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Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sale is scheduled for Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22; and if you feel like it hasn’t been a year since the last event – you’re right, it isn’t. Last year, Prime Day took place on October 13 and 14, three months later than usual, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this year we are back on track, and as before, Amazon will lower the prices of many of its products for its Prime members.

If you’re drawn to the goodies on offer, but you haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime, don’t worry ̵

1; Amazon makes it really easy. (As you might expect, it’s the sad salesperson that makes it hard for people to become new customers.)

In addition to giving access to Prime Day bargains, Amazon has come up with a number of features to entice people to sign up for its Prime service. These include: access to Prime Video, the streaming video service; free and faster shipping on purchases (with two-day delivery for many items and even same-day delivery for some); deals on purchases at the Whole Foods Market; Amazon Music Prime audio streaming (not to be confused with the more comprehensive Amazon Music Unlimited, which is an additional $7.99 per month for Prime members); Prime Gaming, which includes a free Twitch channel subscription; online photo storage; and Prime Reading, which provides access to a library of comics, books, and magazines.

You can share your Prime account – and all of its features – with one other adult. And you get a 30-day free trial so you can try it (and the Prime Day specials) to see if it fits.

Here’s how to sign up.

In addition to the basic plan, Amazon only offers video and plans for students and EBT/Medicaid users.

In addition to the basic Prime plan, Amazon only offers videos and subscriptions for students and those in need of government support.

Choose a subscription

  • Go to https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime and click on the “See More Plans” link.
  • Choose which subscription you want. With the basic plan, you can sign up for the service for $12.99/month or $119/year, which works out to just under $10/month. You can also just sign up for Prime Video for $8.99/month, but you can’t participate in Prime Day.
  • If you are a student, click on the link with the question “Are you a student?” and sign up for Prime Student. You get a six-month free trial and after that, you only have to pay $6.49 per month. You also get some additional discounts, such as Showtime for 99 cents per month (up to a year), Amazon Music Unlimited for 99 cents per month, and a two-month trial of Kindle Unlimited.
  • If you use government support or use an electronic money transfer card (EBT), you can also join for less: $5.99 per month.
  • Is it your birthday soon? If you have a generous friend or relative, they can gift you a Prime membership for three months ($39) or the whole year ($119).

create an account

  • Once you’ve decided which plan to go with, you’ll need an Amazon account. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll need to sign up. Click on “Try Prime” then “Create your Amazon account” and set one up with your name, email address and password. We strongly recommend that you also set up two-step verification for your account.
  • On the next page, Amazon verifies your account by sending a so-called OTP (one-time password) to your email address. Go to your email, copy the OTP, paste it on the Amazon page and click ‘Verify’.
  • You will then be prompted to enter your credit or debit card information.
  • And you’re done!

We should probably mention the obvious: you can sign up for a Prime membership, take advantage of the 30-day free trial, then cancel it after Prime Day sales are over. But you can only do that once — and you may regret that decision next year when Prime Day comes again.

Update June 9, 2021, 3:30 PM ET: This article was originally published on July 10, 2019 and has been modified to reflect updated information about Amazon Prime.

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