Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sales are scheduled for Monday June 21 and Tuesday June 22; and if you feel like it’s not been a year since the last event – you’re right, it isn’t. Prime Day last year took place on October 13 and 14, three months later than usual, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this year we are going back to the calendar, and as before, Amazon will be lowering the prices of many of its products for its Prime members.

If you’re drawn to the freebies on offer, but haven’t signed up for Amazon Prime, don’t worry, Amazon makes it easy for you. (As you might expect, it’s the sorry seller that makes it difficult for people to become new customers.)

In addition to providing access to Prime Day bargains, Amazon has come up with a bunch of features to get people to sign up for its Prime service. These include: access to Main video, its video streaming service; free and faster delivery on purchases (with two-day delivery for many items and even same-day delivery for some); offers on Whole Foods Market purchases; Amazon Music Prime audio streaming (not to be confused with the most extensive Amazon Unlimited Music, which is an additional $ 7.99 / month for Prime members); Top notch game, which includes a free subscription to a Twitch channel; online photo storage; and Main reading, which provides access to a library of comics, books and magazines.

You can share your Prime account – and all of its features – with another adult. And you get a 30-day free trial, so you can try it out (along with the Prime Day specials) to see if it’s right for you.

Here’s how to sign up.

Besides its basic Prime plan, Amazon only offers videos and plans for students and those who need government help.

Choose a package

  • Go to https://www.amazon.com/amazonprime and click on the “See more plans” link.
  • Choose the plan you want. The basic plan lets you sign up for the service for $ 12.99 / month or $ 119 / year, which comes down to just under $ 10 / month. You can also sign up for Prime Video alone for $ 8.99 / month, but you won’t be able to join Prime Day.
  • If you are a student, click on the link that asks “Are you a student?” »And sign up for Principal student. You will get a six month free trial subscription and after that you will only have to pay $ 6.49 per month. You also get additional discounts, such as Showtime for 99 cents per month (up to one year), Amazon Music Unlimited for 99 cents per month, and a two-month trial of Kindle Unlimited.
  • If you receive government assistance or use an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, you can also register for less: $ 5.99 per month.
  • It’s almost your birthday ? If you have a generous friend or relative, they can offer you a Prime subscription for three months ($ 39) or all year ($ 119).

Create an account

  • Once you have decided which plan you are going to use, you will need an Amazon account. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to register. Click on “Try Prime”, then on “Create your Amazon account” and create one with your name, email and password. We highly recommend two-factor authentication setup on your behalf as well.
  • On the next page, Amazon will verify your account by sending what it calls an OTP (One Time Password) to your email. Go to your email, copy the OTP, paste it into the Amazon page and click “Verify”.
  • You will then be asked to enter your credit or debit card information.
  • And you’re done!

We should probably mention the obvious: you can sign up for a Prime membership, take advantage of the 30-day free trial, and then cancel it after Prime Day sales end. But you can only do it once – and you might regret that decision next year when Prime Day returns.

Updated June 9, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. ET: This article was originally published on July 10, 2019 and has been edited to reflect updated information on Amazon Prime.

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