Amazon may have started their Black Friday deals early, and of course, their best deals are sure to hit on Black Friday and go through Cyber Monday, but Amazon is also offering another great deal a week earlier. On November 18th, which is this coming Friday, Amazon will be discounting Prime memberships by 20%, bringing the annual cost of Prime down to $79 instead of costing subscribers the original $99. The benefits of this are tenfold, and certainly go beyond the savings on membership cost, as Prime also grants people access to a wealth of other features that aren't afforded to non-Prime members.
This includes access to streaming video as well as music with loads of content available to stream for free, but Prime members also get two-day shipping for free and this is especially nice if you shop on Amazon often enough. Even if you don't, Prime's other features more than make up for the cost, and the one to few times you might shop on Amazon a year will still have free shipping, which, depending on what you buy could end up costing more collectively than the annual cost of Prime. While Amazon is no stranger to tossing out deals on all kinds of stuff, the discount on Prime memberships will be coming with a specific purpose, as Amazon is using it as a way to celebrate the arrival of a new Amazon Original series that will be available through Prime Video called 'The Grand Tour.' Following on from the show's arrival and the Prime membership discount, Amazon is also launching a new skill for Alexa-powered devices (like the Echo) called The Grand Tour skill, which will send clues to users every Thursday pertaining to things to look for in the upcoming episode when it airs.
While this all sounds like it will be good fun for those who will end up falling in love with the new series, Amazon is adding incentives to using the skill and participating. Each week, Amazon will send trivia questions to users on Saturday, and those who answer all three questions correctly will unlock exclusive video content. In addition to this, Amazon is also going to be holding a weekly random drawing for anyone who uses the new Alexa skill between November 19th and December 22nd with a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card worth $25. There are a couple of caveats to this deal that potentially interested consumers will want to make note of. The first is that the discount will only be offered for one day, beginning this Friday, November 18th at 12:00 AM ET and ending at 11:58 PM ET that evening. The other being that the discount is only available to new Prime members, so those who already have Prime will not be able to lock in a $79 price for the annual cost.