Here's what you get with Amazon Prime in Australia

As an introductory offer, Australian users will pay less than a third of the cost compared to US users.

A Prime membership will also give users access to Amazon's "Prime Originals", an online streaming service with features such as the Top Gear re-boot The Grand Tour, in an effort to muscle in on the market created by Netflix and Stan. Starting with a free 30-day trial, the service will cost either $59/year or $4.99/month until the 31st of January 2019 when it jumps to $6.99/month.

"We hope that Australians will love free two business day delivery on products from Amazon Australia and free worldwide delivery on products from Amazon US, all available to customers on", Amazon Prime global VP Jamil Ghani says.

Amazon's Australian site has around 60 million products, far fewer than the US' 500 million. "This is just the beginning for Prime in Australia, as we will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits".

Prime expedited delivery reaches almost 90% of Australians in two business days, with more cities, towns and suburbs being added over time.

Though perks for joining include free 2-day domestic delivery with no minimum purchase to most cities, which Amazon says will cover "nearly 90% of Australians".

Most countries where Amazon Prime is available have same or next day delivery. Non-metro areas that don't qualify for free two-day delivery will have access to an expedited three- to five-day delivery option for no additional charge.

The Prime launch may help direct more shoppers to the Australian site, which offers a fraction of the range of Amazon's USA site.

The initiative is created to boost the total number of purchases made by Amazon users, after shopper feedback revealed many shy away from paying shipping on low-priced or small goods.

Prime members can stream or download popular and award-winning Prime Original series such The Grand Tour, Golden Globe victor The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Emmy victor The Man in the High Castle, American Gods, and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski, which will premiere on August 31.

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