This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, folks.
Amazon Prime launches in Australia today. Yep, proper Amazon Prime – the one that gets you fast, free delivery and a bunch of other benefits. Prime is already available for Amazon customers around the world, but the real question is – what will we get in Australia, and how much is it going to cost us? Well, Amazon says Prime members in Australia “will have access to the widest selection of Prime benefits at launch for any country ever”.
Here’s what they are.
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“We hope that Australians will love free two business day delivery on products from Amazon Australia and free international delivery on products from Amazon US, all available to customers on Amazon.com.au,” Jamil Ghani, Vice President of Prime International at Amazon said in a statement. “We are really proud to bring Australians the most extensive set of Prime benefits at launch for any country – ever. This is just the beginning for Prime in Australia, as we will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits.”
Amazon says Prime will promise free, two business day delivery “to nearly 90 per cent of Australians” on millions of local and international “eligible” items.
Free two business day delivery is available to customers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and regional cities such as Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Gold Coast, Gosford, Newcastle, Shepparton–Mooroopna, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga and more. Amazon says more cities, towns and suburbs being added over time. Prime members in more remote or rural locations will receive free expedited shipping in four or five days.
Orders over $49 will give you free international delivery, and you’ll also get discounted priority delivery – where you get deliveries “on eligible items” in as fast as one day. You can check delivery speeds for domestic and international products for where you are here.
Access to exclusive and award-winning Prime Original series, as well as other popular movies and TV shows – The Grand Tour, Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Emmy winner The Man in the High Castle, American Gods, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, which will premiere on 31 August 2018. Prime members can watch via the Prime Video app on mobile phones, tablets, select Smart TVs, game consoles and Fire TV stick.
Access to over 1,000 e-books, short reads, comics, travel guides, children’s books and more – including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Fourth Friend, Australian classics from Miles Franklin and Marcus Clarke, ands nonfiction like Up From the Mission and Dane Swan’s autobiography. You’ll need to download the Kindle reading app for mobile phones and tablets or use any Kindle e-reader or Fire Tablet.
“Benefits for gamers.” You’ll get free games every month, access to free in-game loot for games like Fortnite, Call of Duty WWII, and Heroes of the Storm. You’ll also get a Twitch channel subscription every 30 days, an expanded set of chat emotes and colours, an exclusive chat badge, “and more”.
You’ll get exclusive access to special shopping deals, will be able to shop the site on “Prime Day” – Amazon’s deal-shopping event exclusively for Prime members, and you’ll be able to shop via Alexa now too.
You’ll also be able to pre-order “Prime-eligible products” – we’re talking Red Dead Redemption II, Avengers Infinity War and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – and have them delivered on release date
You can sign up for Prime today and get a free 30-day trial. After that, it will cost you $6.99 a month, or $59 a year. If you sign up before 31 January 2019, it’ll set you back $4.99 a month.
“We are thrilled to bring Prime, our premium membership program and its many benefits, to Australia, little more than six months after the launch of our Marketplace and Retail offering,” said Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager of Amazon Australia. “We have been working hard to expand selection, ensure customers get great value, and improve the Amazon shopping experience for Australians. With the addition of Prime, customers can now enjoy the most convenient way to shop and take advantage of new and expanding benefits from Amazon.”
You can find out more here.