Amazon Prime Lands in Canada Sans Instant Video
Canada, I’ve some good news and some bad news. What do you want to hear first? Ok, let’s go with the good.
The good news is that Amazon is finally bringing their Amazon Prime subscription service to Canada. The bad news is that it’s a nerfed version of the service that still retains the same price tag.
The Canadian version of Amazon Prime offers the same free two-day shipping and discounted one-day shipping (with no minimum purchase) that we’re accustomed to here in the States. The only problem is that Canadian Amazon Prime subscribers will not have access to two pretty huge perks: Kindle ebook lending and Prime Instant Video.
According to the Canadian Press, Amazon.ca’s Steve Oliver says that there are no plans to brings these options to the Canadian Prime service.
“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.”
Yes, but $79 (CAD) a year (which is roughly the same price we pay here in the U.S.), some Canadians may expect more than shipping perks. Although, if you buy enough from Amazon, the shipping perks are more than enough to justify the subscription fee.
Amazon is looking to entice Canadians with a free month of the service, which they can sign up for here.