January 8, 2013—Today is a good day to be a Canadian. Amazon.ca today announced the launch of Amazon Prime, a membership program that provides free two-day shipping on eligible orders for $79 a year. Canadians can now register for Amazon Prime which allows shoppers to receive unlimited Free Two-Day shipping, One-Day shipping for as low as $3.99 per item, and Free Standard shipping to rural areas on almost all orders. Prime is available on items in categories like electronics, baby, kitchen, books, movies, music, watches, sporting goods, tools and more.
“We are proud to bring Amazon Prime to Canada,” said Steve Oliver, country manager for Amazon.ca. “Amazon Prime offers its members the convenience of fast, free shipping on millions of eligible items, whether the order is for a single DVD or a kitchen mixer. There is no minimum purchase amount and no need to consolidate orders, so Canadians from coast-to-coast can enjoy a simpler, faster shopping experience.”
Although Amazon customers in Canada can now enjoy the benefits of Amazon Prime, one thing they won’t be able to enjoy is Instant Video. Similar to Netflix, Amazon’s Instant Video service allows Prime users to enjoy video streaming straight from their television for free. Currently Amazon has no plans for the video service to join Prime in Canada any time soon.
Customers in Canada can try Amazon Prime for one month free, by visiting www.amazon.ca/prime.