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17 surprising benefits of Amazon Prime

Kiplinger Logo By Bob Niedt, Online Editor, Kiplinger.com of Kiplinger | Slide 1 of 18: Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with it as the giant online retailer edged the annual fee toward the triple-digit mark. But what are you really getting with your $99-a-year Amazon Prime membership? A lot more than you’re probably using.I recently dove into my Amazon Prime account when I realized my renewal was fast approaching. My relationship with Prime had mellowed. I wasn’t ordering as much from Jeff Bezos’s baby, and I felt it was time for a change.SEE ALSO: Kirkland Products You Should Buy at CostcoBoy, was I wrong. I use Prime services more than ever after I realized the bounty I had let go fallow in years past. Some of these wide-ranging free perks might even goose the rate of your Amazon Prime usage so you get more value out of your annual membership. Have a look.

These perks are worth exploring

Many of us first signed up for Amazon Prime years ago to take advantage of free two-day shipping, and stayed with it as the giant online retailer edged the annual fee toward the triple-digit mark. Today, there are over 100 million Amazon Prime members worldwide. But what benefits are you really getting with your $99-a-year Amazon Prime membership? A lot more than you’re probably using.

I dove into my Amazon Prime account when I realized my renewal was fast approaching. My relationship with Prime had mellowed. I wasn't ordering as much from Jeff Bezos's baby, and I felt it might even be time to (gasp!) cancel my Amazon Prime membership.

Boy, was I wrong. I use Prime services more than ever after I realized the bounty I had let go fallow in years past. Some of these wide-ranging free perks might even goose the rate of your Amazon Prime usage so you get more value out of your annual membership.

Click ahead for 17 surprising benefits of Amazon Prime.

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