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All eyes have been on Amazon since the retail giant recently announced monthly Prime memberships for just $10.99. While that's definitely worthy of our attention, it's also stealing some thunder from this week's other top Amazon stories. To make sure you don't miss a beat, here's a breakdown of what else is trending.

Amazon Reserving Some Games & Movies for Prime Members Only

The Internet has been buzzing this week since Amazon quietly began restricting non-Prime members from purchasing a variety of popular movies and games. The titles on the no-no list have been sporadically changing. A few days ago, Birdman (Blu-ray edition) was marked exclusive to Prime members, as were a number of PlayStation 4 titles, Fortune reported. As of April 29, this version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unavailable to non-Primers.

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Of course, there is a loophole. These seemingly random restrictions only apply to items being sold directly through Amazon, which means that people who don't have a Prime membership are still able to make these purchases by going through available third-party sellers. (Before posting a deal on Slickdeals for products sold by third-party retailers, please review our updated guidelines.)

Regardless, Amazon has spoken little of the restrictions, telling Gizmodo that exclusive selections and pricing on select items are among the many perks of Prime membership. Where games are concerned, Amazon also sweetened the Prime deal earlier this year when they began offering members 20 percent off newly released games.

New Fire Tablets Hitting the Scene

Amazon is now offering 7-inch Fire Tablets that have twice as much storage, plus some snazzy new colors (magenta, blue and tangerine). The original, which retails for $49.99, only touts 8 GB. For $20 more, you can now get your hands on 16 GB of internal storage. The deal might be intriguing for folks who aren't keen on ponying up $150 for the Fire HD 8 or $230 for the HD 10 (currently on sale for $180 at the time of this writing).

You'll see other upgrades in the kids' department. The 16 GB Fire Kids Edition, which comes with a free child-proof case, is now retailing for $120, while the 8 GB is going for $100.

Latest Kindle Hits the Scene

Amazon is pumping more energy into its e-reader division, unveiling the new Kindle Oasis. The latest reading device (available June 1) has a few features worth mentioning, like the fact that it's over 20 percent lighter and 30 percent thinner than its previous models. Other selling points include a sleek design, an ergonomic grip for comfortable reading, and a protective cover that doubles as an additional battery source. (There's a secondary battery in the leather cover that automatically recharges the Oasis.)

The one catch—and it's a big one—is the price tag. The Oasis is by far the most expensive e-reader to date, coming in at $289.99. To upgrade to 3G and Wi-Fi, the price goes up an additional $70. As Fortune points out, an iPad Mini, which allows you to download the Kindle reading app, is also a full tablet that will only set you back $399. Unless you're a Slickdealer and get it for $299 when deals like this come around.

Let's just say that the Slickdeals community isn't too impressed here. As far as e-readers go, the Kindle Voyage (starting at $199.99) seems like a better deal. And as some of our experts speculate, the high price of the Oasis may end up driving down the Voyage price in the long run.

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I'm surprised this is only being talked about now. Amazon has been doing this for at least a year now. Of course, it seems now they're getting a bit more brash with what items they'll restrict to Prime Members (Star Wars being a... er... prime example), but this practice itself is nothing new. I've noticed many games, and albums be temporarily sold only to Prime Members with little rhyme or reason as to why they were chosen. Usually after they had already been available for non-members to purchase for some time. After a few weeks they'd go back to being purchasable by anyone, but this has been happening since April or March of last year. Maybe even further back.

It just seems funny to me that suddenly everyone all over the net is concerned with this issue, when Amazon has quietly been getting away with it for sometime now. Given that it's worked so well so far, I doubt they'll undo this practice anytime soon, especially if Prime members continue to buy these "exclusive" items. Though it is disappointing that they continue to try to add "value" to Prime by devaluing the rest of the site ($49.99 free shipping anyone?), in the end this this is probably just a mild annoyance, as most people who are non-Prime members will simply buy these Prime-only items elsewhere, or wait for it to become available to them once again. Or now that Prime is available on a month-by-month payment system, they may just order a month, get their items, and cancel... Or forget and be locked into another month as Amazon is surely hoping.
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I'm surprised this is only being talked about now. Amazon has been doing this for at least a year now. Of course, it seems now they're getting a bit more brash with what items they'll restrict to Prime Members (Star Wars being a... er... prime example), but this practice itself is nothing new. I've noticed many games, and albums be temporarily sold only to Prime Members with little rhyme or reason as to why they were chosen. Usually after they had already been available for non-members to purchase for some time. After a few weeks they'd go back to being purchasable by anyone, but this has been happening since April or March of last year. Maybe even further back.

It just seems funny to me that suddenly everyone all over the net is concerned with this issue, when Amazon has quietly been getting away with it for sometime now. Given that it's worked so well so far, I doubt they'll undo this practice anytime soon, especially if Prime members continue to buy these "exclusive" items. Though it is disappointing that they continue to try to add "value" to Prime by devaluing the rest of the site ($49.99 free shipping anyone?), in the end this this is probably just a mild annoyance, as most people who are non-Prime members will simply buy these Prime-only items elsewhere, or wait for it to become available to them once again. Or now that Prime is available on a month-by-month payment system, they may just order a month, get their items, and cancel... Or forget and be locked into another month as Amazon is surely hoping.
I remember prime members getting a cheaper price but non members could still buy the item. Different situation compared to now.

You sure your memory isn't foggy? Just asking as no one else is saying this is nothing new.
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guess this means no more yearly free month's prime trial?
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My Amazon Prime account doesn't work outside the US and for that I need to use a VPN
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