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Amazon is Raising Prime Membership Prices in Canada

Amazon is Raising Prime Membership Prices in Canada

By Simon Hung

Amazon Canada has increased the price of Amazon Prime, marking the first time the company has hiked the price for the popular subscription service.

In Canada, both monthly and annual Amazon Prime subscriptions have risen by approximately 25% – monthly plans now cost $9.99 per month (previously $7.99), while annual plans now cost $99.99 per year (previously $79.99). Discounted Prime Student subscriptions are also more expensive and now cost $4.99 per month (previously $3.99).

The new rates will take effect immediately for new subscribers, while existing monthly members will be charged the new rates starting May 13. Annual subscribers will be charged the new rates prior to their next renewal date.

Originally launched in Canada in 2013, Amazon Prime is a subscription service with perks including free shipping on most orders and access to Amazon's suite of entertainment services including Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Gaming and others. Perhaps most notably, a Prime membership is required to access Prime Day – Amazon's highly-anticipated annual shopping event that was cancelled in Canada last year.

In a statement to The Canadian Press, the e-commerce giant says it made the decision to raise subscription rates for the first time in Canada due to increased investment in the service to provide more benefits for members, noting "Amazon continues to invest heavily in Prime with a wider product selection and an introduction earlier this year of free one-day shipping on items in most Canadian cities without a minimum purchase requirement."

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Source: The Canadian Press

39 Comments

    • Luckily my membership just renewed on March 27!
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    • Luckily my membership just renewed on March 27!
      Wish I were that lucky. My renewal date is a month after the price jump!

      I still think it's a good value but I'm curious to see if anyone is going to cancel their membership now?
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    • Holy shit! Just checked mine...what are the odds?
      2022-04-08 12-56-57 PM.jpg


      1 in 365 I guess.
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    • MGM used to be +$3.99/month & now the catalogue is free

      No more minimum basket for Prime delivery

      All these perks have to be paid for somehow. I read that they changed the pricing for the US earlier this week & I *almost* switched to yearly before the hike but regrettably did not. Sigh. Still not going to cancel.
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    • Is it still worth it at this price point? Is shipping still free without prime on orders over $25, or am I misremembering?
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    • Luckily my membership just renewed on March 27!
      me too i just renewed so the price doesn't take effect until 2023

      i wish there was a shopping only version... prime video is not good, prime music is not good and i have no use for the game content.
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    • Is it still worth it at this price point? Is shipping still free without prime on orders over $25, or am I misremembering?
      Yes, but I found without Prime I was constantly adding things I did not really need to reach $25 so the overall value I was getting out of Amazon was not as good.

      When I look at my orders pre-prime they are littered with crap I never needed. With Prime it is like I am paying for shipping for 1 order per month. Seems like a fair deal since I am ordering from them a lot more now.
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    • Not surprised that they will increase the price with all the gas prices and inflation going around. But too bad for us, just keep using prime or quit. =(
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    • I dropped Amazon Prime today and got a refund. I'm fed up with fake products. You can't really trust anything on that site. Amazon doesn't care one bit either. After spending 10s of thousands on that site I'm finally done.
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    • Wish I were that lucky. My renewal date is a month after the price jump!

      I still think it's a good value but I'm curious to see if anyone is going to cancel their membership now?
      With many other subscriptions also increasing price.. Sometimes it's making me wonder which one needs to go..

      Amazon prime delivery is mainly of a convenience thing to get items within two days. My laziness will probably still settle in and end up making me keep the prime subscription even with the increase.
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    • Bribe a uni/college student with alcohol and marijuana, have them create a student prime account, and take it over :twisted:
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    • Is there a "git of membership" ?
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    • oh no! I'm held captive by my Amazon family photos collection, I have over 5gb's worth! /s
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    • Is it still worth it at this price point? Is shipping still free without prime on orders over $25, or am I misremembering?
      Free shipping only on orders $35 +, oh how the times have changed!
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    • Are they increasing MY price earlier by accident? Or just because my renewal is before May 13th?

      My increase is as of today apparently, my renewal is in 6 days (April 14th). I received an email today saying:
      As of April 8, 2022, the price of the annual Prime membership has increased from $79 to $99, plus applicable taxes. The new price will apply to your renewal on April 14, 2023
      .
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    • Amazon prime delivery is mainly of a convenience thing to get items within two days. My laziness will probably still settle in and end up making me keep the prime subscription even with the increase.
      I get almost all my orders the next day and I know it's rare but I actually watch Prime Video as much as I watch Netflix. With just those two benefits, I think I could handle another price increase or two before I'd consider cancelling.
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    • Mine renews annually in December this year @ the new price... I'm srsly considering to cancel it before renewal.
      It's definitely hard to justify it @ $10 per month.
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    • Mine also ends next December and I just turned off the auto-renew membership settings.
      Maybe things will change by that time and I will turn it back on, but right now I can't see myself wanting to pay $99/yr for Prime when all I really care about is the shopping aspect of Prime anyway.

      They don't even offer Amazon Household in Canada either. What a joke.

      Here's the email they sent to me earlier today about the increase.
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    • Free shipping only on orders $35 +, oh how the times have changed!
      Whoa when did that happen? I guess I'm keeping my membership
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    • Whoa when did that happen? I guess I'm keeping my membership
      They won.

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    • I look at this way: it is $7.97 for delivery next day from Walmart & it is rare that I get everything I ordered. (Today they only fulfilled 1/2 of my order, grr.) Whereas if I order from Amazon (which price-matches Walmart) I am guaranteed to receive the items I ordered.
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    • Are they increasing MY price earlier by accident? Or just because my renewal is before May 13th?

      My increase is as of today apparently, my renewal is in 6 days (April 14th). I received an email today saying:

      .

      read-The new price will apply to your renewal on April 14, 2023
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    • Is there a "gift of membership" ?
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    • I look at this way: it is $7.97 for delivery next day from Walmart & it is rare that I get everything I ordered. (Today they only fulfilled 1/2 of my order, grr.) Whereas if I order from Amazon (which price-matches Walmart) I am guaranteed to receive the items I ordered.
      The only way it'll be worth it for me even at the $99/yr price is if I can keep finding those sweet deals like those tablets lol.
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    • read-The new price will apply to your renewal on April 14, 2023
      Their chat support just assured me that would not be the case. I have a chat transcript and a screenshot now ;-) Apparently, the website and email information are "an error" according to support.
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    • The only way it'll be worth it for me even at the $99/yr price is if I can keep finding those sweet deals like those tablets lol.
      lol!

      Aw, I think the Warehouse can be pretty sweet. Everything I have bought there so far is mint with bruised packaging & I get roughly 25% off. I CANNOT wait for the flood of Prime Day returns!!

      I think if I were still in a 2-day delivery zone I would be really grumpy about this. Cambridge got a delivery hub recently so most of my orders are next-day delivery (I could get same-day if I shopped at the crack of dawn but I am never clear-headed enough to click then.) Before everything came out of Mississauga & none of it faster than 2-day delivery & a lot of it came by the ponderous Canada Post "∞-day shipping."

      I am roughly ok with it because the level of service is going up.
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    • I dropped Amazon Prime today and got a refund. I'm fed up with fake products. You can't really trust anything on that site. Amazon doesn't care one bit either. After spending 10s of thousands on that site I'm finally done.
      Show us a marketplace anywhere that is any different. Just because you don't know how to search for things or lack reading comprehension when it comes to who an item is sold and shipped by is Amazon's problem?


      As far as the price increase, still far cheaper than Netflix, and I have been watching far more on Prime Video than Netflix. The free shipping is just a bonus.
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    • Make sense for them they acquired MGM Studio for 8.5 Billion also we getting a lot more on prime Video now that Amazon own and MGM all Back catalogs we get

      all 22 title of JAMES BOND Movies &
      Stargate TV Shows & Movies

      can’t wait for them beefing up there prime video soon


      New movies coming out movies titles titles they’ll be merged to prime video for some people it’s expensive for others it’s still cheap $99/year membership

      I’ll keep my membership

      Amazon Prime Video

      https://deadline.com/2022/03/amazon-mgm ... 234981037/
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    • I had forgotten all about the Amazon student membership until I saw news of the price hike today. So I used my Seneca email from a free Azure course I took last year to switch from full to student membership effective immediately (6 months free trial - billing starts in October). The gift that keeps on giving...
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    • They won.

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      Lol! Sadly accurate
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    • Make sense for them they acquired MGM Studio for 8.5 Billion also we getting a lot more on prime Video now that Amazon own and MGM all Back catalogs we get

      all 22 title of JAMES BOND Movies &
      Stargate TV Shows & Movies

      can’t wait for them beefing up there prime video soon


      New movies coming out movies titles titles they’ll be merged to prime video for some people it’s expensive for others it’s still cheap $99/year membership

      I’ll keep my membership

      Amazon Prime Video

      https://deadline.com/2022/03/amazon-mgm ... 234981037/
      MGM channel is currently available as an add-on channel. Have they announced that they will be bringing MGM movies to Canada and include them for Prime?

      US Prime is more expensive ($139.99/year).
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    • MGM channel is currently available as an add-on channel. Have they announced that they will be bringing MGM movies to Canada and include them for Prime?

      US Prime is more expensive ($139.99/year).

      MGM Channel it’s mostly will be discontinued

      it’s still licensed to Crave they signed up 6 years ago Amazon might just pull out all the titles from Crave and move it to prime video Canada permanently or wait until their license agreement ends

      Just like South Park all the 25 seasons. License is done Is Now available on Paramount+ Canada
      It expired from Crave

      Prime video Canada will mostly will get it all the titles some of it once it the license ends it will just appear on there service we just have to see in the near future
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    • MGM Channel it’s mostly will be discontinued

      it’s still licensed to Crave they signed up 6 years ago Amazon might just pull out all the titles from Crave and move it to prime video Canada permanently or wait until their license agreement ends

      Just like South Park all the 25 seasons. License is done Is Now available on Paramount+ Canada
      It expired from Crave

      Prime video Canada will mostly will get it all the titles some of it once it the license ends it will just appear on there service we just have to see in the near future
      They could integrate it the way Disney+ did by adding Starz one year, then pushing up the price the next.

      I just can't find a source that says they're bringing the MGM line-up to Canada, included in Prime Video.

      I suspect, if they are going to add MGM as part of Prime Video (Canada), that this is not the only price increase we'll see. My feeling is that this is increased based primarily upon distribution costs and not increased content on Prime.
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    • Amazon has the new Lord of the Rings series debuting on Prime on September 2, 2022 which cost them $465M for the 1st season alone.

      https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7631058/

      That is the sort of thing you are paying for. Also imdb. They own that too.
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    • That is the sort of thing you are paying for. Also imdb. They own that too.
      And also the Bezos pen!s rocket. 🚀
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    • And also the Bezos pen!s rocket. 🚀
      Luckily, that vanity project is not an Amazon property.
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    • And also the Bezos pen!s rocket. 🚀
      That's legit. Amazon is building a 3,236-satellite internet array called Kuiper to rival Musk's Starlink. They need Blue Origin to get them up there.

      Amazon makes historic launch investment to advance Project Kuiper
      https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/innova ... ect-kuiper
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    • Show us a marketplace anywhere that is any different. Just because you don't know how to search for things or lack reading comprehension when it comes to who an item is sold and shipped by is Amazon's problem?


      As far as the price increase, still far cheaper than Netflix, and I have been watching far more on Prime Video than Netflix. The free shipping is just a bonus.
      Co-mingled (counterfeit) stock is a serious problem on amazon; there is no way to avoid it when making purchases. Purchasing FBA or even ‘sold & shipped by amazon’ does not prevent this. If you really look into all of this, how stock is handled, etc you will be shocked.
      Don’t even think about buying something like high end expensive shampoo on amazon.
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    • Price has not increased since launch in 2013. $80 in 2013 dollars is about $95 today adjusted for inflation.

      $99 is slightly above inflation pace but new price will probably stay for a while and offering especially amazon Prime Video has increased over time.

      Anyway just share you prime account with family. :)
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