(Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime for Students offer free two-day shipping and free streaming video.)
But there are ways to get around the price hike.
If you’re due to renew before April 17, you’ll pay the old rate of $79, or $39 for the student service.
New members who sign up by Wednesday, March 19, get the $79/$39 rate as well.
And SlickDeals.net offered a slick workaround to avoid the price increase by buying a gift membership for yourself that begins the day after your current membership ends. (You’ll have to buy the gift membership by March 19 as well.)