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This will likely push customers to get Amazon Prime

Amazon has upped its free shipping minimum order to $35 just ahead of the holiday season. 

Amazon's free shipping minimum order has been $25 for the last decade, but the online retail giant has raised the minimum by $10 starting yesterday. This means that customers must purchase a minimum of $35 on eligible items and have it shipped to any address in the 50 states in order to receive free shipping. 

Amazon, which announced that the free shipping minimum order would increase around the holidays earlier this year, is likely trying raising the minimum to keep up with the competition. Retailers like Target and Wal-Mart offer free shipping on purchases over $50, for example. 

 
In the last three months of 2012, Amazon spent almost $1.8 billion USD on shipping. Clearly, shipping isn't cheap and the added $10 will help.

This is also likely an effort to push customers toward an Amazon Prime membership. It only costs $79 per year and offers free two-day shipping on all eligible items with no minimum order size. Prime members also receive access to the company's streaming movie and TV show library. 

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there is a problem
By Dr of crap on 10/23/2013 12:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
This - "...$79 per year and offers free two-day shipping on all eligible items"

I have bought a lot more NON-eligible items then eligible items in the past year. So what makes the distinction?




RE: there is a problem
By quiksilvr on 10/23/2013 12:24:18 PM , Rating: 2
If its got a Prime logo on the item, it doesn't matter the price, its free two day shipping.

If its an "add-on item" that just means you need to bring the total up to $35 instead of $25 in order to get free shipping.

This is more of an issue for non-prime members and items that are only sold by Amazon and not third-party vendors.


RE: there is a problem
By Rukkian on 10/23/2013 3:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
It really has mainly to do with who is shipping it. If it is actually purchased from Amazon, or from an affiliate that Amazon actually fulfills the order, it is generally eligible for prime. There are many items that are listed, that are actually sold by other companies, and they do their own shipping. The only thing Amazon does is show it to you, and then do the billing for them.


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