amazon primeOur Amazon Prime membership costs us $79 a year and the price will be going up soon. This gives us free shipping and two-day delivery on almost anything we buy there. We can also get hundreds of free movies (but not the newest ones) streamed to our computers, phones or TVs.

It’s an attractive benefit and worth the price. It’s so attractive in fact, it looks like it’s going to be a retail trend: NewEgg, a huge mail-order house for computers and other electronic equipment, has started offering three-day free delivery for $49 a year. We think of them as tech only, because that’s all they used to sell, but now you can buy lots of stuff, including “accessories” for the kitchen sink — if not the sink itself. They have become the second largest online retailer after Amazon. (Amazon does sell kitchen sinks.)

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