Amazon increases free shipping minimum order to $49

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Amazon.com has raised the free shipping minimum to $49 from $35 for non-Prime members, according to information provided on the Amazon website. The company hasn't published a press release with the news. For books, the threshold is still $25.

There is unlimited free two-day shipping for Prime members. "A higher minimum order requirement for free non-Prime shipping effectively increases the appeal of Prime membership, and Prime households spend disproportionately more than non-Prime households." A steep 32.8% increase in fulfillment costs had a negative impact on quarterly earnings announced on January 29. Prime membership increased 51% in 2015.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-ups-free-shipping-minimum-to-49-from-35-for-non-prime-members-2016-02-22

Re: Prime has me hooked (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2016-04-03 08:02 (#195YX)

Great. We are no longer buying stuff from America. They want $550 to ship a box of stuff from the US to AU. That is almost excessive considering that the price of the items being purchased is $350. It was $300 not long ago. Even a 10% increase in cost would make this $330, but not, it is $550 now. The business I purchase from is now sending out discount dockets ever week trying to get more sales.
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