top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down
Thursday 29 September 2022
inner cx logo
icon mailbox
Resident or second-home owner in France? Join our newsletter

Amazon Prime fees to rise by €20 a year in France from September

The increase is happening in other European countries too, as the US retailer giant cites ‘increased working costs’ due to growing fuel, energy, and packaging prices

Close up photo of Amazon Prime parcel with a large Amazon Prime logo, VISA and Mastercard credit cards

The cost of Amazon Prime is rising in France, as part of global increases by the US giant Pic: Ascannio / Shutterstock

Amazon Prime will cost €20 more per year in France from September, the US retail giant has confirmed.

In a statement, Amazon said: “From September 15, 2022, the price of Prime monthly subscriptions will rise from €5.99 to €6.99, and the price of the yearly Prime subscription will rise from €49 to €69.90. The new prices will apply to all renewed subscriptions from September 15, 2022.”

The company said that this change is “linked to the increase of working costs of Prime in France”. These include rising costs of fuel, energy, and packaging costs, a spokesperson for Amazon France told the AFP.

The statement added that the company was always increasing its “efforts to constantly improve the Prime programme”.

It said: “Since we launched Prime in France, we have increased the selection of eligible products from fast and unlimited free Prime delivery; added more quality digital entertainment, including TV series and films on Prime Video, music on Amazon Music Prime, games with Prime Gaming, and books with Prime Reading.

“Prime Video, in particular, has increased the number of series and Amazon Original films [that are available on Prime] and added access to the [tennis] tournament, Roland-Garros.”

France is not the only country to see rising Prime costs. Subscription prices are also set to increase in Germany, the UK, Spain, and Italy. 

In the US, it currently costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month (€137 and €14.80 respectively). In the UK, it costs £7.99 per month or £79 per year (€9.45 and €93 respectively). In Germany, it costs €7.99 per month or €69 per year. In Italy and Spain, the prices are €3.99 per month or €36 per year.

The price in the US had already increased at the beginning of the year. A spokesperson said that this had not led to a significant drop-off in subscribers.

The UK price is also set to rise by £1 a month to £8.99 from September. 

In France, reaction to the news online was less-than-positive from some.

One said: “Pardon, Amazon Prime? Have they completely lost it or what, 20 euros increase on a yearly subscription, I’m dying of laughter.”

Another said: “Amazon Prime going from €49 to €69 per year…I like you but it’s time to say goodbye”, while one more said: “As if everything was not already too expensive. Seriously Amazon Prime, you’re taking the mickey.”

Amazon reminded subscribers that they can check the date of their next renewal, cancel, or change their subscription settings in their account area on the website.

Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers Amazon users free fast delivery (such as 2-day delivery in the US, and overnight or same-day delivery in some parts of Europe and the UK), as well as access to a wide range of ‘free’ items on Amazon Video, Amazon Music, Gaming, and Reading.

Related articles

500,000 shopkeepers in France launch anti-Amazon campaign 

Is Amazon France censoring my bad reviews? 

Why was I charged for customs and VAT on an Amazon delivery in France?

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now