Is it Worth it to become an Amazon Student?

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Amazon Student is a special service offered by Amazon which – you guessed it – caters specifically to students. Available initially as a free six month trial, the service can be extended after the trial for $39 a year, for up to four years. Once your four years of Amazon Student are up, the service automatically switches you to Amazon Prime, the regular premium service with similar benefits, for $79 a year. So what is it exactly that you’re paying for as a student?

The trial version of Amazon Student includes free two-day shipping for the whole six months, and members will receive email updates on promotions. Amazon Students get exclusive deals on products, and can take part in giveaways and contests that a non member wouldn’t be eligible to partake in. Amazon Students members can also get a $10 referral credit for each friend that they refer to Amazon Students, with no limit on the amount of friends that you refer.

Being a Amazon Student member has other bonuses that include having access to Prime Instant Video and their photo storage service. Prime Instant Video is a streaming service with access to a large amount of movies and TV shows (just as any other streaming service would have). The photo storage service is a nice additional feature which allows Amazon Student members to store an unlimited amount of photos.

For Canadian and American students who enjoy shopping online, Amazon Student is a great option, especially for the free two day shipping that it comes with. Online shoppers will save money on shipping costs and receive their purchases more quickly – which is also great for last minute gifts! Students who enjoy watching television and movies will benefit as well from the large amount of content available on Prime Instant Video. Photo lovers who may be running out of hard drive space, or wish to keep their content in the cloud will benefit from the unlimited photo storage offered. Amazon Student appears to be a great service with great features.

The biggest con here of course is the price. However, you get six free months to test out the service and see if you like it (and use it) enough to warrant the $39 per year fee. Keep in mind that you’ll be switched over to Amazon Prime once your four years are up. If you don’t want to spend the $79 per year at that point, you’ll need to find another place to store your photos.

For more information on becoming an Amazon Student, check out their website.

Highlights:

  • Six month Free Trial
  • Free Two-day Shipping
  • Unlimited Photo Storage
  • Prime Instant video streaming service
  • $10 credit per referral
  • Access to special deals, promotions and contests
  • $39 per year until graduation or four years of use
  • Automatic renewal (must provide credit card information upon sign up
  • Automatic switch to Amazon Prime ($79/year) once your four years are up

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