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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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RE: parable
By KFZ on 10/23/2013 3:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be one of "those" people.

The man in the story is not getting something for free. He's actually not getting anything; the woman (the seller) gets everything.

Heartwarming gesture aside, technically he's paying the woman to keep her flowers. There's no complete transaction (unless we assume the woman takes the carnation and puts it in her hair and doesn't sell it, or something). It's pretty much a gift to her.

By contrast, Amazon's free shipping policy isn't a free gift; you need to buy stuff. Only then you merely *qualify* for the policy (it's not guaranteed on everything because of other sellers).

I'm not one of those complaining about this change in policy, especially with how much money I've already saved in free shipping from Amazon.

Even so, the parable as written doesn't compare to an argument of getting something for free (once again, the seller is getting everything, essentially keeping her stock of carnations and taking the man's money). It appears more of a statement that business is business and prices/policies are subject to change regardless of feelings toward them.

RE: parable
By neihrick1 on 10/23/2013 4:59:47 PM , Rating: 1
Are you sure. Are you sure the guy isn't getting something for free when he pays the woman and doesn't take flowers.

RE: parable
By Lord 666 on 10/23/2013 6:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
At no point in the story does the man deflower a gorgeous virgin hippie chick.

RE: parable
By Moishe on 10/24/2013 2:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. True. She keeps her flower.

RE: parable
By Motoman on 10/23/2013 7:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
The man in the story is not getting something for free. He's actually not getting anything; the woman (the seller) gets everything.

That's because the story isn't really about the man - it's about the woman who became accustomed to get 50 cents for free every day.

You're trying to hard here. The point is that if you're getting something for free, it's free. Free is free, and you have no basis under any circumstance to complain about it.

RE: parable
By mindless1 on 10/26/2013 5:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
1) Yes you do have a basis to complain about something that's free. It's called freedom of speech.

It might seem selfish or ungrateful but nevertheless everyone is entitled to complain about something that's free and the person they complain to is entitled to listen or ignore them.

2) The shipping isn't really free unless UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc decide to stop charging them for it. Therefore it is an operationg expense that we are necessarily paying for, built into the price of goods.

That you can get additional items with free shipping after you reach $35 merely reflects them being willing to take a slightly smaller % profit on each item in order to increase profit by selling higher volume.

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