Source: The Verge
quote: n early January, I ordered a $450+tax Vitamix on a Sunday night and chose free shipping because the thing already cost a small ransom. I don't mind waiting until it arrives next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday like free shipping items traditionally have in the past... this is what I naively told myself.I waited all day Monday and Tuesday and my order finally processed on Wednesday.
quote: Now I know it's standard practice for Amazon to toss aside any orders from anyone who isn't subscribed to Prime.
quote: You have to read the product description carefully. A lot of Amazon stuff isn't sold by Amazon, it's sold by third party resellers who pay Amazon a percentage if Amazon lists them. I picked the first prime-eligible Vitamax that came up in Aamzon and it's sold by TechGiant, fulfilled by Amazon.That means if you don't have Prime, all Amazon can do is pass your order on to TechGiant, who actually handles the order. The ordering is done through Amazon's servers and you get Amazon's return protections, but it's sent to TechGiant for processing. As long as TechGiant processes the order in time for you get it within the 3-5 (or however long it is) standard shipping time, they don't get in trouble with Amazon.