News

Amazon hikes Prime membership fee

Amazon hikes Prime membership fee

PRIMED FOR PRICE INCREASE: It's the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program in 2005. The company said it would probably raise the price in January. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

It’s the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program in 2005. The company said it would probably raise the price in January.

The hike will apply to users when they renew their membership.

Amazon has spent heavily to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers and groceries. Prime membership also includes two-day free shipping on many products.

In an e-mail Thursday to members, the Seattle company stressed that it has not raised the price on Prime in the 9 years since its launch, even though shipping costs have increased and it has added new services, such as video streaming.

Recent Headlines

1 min ago in Entertainment

‘Jungle Book’ triumphs, ‘Keanu’ stumbles, ‘Mother’s Day’ bombs

Fresh
11-overlay

"The Jungle Book" pulverized a trio of box office lightweights, racking up $42.4 million to lead ticket sales for the third consecutive weekend.

5 hours ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 2

Los Angeles premiere of 'San Andreas' held at TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals

A look back at some of the Hollywood headlines from years past.

22 hours ago in Entertainment, Lifestyle

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 26 freebies to help you celebrate this May

birthday

On your birthday you can have your (free) cake and eat it too!

2 days ago in Music

This week’s top country tracks

rascalflatts664192845330

LISTEN: This week's top country tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

3 days ago in Entertainment

OPENING WEEKEND: ‘Mother’s Day,’ Key & Peele comedy ‘Keanu’ hit theaters

22-overlay-9

Here's a look at some of the films set to open this weekend.