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On October 13th and 14th, Amazon Canada will be hosting its annual Prime Day sales event, allowing Amazon Prime Members to take advantage of incredible discounts on everything from home electronics, to pet supplies and fashion. If you’ve been on the fence about signing up for an Amazon Prime account, there’s never been a better time to take the plunge.

How much does an Amazon Prime membership cost?

Becoming an Amazon Prime member costs absolutely nothing—for the first month, anyway.

Amazon is currently offering Canadians a free, 30-day Amazon Prime membership. Signing up is a breeze. Just head to the Amazon Prime landing page and, in moments, you’ll be ready to not only do a little deal-hunting on Prime Day, but also enjoy all of the perks that come with membership.

Should you decide to continue with your Prime membership after your free trial is up, you’ll pay a very reasonable $7.99 each month.

If you’re a student, Amazon Prime is an even better deal. To sign up, browse your way over to Amazon Prime Student and jump through the small number of hoops that the website lays out for you.

Right now, Amazon’s offering six free months of Prime Student access. Once the trial expires, your monthly membership fee will be $3.99—50% off the cost of a regular membership. Alternatively, you can pay $39 for an annual subscription, for a savings of 74 cents, each month.

It’s worth noting that Amazon requires a valid credit card number be submitted in order to take part in their free Amazon Prime membership trials. So long as you discontinue your membership before the trial period ends, you won’t be charged a cent.

The benefits of having an Amazon Prime Account

There are numerous perks associated with being a Prime Member. Chief among them:

Free Two-Day Delivery: Amazon Prime Members in Canada receive free, two-day shipping for most items. In some cities, like Toronto and Calgary, many products will often arrive on your doorstep the same day that you ordered them. Products that don’t qualify for Amazon Canada’s two-day shipping are eligible for free or discounted standard shipping.

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Amazon Prime Video: Tired of paying for Netflix? Then you’ll be thrilled to know that Amazon Prime members get free access to the company’s Prime Video streaming service. With Prime Video, you’ll be able to watch thousands of hit movies, documentaries, children’s programs and a variety of original shows like The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Fleabag. By using the Prime Video app on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll even be able to download content from the service to watch offline.

Amazon Prime Reading:Amazon’s Kindle store is the largest, most diverse digital book, newspaper and magazine store, in the world. Where most people have to buy their e-books from Amazon, Canadian Amazon Prime members have free access to thousands of publications, spanning multiple genres for adults and age-appropriate reading material for children.

If you don’t own a Kindle e-reader or Kindle Fire tablet, it’s still possible to enjoy all that Prime Reading has through the use of apps for your Android, iOS, or iPadOS device. Simply download Amazon’s free Kindle app and you’re in business.

Amazon Prime Music: As a Prime member, you can get in on discounted access to Amazon’s Prime Music streaming service. Currently, Prime members can sign up for a four-month trial of the service for just 99 cents. Once the trial is over, Amazon Prime Music’s monthly cost pops up to $7.99, which is still a toonie less than what non-Prime members have to pay.

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