Sorry, Netflix Subscribers, Amazon’s No Longer Testing Prime for $7.99 a Month

Amazon is no longer giving consumers the option of paying $7.99 a month for Amazon Prime, the loyalty program that includes free two-day shipping and video streaming. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed: “We regularly test new options for our customers. At this time, we’ve completed our test and are no longer signing up new customers for Amazon Prime monthly memberships.” The regular cost is $79 a year, so the annual subscription was cheaper anyway, but many suspected the monthly was aimed at Netflix and Hulu consumers, who were paying $7.99 a month for video only.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work