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    1. mtenga

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    2. dazm41

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      im thinking of ditching it anyway don't really watch anything on it, just for next day delivery
       
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    3. DELUCAS

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      I always opt for free delivery always and just wait .....its not a big deal to .
      And often it comes out sooner than you think .

      Make it £150.00 a year i say let people pay for it as they are so desperate to get it immediatley that there life cannot go on unless .......
       
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      I am going to be ditching Prime, making a conscious decision to support U.K. tax payers!!
       
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      bet you always pay extra for next delivery on your shiney new boxes ;)
       
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      No actually
      Dont think ive ever paid for delivery via amazon unless you have no choice as its from a market seller as you dont have a choice to get the free option .

      And at times i find Amazon are not always the best price . :)
       
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      Great timing / PR own goal?

      Amazon's sales surge and profits double

      This is what happens when we all buy on price - and I'm as guilty as anyone, but now regretting being so short sighted for so many years...

      Effectively Amazon have operated in debt for so long, allowing them to undercut competitors and be "creative" with their tax affairs to the point where they're now almost the only show in town. As consumers we've lost choice, leaving Amazon in a near-monopoly... Now that they've eliminated the competition they can operate with impunity.

      Like others, I'm making conscious decisions about how much "stuff" I need, and whether Amazon is the right place to get it from..
       
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      I think I’ll ditch it if it goes up. I initially got Prime to get next day delivery on Bluray, CDs, and vinyl, back when I was ordering a silly amount of stuff. I’m no longer doing that, and my vinyl now comes from a local independent store. More of my Blurays seems to be coming from HMV or Zavvi, and used CDs (which is probably the main thing I now buy from Amazon) you have to pay for delivery for anyway as they’re from third party sellers. Five for £30 Blurays are the same deal in HMV, so why order online and wait when I can walk into HMV on my way home every day?

      My Prime is up late this year/early next year, so that gives me plenty of time to watch what I need to watch before cancelling.
      And as others say, buying from elsewhere supports genuine tax payers.
       
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      you can't blame amazon for the short sighted government not closing loopholes in the tax law
       
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      I must be the only one here who thinks it would still be stupendous value even if it went up to £89.

      I use it three times weekly to bring stuff around, often same day, and also enjoy shows like Bosch, Man in the High Castle and The Path etc...

      I simply wouldn't be without it.
       
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      Think it may go to £94.80 if the increase is the same ?
       
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      You aren't the only one!
      It's still superb value even if it went up by £20.
       
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      They tend to round the increases. So I'm expecting £89.

      When you consider HD Netflix is £120 per year that puts the two services into context. I use them both.
       
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      It does look and sound better but if it was £94.00 it just looks circa £100.00 and can put a lot more people off .
       
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      I too have both Netflix and Amazon Prime, but only rarely watch content on Amazon. I watch Netflix almost daily. I'm one of those who started out with Amazon Prime before it had a video streaming services tacked onto it and the subscription inflated because of it. I only wanted the services in relation to next day free delivery. There's unfortunately no option to have this without the inflated price associated with the video streaming.

      Amazon announced that their profits increased 45% this quarter over the same period last year which in turn instigated a further increase in share prices on the US stock exchange. Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is worth over $90 billion and currently the world's wealthiest man. Exactly why are Amazon substantiating a need to increase subscriptions if their profits are in fact increasing as opposed to decreasing?
       
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      As the song says...That's life.

      My council tax and train fare etc... have all gone up this year, irrespective of the underlying profitability of the providers, they do almost every year. Amazon has not increased it price since 2014, which is not bad.

      I wouldn't bitch over another tenner given that I use the delivery service so much and the TV service is cream on the top. So still value to me.
       
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      I think it is still excellent value. Happy to keep it.

      The comment regarding tax is a weird one to me. There is such a thing that you can’t pay tax twice. What do you want them to do? Blame the ones making the rules, not the one abiding by them. But hey ho if it makes you sleep better :)
       
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      Its a shame that they showed so much profit $$$$$$$$ making this year as a good well thankyou they screwed the customers with a price hike . :(

      But thats business for you

      No statement yet that uk will get a price hike but it looks like we will follow the usa .
       
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      I'd be gobsmacked if we didn't follow the USA.

      Martin.
       
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      We might get shafted with a bigger price rise than us counterparts ;)
       
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      Even if it goes up by £20 per year I think it is stunning value and will be continuing my subscription. There are loads of great TV series, access to quite a sizeable music library, free next day delivery, unlimited photo storage, early access deals, e books, films and so on.

      Compared to SKY its much better value in my opinion.
       
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      I have both Amazon and Netflix at home, and quite like them both. I pay £4 a month though for mine so of course even if it does increase it isn't much of an issue. If I was paying full price, and had another price rise then I'd probably be looking at whether to Continue with it or not. It isn't even necessarily anything Amazon themselves have done, it's just that I'm primarily signed up because of Prime Video, but there's just so much good content going up on Netflix lately that I can barely keep up with that lot let one find time for stuff on Amazon too.
       
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      If these loopholes were directly affecting the income of those in government in any way, they’d have shut them down immediately. I wonder how much Bezos pays to get our government to turn a blind eye?
       
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      Use both Prime and Netflix and even with any price increase are good value for money considering what garbage is shown on Freesat TV. Better paying around £200 pa than risk going into a coma watching ITV, BBC etc:boring:. At the moment my Wife and myself are watching Outlander on Prime and Lost In Space on Netflix and thoroughly enjoying them. The only problem I have is not having enough time in the day to watch all the available streaming content even though I am retired:clap:.
       
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      So what are you all going to do when studios such as Disney pull all their content from Amazon and Netflix and start hosting it on their own streaming platform? Netflix doesn't do too badly when it comes to producing its own exclusive content, but Amazon is far more dependant upon other sources outside their control. Another issue with Amazon is that you find a lot of its content changing from free to view Prime to having to pay extra to view. A lot of stuff justs dissappears or becomes unavailable all together. Moaning about the BBC is a bit ironic given that both Netflix and Amazon pay the BBC for a lot of popular series they host. What are people going to do when or if the BBC make certain aspects of iPlayer subscription based and pull all their content from services such as Netflix and Amazon in order to host them themselves?

      Everything We Know About Disney's Secret New Streaming Service

      The point I'm trying to make is that the way Amazon and Netlix currently operate may and probably wont be possible in the not so distant future. Are people really going to subscribe to 2, 3. 4 or more different streaming services to get the same access to content as they get now? Amazon's price should be coming down if this is what is going to happen because it will not be sustainable at the price it currently is if things go the way they are looking as though they are going. If what Disney are planning works for them then expect every other studio to do likewise and stream their products via their own services probably on a pay per view as opposed to a subscription basis.
       
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      It’s not only a case of whether people are willing to subscribe to several video streaming platforms, but whether they’re going to do that on top of subscribing to a music streaming service too - that could be over £100pm, and if they’ve got Sky, could be pushing £200pm. Just on music and movies? I don’t think so. Most people are tightening their belts, not spending frivolously.

      I’d rather buy the CDs, DVDs, and Blurays I want for that sort of cost, that I know I’m going to rewatch relatively regularly. Used CDs and DVDs for a quid or so each, and Blurays 5 for £30 - wouldn’t take you long to build up a nice little collection.
       
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      Had a friend who has prime and recommended her to watch Wonder women she may like it but she said she had to pay extra to watch it on top of her subscrib .....
      I was shocked i thought everything was included in the price but infact is more .
      She ended up buying the Blu Ray release instead . Lol

      But ive always said Disney Flix will slowly pull its Disney movies and Star wars franchise from poss all platforms as they get bigger .
      Thats your childrens selection buggered for your kids on Amazon prime.
       
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      Didn’t renew my membership yesterday. I used to use amazon for buyers by everything but less so these days and I hardly ever watch prime video.
       
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      I don't get why the British love complaining so much!

      Prices and costs increase - this is normal in business, and the world we live in. This "loophole" thing is also a broken record, they do pay a lot of UK taxes and are a huge UK employer, and they only "took advantage" of something which was perfectly legal. Anyway, they're shifting away from that model now.

      Without Amazon, the UK would be stuck in the dark ages as far as shopping goes, and be continually ripped off for prices and terrible customer service. Fact!

      I've used them nearly since they began for thousands of items (my house is basically entirely filled by Amazon), and without them I would have had much less stuff at much higher prices and much lower quality.

      Add to that the fact that they have the best customer service of ANY retail company, I don't get why people love to complain.

      As for next day delivery, it's a choice - doesn't matter to me, I'm in no rush for anything and I don't stream films or music, so I've never needed to subscribe to Prime, but it's there for those who want it at a not unreasonable price for what you get (films, music, next day delivery, audiobooks, etc).

      I also used to work with them selling product to them and I have to say that they treated our business very well too. Better than a lot of retailers!
       
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      Amazon Prime has changed the way we buy stuff. Let me give you a few examples.

      Through Amazon not only you have access to next day (or even same day) delivery, you also get a better insight of the product through the users’ reviews. You also have the opportunity to have the Amazon guarantee that makes everything much simpler. One of the best (if not the best) customer service that consists from human beings that are aware that they speak with other human beings (no script!). Great comms about the deliveries and where are they.

      My very personal experience has been fantastic and even the 1 time that they screwed up my returns they offered me to keep the item for free and reimburse me the money as well!!!

      Some goods should be bought locally and for some others Amazon is perfect.....for me at least!

      An increase of the annual fee for Prime doesn’t bother me as long as I keep getting the same or better service.
       

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