Amazon Birthday Gives Members the Booty

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Amazon is celebrating their 20th birthday! Do not worry about sending gifts to this mega online business because it is giving away the gifts. However, there is a catch; Amazon is only giving members the booty.

The party is being dubbed, Prime Day and it takes place on Wednesday July 15. Aside from gifts, a contest was also announced. The PrimeLiving Photo Contest will have one winner in each of the nine countries where Prime Membership is available. Amazon wants photos depicting what PrimeLiving means to the photographer. As an example, the rules suggest, “whether that means putting your feet up, sharing time with loved ones. Or curling up on the beach with your Kindle.”

Grand prize winners will each receive a $10,000 gift card and “will be invited to have their photos become screen savers on the Amazon Fire TV.”  If photo ideas are needed, there are samples on Facebook. Once the picture has been submitted, go to the company’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see whether the photo has been posted. The photo must be original, and only one entry per member will be accepted. The entries must be submitted by July 15 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Winners will be sent an email following the end of the contest. All of the official rules can be found on Amazon’s website. Amazon

Wednesday is being compared to Black Friday because there will be tremendous sales on July 15, which will rival the post-Thanksgiving sales. Members will be able to save big bucks on thousands of lightening deals, so called because these offers have specific time limits. Once the deal is over the sale no longer exists. There will also be deals of the day. These are great examples of what Amazon has in store for their birthday when members get the booty.

Even though Amazon is giving members booty for its birthday, it is still possible for non-members to participate. Prime Membership is $99 a year; a person can take advantage of the 30-day trial membership. Be sure to sign up before the birthday begins to get all of the membership deals.

The membership benefits are numerous; the top perk is free two-day shipping. Unlimited free access to instant movies, television episodes and ad-free music are also benefits. There are thousands of titles available for immediate watching and millions of songs to enjoy at the push of a button. Kindle First allows an individual to choose one early release book for free. Members also can borrow one Kindle book a month without any due date (only available to Kindle owners).

Two recently introduced features are Prime Photos and Prime Early Access. The e-commerce giant offers “unlimited photo storage” in their cloud. Prime Early gives members a 30-minute head start to a special selection of lightening deals. is an Amazon site that offers daily sales events, and Prime Members get early notice of new sales.

Another unique perk is Prime Pantry. Since mid-2014, this service has provided home delivery of groceries and sundry items. The premise is the customer can fill a box for $1.99 when the contents total price is $50 or more. Most of the products are name brands, but there are some generic-type products. The surprising thing about the Pantry is a box holds several 12 pack boxes of soda, combined with other items and the shipping is inexpensive.

Membership does have its privileges. There are already photos on the Facebook page entitled “Amazon Prime Living Photo Contest.” There is one with a man holding his kitten up to his face, another showing a man proposing to his girl and many others. These offer great ideas for anyone who is entering the photo contest.

There are only a couple of days until the birthday celebration takes place and the photo contest ends. Anyone who is a member gets the booty for Amazon’s birthday this year.

By Cathy Milne


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