> However, both sites generally offer 3 day or ground shipping for free on various items;
While many of NewEgg's products offer free shipping, very few of Amazon's do. You usually have to buy a minimum of $35 to get free shipping from Amazon (raised from $25 last year, if I'm remembering correctly).
> If you are really buying enough items that BOTH Amazon and Newegg carry to make the faster shipping a viable incentive..
We buy frequently enough from Amazon to make it a marginal incentive at the old price, but not at the new price.
> ...then I have a really hard time buying the line that the $20 increase in Prime Pricing is outside of your budget.
I didn't say it was outside our budget. It's simply not worth that much money.
> ...then it doesn't sound like you are using the Prime Streaming or Kindle Services..
We've tried both. Neither is worth anything to us.
It's not question of the longer shipping time. It's a question of being able to order exactly what you want when you want it and not having to worry about shipping costs. That convenience is worth something, but it's not worth over $100/year. As I said, it was borderline at $80. We were already discussing whether to renew or not, even without the price increase.