Amazon jacks up shipping cost

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by scratch, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I was just watching the news, Amazon jacked their free shipping up on purchases over $35 instead of the previous $25 minimum. Merry Christmas!
     
  2. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    PRIME is still free 2-day shipping?
     
  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Not free, it's like $80/year, isn't it?
     
  4. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Something like that.
     
  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The service is $79/yr with free 2-day shipping.
     
  6. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I read this today on the news, I think it sucks. I know Amazon says they haven't raised it in over ten years, but that's a hell of a raise!
     
  7. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    They're just raising the minimum threshold to force people to buy more stuff so expect the dumb boxes to get bigger again in time for peak
     
  8. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    But the dumb box has a SmartLabel doesn't it.
     
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    That or Lasership....
     
  10. hurricanegunner

    hurricanegunner UPSPoop

    And people will pay. Christmas is upon us.
     
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    My shipment of John Grisham's "Sycamore Row" left Nashua today---there was no tracking number on the website---I'll be curious who delivers.
     
  12. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    Those dumb boxes don't look so dumb when you get your pay check on Friday do they.
     
  13. Insincerity

    Insincerity I'm Insincere

    Amazon is the 800 pound Gorilla and I imagine the other virtual stores will follow suit soon. There has been much discussion by industry analysts whether all the free shipping can continue much longer. Many states already require online merchants to charge tax and when free shipping goes away, the brick and mortar stores will see some business coming their way.
     
  14. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    I've always been amazed and curious how Amazon managed to offer any "free" shipping. We know, more than anyone, that shipping is far from free. Clearly, Amazon builds shipping into other customer costs. Not having brick and mortar outlets creates a lot of capitol to work with thus allowing "free" shipping.
     
  15. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut The One Who Knocks

    Smart move by Amazon. It's not gonna hurt their sales, if anything it will help them.
    I've added a random item more than once to bump over the free super saver shipping minimum. Pay $10 in shipping, or just add $10 of product and get free shipping.... kind of a no brainer.
     
  16. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    With prime you can also borrow 1 book a month (if you also own a Kindle) and watch streaming video with a ROKU player, ipad, etc. Not a bad deal considering Netflix is $7.50 a month, x 12 = $90.00
     
  17. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    They have also stopped giving free shipping on "add on" items even with prime. You have to hit 25 bucks on the total order to get the free shipping you already paid prime for.
     
  18. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    True but the "Add on items" are really cheap.
    ​I just put them in my cart until I have an order it can piggyback with.
     
  19. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    Same here, just saying when we signed up for prime 6 years ago there was no such restriction. This is for anyone but if you have a .edu email you can get prime for 49.99 as a student account, same as a regular one but you get the discounted subscription price for 4 years, FWIW.
     
  20. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    As an instructor at a local college I might be able to get a .edu e-mail.
    Thanks for that info.
    ​I already get Adobe stuff at educational prices.