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Old 02-25-2016, 02:34 AM
Status: "Enjoying life..." (set 13 days ago)
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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A couple of days ago, Amazon raised the minimum order amount for regular customers to receive free shipping from $35 to $49, citing "increased shipping costs." As a non Prime customer, I already found it difficult to hit the $35 minimum to get the free shipping (which increased from $25 a few years ago) because many of their items cost $34.99. The times I did reach the minimum and placed an order, in stock items have sat in the warehouse a week or more "preparing for shipment," for no reason at all. Then once I received my order, it came piecemeal, arriving in separate shipping boxes.

I'm having trouble buying this increased shipping cost argument once again, especially with gas prices being so low. This seems like a transparent ploy to get non Prime customers to buy Prime. I might actually buy Prime if it weren't for Add-On, Prime Pantry, and the commercials in many of the videos now, but the negatives now present in the Prime program have discouraged me from getting it. Many companies require minimums of $49 already but their prices are more competitive or the shipping is more prompt. Even if I were able to hit the new minimum, I suspect Amazon wouldn't ship out any faster because they will still try to push us to buy Prime.

Are you a Prime member? If you aren't, will the new minimum affect your shopping on Amazon?

Amazon Boosts Free-Shipping Minimum to $49, Elevating Prime Service - Digits - WSJ

I am not Prime member because I don't buy there that much. With the new price hike, I might reconsider my shopping there. Lately I am finding better prices for the same product quite often. Last Christmas, I didn't buy a single item from Amazon. The only thing I liked was one website - one account, no hassle ordering. But, there are other vendors who would like my business...
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:53 AM
Status: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." (set 2 days ago)
 
Location: City Data Land
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Shipping cost includes wages for those who pick and pack the item, cost of the packaging, cost of the container, cost of the driver wages, cost of regulatory trucking fees, cost of licensing fees, tolls, maintenance cost of the vehicles, material handling consumables.............. Yeah, fuel is the only thing that contributes to "shipping cost"
As a lowly ebay seller who offers free shipping on most of my items, I know this more than most people. After all, I own a truck, pack my own items, pay for tape and boxes, pay for car insurance, pay for my oil changes, and live in one of the most heavily tolled cities in the US But there's a difference between Amazon and myself. I appreciate every single customer when they choose to buy from me, and they don't even have to pay for a membership for me to appreciate them. Maybe it's because I'm a one woman show, and not so huge I've lost sight of what matters.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Dude.

Prime.
Did you not read the entire original post?
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:29 PM
 
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Bad move by amazon.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:00 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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Originally Posted by Scooby Snacks View Post
A couple of days ago, Amazon raised the minimum order amount for regular customers to receive free shipping from $35 to $49, citing "increased shipping costs." As a non Prime customer, I already found it difficult to hit the $35 minimum to get the free shipping (which increased from $25 a few years ago) because many of their items cost $34.99. The times I did reach the minimum and placed an order, in stock items have sat in the warehouse a week or more "preparing for shipment," for no reason at all. Then once I received my order, it came piecemeal, arriving in separate shipping boxes.

I'm having trouble buying this increased shipping cost argument once again, especially with gas prices being so low. This seems like a transparent ploy to get non Prime customers to buy Prime. I might actually buy Prime if it weren't for Add-On, Prime Pantry, and the commercials in many of the videos now, but the negatives now present in the Prime program have discouraged me from getting it. Many companies require minimums of $49 already but their prices are more competitive or the shipping is more prompt. Even if I were able to hit the new minimum, I suspect Amazon wouldn't ship out any faster because they will still try to push us to buy Prime.

Are you a Prime member? If you aren't, will the new minimum affect your shopping on Amazon?

Amazon Boosts Free-Shipping Minimum to $49, Elevating Prime Service - Digits - WSJ
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Dude.

Prime
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Did you not read the entire original post?
The OP asks if you are a Prime member. Stan clearly is a Prime member.

What's the problem?

I myself love Prime. I just ordered something again today - free 2 day shipping. It shows I will have it by Saturday. It's awesome! For the things I buy, I find Amazon very competitively priced.
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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Originally Posted by Rabrrita View Post
Shipping cost includes wages for those who pick and pack the item, cost of the packaging, cost of the container, cost of the driver wages, cost of regulatory trucking fees, cost of licensing fees, tolls, maintenance cost of the vehicles, material handling consumables.............. Yeah, fuel is the only thing that contributes to "shipping cost"
Exactly even with services coming online like Google Express and Uber drivers there is more demand then what all the services combined in many areas can handle. Twice this week already because of our work schedules the postal service paid me $56, when you count the overtime needed to fill that commitment (between 7AM and 9AM in rush hour traffic), to deliver three bags of Amazon Fresh groceries to one address and then to return to the station and prepare and carry that day's route leaving me still out on the street delivering your mail at 8 PM
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Old 02-26-2016, 11:57 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Become a prime member and get free shipping.
I got same day shipping for less than 6 bucks!
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:19 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I live when prime goes on sale. This increased shipping cost, the additional proceeds paid for my prime discount. Thanks non-prime member.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:34 AM
 
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I never shop on Amazon, it's too expensive and I have to pay tax. If I'm going to order something, I'll check eBay first. I do a lot of ordering from various places, and go through ebates. That way, every 90 days, they send me a little bit of money.
Paying tax on a purchase has to do with the state you live in. With an exception of a few states that do not charge sales & use tax, they all require their residents to pay taxes on purchases from Amazon and other retailers.
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Old 02-27-2016, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Paying tax on a purchase has to do with the state you live in. With an exception of a few states that do not charge sales & use tax, they all require their residents to pay taxes on purchases from Amazon and other retailers.
I can find the same item on eBay with free shipping and no tax. I have never ordered from Amazon, and doubt if I ever will.
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