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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos  (Source: Salon)
More price hikes likely in store for Amazon customers

For those that frequently shop on Amazon.com year round (or even just during the holiday shopping season), Amazon Prime is like a gift from the gods. The service allows customers to get packages delivered to their home with two business days (sometimes even faster if you’re close to an Amazon distribution center), gives users access to a growing digital video library (movies, TV shows, original programming) and special Kindle “lending” perks.
 
However, it appears that the $79/year Prime membership may be getting a lot more expensive. Citing increased shipping costs; Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak made it clear that the online retail giant is “considering” a price hike for Prime membership.
 
According to Szkutak, that price increase could be anywhere from $20 to $40, which would put an Amazon Prime membership at $119/year if the bean counters get everything they want.
 
The writing has been on the wall as Prime has been around at the same $79/year price for nine years, and Amazon recently bumped the free shipping threshold for non-Prime members to $35 (from $25) on orders.
 
Amazon has also come further under assault from tax collectors in various states, with North Carolina residents becoming the latest to “face the music” when it comes to paying taxes on Amazon purchases.

Source: The Verge



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RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By someguy123 on 1/30/2014 9:51:48 PM , Rating: 4
That is an awkwardly long wait. I don't know what to tell you because the worst I've had are 2-4 day processing delays with 2~3 shipping for free shipping, so around the 8 days they said it would take. When I ordered 2 or 1 day I'd get them in the expected time except one screw up in december.

Again I really doubt they are holding the thing ransom. I've worked in warehouses and retail back in college and, even for chain stores that aren't dealing with the volume amazon deals with, you frequently have left overs whenever orders start flowing at unusual rates or you have shelves empty because another warehouse decided to ship you 50,000 little packages mixed inside random boxes that someone has to physically sort before it hits a conveyor or even another person. Often you prioritize because there is no other solution, and with prime amazon has to cater to them first out of obligation.

For a company the size of amazon you end up just hiring anyone that is willing to move boxes, which means the speed and quality will vary greatly and should generally lean towards terrible. The fact that places like tiger direct and amazon are so efficient is pretty amazing considering the types of people up for the job of "box taper" and "UPS entrance unlocker".


RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By Roffles on 1/30/2014 11:00:55 PM , Rating: 5
First world problems, I know, and I still like Amazon, but the last couple orders have shown me that I should go to a B&M if I want it that week. Probably my worst example was having to wait something like 4 weeks back in August to get my Nexus7. There was a supply limitation with the 32GB models and Prime members were getting theirs right away! I sort of looked at it as payed line cutting but didn't really care about the wait.

A coworker of mine had ordered a Motorola Surfboard modem a few weeks back during my own issue and he was also into his second week of waiting. We were the ones who came up with this "conspiracy theory" but I hear a lot of people around me and on the internet saying "It takes longer than it used to". Maybe it's a regional thing but I'm convinced non-Prime orders get negative priority processing.


RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By Jim_Liquor on 1/31/14, Rating: 0
RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By syslog2000 on 1/31/2014 10:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
You used something (minor, inoffensive) he said to get on your soapbox and behaved like a jerk. Jim_Liqour, you, sir, are the tool.


RE: I'd pay it. I can't go back now.
By Dorkyman on 1/31/2014 12:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
He may be a tool but you gotta admit that "Jim_Liqour" is a cool name. That counts for something.


By Dorkyman on 1/31/2014 12:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, actual name "Jim_Liquor." Still cool.


By troysavary on 1/31/2014 1:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
First World Problms is a joke. It is those of us who know we are privileged making a bit of self-deprecating humour when we recognise we are complaining about things that really don't matter.


By Bonesdad on 1/31/2014 8:43:26 PM , Rating: 1
logged in just to downvote that


By EricMartello on 2/1/2014 10:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
He's right, liberalism and anything left-wing needs to die along with these idiotic bumper-sticker sentiments like "first world problems".

Look at it this way, if you live in africa you probably crossed the evolutionary finish line long ago, so you should be cheering because the first world is still running that marathon today while africans are co-habiting with livestock and living like it's 2014 BC.


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