Amazon could have began off as a web based bookstore, but it surely has grown to turn into one of many largest tech firms on the planet. Amongst all the pieces Amazon does globally, by far its largest (and most well-known) consumer-facing enterprise is its on-line buying website. And an enormous a part of that’s the firm’s Amazon Prime subscription service.
Whereas Amazon made its presence felt in Singapore in July 2017, it was by way of the Amazon Prime Now app. It wasn’t till 2019 that the retail large launched its Amazon.sg on-line market, bringing a complete load of recent merchandise for savvy Singaporean customers. Together with it got here the Amazon Prime subscription service that, like its counterpart in different extra established markets, gave members a spread of advantages for a flat monthly fee of just SG$2.99 .
That small price opens up a complete world of perks for Prime members, all of that are Amazon-specific. So, what’s included? In a nutshell, for those who join Amazon Prime in Singapore, you’ll get:
- Free, one-day supply on all home Prime eligible merchandise
- Free two-hour supply on a number of eligible orders of SG$60 or extra
- Free commonplace supply on all worldwide purchases (i.e. these shipped and bought by Amazon US)
- Entry to Prime Video and Prime Gaming (formally referred to as Twitch)
- Early entry to reductions and offers
- Massive financial savings on Amazon Prime Day
What’s Amazon Prime?
To place it merely, Amazon Prime is an all-in-one subscription service that provides members a spread of advantages for a month-to-month (or annual) price.
Its principal attraction is that it presents Prime members quick and free supply on many purchases, plus entry to the corporate’s Prime Video streaming providers that provides an unlimited library of films and TV reveals.
Prime members additionally get unique early entry to pick out offers and presents – referred to as Lightning Offers which can be out there for a brief length – and get to take part in a members-only annual sale referred to as Prime Day (extra on this later).
In different international locations, a Prime subscription additionally consists of free entry to Amazon’s Prime Studying service, a specific amount of storage for movies and images, and entry to Amazon’s music streaming service referred to as Prime Music.
Nevertheless, international locations with these added advantages additionally pay extra… a lot, rather more. For instance, Amazon Prime within the US consists of free transport on thousands and thousands of things, same-day supply (even two-hour supply in some circumstances) and entry to its video and music streaming providers, limitless ebooks and audiobooks, and limitless picture storage. Nevertheless, to get all the products and providers Amazon guarantees in its Prime bundle throughout the Pacific, American prospects pay US$12.99 a month (US$119 a 12 months).
How a lot does the Prime service value in Singapore?
Singapore has one of many least expensive Prime membership prices of any market Amazon operates in. For just SG$2.99/month, it is good worth for anybody making a number of purchases on the web market, notably if it consists of getting your groceries and family necessities delivered to your door regularly.
As is customary with all of Amazon’s subscription providers, there’s a 30-day free trial on provide. In case you aren’t pleased with the Prime service, you’ll must manually cancel your membership earlier than the 30-day trial ends or you’ll be charged the total month-to-month price the next month.
What do Singaporean Prime members get?
Amazon has introduced the promise of free supply for its Singaporean Prime members – importantly that applies to each home and worldwide purchases, albeit these marked with the ‘Prime’ brand depicted as a tick mark beside the pricing data of a product.
Prime eligible merchandise will be something that is bought and shipped straight by Amazon Singapore, Amazon US (within the worldwide retailer part of the positioning) or a third-party vendor. So, for those who purchase one thing that is Prime eligible, you will not be charged for supply, irrespective of how little or how a lot your ultimate order prices.
Be aware that if the “Prime eligible” label just isn’t seen, speedy and/or free supply just isn’t an possibility even in case you are a Prime member.
Prime members additionally get unique early entry to Lightning Offers (Amazon’s limited-time offers that vanish inside hours of going dwell), sometimes seeing them dwell on website about 30 minutes earlier than anybody else can.
Alongside these buying advantages, there’s a few complementary digital-media subscriptions which can be included at no cost with Prime:
Amazon Prime Video | Free
Entry to Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service comes as a part of the bundle. In case you’re a Prime Member you may watch some wonderful TV reveals like American Gods and The Man within the Excessive Citadel, or get pleasure from blockbuster motion pictures or calm down for some basic cinema.
Prime Gaming | Free
It was beforehand referred to as Twitch however has now been rebranded to Prime Gaming, bringing it according to the opposite Amazon providers. There isn’t any change to platform itself – it is nonetheless a video website devoted to watching and live-streaming video games and nonetheless presents members free sport content material, financial savings on video games, and free video games every month. For players, having a devoted platform that does not value additional is a good boon.
It’s also necessary to notice that, in contrast to different markets, in Singapore you can not join the aforementioned providers as a standalone. For instance, you can not join simply Prime Video. In case you do, it can nonetheless value you SG$2.99 monthly and get you all of the Prime perks there are.
Easy methods to cancel your Amazon Prime membership
In case your Amazon subscription has previous its prime (pun supposed), whether or not it’s throughout your 30-day free trial or later, you may cancel at any time.
Cancelling Amazon Prime free trial
In case you’re nonetheless inside the 30-day free trial, hover over the ‘Your Account’ button within the prime proper nook of your browser, and choose ‘Your Prime Membership’ from the dropdown menu. Then click on on ‘Cancel Free Trial’ or ‘Do Not Proceed’ on the left-hand facet of your browser window.
Our suggestion could be to go along with ‘Do Not Proceed’ as you’ll be capable of hold utilizing Amazon Prime till the tip of your free trial interval, after which your membership will finish. The cost card that you simply supplied particulars for when beginning you trial gained’t be charged on this case.
Cancelling a paid Amazon Prime membership
Within the case of a paid membership, head to ‘Your Prime Membership’ as described above and, this time, click on ‘Finish Membership’ on the left hand facet of the web page. In case you haven’t used your Amazon Prime advantages like free supply or Prime Video (this is likely to be the case for those who unintentionally let your free trial overrun), then you’ll be eligible for a full refund.
Even for those who’ve used a few of Amazon Prime’s options, however not all, you should still be eligible for a partial refund based mostly in your use.
Can you retain Prime Video?
In Singapore, you may’t flip your present Prime subscription to only a Prime Video one. It is a part of the total bundle and, for those who cancel your Prime account, you lose entry to Prime Video as properly.
What’s Amazon Prime Day
The straightforward reply is that it is Amazon’s tackle Black Friday, held annually to have a good time the corporate’s anniversary. It has sometimes been a 24-hour buying spree completely for Prime members, however the length of Prime Day has been growing and the final two Prime Days lasted 48 hours.
Every Prime Day sale sees 1000’s of merchandise discounted, bringing a variety of financial savings for Prime members throughout a number of classes.
Prime Day 2020 was a singular occasion – not solely was a lot later within the 12 months than anticipated (held in October versus July), it was additionally kicked off on a Tuesday as a substitute of the standard begin day of Monday. Amazon Prime Day 2021 introduced again a bit normalcy, though it was held earlier within the 12 months in June. We wait with bated breath to see what the subsequent Prime Day will deliver.
Within the meantime, Amazon Singapore continues to supply its daily deals on-line.