Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of Amazon Prime in Canada, joining the ranks of the U.S, U.K., Germany, France, Japan, Spain, and Italy, as countries offering free shipping.
To entice you in, Amazon is offering new customers a one-month, no obligation, free trial of the service, but strangely this isn't' available for customers living in Quebec.
For $79 a year (that's Canadian dollars) you'll receive free two-day shipping on millions of different goods brought from Amazon, as well as free standard shipping if you're living in a rural area, and one-day shipping for as little as $3.99 an item. You can order as many items as you like and will still be eligible for as much free shipping as you need, so it could save you some money over the course of the year if you're a regular Amazon customer.
Disappointingly, Canadians won't have access to Amazon's Instant Video service. In the U.S, Prime Instant Video provides unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, at no additional cost as long as you're an Amazon Prime member. Sadly, Amazon Canada's Steve Oliver stated that there are no plans for the video service to appear on Canada's Amazon Prime any time soon.
Amazon.ca Launches Prime Service Offering Canadians Unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping
Get fast, free shipping on millions of items across electronics, baby, kitchen, books, tools and more with no minimum orders
SEATTLE, January 8, 2013 –Amazon.ca today announced the launch of Amazon Prime, a membership program that provides “all-you-can-eat” Free Two-Day shipping to customers for an annual fee of CAD $79. The Prime membership offers free and unlimited shipping on millions of eligible items on www.amazon.ca, with no minimum purchase. Prime is available on items across electronics, baby, kitchen, books, movies, music, watches, sporting goods, tools and more.
Amazon Prime, used by millions of members worldwide, offers customers in most areas of Canada:
Unlimited Free Two-Day shipping
One-Day shipping for as low as CAD $3.99 per item
Free Standard shipping to rural areas
“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.”
Customers in Canada can try Amazon Prime for one month free,* with no obligation, by visiting www.amazon.ca/prime. To learn more about Amazon Prime or to sign-up to start enjoying free shipping benefits, customers can visit www.amazon.ca/prime.