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#1 magickallight  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 6:54 am

In preparation for the holidays, Amazon.com has upped their Minimum shipping requirement form $25 to $35

Order with Free Shipping by Amazon

If your order is $35 or more, you may qualify for free shipping. With free shipping, your order will be delivered 5-8 business days after all of your items are available to ship, including pre-order items.

Note: Amazon free shipping changed on October 21, 2013. Read more about it.
To place an order online, do the following:

Add at least $35 of eligible products to your Shopping Cart.


Note: Eligible items will display "FREE Shipping" next to their price. Product Bundles and items sold separately qualify independently for the $35 minimum purchase.
Do one of the following:
To place the order using the shopping cart:
Proceed to checkout.
Ship your items to a single U.S. address in one of the 50 states.
Select Group my items into as few shipments as possible as your shipping preference.
Select FREE Shipping as your shipping speed.
To place an order using 1-Click®:
Click Review or edit your 1-Click orders on the 1-Click® confirmation page.
Click Change next to Shipping Speed.
Select FREE Shipping as your shipping speed.

 

This makes their Amazon Prime shipping service even more valuable. Not a Prime member? Get a free 30-day trial here.


Edited by magickallight, Oct 22, 2013 - 8:07 am.

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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 7:49 am

A little surprising since other retailers are increasingly expanding their free shipping offer (even if they haven't reached the $25/$35 minimum order level yet).  Many of my Amazon orders would be over $35 anyway and for me this mainly means trying to bundle orders into $35 groups (of free shipping items), rather than paying $79 per year for Amazon Prime after a 30 day trial.



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

I wonder if they'll increase Prime anytime soon. Going from $79 to $99/year seems realistic. I use it so much I'd pay twice that :P



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 9:10 am

I think their new "Add on Program" will cause a lot of people to drop Prime completely (unless of course you are a die hard Amazon shopper like me!)... Still irritates me, though! :wife:


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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 11:04 am

One this to remember as we get closer to Christmas, if you need something as a gift, the free shipping items are at the bottom of the queue for Amazon to work on.  I had a book that I chose free shipping on.  If I had paid for shipping, it would have gone out the next day.  Since I chose free shipping, it didn't leave Texas for a week.

 

Just a note of caution.


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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 12:25 pm

I've had prime for several years now and I haven't come across too many of the add on items yet. Last week I did though (rainbow loom bands) but I just found another selection that was available. I order from them too much to consider dropping prime and needing to hit $35 for free shipping. If they increased prime to 99 it would be worth it to me.

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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 1:05 pm

With the Add-on items, what I do is order something like a Blu-ray movie that is a preorder and won't ship anytime soon to get your total above $25. They'll ship the add-on items right away and then you can just cancel whatever preorder you ordered. They might eventually "fix" this, but I've done it 3-4 times already with no problems at all.



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

With the Add-on items, what I do is order something like a Blu-ray movie that is a preorder and won't ship anytime soon to get your total above $25. They'll ship the add-on items right away and then you can just cancel whatever preorder you ordered. They might eventually "fix" this, but I've done it 3-4 times already with no problems at all.

Awesome way to game the system :)



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 1:59 pm

With the Add-on items, what I do is order something like a Blu-ray movie that is a preorder and won't ship anytime soon to get your total above $25. They'll ship the add-on items right away and then you can just cancel whatever preorder you ordered. They might eventually "fix" this, but I've done it 3-4 times already with no problems at all.


Great idea!!

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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 2:00 pm

With the Add-on items, what I do is order something like a Blu-ray movie that is a preorder and won't ship anytime soon to get your total above $25. They'll ship the add-on items right away and then you can just cancel whatever preorder you ordered. They might eventually "fix" this, but I've done it 3-4 times already with no problems at all.

Excellent! :gd_devild :angel1: :gd_detect



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Another thing to remember is when you are shopping the lighting deals you have to be pretty quick on checkout. I missed out on deals 2 years ago because i didnt want to fork over shipping cost and didnt have time to find more items that i actually wanted to equal the 25.00 minimum for free shipping. It was much easier last year with Prime. I'm sure I saved that $79.00 back and then some during that time, not even considering all the orders I have placed throughout the year.

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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 7:21 pm

I wonder if they'll increase Prime anytime soon. Going from $79 to $99/year seems realistic. I use it so much I'd pay twice that :P

 

Ssshh!  Don't tell them that.  (They are listening--or at least the NSA is listening.)   :razz:  

 

With the Add-on items, what I do is order something like a Blu-ray movie that is a preorder and won't ship anytime soon to get your total above $25. They'll ship the add-on items right away and then you can just cancel whatever preorder you ordered. They might eventually "fix" this, but I've done it 3-4 times already with no problems at all.

Sneaky!  I like it!   :teacher:



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Posted Oct 22, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Not a big fan of this price increase. They must be wearing their bravado hats to expect more when others in the industry are coming down to help the consumer.



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 3:54 am

You can also just open a new account and get a free prime trial. I have 5 accounts, ONe for my son, one for me, one for my grandkids tablets, etc. I just get a free prime trial on the one available currently and send a free invite to m y main account. I haven't paid for prime in years. 



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 6:01 am

You can also just open a new account and get a free prime trial. I have 5 accounts, ONe for my son, one for me, one for my grandkids tablets, etc. I just get a free prime trial on the one available currently and send a free invite to m y main account. I haven't paid for prime in years. 

Is free prime trial still an option, I was just thinking about that this morning? I'm going there now :)

 

I'm not very amused with Amazon after they changed the goldbox page, it's impossible to find new deals without scrolling through all 60+ pages. How easy would it be to throw in a sort by newest like they used to have. I'm not usually stuck in my ways I just don't see ANY benefit in this new setup.

 

I don't know that I'd renew prime if I wasn't getting it for free. Without being able to find impulse buys I see my ordering lessening other than during BF time.



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 9:23 am

Not amused. Prime is only 30 days right now and Amazon Mom while 90 days appears to be tied to CC billing address and won't allow me to regsiter with another email.



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 9:38 am

Ssshh!  Don't tell them that.  (They are listening--or at least the NSA is listening.)   :razz:  

 

 

I agree, lol.



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Is free prime trial still an option, I was just thinking about that this morning? I'm going there now :)

 

I'm not very amused with Amazon after they changed the goldbox page, it's impossible to find new deals without scrolling through all 60+ pages. How easy would it be to throw in a sort by newest like they used to have. I'm not usually stuck in my ways I just don't see ANY benefit in this new setup.

 

I don't know that I'd renew prime if I wasn't getting it for free. Without being able to find impulse buys I see my ordering lessening other than during BF time.

Once they start with the "real" BF-time Lightning Deals I'm going to try and code something to make it easier to see them all.



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Posted Oct 23, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Ssshh!  Don't tell them that.  (They are listening--or at least the NSA is listening.)   :razz:  

 

Sneaky!  I like it!   :teacher:

Well. You mentioned those 3 letters and that alone might attract their attention. LOL  :eyepoppin


Edited by 2chia, Oct 23, 2013 - 7:48 pm.


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Posted Oct 24, 2013 - 1:32 pm

so then...now that my BFF sorted my 2nd prime slot...

 

Do we think there will be less competition on BF/CM now that free shipping has increased?

 

ppl seem pretty upset on the Amazon discussion forums.


Edited by tinkrbel, Oct 24, 2013 - 1:32 pm.


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Posted Oct 24, 2013 - 9:49 pm

People are upset because they're babies. Just get Prime and stop crying (if you're a student, you can get a free year of Prime, followed by half-price membership every year you're still in school after that).



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Posted Oct 24, 2013 - 10:15 pm

so then...now that my BFF sorted my 2nd prime slot...
 
Do we think there will be less competition on BF/CM now that free shipping has increased?
 
ppl seem pretty upset on the Amazon discussion forums.


The second a blu ray drops for seven bucks they'll forget about it.

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Posted Nov 2, 2013 - 10:23 am

Just because someone disagrees with the new shipping policy doesn't mean that they aren't any less saavy than you are. Without constructive complaints, we would never have productive changes that benefit all consumers. With the new change, you will obviously lose some customers. Others will just find other means to make the deal work in their favor. Amazon is not in it to lose out this season, so there are going to be some very strange fillers to augment your shopping taste. I liked the Mod's example, but believe that Amazon will push quite a few Blurays out the door in the $3-$5 range to turn some heads. They really excell at price-matching, so consider sending them frequent messages to get that item at a lower competitive price.



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Posted Nov 3, 2013 - 3:26 pm

It's simply a disincentive to dissuade customers from NOT having Amazon Prime. At the same time, they offer a number of benefits besides the shipping to encourage people to go Prime (they now have a Kindle Lending Library, where Prime members can read books without having to buy them).



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Posted Nov 4, 2013 - 10:34 am

All it is is another incentive to get you to sign up for Prime.  And prime is worth it.



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Posted Nov 7, 2013 - 8:38 am

I have never paid for prime. I have quite a few amazon accounts and I just get a free prime trial on one and send an invite to my main account. Every 13 months you can get another trial, so I just keep moving to a different account. When it expires I don't sign up for a new one until i need something from amazon. Just signed up a new one last week that will get me through my majority of shopping



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Posted Nov 7, 2013 - 8:46 am

I have never paid for prime. I have quite a few amazon accounts and I just get a free prime trial on one and send an invite to my main account. Every 13 months you can get another trial, so I just keep moving to a different account. When it expires I don't sign up for a new one until i need something from amazon. Just signed up a new one last week that will get me through my majority of shopping

Can you stream with the free trial though?


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Posted Nov 9, 2013 - 5:31 am

Can you stream with the free trial though?

yes. if you're the primary holder of acct



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Posted Nov 23, 2013 - 9:54 am

I think their new "Add on Program" will cause a lot of people to drop Prime completely (unless of course you are a die hard Amazon shopper like me!)... Still irritates me, though! :wife:

 

I totally agree with you!  I have picked so many items to buy that are "add-ons".  I don't understand the perk of Prime if I can't buy those items unless I have a bigger order.  It's the principle behind it that bugs me.  I still have to have a minimum that is the same total to get free shipping if I didn't have prime.  Hmmmm. 






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