prime, I love it!

Posted on 18 Dec 2009, 16:47:07 GMT
Hawthornman says:
I'm struggling to understand how so many people think that Prime is good value!
On the very same Amazon product page you can almost always buy the very same product for a lower price from an approved Amazon vendor.
A few more clicks and often it's cheaper elsewhere... surprisingly other internet vendors also offer delivery !!!!!
Free delivery from Prime is NOT FREE !!!! You pay a subscrition and you pay a higher price for your product.

Well done Amazon marketing for your brand development, this listing is full of Prime customers who will buy from you regardless of cost.

Posted on 18 Dec 2009, 17:07:37 GMT
Deskbound says:
I have also found Amazon Prime to be invaluable, not least because they deliver overnight to the Scottish Islands - an incredible achievement given that other major brands cannot guarantee delivery in less than seven days. I have never been let down by Amazon and it has more than paid for itself over the last year or so. So, for me and clearly for others, the initial expense has been worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2009, 17:23:56 GMT
J. Cormican says:
A good point if you are not using prime enough it's not good value but I have had prime for two years and will renew it every year til I die as it's great value for me because I have myself my mother and my in laws all on the same account so we split the cost around £17 year each and this year alone I have bought over 50 items from Amazon this year alone add in what my family has bought you're looking at over 200 items as we buy everything from amazon because you're usually hard pressed to find it anywhere else cheaper and i can order up to like 5pm and have it delivered the next day. so if i was to pay for next day delivery on all those items at I think £3 an item that amazon charges to non prime members i'd be looking at £150 for just my share and over £600 in postage with everything we buy in total in the family so for me to only pay my share of the £50 thats a bargain hell double it I'd still be paying it but like I say this only works if you buy as much stuff as we do from Amazon!!!

Posted on 21 Dec 2009, 12:56:29 GMT
Toni Smith says:
I have to agree with the majority on here. Amazon Prime is well worth the money if you are a big shopper on here. The service from Amazon (either with Prime) or without is by far the best on the www. They can do no wrong in my eyes!

Posted on 21 Dec 2009, 15:09:40 GMT
Cat says:
I love Amazon and I love Amazon prime. I've never had a problem with Amazon and I think they provide the best online service by far. I can find almost anything I want, get help if I need it, return an item easily and the delivery is remarkable. I've even ordered in the evening and had my item the next day. If you buy often from Amazon, as I do, then Prime is well worth it.

Posted on 21 Dec 2009, 17:29:12 GMT
I buy loads of stuff on amazon and have been a member of Prime for about 3 years now. Like a lot of other posters, I have no problem with them when they ship things with City Link, but at the moment they seem to be sending everything via standard Royal Mail, and they just don't take any notice of things being marked 'urgent' or 'priority'. My particular delivery office seem to be worse than most, but I am getting a bit fed up of ordering things on a Friday morning hoping to be able to watch or use them at the weekend, only to be disappointed over and over again when they don't arrive until Tuesday. I complain each time but only get a standard form email in reply. If you pay this much for a year's membership then amazon should actually guarantee the one-day delivery, and not say they can't do anything about it if the parcel arrives late. I am currently awaiting several Christmas presents which I ordered last week, and I am not confident that they will arrive in time for Christmas Eve.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2009, 18:59:05 GMT
Know exactly what you mean. I paid £9.50 for express delivery on the 15th Dec and still haven't received parcel. What rubbish!!

Posted on 22 Dec 2009, 15:45:09 GMT
I am in my second year with Amazon Prime & it is a n absolutely fantastic service. It's fairly remote where I live & my deliveries have always arrived next day either by City Link or RM Specail Delivery. It's worth every penny & I would recommend to all. Thanks Amazon!!

Posted on 1 Oct 2010, 13:42:06 BST
I signed up for a trial of prime 3 weeks ago. The first order (an in stock DVD) never arrived and has been refunded. The second two orders arrived within a day or two. The third and fourth orders I am still waiting for after 4 days - not a major issue normally but I hoped the promised one-day delivery would get the items to me by tomorrow for a birthday gift. They won't arrive now as we've had our Royal Mail delivery here at the office and tomorrow I won't be at work. Two orders placed after the missing orders have arrived as promised after one day.
As it turns out, the things that have been a problem were the most important - both 40th birthday gifts, so I'm not very happy. Glad to hear it tends to be a good service, but when the carrier is mixed apparently at random between Citylink and Royal Mail you're bound to get varied results. Promising one-day delivery when you mean Royal Mail first class is not reasonable since Royal Mail do not guarantee or even claim that first class means one day delivery.

Posted on 12 Nov 2010, 13:27:40 GMT
T. Brohier says:
My experience is the opposite of most people's: I always have problems with delivery when the courier is City Link. This has become a serious issue since they closed their York depot. Packages seem to be returned to Leeming, 35 miles away. No way am I doing an 70 mile round trip to 'benefit' from the service, which seems to be based on the assumption that the busy people who are shopping on the Internet are also free to sit at home all day and wait for their items to arrive. Odd.

City Link also require more ID than it takes to leave or enter the country. What's that all about?!

Royal Mail has always worked fine for me: if it's small enough to put through the letter box, they put it through the letter box; if it has to be collected from the sorting office, it's only 10 minutes away - no problem. However, I'm rarely that bothered whether an item takes one or two days, so I haven't really notice how reliable they are on that score.

Posted on 13 Nov 2010, 01:33:59 GMT
bLaZeR666_uk says:
Well using my trial period of Amazon Prime and it is a waste of money, I ordered my item on Tuesday and 4 days later i still dont have my item. I asked for it to be delivered on Saturday but Amazon said they would not do this. Utter CRAP
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