Prime Only: 10% back on select LG 2017 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TVs

While checking the upcoming Gold Box schedule, this offer was featured at the bottom of the page. If you are a Prime member and you pay for these with a Prime Credit Card (Chase VISA or Amazon Store card) you will earn 10% as a statement credit instead of the usual 5%. “These” are the LG Electronics 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2017 Model) for $1700 at 55-inch and $2600 at 65-inch. Unlike the quarterly credit cards, there is no limit on the cashback you can earn with the Prime offers. Only these two main TV-only options are eligible, not the various bundles you see on the product page (neither TV with BluRay nor the TV with soundbar).

Prime Reading: Shutterbug (April), NatGeo (March) and more

If you are a Prime member, one of the ever-growing list of Prime Benefits, is that you have a virtual magazine e-newsstand where you can borrow select individual digital magazine issues and read them as part of the Prime Reading benefit.

Among the latest issues you can read (borrow) for free:

+ Shutterbug (April 2018)
+ National Geographic (March 2018)
+ National Geographic Traveler (February 2018)

New Prime Benefit: 5% Cashback with Amazon Prime Chase VISA at Whole Foods

We have another new Prime benefit! This is not as big as the Sunday announcement that Prime members get free standard shipping at Woot (for most items), but if you have the Amazon Prime Chase VISA credit card and shop at Whole Foods (and pay for the order with said credit card), you will now earn 5% rewards. Non-Prime members with the Amazon Chase VISA credit card will earn 3%, the same percentage they earn on regular Amazon purchases. Via Amazon Press Release.

PS: while the 5% cashback on purchases is earned with both the Amazon Chase Prime VISA and the Amazon Prime Store credit card, the 5% at Whole Foods is only earned with the Amazon Chase Prime VISA, presumably because Whole Foods is not set up to take the Store credit card (and the card may not be set up for retail use to begin with; it’s not a physical credit card to begin with).

New Prime Benefit: Free Shipping at Woot (FINALLY!)

Some thought the day would never come, but as of February 18 in 2018, this is for real! Amazon Prime members can now receive free standard shipping for most of their Woot purchases. This was announced on the official Woot blog and there are also notices scattered throughout the Woot website.

The benefit is free standard shipping, not free 2-day shipping, but it’s definitely better than paying $5 per calendar day for purchases. T-shirt purchases however get “free express shipping” which makes sense, since they are lightweight and they can be compressed for shipping purposes to the size of a burrito if need be.

Here’s an annotated screenshot from the Woot blog summarizing it:

There are some exceptions though. “Gourmet” items, sold by the Gourmet sub-Woot (formerly Wine) are not eligible. You’ll get confirmation on the product page and the shopping cart on what qualifies.

If you are a regular Woot shopper who’s not a Prime member, it’s not a bad idea to give it a try, they offer 30-Day Free Prime Trials. If you make Woot purchases on 20 different days during a rolling 12-month period, that’s the price of a 1-year Prime subscription (20 x $5 = $100).

The list of Prime benefits is getting longer and longer. Take a comprehensive look at our Amazon Prime Benefits mega-post at the main blog.

Free to Read (PRIME): Australian Photography latest issue and more

Among the many Prime Benefits is the Prime Reading program which lets you e-borrow e-books and individual issues of select magazines, library-style, for FREE! Among the current round of free-to-read digital magazine issues is the February 2018 issue of Australian Photography. One you check it out, you can keep it as long as you want, but it will use up one of your ten available “borrowing” slots. A number of other “six degrees of separation” (from photography) digital issues are available such as Nat Geo Traveler, Backpacker, Surfer, Vogue, etc.

Prime Exclusive Phones now without Lockscreen Ads: LG G6 for $420, LG G6+ for $520

Starting today (Wednesday 2/7/18), Amazon is selling their Prime-exclusive smartphones that previously had “Lockscreen Ads” without them! If you have an existing Amazon Prime phone with “Lockscreen Ads”, an update will arrive that will disable them. If you paid out of your pocket to remove the ads, you can contact customer service and have it refunded.

As a result of the ad removal, their prices went up by $20. As of the time of writing, $420 gets you the LG G6 (32GB, Platinum) while $520 gets you the LG G6+ (128GB, Black).

These are factory unlocked, new condition and with USA warranty and with USA carriers in mind. The Moto models look like they have already been sold out. I don’t know if Amazon plans to discontinue this program once all available phones are sold out…

Only Prime members are able to buy them.

Prime Reading includes February 2018 issue of Shutterbug

If you are a Prime member, one of the ever-increasing Prime Benefits is the Prime Reading program. They offer a library of about 1000 e-books along with some digital magazine issues and audiobooks and comic books, and you can borrow and read these. You can have ten out maximum at any time, but you can return and borrow as often as you want.

Among the latest digital magazine issues you can borrow for free is the February 2018 issue of Shutterbug. Other February 2018 digital issues you can borrow include Consumer Reports, Popular Science, and various “six degrees of separation” topics.

Speaking of magazines, running until Monday night is a three print magazines for $12 total per year promotion at DiscountMags.

Prime Credit Cards Only: 20% back on these Pentax Lenses: 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, Etc

The prerequisites of this promotion are outlined in this introductory post. If you are a Prime member, and pay for the order with one of the two Prime credit cards, and you get an eligible lens sold and shipped by Amazon itself, you will receive a 20% off statement credit on your credit card:

+ Pentax D FA 24-70mm F2.8ED SDM WR for $1080
+ get $216~ statement credit

+ Pentax HD D FA 70-200mm f2.8ED DC AW Telephoto-Zoom for $1536
+ get $307~ statement credit

+ Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE for $370
+ get $74 statement credit

+ Pentax D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR HD for $500
+ get $100 statement credit

+ these are part of the Prime 20% Cashback Offer

PS: you may have to be logged on to your Prime account in order for their website to show you this offer…

Prime Members Only: Get 20% back when you pay for select products with a Prime VISA or Store Credit Card

This is a HOT deal IF:

  1. you are a Prime member
  2. you have either the Prime Chase VISA credit card or the Prime Store Credit card
  3. you want to pay for your whole eligible purchase with either one of these credit cards
  4. you want to buy one of the items eligible for this promotion

If YES to all of the above, then keep on reading! You can find the terms of the promotion, along with links to the eligible products at the Prime 20% Cashback Offer. You only get 20% back on the amount paid with the credit card, so if you have gift cards and such, you may want to uncheck them in the shopping cart because you won’t get 20% back on the portion of the purchase paid with a gift card or any other payment method.

There is no coupon code to enter. The offer happens automatically in the back end while this promotion is running.


Click on the various product categories over there to see eligible products. Or while you are perusing Amazon product pages, eligible products will mention this with tiny font on their page. Here’s a screenshot:

Using the above as an example, you pay $376.99 at checkout. When your credit card statement closes, you will get a 20% statement credit (instead of the usual 5% statement credit). In this case, you will have a $75~ statement credit in your credit card account.

This is a LIMITED TIME OFFER. Amazon does not specify the expiration time, so if you don’t see it on a product page, it means it expired!

This is a limited time offer! You can find details and all the eligible products through the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer page.

Prime Credit Cards Only: 20% Back on Ricoh Theta V or SC 360

In addition to the many Pentax offers, the 20% off Prime Credit Cards statement credit offer also includes some of the Ricoh Theta digital cameras:

+ Pay $377 for the Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera, Get $75~ statement credit
+ only this option is eligible; not the other three bundles on the same listing

+ Pay $169 for the Ricoh Theta SC 360° video and still camera, Get $34~ statement credit
+ four color schemes are available

For more details on this offer, check our introductory post.

Prime Credit Cards Only: 20% Statement Credit on select Adobe 1-Year Subscriptions including CC Photography Plan

It’s not just physical goods that are participating in the Prime Credit Cards 20% Statement Credit promotion. There is also a Software tab at the aforelinked page, and among the 40+ options, they have these camera and photo related software:

+ Pay $120 for 1-Year Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, Get $24~ Statement Credit

+ Pay $240 for Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition Prepaid Membership 12 Month – Validation Required, Get $48~ Statement Credit
+ good for either Download or DISC option

+ Pay $100 for Corel Paint Shop Pro 2018 Ultimate – Amazon Exclusive – Includes Multi Cam Video Software, Get $20~ Statement Credit
+ offer available on the DISC option

For more details on this offer, check our Introductory post.

For other camera and photo related things participating in this promotion, check this Yellow Brick Road of posts (under Prime Benefits since only Prime members can do this, paying with a Prime credit card).

Prime Credit Cards Only: 20% Statement Credit on 301 Photography Lenses (lots of Rokinon and Samyang)

Also participating in the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer are a total of 301 photography lenses. We already mentioned some of them, but I obviously can’t create individual posts for 301 lenses. The majority of them are Rokinon and Samyang models for various camera systems. You can find them all in the Digital Camera Lenses listing which you can filter by mount and manufacturer and other factors available in the left hand side over there.

Remember, these lenses must be sold and shipped by Amazon itself and you must pay for the items with either one of the Amazon Prime credit cards and you must be a Prime member. Check our Introductory post for an explanation of the offer.

This is a limited time offer. Expiration date is unknown.

Prime Credit Cards Only: Buy Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for $450, Get $90 Statement Credit

Select Pentax gear are not the only ones eligible for the 20% off Prime Credit Card Statement Credit promotion. There’s a Tamron lens as well, available in either the Canon or Nikon DSLR system.

The new condition Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD goes for $450 at Adorama and B&H Photo with 4% promotional rewards.

The same price is available at Amazon by Amazon itself. If you pay for this with either one of the Prime credit cards, you will get a 20% statement credit, which is $90 in this case!

This is a limited time offer! You can find details and all the eligible products through the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer page.

Prime Credit Cards Only: Buy Pentax K70 with 18-135 for $850, Get $170 statement credit

This offer is bit more complicated, so please read carefully!

The Pentax K70 body only goes for $600, while the K70 with the 18-135mm goes for $850 at B&H Photo and Adorama in either the black or the silver color schemes.

The same prices are available at Amazon by Amazon actual. Of these kits, only the K70 with 18-135mm kits are eligible for the 20% statement credit IF you pay with a Prime credit card. You pay $850 at checkout, and after your credit card statement closes, you receive a $170 statement credit.

If you purchase the K70 body only from Amazon, and pay with a Prime credit card, you will only receive the standard 5% statement credit, not a 20% statement. Only the “K70 with 18-135” kits are eligible.


As always, double check that the product you are about to buy is eligible for this promotion by making sure the offer is mentioned on its product page. Take a screenshot as well to be on the same side! Example for the K70 with 18-135 vs the K70 body only:

The K70 with 18-135mm is eligible as you can see

The K70 body only is NOT eligible. The offer is NOT mentioned on its product page

This is a limited time offer! You can find details and all the eligible products through the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer page.

Prime Credit Cards Only: Buy Pentax KP for $880, Get $176 statement credit

The two Pentax K-P bodies range from $880 to $900 at Adorama and B&H Photo.

The same prices are available at Amazon by Amazon itself. But if you are a Prime member, and PAY with either Prime credit card, you will receive a 20% statement credit, around $176 for the silver KP and around $180 for the black KP. For more details on the 20% statement credit offer, read the introductory post, I don’t want to repeat the whole thing in every post.

This is a limited time offer! You can find details and all the eligible products through the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer page.

Prime Credit Cards Only: Buy Pentax K-1 Body for $1900, Get $380 Statement Credit

The Pentax K-1 body goes for $1900 with a FREE Pentax D-BG6 Battery Grip at B&H Photo and Adorama.

It also goes for $1900 at Amazon by Amazon itself but Amazon does not include the free Battery Grip. HOWEVER, if you are a Prime member, and you pay for this purchase sold and shipped by Amazon, paid with either Prime credit card, you will receive $380 back as a statement credit! I don’t want to repeat the details of this promotion in every post, read the introductory post here.

The battery grip costs $220 on its own, so the statement credit offer handily defeats the free battery grip.

Here’s how the Amazon product page looks when this promotion is alive and kicking:

This is a limited time offer! You can find details and all the eligible products through the Prime 20% Statement Credit offer page.

Pay with Prime Card: 1-Year Prepaid Creative Photography Plan for $96 after Statement Credit


  1. you are a Prime member
  2. you are buy participating products sold and shipped by Amazon itself
  3. you pay for them with the Prime credit cards, either the Chase Prime VISA or the Amazon Prime Store Credit Card

…. THEN you will receive 20% back of the purchase price as a statement credit on your credit card instead of the usual 5% statement credit. No coupon is needed, just fulfilled by the above prerequisities. This is an offer you get even if you don’t know about it. And if you don’t check your credit card statement, you may not even know you got it. And if you don’t know it happened, did it really happen? 🙂

Among the eligible products are a dozen Adobe subscription plans (some are “Student and Teacher” so please pay attention to the individual listings) including the 1-Year Creative Cloud Photography plan with 20GB storage for $120. You will receive a $24 statement credit, making it a $96 after statement credit.

All eligible products mention this on their individual product page. If you don’t see it, means the promotion expired or something else is wrong:

The expiration date is unspecified, so the offer is good as long as you see it mentioned on the product pages.

20% Statement Credit on Select Purchases Paid with Prime VISA or Prime Store Card

And the offers keep on coming! If you are a Prime member, AND you have either the Amazon Chase Prime VISA credit card, or the Prime Store credit card, AND you purchase eligible products participating in the promotion you will receive a whopping 20% back as a statement credit on your credit card. You get the usual 5% plus a 15% bonus cashback, making it 20% total. The six eligible categories include Electronics, but it’s only a subset of all products that are eligible. This happens automatically if you fulfill the prerequisites, so you don’t have to enter a coupon. If you can find items you want/need with this, it’s a great deal. I’ll look into it more later in the weekend. Expiration date unspecified.

Prime Reading for FREE: Shutterbug and CR November 2017 e-issues

If you are a Prime member, one of the Prime Benefits is the Prime Reading program that lets you read for free from a list of roughly 1000 ebooks. You can read as much as you like but you can only have ten items checked out at any one time, so if you are getting close to ten, some strategy may be needed – mix some quick reads with some long-running reads so you are not out of picks. But even if you are, you can return something and re-borrow it again a few days later [assuming it doesn’t leave].

One of the lesser known benefits of Prime Reading is that single issues of magazines are also available. Among the latest additions, of potential photography interest, they have:

+ Shutterbug (November 2017)

+ Consumer Reports (November 2017)

+ and the usual “six degrees of separation” from photography: fashion, sports, nature, etc

As with all Netflix-style services, you can only read as long as you are a paying member. If you cancel the Prime membership, or return a book/magazine, you can no longer read it. However, there is no time limit on how long you can keep it checked out. I’ve found things I had checked out for over a year. No late library fees here 🙂

When logged in to your account, each magazine tells you which devices (in your account) it can be read from. For magazines, it is typically iOS and Android only, so the biggest reading screens you can get are probably iPad PROs and 2-in-1 Chromebooks with Google Play. Or that giant old 18.4″ Samsung Galaxy View.

Moto X4 with Prime Lockscreen Offers for $330

If you don’t want to pay Samsung and Apple and iGoogle nearly four figures for their latest flagships, but still want to get a solid smartphone, the fourth generation of the Moto X is rolling out for $400. But if you are a Prime member and don’t object to seeing Lockscreen Offers and Ads, Amazon is offering this model for $70 less, you can get the Lenovorola Moto X4 for $330 in either color scheme. Limit one per color per customer. It will come out October 26 (2017).

This is an all-carrier phone, it works with all four major US carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon), which will likely (other things equal) help with its resale value as long as most phones sold are not all-carrier phones.

Of photography interest, it has dual rear cameras and microSD slot and IP68 water resistant. With 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 630 and 32GB on-board and 5.2″ 1080p screen.

AMEX Offers (YMMV): Get 5000 Membership Points when you pay $99+ for your annual Prime membership

This is a YMMV. IF you have an American Express credit card with Membership Points (not a Cashback card like Blue Cash), check the AMEX Offers section on the AMEX website or app. It’s right below your account summary when you login. Among the various offers floating there, they have a pretty good offer IF you are willing to pay your Prime membership with your eligible AMEX credit card.

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Heads Up: Friday: Prime membership for $67 for New Members

To celebrate its Emmy wins, on Friday 9/25/15 Amazon is having a 24-hour special promotion for new Prime member signups, you can signup for a One Year Prime membership for $67 instead of its usual price of $100. The offer will be good on Friday 9/25/15 in the pacific time zone. The offer is good for new members only, not renewals. The offer will be live Friday 3am ET until Saturday 3am ET.

Prime Hack (YMMV): have Camera Gear Hand-Delivered to your by AmazonFresh with One Hour Delivery windows

This is a YMMV hack. Success depends on the following:

  • AmazonFresh (the grocery delivery service) must be available in your region
  • the Camera Gear you want must be available at your local Amazon facility
  • you have a Prime membership (or 30 day Free Trial) or Prime Fresh membership

AmazonFresh is Amazon’s fresh produce and grocery delivery service. It delivers frozen and refrigerated and room temperature foods. But that’s not all. It also delivers a number of items that are available at nearby Amazon warehouses. This includes all kinds of things (books, movies, office supplies, etc), including cameras, lenses and other related accessories.

Because it is geographically limited, only items that are available and in-stock at the Fresh facility can be delivered this way. To find out what’s available, use the search bar at You can login using your regular Amazon account. A quick search found things like a variety of Canon and Nikon and Sigma and Tamron lenses, the Sony a7S, etc. Again, this is YMMV because it depends on what is physically available right now at your local warehouse.

You can order AmazonFresh items two ways:

  1. you have an Amazon Prime membership ($100/year), delivery is $8 flat on orders of $50+
  2. you have an AmazonFresh membership ($300/year), delivery is free on orders $50+

It won’t let you place an order under $50, which is not a problem for most cameras and lenses.

Add the items of interest to your shopping cart. You don’t even have to have any groceries, but it may be hard to resist the temptation of a new camera or lens without some celebratory Ben and Jerry 🙂

You have two options for scheduled delivery:

  1. attended delivery – handed to your IN PERSON – you have One Hour Delivery windows YOU select
  2. unattended delivery with 3 hour windows (eg from 7am to 10am) – they will drop it off at your doorstop or per the instructions you leave them. They won’t bother you unless requested or required (eg alcohol)

YOU schedule the time and date based on availability. You get a schedule widget that shows the dates and times available. You pick what you like from the open spots. Below you see an annotated screenshot for the Attended Delivery (delivered to you in person). Notice the lovely One Hour Delivery windows. No longer need to take a day off or take a sick day or do any other logistical or sociopolitical maneuvering.


Being a poor blogger, I couldn’t afford to buy a Sony a7S or a Canon f2.8 zoom lens to test this. So instead I picked a mix of frozen foods, refrigerated foods, room temperature foods and non-foods (such as memory card and phone case and yellow sticky notes).

With unattended delivery, they all arrived, in three bags, which each major temperature-dependent product category getting its own bag. Frozen foods with dry ice in their own outer AmazonFresh bag. Refrigerated foods with dry ice in their own bag. Room temperature foods and non-food items in their own bag. The frozen/refrigerated items come in a recyclable and dissambleable lightweight poly-something box. All items inside the outer bags/boxes have another level of protection, they are inside see-through kitchen bags per temperature category. The packaging material, you can reuse, recycle or leave out for Fresh to pickup on your next delivery (if you do a future delivery and if you remember). There’s no fee or deposit for the packaging material.

Prime members: $15 Off on a $50+ Camera & Photo order

For Prime members only, Amazon has a new promotion for Camera and Photo gear shown at their Camera and Photo page. If you make a purchase of $50 or more on Camera, Photo and Video products, and enter coupon code CAMERA15 you will receive $15 off the total of your order. The items must be sold and shipped by Amazon herself (not marketplace sellers) and sent to the same shipping address. The offer ends 7/12/15 at 11:59pm pacific. Here is the banner promoting it:


You can easily test if your shopping cart is eligible. Add your items of interest, and enter coupon code CAMERA15. If all is well, your total in the Shopping Cart will drop by $15. The example below shows a $250 lens, discounted to $235 with the coupon:


These are the Terms and Conditions. One use per customer during this promotional period. Remember this offer is for Prime members only!

Offer ends 7/12/15 at 11:59pm Pacific.