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Amazon Is Raising Its Prime Fee To $12.99 Per Month And People Are Pissed

A monthly Prime membership has gone up in price, but an annual membership is still $99.

Posted on January 19, 2018, at 12:53 p.m. ET

Amazon Prime Monthly members will begin paying $2 more for their memberships beginning in February, the company has disclosed on its website.

AP/Ted S. Warren

The price of a monthly Prime membership for new members increased to $12.99 from $10.99 on Friday. The price of the Prime Student monthly plan also increased to $6.49 from $5.49. Recode first reported the increase on Friday.

Beginning Feb. 18, existing Amazon Prime Monthly and Prime Student members looking to renew their memberships will pay the increased rate.

The higher monthly fee — which brings the annual payment to nearly $156 (from $132) for people who don't want to commit to a full year but end up staying with Prime for that long anyhow — may make Amazon's annual membership more appealing to some. Annual Prime members won't see any hikes: Prime members will continue to pay $99 and annual Prime Student members will continue to pay $49.

Amazon's price hike comes as the company continues to expand its Prime membership base — which Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates is 85 million–large in the US.

AP/Mark Lennihan

The company said earlier this month that it shipped more than 5 billion items worldwide with Prime in 2017. It also reported that in one week alone over the holiday season, more than 4 million people started Prime free trials or began paid memberships.

The company has been adding Prime benefits to draw in new customers. "Prime provides an unparalleled combination of shipping, shopping, and entertainment benefits, and we continue to invest in making Prime even more valuable for our members," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "The number of items eligible for unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping increased in recent years from 20 million to more than 100 million items. ... We will keep introducing new ways to make members’ lives even better."

On social media, shoppers said while they love the convenience and speed of Amazon, they are not pleased that monthly Prime memberships are getting pricier.

When people woke up to see Amazon prime membership raised the price 3 bucks

@Im_VelvetJones / Via Twitter: @Im_VelvetJones

It went up by $2, but you get the idea.

For some people, it was the stuff of nightmares.

uh did the price of amazon prime just raise for anyone else or was i personally sent to hell

@veryimported / Via Twitter: @veryimported

Some felt the urge to put their pricier membership to good use — more consumption!

Amazon is raising the price of Prime $2. Let me finally use all of the features that come with a subscription.

@ISetItOff / Via Twitter: @ISetItOff

Some people were drawing ~ connections ~.

@selling_theta / Via Twitter: @selling_theta

Others complained Amazon doesn't need the extra pocket change.

Amazon Prime has raised its price after Jeff Bezos became the richest man of all time with $105 billion.

Some others are just plain disappointed.

I knew it was only a matter of time before they increased the price of Amazon Prime memberships. Yall trash for tha…

@_RyanMarie_ / Via Twitter: @_RyanMarie_

Still, not everyone is upset.

Amazon Prime is an insanely good value at the current price. Upping it a little just makes it an incredibly good va…

@skunkwerks16 / Via Twitter: @skunkwerks16

Amazon Prime has all the seasons of Monk and Psych so I’ll forgive them for increasing the monthly membership price

@_haleymarie4 / Via Twitter: @_haleymarie4

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