I just got an email from Amazon about the changes about to begin with Amazon Mom. Yep, they are changing things on us again. Not for the better! With that said I’ll let you in on the good news first. It appears from this email that they will be opening the Amazon Mom program back up to new members. They say changes will be starting on Jan. 24, 2012 so this may be the day it re-opens, but that is not really clear. I just checked and it is not open as of yet. However, good to know they are re-opening for those who have not had a chance to join yet. Here is a quote from the email concerning new members…
- Starting on January 24, 2012, the maximum discount available on diapers and wipes subscriptions will be 20%. This includes a 5% Subscribe & Save discount plus an additional 15% exclusively for Amazon Mom members who are earning free shipping benefits or have an active Amazon Prime membership.
- Customers who join Amazon Mom in 2012 will get three months of FREE Two-Day Shipping benefits. Once the initial free period is over, customers can join Amazon Prime to continue to receive full access to Amazon Mom and Amazon Prime benefits.
So basically new members will get the 3 months free Prime like before, but there is no mention of the opportunity to extend it up to 12 months like before. Bad! Looks like you have to purchase Prime after 3 months to keep enjoying the benefits of not only the 2-day shipping, but also the Amazon Mom 20% discount.
This is where it gets really bad! Existing members will also be forced to purchase Amazon Prime if they want to keep receiving the 20% off diaper discount. So you can either stock up now, or as of 1/24/12, purchase a Prime membership for $79. I’m on the fence. I love Amazon, and the free Prime Membership for a year was great, but this stinks!
They went from completely spoiling us with Free Prime for a year, 30% off diaper discounts, 2-day shipping on diaper orders, 20% off/$10 off coupons on top of all the other benefits and then stripped us of it all little by little. We are now down to 20% off for new members for 3 months or existing members who purchase a $79 Prime membership and only standard shipping with Subscribe & Save orders, so you won’t get the Prime on diapers anyway. I’ll need some time to digest it all.
Well at least they are opening Amazon Mom back up I suppose after closing it completely to new members for a few months. That’s really the only silver lining I see. I guess I should be grateful for receiving the benefits for as long as I did. I’ll have to do some math and see if the $79 Prime membership will pay for me. Good thing my daughter is soon to be out of diapers though. Might have to fast track the potty training!
What about you? What are your thoughts on all these changes? Will it still pay to get your diapers from Amazon?